I am wondering whether anyone is using OnLocation for rapid (read almost instant) tapeless workflow.
What I would like to do is:
1 - Use 4 Sony V1U HDV cameras and ISO record all of them as HDV files.
2 - Record the ISO on four separate laptops running OnLocation via a Firewire feed from each camera.
3 - Store the clips (as they are being recorded) onto four external eSATA drives (one for each camera/laptop combo)
4 - After 90 minute recording is complete, move the four external eSATA drives to a central workstation running CS4 and equipped with 4 eSATA ports.
5 - Then WITHOUT copying the files from the external drives, immediately start editing a multi-cam session.
Can I do this?
Are there any "gotcha's?"
What kind of of pre-processing of the clips is necessary if any? (audio or video "conforming"?)
Does timecode stay with the files?
How long after I mount the drives might I be ready to start editing? 1 minute? 5 minutes 1 hour or more?
I need to do a FAST turnaround, but cannot do a live switch.......
Not that I am aware of.
Indexing, conforming and generating peak files.
Depends on your system.
(sorry for the arrogance as you call it, only answering the questions without a long winded story)
That actually sounds pretty cool. The only question I'd maybe ask is what is cheaper: 4 laptops with onlocation, or 4 solid state recording devices for your cameras (like Convergent's little one which records from the HD-SDI port of the camera)?
If you need the functionality of OL, like scopes and what not, then sure it sounds like it's the way to go. Just sayin there may be alternatives?
But I saw a handful of others along this line at NAB last year.