Considering Adding a Kona Card ...

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by videoed, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. videoed macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I'm working on upgrading some equipment and looking at the Kona LHi.

    Some things I am unsure of:

    Is a quad core MP enough for the purpose of standard definition?

    Should I be using a striped raid?

    How much RAM is minimum?

    I'm a bit more of an editor than an engineer, any help is appreciated.

    Thanks,

    ed
     
  2. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

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    If a Blue and White G3 can handle SD I think your MP will be fine. ;)

    A stripped RAID will get your more RT performance but a single eSATA drive will be more than adequate especially if your are working w/DV, ProRes, or DV50.

    I'd say 4 to 8 gigs of RAM. FCP can only address 3gig, IIRC, but you want to have more so you have plenty of room for the OS and any other apps you might want to run concurrently w/FCP.


    Lethal
     
  3. videoed thread starter macrumors regular

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    thanks for the response.

    another question,

    if we are recording to dvcam, what should our capture settings be?

    will i need to be working with uncompressed?

    thanks,

    ed
     
  4. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000

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    well that's up to you and depends on your quality requirements, storage constraints, and workflow.

    If you have the space, then go for uncompressed... if you don't, stick with DVCam or DVCPro50 until you add gfx/do color correction and then use an uncompressed sequence.
     
  5. LethalWolfe macrumors G3

    LethalWolfe

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    If you are mastering back to DV to just FW to capture and keep everything native. Personally I'd never work w/uncompressed from DV. If you need a high quality format I'd capture it as ProRes 422. ProRess 422 at SD sizes isn't much bigger than DV and it's a much better codec (13gig/hr for DV and 19gig/hr for ProRes 422).


    Lethal
     

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