314 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 7, 2006 3:52 PM by Alexia Sims
what version of FCP and what OS?
What other apps must this machine run?
What are your filmmaking aspirations?
If you're shooting DV and are planning to do the offline on your laptop, almost any Powerbook will do the job as long as it's got a 7200 rpm drive. You're not going to like it, though, unless you're limiting your expectations to FCP3 and maybe even OS9. These will do the job for you and for a lot less than $2k. that way you can buy a decent camera.
Here's what people forget to include in their budget:
1. Protective case ($100 to $400, your laptop is supremely vulnerable.)
2. Spare batteries ($150 each, you need three if you're doing video)
3. Backup FW drive and software (My dog ate my computer, professor, I can't turn in my movie.)
4. Additional power supply (because you won't listen to us about the batteries)
Are you in a film program? Do they have an edit suite?
Even if they don't, a 15" (not 12") Powerbook doing reasonable edits will be fine for DV.
If you are thinking 16 tracks of video and a 24 track audio production, you may run into issues - but you might run into them in the Powermac desktops as well.
Make sure you budget for a quality external firewire drive (G-Tech or Granite Digital come to mind) and a PCMCIA firewire card. These items will be essential elements in the system.
I'll be using Final Cut Pro 4 and whatever is the newest OS X version. The only other apps will be appleworks or ms office, and I was hoping to get some sort of basic audio program (any suggestions?)
Luckily I have a SONY DVX-2000 so the camera is not a problem. For the time being I will be looking to edit short video pieces and a broadcast length documentary. I have already dedicated a 160 GB Lacie Firewire External Drive to this semester's projects.
Do you think I won't have the performance I want from a Powerbook? Especially if I want to use a more current version of FCP and OS? If the PB isn't going to work what is the least expensive option in Powermac?
Thanks for the reminders about the 'extras', so far, so good on that checklist.
Appreciate the help,