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Help me out and I'll give you credits in my documentary :) I plan to shoot a half-hour documentary with the Canon XL1. I'm willing to fork over around $5000 to $6000 for a complete DV NLE system. Any suggestions? Has anyone used the FireMax Studio system or built their own from the ground up and successfully produced a documentary? Any good tips will be handsomely rewarded with the giver's name in bright type.

-- Marcus Chan (mchan@sfgate.com), December 21, 1998


Check out the DV-Rex-M1 from Canopus Marcus, It looks good, it sounds good, and what Ive heard and read it does you good aswell, Ive just installed mine and it was up and running in no time, has promised by many rex users on their forum.(you4ll find that at the canopus site) I4m just a beginner in NLE myself, but I have a good feeling behind this product.

Good luck George

-- (george.godfrey@mailbox.swipnet.se), December 22, 1998.

http://www.wwug.com/forums/radius/ go to this site and listen to what they are saying about the radius edit dv system. you can get a mac g3 and 2 17 GB drives along with the radius firewire hardware and software using inexpensive EIDE drives. Since DV has such low requirements 14 GB is an hour of footage so you could have over 2 hours of clips ready to use. A complete setup would cost about $3600 CPU monitor and all. Also you would have camera control from your computer and an easy to use NLE interface.

-- rob (rezineight@aol.com), December 22, 1998.

I'm in the process of putting together a system myself, so I'm new at this. What I do know is DOCUMENTARY = LOTS OF FOOTAGE. The thing that seems most attractive about the FireMax system is that its card/ software lets you capture the footage at low-res draft mode, getting many hours of footage onto a cheap 14-gig drive. You edit the crappy looking video, then, you create an Edit Decision List, erase the crappy footage, and then use Premiere's Batch Digitize mode to re- capture only the footage that made the cut, this time, in full quality. This is the way people have used Avid's and other NLE's for years. First, you do an "offline" edit, then an "online" when you have finalized your editing choices. For some reason, the other firewire cards don't seem to give you this option, only digitizing at the one high-quality/low compression rate, hogging up expensive hard drive space.

-- nate ford (lynn@javanet.com), March 06, 1999.

Get a 400mhz B&W G3 for $1900. Add two 25 gig ATA66 harddrives. Edit with Final Cut Pro. In the long run you'll be very, very glad you work with Apple software. Add AfterEffects and all the plugins you can afford and you're ready to rock. By the way, here's a list of other software for a complete suite. Add what you want.

Photoshop5 Illustrator8 AfterEffects CineLook (plugin) Effetto Pronto Commotion Ultimatte Pro Tools for Audio Unity DS-1 (from Bitheadz) Retro As-1 (from Bitheadz) Gallea EIAS Maya Digital Effects Suite Alias|Wavefront software QuickTime4 Finally, all audio and video plug-ins available for said software.

Brian Meade

-- Brian Meade (brianmeade@yahoo.com), June 05, 1999.

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