Angry the Clown Posted July 9, 2004 Report Share Posted July 9, 2004 I'm seriously considering a PowerBook G4 for video editing and writing purposes. I say a PowerBook over a G5 as right now as right now as far as a desktop unit is concerned I am quite content with my recently built PC. I've been longing for a portable device for a while for my writing, and if it could kill two birds with one stone in it being suitable for video editing and DVD burning purposes, it would be a worthy investment. So let me explain the extent of the video work I?m looking at here. I shoot Super 16mm film whenever possible with my film work, and I am curious just how capable the PowerBook would be in being able to store and edit roughly thirty to forty minutes of footage that would be whittled down for editing of a 5 minute short film. Final Cut Pro offers a wealth of options for the film loving nerd like me including its 24fps reverse telecine and EDL offerings so it is software I am really drawn to as I can shoot film, telecine to tape and load that into the computer, work in 24fps, create an EDL should I ever come to conform the short on film itself, and also run off DVD versions. So essentially I?d be looking to load Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro onto the machine then. As someone with no experience of Macs I really just want to know if a PowerBook G4 is at all capable of working with slightly less than an hour of captured video footage for editing, and then mastering to DVD with that kind of software. I?d obviously be all too happy to push the RAM budget to 1gb (though there seem to be multiple configurations), and I'd opt for the faster speed 80gb hdd on offer from Apple. I?m not sure if taking the 128mb ATI option over the 64mb would offer a difference so I need some pointers there too. This is my first foray into digital editing having spent all my time with trusty old steenbecks in the past cutting and splicing my negatives by hand. If a top spec G4 PowerBook could serve as a portable editing station for short film work it would be an absolutely wonderful purchase. Is what I am looking at doable? Daniel PS: I'd be looking to edit at standard definition resolutions (PAL maximum). I'm not expecting to ever telecine to HD and work in HD on a PowerBook. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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