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Digital video lab
I'd like to thank Hal for starting this forum. I know there is alot of us out there using video in our classrooms and now we have a place to share ideas.
I would like some feedback on my ideas for our digital video lab we will hopefully be setting up this summer at our school. I plan to purchase 6-8 student workstations (Pentium 300 w/128mb ram & 18 Gig hard drive) and 1 high-end system for capture and output back to tape. This high-end system would have a very large hard drive or series of drives, good source and record decks and the best capture system we can afford. All the computers would be on a 100 base T network and the high-end system would act like server. The workstations will down load the digitized clips to their hard drives and then edit them and then up load them back to the high-end system when completed.
My questions are:
What system would you recommend? (Fast, Media 100, Avid, D-Vision) Keep in mind it has to be PC.
What software would you recommend? (I am leaning toward Premier or Media Pro 5.0)
Does anyone out there have something like this set up and running?
Any other ideas?
Thanks for your time.
PS. Check out our web site some time at: 168.99.15.4/video
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Re: Digital video lab
Nice idea,
Is this what you were considering:
Digertize (on your online system with a video card) to a Premier(or whatever) friendly codec (dont want to transcode), say AVI with DV master if you went DV, save that to a shared hard drive, then do an off-line on a workstation using Premier, create an EDL, import the edl into you online box, finalize your online cut/mix, print to tape.
But this will result in tieing up your most powerfull online editing computer to do video i/o all the time. Otherwize I'm not sure how it would be done without having several video cards while they all use the same A/V hard drive array (this is what a non-educational friend has but on Mac with Avid composers for online & McXpress for video i/o and off-line.)
I know speed razor with digisuite are developing softwere that works as a on-line server with several off-line workstations all running off the servers array that has video i/o ( digitizing can be done from a off-line/workstation through the server/on-line's video card while someone is editing on the online/server as the same time). Has anyone got any other options?
keep us posted on your progress, sounds intresting
Rafs
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: I would like some feedback on my ideas for our digital video lab we will hopefully be setting up this summer at our school. I plan to purchase 6-8 student workstations (Pentium 300 w/128mb ram & 18 Gig hard drive) and 1 high-end system for capture and output back to tape. This high-end system would have a very large hard drive or series of drives, good source and record decks and the best capture system we can afford. All the computers would be on a 100 base T network and the high-end system would act like server. The workstations will down load the digitized clips to their hard drives and then edit them and then up load them back to the high-end system when completed.
: My questions are:
: What system would you recommend? (Fast, Media 100, Avid, D-Vision) Keep in mind it has to be PC.
: What software would you recommend? (I am leaning toward Premier or Media Pro 5.0)
: Does anyone out there have something like this set up and running?
: Any other ideas?
: Thanks for your time.
: PS. Check out our web site some time at: 168.99.15.4/video