I am in the final stages of making a decision to either buy a low end Macbook Pro or split for a few 16 gig SxS cards. I can get a MBP for right around $2000 configured like this:
- 2.6 duo Intel processor
- 250 gig internal hard drive
- Low end Nvidia graphics card
- 34 slot for SxS cards
- 2 gigs of ram
- Lacie 250 gig external drive for file transfer storage
I also have been led to understand that I can put a copy of FCP onto this machine without having to purchase it if I already have a licsensed copy. Will this machine suffice as a tool to transfer footage to and do occasional field editing(very occasional)? It just doesn't make much sense to me to buy more SxS cards if I can get a whole computer for the same price. Also, does anyone know how long it will take to transfer a full 8 gig card to a machine like this? keep in mind the footage will be stored on an external firewire drive.
Any insight will be most appreciated. $2000 is a lot of money right now. But I need to get my workflow in tact soon.
[Mick Haensler]" Will this machine suffice as a tool to transfer footage to and do occasional field editing(very occasional)?"
Enough. You would have only problems using CGU based effects.
[Mick Haensler]"does anyone know how long it will take to transfer a full 8 gig card to a machine like this? "
You insert your 8GB SXS card in the slot, open XDCAM Transfer software, and in 4/5 minutes You have all your EX-1 clips in your FW HD ready to be edited in FC. And if you want edit faster, get your self some eSATA/FW HDs.
Mac OX 10.5.2-FC 6.02-QT 7.4.1
G5 2x2Gh 4GbRAM-BlackMagic Extreme
PMBP 17"Core2Duo 4GbRAM-AJA ioHD
SONY EX-1 . SONY PD170
..and always a big mess on top of the table.