I wonder if someone might take a look at this and give me their honest opinion(s);
In the coming days, I need to quote on a job editing a series of 12 x 1hr long documentary reports. I am to edit using the client's own Mac. Already installed on the Mac Pro is FCPv7 and the machine has 7GB of memory. The job is being shot in HD and I have yet to learn the exact camera to be used.
I will assume that the graphics card in the Mac is a basic one as they have 3 machines such as this and are more used used to cutting 2 minute news reports. I have informed them that an upgrade of at least one machine could be on the cards.
Sadly, I am unable to furnish you with the entire breakdown of the machine but wonder if someone might be so kind as to list the 'must have's' for a seamless HD edit (not forgetting back-ups etc, which are already noted).
- At least 4GB of RAM. 8GB is better
- Graphics card doesn't matter, unless you use Motion or Color.
- SATA Drives to fill the other slots on the MacPro. 2TB or 3TB drives are best, as that means you'll have between 6TB and 9TB for media storage.
- External firewire drives for backup.
SATA drives are bare drives. The adapter to get them into the computer is built in. The system drive is in sled 1 (inside the computer). Sleds 2-4 are empty. Screw a drive onto them, slide into the computer, reformat with Disk Utility...done!