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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 09:04 AM   #1
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Attention all video editors

Hey all,

I'm wanting to dive into video editing and I wanted to know your set-up (item by item). I'd like to have an idea of what I need and $$.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 11:25 AM   #2
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It will depend if you are doing this as a hobby or full time....
Whatever software you use make sure you practice and understand the lingo/theory/concepts.

As for a typical workstation setup is varies.
- Fastest Power Mac you can afford
- As much RAM as you can afford
- Dual monitors 19 inch or bigger
- upgraded video card
- extra hard drive
- external hard drives FW800
- Kensington Expert Mouse Pro
- DV converter (Miglia or Data100)
- RAID storage
- external DVD writer
- FW800 card
- SATA card
- Epson printer R200 (to print unto DVDs)

- FCP suite
- Photoshop
- Media Cleaner
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 11:30 AM   #3
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Well I'm an avid home/consumer class video editor. I should probably be the poster boy for the iLife suite of applications. I use a Canon ZR400 16:9 mini DV camcorder, a Canon PowerShot S110 2.1 digital still camera, an Epson 3200 scanner and my editing tool is a Power Mac G4 MDD Dual 1.25GHz w/SuperDrive (dual boot) with 2MB RAM, a nVidia GeForce4 Ti 128MB video card, 480GB/240MB internal/external combined hard drives, an external LaCie d2 16x Dual Layer DVD±RW burner and an Apple 17" LCD Studio Display.

I use this setup for everything, from acting as a TiVo PVR to making instructional presentation DVDs to digitally editing and archiving Super 8mm film, 35mm slides/negatives and old vinyl LPs. Except for the stock iLife '05 apps, Toast 6 Titanium is the only third party software I use. However, I am planning to buy Final Cut Express just so I can crop video footage (we'll see if this feature is available in iMovie/iLife '06. )

I cry when I think about how much I spent when it was new compared to what I'd get for everything today, but my system is flawless and it has seen three very hard working years. Since everything works as well as anyone would expect, I won't upgrade until something critically fails. Hopefully I'll get at least three more years.

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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 11:35 AM   #4
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1 gig ram
80 gig system hd
200 gig 7200 rpm hd in a firewire 400 enclosure
19 inch CRT
20 inch toshiba tv monitor
superDrive (DVD±RW/CD-RW)
Canopus ADVC 100 A/D converter
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 02:07 PM   #5
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I use FCP 4.5 on the MDD listed in my sig. For more better quality work, I use a Panasonic DVX-100AP camera (24P). For just little stuff I use my old Canon ZR40.

1 17" Apple CRT and 1 19" Viewsonic CRT. One 160GB (I think?) HD dedicated to video. 60GB system drive, 80 GB backup drive. Stock video card (32MB). I'm keeping this baby for another year or so I think. I'm waiting the for second rev of the intel macs and FCP 6. Or something like that
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 03:57 PM   #6
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Amateur editor here, Dual 2ghz G5 Rev A, 1.5 gig ram, 128 ATI Radeon video card, 2 internal 160 gig HD. 1 17inch Samsung 172x DVI lcd, and one 15 inch BenQ LCD. Software, I have Motion 1, FCE, iMovie HD, iDVD 5, and even Keynote sometimes with the export to quicktime video option. Also I have a Canon Digital video camera, cant remember what model, I think DV650
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 04:09 PM   #7
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If you're just starting, you really don't need a top of the line system. Sure, if you want to learn all the ins and outs of the latest editing software, then you should get the fastest PowerMac your money can buy... but I started my journey on a Sawtooth 400, Final Cut Pro 1 or 2, an analogue camera and the Matrox RTMac capture card.

Of course, the quality of that image vs. something from an HD camera cut on a G5 with at least FCP 4.5 wouldn't be much of a match. You have to decide on your budget first, then build a system around that.

As for what I'm using right now, the system is in my signature, and I'm really enjoying it. I upgraded from a Dual 1GHz G4 about 2 months ago thinking that I wouldn't really notice THAT much of a difference. MAN was I wrong

3 very important things you need, no matter what system it's based on:

1) video monitor
2) separate HD for video
3) separate HD for backing up your video

Mac Pro 3.0 • 2 x SD • 10 gig • 4.5 TB • 2x 30" Samsung • 20" JVC HD Broadcast

Mac Pro 2.66 • 2 x SD • 4 gig • 3 TB • 24" LaCie • 100" BenQ DLP Projector

iMac 2GHz Aluminum • 2 gig • 250 gig • 20"+22" Samsung

MacBook Pro 2.4 • 4 gig • 250 gig

G4 PowerBook 12" 867 • SD • 640 mb • 100 gig

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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 04:35 PM   #8
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Editing on an iMac

I have a 17" iMac G5, which I'm sure is quite sufficient for running iMovie, but is it able to utilise a second monitor just for video output? It has an ATI 9600 with 128MB RAM. Is this practical on an iMac? I won't be doing heavy-duty stuff, so I don't want to put a lot more money into the system at this point, but I'd like to get as much out of it as I can.
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 05:46 PM   #9
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my setup for editing

Final Cut Pro 5
3 Gig Ram
Dual 2GHZ G5
About a terabyte of storage
Panasonic DVX100
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Old Dec 14th, 2005, 06:51 PM   #10
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Like others have said... lots of RAM in the fastest machine you can afford and I'll add:

an 'NTSC' playback monitor

a good audio mixer

and unless you can aford to use your camera as a camera AND an input/output deck...

It's dependent on what level you're working at and who is 'buying' your final outputs. The more professional* your end product is the more you can expect/hope to be paid for it....

*technically as well as 'artistically' speaking

DV Shop pages as reference... buy where you get a deal and good service/support

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