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Jay Buckner
recommendations for HD edit bay from scratch?
on May 5, 2008 at 8:05:49 pm

I’ve lurked here a few times and I value the opinions and expertise on this forum, which I now need.

Here’s the situation: I am overhauling our video production operations and upgrading to HD. What I hope to get from you is your opinions on how you would recommend equipping our post-production bay, in essence, starting from scratch.

What computer system and specs do you recommend at the minimum? I currently have three editing stations: two MacPros and one MacBook Pro. I hope to setup a system where each machine has its own local RAID that is connected to a central server where files can be temporarily dumped or shared between machines.

Computer: MacPro dual core Intel Xeon 2.66 GHz processor, 4 Gb RAM,
OS: Mac OSX 10.4.11
Software: FCP HD, After Effects, Compressor
Graphics card: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT. This is not HDCP enabled, so it will have to be replaced.

So, what computer and specs do you recommend? What graphics card?
What Blu-ray burner and software? What raid storage solution?

I hired a consultant to help transition us to HD, but that flopped. So, now I’m left holding the bag and $50k to get it done.

What else am I not thinking about?

Jay Buckner
Public Relations Manager, Berea College

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Alex Cantu
Re: recommendations for HD edit bay from scratch?
on May 5, 2008 at 9:25:59 pm


Pioneer BR Burner is the best choice IMO, visit for price information. I'm not too familiar with mac's but u might need an authoring program... I guess FC has the option to export/ burn directly from time line, but can't tell how complete it is. You might have a read a bit about codecs also.

Roxio has a plug in for Toast in order to burn BR-discs, here's the link:

U can work HD/HDV files with just firewire ports, FC has many codec options such as DVCPro HD, which can be called "the current HD stadard" but if u are more into a high-end level stuff, AJA and Black Magic Designs has powerful capture cards that may interest you (but it depends on how
much you are willing to pay, workflow and so... BTW what camera do u use? If you tell me i could suggest a card more adequate to your needs).

Anyway here are the links:

An intenal SATA RAID could be enough... 10k rpm epuld be the best choice. Western Digital has the Raptors! Or if you prefer external stoage My Book Studio Edtion is a good choice.

There are more expensive Raids with several configurations options such raid 5 and 10, with its own controller bundled. But i'm not enterily sure of your needs.

Finally for , do u have a graphic card in mind?

Hope this helps, feel free to ask.

Good Luck!

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