Re: Deck Choices by Bob Zelin on Jan 16, 2008 at 1:46:20 am
Do you want to save money ? Don't buy a deck. Record the output of your switcher directly into your editing system - right onto the hard drives. Eliminate all digitizing time, and be ready to edit right after the shoot. If you are using HPX500 cameras, you have P2 cards you are recording onto for the field, so for the studio, you don't need a VTR. Let me assure you that the Sony PDW-F70 is NOT a studio "mastering" deck.
Need to output your show - rent a VTR. (The AJ-HD1400 is the correct answer for what you should buy, however).
Thanks Bob. Sounds like the 1400 is the way to go.
We'll be shooting a lot of content and our editors won't have the ability to handle it all as fast as we can throw it at them.
However, I was already considering placing a FCP station in the studio strictly for capture and using external hard drives to transport the footage to the edit rooms (6 miles away from the studio) and avoid digitizing. Perhaps I could invest in a massive amount of firewire drives and archive the shoots for a month or so until the editors can tackle it.
Any thoughts on a cost effective hard drive solution? Obviously it'll just be for transport, we'll move the footage to faster drives for editing.
Wiebetech actually has an enclosure that doesn't even use trays. I've been buying 750gb WD internal drives and making RAID 1's out of a pair. They are delicate but the savings from not buying the housing, power supply, etc. can certainly pay for some static bags and a couple of pelican cases for transport.
Re: Deck Choices by Bob Zelin on Jan 17, 2008 at 1:48:33 am
email me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will tell you what to get for an 8TB RAID 5 SATA array. The suggestion for simple removable SATA's was an excellent suggestion, however, and is commonly used as a very inexpensive solution.
SATA's dramatically outperform FW drives, and the reliablity is dramatically better.
I like the 750's b/c of the price per gig, theoretically they are more stable, and 750 seems to hold a job fairly well with what I'm doing. Bob, I'd be interested to hear what you recommend for an 8tb SATA raid 5, I'm going to be in the market for a new on set working raid soon.