What’s an ideal portable feature film editing solution? Can one edit an entire feature on say a Mac Mini with some external drives?
I posed this question to my friend, editor and fellow Mac head Neil Sadwelkar. This post will have our conversation. Neil hosts an excellent website devoted to non linear editing.
Yes I’ve been thinking along those lines too. However, now after experiencing feature editing in FCP, I’ve found that for features and long films particularly, a more beefier processor and RAM is a must.
I’d like to edit a 90 minute feature film which originates on 35mm and is filmed with a 10:1 ratio.
Here’s Neil’s first answer:
Yes I’ve been thinking along those lines too. However, now after experiencing feature editing in FCP, I’ve found that for features and long films particularly, a more beefier processor and RAM is a must. As are multiple and fast hard disks. Sadly that means the Mac mini, iBook, PBook are out. The lowest system you can get by for something over 90 mins final length is probably a iMac 20″ among the “new” lot. Meaning if one is buying fresh.
Of legacy systems, at least a dual 1GHz or over with gobs of RAM is a must.
There is a definite and demonstrable difference in long timeline editing between even a DP G4/1.42 GHz with 1Gb RAM and a DP G5/2.5 GHz with 2 Gb RAM. The exact same project just chokes on a PBook 1.5GHz even with 1 Gb RAM (something that compares with a Mac mini)
The other pecularity of features is the amount of hard disk space required. 1 Tb is easily burnt in the avarage feature. Running multiple firewire hard disks to muster up that kind of space is fraught with danger.
I’d go with internal drives or external SATA anyday. And in in ideal world I’d take an XRAID as the most sevure solution for drive space. Recapture of media is just not an option in the event of drive failure.
Just some first thoughts.