This Forum is for: Apple Final Cut Pro
FROM: Dan Dennis
DATE: Jun. 02, 2008 1:08 pm gmt
SUBJECT: recommendations to build an edit bay from scratch
Second, I think there are a lot of different opinions floating around out there, and all of them are equally valid. I'd start by talking to some folks at other post houses (in other markets - no need to make your competition too nervous :-)) and see what kind of setup they have.
Read some reviews of equipment. I've discovered that, for HD, the Aja Kona card and Io external box are great for HD in Final Cut. The Io box also contains the Apple ProRes codecs hard-programmed into the control chip in the box, so that seems to save some time.
Look at the system requirements for FCP Studio, and make sure whatever you buy conforms to at least the minimum. It looks as though, from your post, that you don't have too many problems in this area. I'd make sure, though, that you don't have any issues between the OS and FCP - that's where user testimonials are good (look on th Apple forums, the Creative Cow forums, and of course here).
Also, what flavor of HD are you planning to support? There are, as you know, quite a few of them out there. FCP plays well between 480, 720 and 1080, progressive and interlaced, 24, 30 or 60 fps. But not all HD is equal - for instance, Sony HDCam is only 1440x1080 (!) while their EX-1 camera shoots at full 1920x1080. So be aware of that.
There's a lot more detail to go into, and we're only now making the switch to full HD and there's still a lot we don't know that we don't know (with a nod to Donald Rumsfeld). A consultant might still be your best bet, but pick one that you don't have to pay until the job's done. :-) And consider going to InfoComm or another trade show to get some tips and answers.
- recommendations to build an edit bay from scratch by BereaJay at May 05, 2008 8:21 pm gmt (Rec'd 2)
- Re: recommendations to build an edit bay from scratch by Dan Dennis at Jun. 02, 2008 1:08 pm gmt (Rec'd 2)