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e. eric johnson iii
mobile edit-pak... will this work?
on Aug 4, 2010 at 7:17:45 pm

hello gurus of the cow community,

i have a colleague who will be shooting & editing a documentary in the US and in europe. the budget is tight but i think i've put together a system that will work. i just wanted to get some thoughts from the cow on whether these specs look good and what the pitfalls might be.

the desire is to shoot in 1080 (p or i doesn't appear to be an issue) and edit on the fly, sometimes literally while flying. from the cost perspective my thinking is AVCHD is the way to go, but i know there might be some issues in the log & transfer to FCP.

Panny HMC150 AVCHD
16g and/or 32g SDHC Cards
Sony ECM-44B lav mic
Rode NTG-2 shotgun mic

Edit System:
macbook pro 13"
G-RAID Mini FW800/400/USB 2.0 for media drive
1-TB generic USB 2.0 external drive for back-up purposes

thank you in advance for your input, as always it is greatly appreciated.


e. eric johnson iii
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Michael Sacci
Re: mobile edit-pak... will this work?
on Aug 4, 2010 at 7:33:29 pm

You will not be editing AVCHD, it will be transcoded to ProRes for editing. So the File sizes does up to about 62GB/hour.

While the 13" is nice on an airplane I cannot imaging editing with that little screen. For your media drive make sure it is FW800 and 7200rpm. They do make portable bus powered ones, they are a bit more expensive but IMO it is a must for editing.

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Bouke Vahl
Re: mobile edit-pak... will this work?
on Aug 5, 2010 at 3:23:57 pm

why FW800 for less than 20 MB / second?
FW400 goes up to 50, giving you 2 streams.

And i highly doubt these disks themselves will outperform 50 MB/sec.

Or am i missing something?

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