The endless, throbbing march of technology…

Do you remember back when a gigabyte was a heckuva lot? I sure do. “A GIGABYTE? Why would anyone need THAT?” Of course, that was back when “Avid” was an adjective and RAID was a bug spray. Now gigabytes are where it’s at. Megabytes are a thing of the past.

I awoke yesterday to a startling realization. I’m almost out of room. Of my 400 gigabytes, I only have 20 free. That’s not enough. So last night I went down to Best Buy (in my considered opinion, one of the most unpleasant places on Earth) and bought another hard drive. 500 gigabytes. That puts me right smack dab at .9 terabytes, a word I didn’t know five years ago. Now I have enough room to move, and I can finally keep a backup of all the movie files (I didn’t have any backup other than the tapes before, so needless to say I’ve been rather paranoid about possible drive failures and such.

It’s come to my attention that there may be a couple of fellow filmmakers watching the vodcast and perhaps reading the blog, and since filmmakers talk about such things, I’m going to bore the rest of you with a quick run-down of the hardware and software comprising my editing system:

  • PowerMac G5 1.8 gigahertz single-processor
    • 1.5 GB RAM
    • 400 GB internal storage
    • 500 GB external storage
  • Cheap, low-end MiniDV camcorder (This is my tape deck and analog/digital converter)
  • Two computer monitors
  • VHS tape deck/TV set (for live video preview when editing)
  • iPod video (for personal use, but I also use it to review edits when I’m away from the computer, and with an AV cable I can hook it up to any TV set to show work in progress to clients)
  • Mac OS X Tiger 10.4.5
  • Final Cut Studio, which includes:
    • Final Cut Pro 5
    • DVD Studio Pro 4
    • Soundtrack Pro
    • Motion 2

So nothing too fancy, but it gets the job done and is still pretty zippy for being over a year old (and low-end even when it was new). Just goes to show you don’t need a sixty-thousand-dollar production suite to edit. This is the new age of editing; the digital paradigm. The cool thing is that I’m doing things now in Final Cut that would have been impossible not only on a flatbed editing system twenty years ago, but even on a hundred-thousand-dollar Avid system ten years ago. Ain’t technology grand.

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