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That hardware will be sufficient. I would put a third drive in. Use the secondary drive for Windows and programs, the RAID0 for captured material only, and a third drive should be added for your projects and scratch files.
If you have your Windows on the RAID0, you won't get the benefit out of it that you want.
The canon connects to the PC via a firewire connection. If I were you, I would experiment with 30f and 60i to see what looks better to you. You will probably end up deinterlacing so figure out if Premiere Pro (or After Effects) does a better job, ot the camera does a better job.
Multiple clips composited is not problem with clips on a RAID0.
You should concentrate on putting Flash movies out for online viewing.
I use Cineform Aspect HD to capture and provide realtime effects in Premiere Pro CS3. You will want to try to edit native HDV first, and then download a free 15 day trial of Cineform Aspect HD and see if you like that workflow better. Aspect HD isn't cheap, but it makes editing a lot easier.
Thank you for your quick reply and information there in. The video is very nice too. Great angles and composition.
So I guess, I'm going to have swap my drive and re-install my OS when the machine arrives.
I'm not going to be able to capture directly to my desktop (due to poratability reasons). So is there I way in Premire CS3 to uncompress the HDV from the camera and store it in my HDD in uncompressed format? I don't mind having to do this extra step each time if the post production experience is going to be better.
I've heard a lot about Aspect HD from you and others here as well as other forums. I'm not very video savvy yet and don't understand a lot of the vocabulary used :). I've been to their website and don't get what their products are supposed to give me either (I guess their audience understands exactly what they are saying).
What I do get is it decompresses the MPEG 2 to saves it to yout HDD for editing purposes. However, I would have thought the Premier Pro CS3 would have that capability as part of the product, no?
I'd also like to use footage that is not HDV as well as photos/images (composits) but still retain the final cut to be HDV quality. Is this possible and if so, what does it do to the editing experience/performance?
Will I be able to output the final cut back to my camera's Mini DV tape (without having to buy Aspect HD)?
The problem is that once the HDV is stored to the tape it is already compressed. To completely uncompress it is possible, but remember that the quality will not improve any. Cineform uncompresses it to a point, in that each frame has all of the information, unlike MPEG video. But what you have on the tape is as good as it will ever get.
Cineform allows you to edit easier, and provides realtime effects. It is up to ou to figure out just how great your system is without it. You may be happy without it. I am not.
Native HDV is Premiere Pro doesn't decompress it at all. So the PC has to keep track of 15 frames instead of one at a time.
Compositions from After Effects and similar programs can be used in HDV projects, both Cineform and Native. And in both cases you can save back to tape. Although I never do since I have a DVD player that plays M2T files and WMV-HD files.
Thank you onace again for your reply. I appreciate it tremendously.
Yes, I understand the one can't improve what's there. I just thought that if decompressed HDV was easier to handle for editing purposes then I wouldn't mind decomppressing once to speed things up during post production.
From what you're saying, it looks like Premiere Pro can handle the regular MPEG 2 that HDV uses, however, the PC will need to have a decent amount of processing power, memory and HDD I/O to get the live feedback one normally likes to see during the editing process, correct? If so, then I'll have to wait and see (since I haven't got my PC work station yet).
When you say, DVD player...
1. Is this one that is in the PC/Mac or a stand alone DVD player.
2. How many hours/minutes of HDV can you record on DVD?
Looking at the backup angle of things:
1. I figure all the raw footage can remain on tape.
2. One would have to backup the various projects and source files/footage etc. as well.
Seeing that 1 hour of HDV (1080i) results in about 10GB I was wondering what strategy others are following to backup all of this stuff.
My DVD player is no longer available, but JVC licensed a version that works OK. It is a standalone DVD player that plays all standard definition DVDs, but it also plays DVD-ROM with M2T or WMV-HD files on it. No fancy menus, but it plays the video.
You can put 20 minutes of M2T or an hour or more of WM9.
As far as backup, I save off the M2T files so I don't have to recapture. I have more money than time. But the original tape should be sufficient. Projects get saved to an external drive every evening. Disks are cheap and getting cheaper.I use expensive tape, so disks are now cheaper than tape.