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- May 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM #47932AnonymousInactive
Hi all, I have been filming outdoor turkey hunts for a few years now and have several hunts that I am wanting to edit and make a DVD to give to friends and possibly pass out at tradeshows to hopefully “get noticed”. Ultimately it would be a dream to be able to produce and sell some DVD’s to help pay for my “hobby” which is hunting and filming my hunts. I have a Canon XH-A1
I am in need of some advice and guidance as I am very un-educated on the editing/production part. I am a fast learner and intuitive thinker, but this is an area that I am just about to get involved in.
I am looking at the Mac’s and trying to decide on what would be a great set-up for me. I don’t have to have the best of the best, but I do want to have more than what is sufficient for me to start to get involved in learning and editing and producing my videos.
I am trying to decide between a MacbookPro or the MacPro and any variations of each that would be reccomended. Info on such things as extra monitor, monitor/screen size, memory, graphics, external storage, external keyboard if I go with notebook, connections, etc. Also, I was thinking of FinalCut Express for starters unless it is recommended that I go with FinalCut Pro.
Any guidance and advice is greatly appreciated and thanks in advance for helping a newbie. I am sure I will have many more questions along my journey.
I’m only going to comment on what I know..which is very very little – but I think you’re right in starting with final cut express – it would be easier, as well as cheaper, – especially if you have not done much editing before. I had done some editing at a news station, some during college, lots of iMovie experience, but the jump to Final Cut Pro was still very time consuming. Final Cut Express would probably be the best way to start out — and if you find you struggle with the program, I recommend Lynda.com for tutorials – although it costs about $25/month, its worth knowing the ins and outs of your program in my opinion.
By taking a look at the current maxed out iMac system, using FCE and utilizing an external hard drive system with large capacity drives you could save a bunch of money and obtain a solid, effective and high performance editing system. Sure there will be various workarounds depending on your acquisition solutions and formats, but there ARE workarounds and they are efficient and effective.
I think that while portability is a positive factor, spending the unnecessary bucks for a MacBook Pro, in light of its overall shortcomings would be a poor trade.
While I did save up and purchase a maxed out Mac Pro with Final Cut Pro, and am totally happy with the 2009 model I purchased last March before the new processor models came out (at significantly higher prices for similar setups), had the current line (especially the top of the line iMac) of iMacs been released I would have strongly considered that unit, only going with FCP because I’ve had that program since it original release and am comfortable with it – seeing no reason to “step down” from my experience level.
Starting out, however, Final Cut Express would be an excellent direction to take. You can produce some high quality material using the current high end iMac and FCE along with an external storage system populated with 7200 or faster RPM drives in the 500 GB to 1T capacities.
If you’d like to post some turkey hunt how-to videos, I could sure use them. I still have 2 empty tags this spring season here in PA.
But seriously, there’s a big market for what you’re looking at, I bet. But when you say “get noticed,” by whom? I’m betting that consumers might have one level of expectation, easily met with FCE, but producers might have a totally higher level of expectation (FCP), if that makes any sense.
I seriously do not believe that when a capable person develops a video production using the primary attributes of one editing system or program over another, that “producers” or do you mean people who might buy and/or market such productions, would be THAT concerned about what system or program was used, so long as the content, quality and editing were “professional”?
Thanks Mr. Earl for the help. Your advice helps me greatly. Because this is something that I am not familiar with and “educated” on, you have got me to look at your suggestion and I see where that would work for me. Sorry for the “newbie” questions, but could you suggest adn point me in the right direction for the external memory that I would need? Also, should I go with the 27 in monitor, 2.6 or 2.8 ghz quad core, 8gig 4×2 or 2×4 RAM, and the 1 TB hard drive? thanks again