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Old February 14th, 2009, 04:26 PM   #1
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I am moving out of SD using the Macrosystems Casablanca and into HDV shooting with the JVC Pro HD 200.

FPC and Mac seems to be very popular. With a 10K budget for editing on a new Mac and associated software how would you configure the hardware/software including monitor?

I shoot/edit corporate, commericals (cable tv), a few weddings and deliver on DVD and internet. I can add more storage later this year.

I know little about the Mac so please be specific.

Taking a giant leap here.

Thanks for all that contribute to this post !

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Old February 14th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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ZOMG - I thought the last of the Casablancas had long ago been drowned in the ocean.

Yeah- top of the line Mac Pro, 2X20" monitor and Final Cut Studio and you'll be all set. Then get some storage and some training. FW 800 or eSATA drives.

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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:15 PM   #3
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I am moving out of SD using the Macrosystems Casablanca and into HDV shooting with the JVC Pro HD 200.

FPC and Mac seems to be very popular. With a 10K budget for editing on a new Mac and associated software how would you configure the hardware/software including monitor?

I shoot/edit corporate, commericals (cable tv), a few weddings and deliver on DVD and internet. I can add more storage later this year.

I know little about the Mac so please be specific.

Taking a giant leap here.

Thanks for all that contribute to this post !

Ron

Hey Ron....You and I are going to be in the same boat...I shoot with a gy-hd200 and edit in final cut studio 2.....As far as the budget goes, I would suggest this:

- DR-HD100 (DTE Recorder)...you can record Quicktime HDV clips and bring it into FCP to edit directly....(will definitely save you some time

- 2 x 2.8Ghz Mac Pro w/ 4Gb Ram (more than 6gb would be an overkill)
- One 24 inch Monitor (Matte)
- Blackmagic Intensity Card for Color Monitoring (hook up an HDTV monitor to monitor your color via HDMI)

However keep in mind that YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BURN BLU-RAY DISC using DVD Studio Pro 4..
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Old February 16th, 2009, 01:59 PM   #4
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Welcome to my HDV world

I was literally forced into the HDV world ... straight from S-VHS digitized via a Canopus ADVC110 if you can believe that!! and up until today was trying edit HDV 720p60 on a MacPro with a 2 x 2.66 GHz Processor and 1, YES 1! GB memory! Rendering alone could take 20 times the footage length. In any case, live and learn, now waiting on a 750g 800FW external drive and 4 more g of memory to boost production. I've finally, with a lot of forum searching, and a lot of frustration, managed to get some footage in, edited and rendered but I literally do not have enough memory to get it out and I have yet to find the quality many of you guys in here rave about through the FCP - Compressor - DVD StudioPro workflow. Does Anyone have a workflow that works?
The footage is HDV 720p60 (shot with JVC GY-HD 200U) captured FW with HDV-Apple ProRes 422 and edited in a sequence set to Apple ProRes 422 1280x720 60p 48kHz. I've managed to get a few minute samples out through compressor but still getting the jittery/artifacts that I've been told I can get rid of by specifying full 60 Frames during the downconvert in Compressor? Only thing is, I can't find that check box! I've also been suggested to turn Frame Control ON and select Bottom First?

I've got 6 weddings to edit and I swear I may never shoot HDV again ... just kidding ... this 'learning curve' is turning into a vicious circle is all. Any and all help would be more appreciated that you, the contributer, could ever know. Thanks ....
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