I have the task of editing a documentary from approx. 100 hours of video footage in Hi-8 format.
I plan to do it using a new 17" MacBook Pro and Final Cut Express and would love to hear opinions about possible system configurations for this job.
I'm thinking I'll need:
1- A Hi-8 VTR fro playback of the tapes, also a tape rewinder to loosen up the tapes which have been in storage since 1998.
2- A video capture and editing card (Matrox, AJA, ???)
3- A video-capable hard drive with enough capacity for 100 hrs of SD video or 100 hrs of "up-converted" footage (also would love to hear about which codecs would be best for this)
4- An "affordable" video monitor for color correction.
The material will be used both for on-line video streaming of short episodes in a dedicated web-site and also for final distribution in DVD as a full-lenght documentary.
I'm aware that some of the capture cards available offer the capability of up-converting the SD footage to HD, would love to hear some opinions on that as well. Also, I would like to invest in a card that will be useful for future projects generated in present-day video formats.
Thanks for the feedback!!