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Uber Geek

#27836 7-Nov-2008 19:33
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I've been asked by a mate to spec an HD Video editing system for him.
He is involved with a NZ/Canada movie production and is going to be doing some editing, colour restoration, animation and sound editing etc.

I have no idea where to begin other than I assume it will need  a huge amount of storage, probably a RAID5 backup system of some sort, a decent sound card/video card.

He doesn't want to go the MAC way as has used them in the past and had lots of problems.


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Ultimate Geek

  #176720 7-Nov-2008 20:11
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What sort of application is planning to use for this job?. Adobe Premier?
these are the basic requirements

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Uber Geek

  #176724 7-Nov-2008 20:20
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Hi there,

I started my working life designing and  producing broadcast automation and video editing gear (for little outfits like the BBC, Sky, MTV etc) the kit was based around the Matrox Digisuite range of boards :

Very good kit, not cheap though but then it not aimed at the home or prosumer levels.

For a hardware platform a multicore CPU and LOTS of RAM is what you are aiming at, the high end video boards like the MAtrox Digisuite offload most of the grunt work, the CPU only gets involved when you do things not supported in hardware.

Disk, you'll need Boot/application drive, then a RAID-0 scratch/work disk (made up of 2 or 3 disks), and for short term storage a hardware array with a minimum of say 4 disks in RAID-5 (RAID-3 would work better for video if you can find a board supporting it) .. SATA is OK for compressed video work, if he is working on uncompressed video then you are looking more at SCSI, SAS or Fibre Channel disk.  If you go the SAS/SCSI/FC route then you can always look at an external array (with FC you;d have to) but price goes up up up :-)  A graphics board that supports multiple monitors is a must, and if you get an Nvidia QuadroFX a lot of the high end graphics/video packages can use the GPU to offload more work to.  The monitor choice is up to the eye of the beholder, but a studio grade CRT would be required to see how the video REALLY looks (LCD's don't come close).

You'll probably find the software will run close to the same cost as some of the hardware :-)

Bargain! ;-)
Being honest you can get very good prosumer level kit these days, I've not really kept up on it as I'm in data storage now .


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Uber Geek

  #176786 8-Nov-2008 08:18
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Thanks Mark.  Exactly what I was after!

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