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arturoMB
HD production workflow on a budget
on Sep 7, 2007 at 7:44:35 am

Hi Gary,

We talked briefly after the JVC seminar in Dallas. Thanks for such a great presentation--I'm sure everyone learned quite a bit. I know I did.

Listen could ask you something? You see I have a limited budget (10-15K) to put together an HD production studio. I already own a G5 powermac (dual 2.5 GHz PowerPC with 3 GB DDR SDRAM) with FCP HD loaded, and I'm planning to purchase the JVC GY-HD110, the DR-HD100, an AJA Kona 3, and a couple of G-raid drives.

Given my budget, is there anything else you would suggest I add to the shopping list? I'm also interested to know if you think a computer upgrade may be necessary (I read somewhere that G5s like mine are having trouble processing HD--is this true?)

Best,
Arturo


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Arniepix
Re: HD production workflow on a budget
on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:14:04 pm

1st, you may want to raise your budget.

You're talking about getting a Kona card for a Mac that's already 2 or 3 years old, and is based on PCI-X architecture. Any cards you put into this Mac will not be compatable with your next Mac. You should probably upgrade to a Mac Pro, which is based on PCI-e architecture. Don't forget to put about 4GB (or more) of memory in the new Mac.

You don't mention an HD monitor. That's going to run you another $3k-$5k.

And I'd go with a big (as big as you can afford) SATA array rather than any firewire based drives.

Arnie

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Arniepix
Re: slight correction
on Sep 7, 2007 at 3:27:31 pm

That should read $2k-$4k for a monitor. I forgot about the Panasonic plasmas, which are a very good value if you don't need to do color correction.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: slight correction
on Sep 8, 2007 at 6:54:32 pm

Arnie, the Pany plasmas are way less than that. The 42" pro model can be had for only $913 at http://www.visualapex.com/plasma/plasma_details.asp?VA=Panasonic&chPartNumb...

David

David Roth Weiss
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David Weiss Productions, Inc.
Los Angeles

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Arniepix
Re: slight correction
on Sep 8, 2007 at 7:41:36 pm

All I can say is wow! and shazam!! This is why I don't miss CRTs!

Arnie

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http://www.arniepix.com/blog


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