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Old October 29th, 2002, 03:04 PM   #991
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DVD Replication Masters Revisited

Hi everyone,
I asked previously about what master to use for DVD duplication/replication. I got some very good information, but wanted to look further into it with clients lining up for projects.

1. The superdrive on the Mac doesnt make authoring discs.
2. It was suggested to use Firewire portable drives to deliver content.

Anyone do this? I talked to a couple of places here in Atlanta, and they didnt have firewire =:>o

3. The cost of the authoring DVD burner by Pioneer is about $1000 if you are lucky on Ebay.

My problem is all money going out- need more coming in!! Hard to spend yet more on another item. Anyone own/use one?

4. After talking with several places, came up with a plan to put the project on a DVDrom. SAme size, just burn a dvd and store the files on there for transport(as opposed to formatting a DVD disc).

Has anyone done this? Is this as feasible as it would seem? It seems that I would have to add the price of a DVD author-disc to be burnt somewhere, and then sent to the replicators. (quoted $125)

Final question- whats the best price you've found for DVD duplication or replication?

Seems much cheaper to do a run of 1000 rather than shorter runs of 500 or less.
I get quoted about $1.35 @ for 1000 dvds here.

Thank you!

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Old October 29th, 2002, 03:15 PM   #992
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Hi,
I bought my computer from a company on the internet called Smalldog.com
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I watched the site for a month with various price fluctuations. I got lucky and got some money together right when the new 125 Ghz G4's came out. That made the Quicksilver G4 dual 1 gigs much cheaper! They have demo models that are very reasonable, and they are quite reliable. Check them out.

I purchased a Western Digital 120 Gig Hd with a 2 Mg buffer that works great. Plent of room, and easy to install. Ram is also a breeze to install on these MAcs. Check "pricegrabber.com" for the best price in the market currently.

I use my computer for everything, and I dont have problems with it. I do audio recording, internet, and yes- late night gaming once and awhile. At 40, I dont plan to grow up too soon.

Good luck to you!

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Old October 29th, 2002, 03:25 PM   #993
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Hi There,
Yup- he's right. I audio engineer for a living (not much of a living, but...)
I can tell you that its a "garbage in-garbage out" process. Its best to try and capture the sound on location at its best.
You can try to "Lo-pass" the audio which cuts everything off at a set point in frequency. That will still leave you with noise- especially something as wide-band as an air conditioner.

You can try to do dialogue replacement, but its tricky and an art in itself. Might work.

Peak by Bias Inc is a great program for mono or stereo file editing.

Good luck to you.

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Old October 29th, 2002, 07:26 PM   #994
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I recently received the replicated copies of my latest DVD project with surround sound (Gustav Mahler Symphony No. 2). Sent in a DVD-R burned on the SuperDrive. No problemo. The company I was doing business with, No Frills DVD in S. Boston, seemed to actually PREFER the DVD-R to other methods of delivery. It was really a great company to work with. Lots of VERY useful comments and suggestions.

I think you'll find that this is beginning to become the rule rather than the exception.
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Old October 29th, 2002, 09:21 PM   #995
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It depends on the type of projects your doing and the volume of work your doing as to if you need an authoring drive. Many, many replicators use the DVD-R format as a master. You may want to suscribe to Apple's DVD list. A lot of good information comes across it.

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Old October 30th, 2002, 01:59 PM   #996
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Adding TV monitor to G4/FCP3 set up

Dear forum,
I have finally decided to buy a Mac G4/FCP3, but I just have one question before I place the order:

I have a old Sony Trinitron TV monitor (PVM 1342Q) that I wish to add to my G4/FCP3 set up. Any advise how to do that and what I would need?

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Old October 30th, 2002, 02:57 PM   #997
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I'm assuming that the monitor has video/audio inputs. First, so as not to wear out your camera, I'd recommend a DV VTR connected to your G4 via firewire. You could then hook the monitor to the output of the VTR. In my case, my DVTR (AG-DV2000) feeds a 1X12 DA (Dist. Amp). The monitor is hooked to one of the outputs on my DA. You can then view the video coming out of the G4 during playback or from the tapes when capturing.

