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Just a quick +1- CS 5 Production Premium is excellent. Each program on its own is solid- the entire suite is rich with tools and function.February 21, 2012 at 8:02 PM in reply to: I’m always getting Noise in my Videos, Please Advise :( #202631
It might just be the web compression, but I didn’t see noise so much as judder- if you turn OIS off while on sticks, that may help.
When you connect the camera to the computer without an NLE running, can you access the files? If so, just copy them onto your scratch drive and import them into Premiere from there.
Thankfully, there are alternatives- if you are willing to shoot to an intermediate form, something like the Atomos Ninja/Samurai (depending on whether it is HDMI or HD-SDI out of the camera) or a Blackmagic Hyperdeck might do the trick. Other than that, your options are to get a card (like the Blackmagic Intensity) that will allow HD ingest… that or plan to get caught-up on some reading, while you wait.
XML support is good news (opening FCP7 projects is done through a third-party app though…) 64 multicam also seems good- too bad they EOLed my hardware or I’d give this a go…
@Kong- the battery life issue isn’t quite that stark, on the GH1 and GH2, I can get 3 + hours out of each battery (hacked/higher bit rates eat juice more quickly). One fully charged battery in unit and another waiting to go has gotten me through nearly a full shooting day.
You’ll see some improvement- if you can upgrade your video card, that’ll help too.
There is no faster way to kill your SSD than using it as a scratch drive. Plan B as you’ve outlined above scratching to a 7200 rpm physical drive is preferable, then backup to your toaster.
Also, not keeping original assets can prove a costly prospect… having access to your entire body of work may be helpful (or even necessary) at some point. Despite the cost spike that disk drive space has taken lately (due to the flooding in Thailand), things should go back to normal soon, making it inexpensive enough to save all of your material twice, once as your ‘on site’ archive, and one that is the ‘in case of emergency’ version that is kept somewhere safe.
Asus laptops get pretty consistently high marks from editors. With that said, one thing to look for is 1080 screen (for full HD playback at full resolution), something that neither of those choices has.
Also, I/O is important, as you won’t want to use the internal drive as your ‘scratch’ drive whenever possible. Esata and USB 3.0 (and FW800… ish, but that isn’t an option on most laptops anymore) are fast enough to do real-time edits with an external disk/array.
I run Production Premium CS5 (Premiere Pro, Photoshop, After Effects, Soundbooth, Illustrator, Flash, etc.) on an i7 laptop with only 4 gigs of RAM (still waiting to upgrade) and it chews-through HD footage of different flavors without issue.January 27, 2012 at 2:17 PM in reply to: The Old “Editing AVCHD .mov files” Thread – Need some input here. #190798
CS5 on my i7 laptop with only 4 GB of RAM handles AVCHD just fine without transcoding- the desktop with more RAM does it better, but we haven’t found a flavor that won’t play natively on either. Add to that your CUDA-compliant card and you should be good for a while. Happy editing- that’ll be a solid setup!
You can tweak the colors in FCP, but you’ll want to shoot as ‘flat’ as possible to provide the most latitude for CC- that coupled with a good manual white balance, open aperture (with appropriate ND or CPL filters, if needed) and reflectors/lights will go a long way toward achieving your desired look.
Have you tried changing the timing of the audio in Soundtrack Pro?
When you purchase royalty-free music, you are paying to use that material (usually with some stipulations, like, you may use it e.g. broadcast, internet, etc., but can’t resell the collection). Just because someone buys a finished project from you doesn’t automatically entitle them to use of the assets- if that were the case, you would ‘lose’ control of your own video everytime you sell a DVD or someone views your work online.
It’s easiest to think of it not as ‘owning’ the music, but having a license to use it. Unless it’s under Creative Commons, songs require acquiring the license from each and every user to keep it above board. HTH.
Increasing your RAM will help, but FCP 6 is a 32bit program, meaning that it is limited to using a maximum of 4GB. For editing HD material in FCP 6/7, you’ll want (or need if it is h.264 or AVCHD) to transcode your footage to ProRes.
Even with a RAM upgrade, you will still want to schedule your projects to render while you can work on something else… like reading a Russian novel…