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Rick Wise
Re: Dazed and confuzed......
on Mar 13, 2009 at 6:22:17 pm

Well you are certainly jumping off into very deep waters. I presume you have a stash of cash to tide you over. I presume you already know how to edit (FCP?) well and can handle a camera well. If that's not the case, I would not go ahead with your plans unless you can hire experienced people to perform the work. If you do that, you do not want to be investing in any gear at all.

Indeed, your experience seems to be in sales. So why not build up a stable of shooters and sound guys and editors you can call upon when you land the jobs?

As for your specific gear questions:

--The EX3 is a dandy camera, and works well in low light. Some people prefer one of the newer Panasonics. It is, however, not a shoulder-mount camera. Almost all the weight goes on the arms. There are various shoulder braces you can use with it.

--I edit on a Mac operating in Windows mode, and use Sony Vegas, which I consider a more friendly NLE than FCP and every bit as powerful. (Also half the price.) For Vegas, it's important to have the camera files on a hard drive that is different from the one where the program itself resides. I imagine FCP also works better that way, so you need either 2 or more internal hard drives of large capacity, or external ones. Remember you also need to be able to backup all your data and edits to yet another drive, or else risk having to start all over again if the drive you've been using crashes. They all crash some day, just like us.

--In the US, Blue-Ray is still not widespread. If you see yourself needing that format, contact your Mac retailer. They can tell you instantly if any Macs come with it. If not, there's another expense you may or may not want to take on.

--Sound is crucial. Good mics, a boom person, good audio in post all can ruin or make a video. If you are green here, hire a pro. (Again.)

--As to the value of NAB, if you can afford it, go and enjoy. But you can get all the important information later from free industry magazines which fall all over each other to report on the latest hot camera, etc.

Rick Wise
director of photography
and custom lighting design
Oakland, CA

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