There are other options, but this one is simple and works well. As indicated, you could also use your camera for this (or a cheapo with a fw port so you don't put unnecessary wear and tear on your production camera).
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Old October 30th, 2002, 02:58 PM   #998
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There may be several ways to connect your monitor. Some users connect the firewire to their camcorder, then connect via S-VHS or composite (RCA connection) to their monitor. This may cause a slight delay between the picture and the audio when viewing using this method. The loss of sync is not in the actual production, but rather caused by the delay in audio and video signals being routed through various devices.

The video card that comes with your Mac G4 may also have S-VHS out. If your monitor does not directly support S-VHS you may need to route the signal through your camera. Again, this may cause a loss of sync.

Lastly, a stand alone convertor will accept firewire in and transcode it to separate audio and video. Generally there is no loss of sync. Sony, Formac, Dazzle, Pinnacle and others make suitable convertors.

http://www.synchrotech.com/product-1...verter_01.html

http://www.dazzle.com/products/hw_bridge.html

http://www03.bhphotovideo.com/produc...MCDA2/REG/2506

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Old October 30th, 2002, 04:09 PM   #999
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Jeff,
Thanks for the reply.
When you say: "Just keep your media on the second drive with nothing else. No MP3's, no documents, nothing but FCP media". Do you mean on a physically second drive or will a HD partition do?
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Old October 30th, 2002, 04:40 PM   #1000
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A second drive. A partition can still cause dropped frames on capture or playback. It doesn't happen too often, but as the drive fills up the likely hood of dropped frames increase. A small 60gig or 80gig (7200rpm) drive is cheap. They can be picked up for around $100 or less. I bought a 60gig drive for $79 (after rebates) a couple of weeks ago. That's cheap. Just for a trip down memory lane in 1995 I bought two 9gig SCSI drives (external) for my Avid. They were $3,500 each. So, know you now when I say they are cheap, I mean cheap.

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Old October 30th, 2002, 06:54 PM   #1001
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It's not a "miracle fix", but it's definitely worth trying to throw it through Sonic Foundry's Noise Reduction plugin. If you have Sound Forge or Vegas (or any other editor that supports DirectX audio plugins) you can grab the demo off their site and try it out.

Basically it works by grabbing a "noise fingerprint" from a few samples of only the noise (no "real" sound, just background) and creates a very fine tuned FFT to apply to the whole clip. Again, no miracle promises, but it does go a long way towards brushing over mistakes with noise.

Edit: Oh whoops. This is the Mac forum. Unfortunately, Sonic Foundry products exist only in the Windows world. It's a good enough tool that you should at least take a clip from your shoot and hunt down someone's PC that you can try it on (heck, if you don't have any pc-enabled friends, I'd even give it a shot).
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Old October 30th, 2002, 08:39 PM   #1002
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Peak is, indeed, a handy and powerful tool. But its filters won't scrub out motor noise, such as an air-conditioner, which actually consists of an orchestra of frequencies. I was faced with something similar recently (an idling bus motor). Even with multiple filter passes at different frequencies I could not adequately eliminate the noise. Worse, with each pass the desired sound degenerated.

I guess that's why sound engineers are so valuable for ensuring that what we hear is as good as what we see...often better, in fact.
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Old October 31st, 2002, 01:55 AM   #1004
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Hard Drive Performance question!

I have a titanium G4 laptop with FCP, and I'm planning on getting an external hard drive that's USB 2.0 but i can't decide if i should pay the extra 100 bucks to get 7200 rpm as compared to the 5600rpm HD.
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Old October 31st, 2002, 02:48 AM   #1005
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Speed

I'm a pc guy so I buy internal drives. The price difference between 5400 and 7200 drives on internals is usually so small I just get the 7200. I have heard that 5400 will work but I have not used them. I usually get the fastest products I can and I do analog video as well. Daniel Berube is a big apple guy so you may want to post this question in NLE on the Mac discussion to get some better answers.

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