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#1 Steven Adams

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 01:57 PM

Hi,

New here. I'm getting very close to making a decision on a mac pro. Wondering If I should go 8 or 4 core?

I'll be editing HD video for documentary's and indie features.

Looks like B&H have the best deals I have about $4000.00 bucks to spend on Monitor and system. Looking at the Dell 22 monitor.

Any input would be greatly appreciated!


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#2 Satsuki Murashige

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Posted 20 April 2009 - 04:29 PM

I don't have the answer, but I suspect the real question you want answered is: will Leopard/Final Cut Studio 2 actually make use of all 8 cores? And what about the announced-but-yet-to-be-released Snow Leopard operating system and rumored release of FCS3 sometime this year? Otherwise, you might as well save your money for a quad-core machine and spend the money on a RAID array and more memory. Start browsing forums like Creative Cow, DV Info, DVX User, and you'll learn a lot. That's what I did when I was looking into buying a Macbook Pro a year and a half ago.

Also think about whether clients will be asking you to see their footage on a color-correct monitor even to color correct their footage. In that case, you'll need to figure out something a little better than the Dell. Look into the Matrox MXO device, which allows you to calibrate a computer monitor in the standard "brightness, contrast, chroma, phase" way much cheaper than using a broadcast HD monitor and an HD-SDI card. There are also cheaper monitor calibration devices like the Pantone Huey Pro and the Spyder (can't remember who makes that one). I have the Huey Pro and for $100 it's not bad at all, much better than not calibrating at all or using the OS calibrator.

Edited by Satsuki Murashige, 20 April 2009 - 04:30 PM.

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#3 Steve McBride

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 12:39 AM

Since I'm moving away from editing to focus on cinematography I'm going to be selling my Mac Pro system that I have when I get my MacBook Pro (which is in a few days).

I got the computer in July 2007 and it has 2x 2.66GHz dual-core Intel Xeon processors, 5gb DDR2 ram, 250gb 7200rpm harddrive, 500gb 7200rpm harddrive. It comes with the keyboard, Logitech Z4 2.1 speakers, and I'll throw in a Hanns-G 22" widescreen VGA/HDMI monitor (it has a bright spot that I think is getting larger in the bottom middle, doesn't effect anything when editing in FCP since it's in the lower half so it should work fine until you get a better one).

Let me know if you're interested in buying, the price will be pretty cheap compared to a new system and the whole package has everything you need to get started editing (minus FCS2) including the OSX Leopard installation disk.

Edited by Steve McBride, 21 April 2009 - 12:40 AM.

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#4 David Rakoczy

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Posted 21 April 2009 - 03:58 PM

Love my 8 Core :wub: .. nice to not have to render every edit... especially in ProRes HQ.. Until everything goes HD (Broadcasting Spots), I use a Sony PVM for color correcting... $450 used from B&H.
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