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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Thursday (9/15/11) 10:42pm - ... wherein Peter makes film-editing plans.

Starting at the end of this year, in addition to the music stuff, I want to start learning film editing.

Here's what I'm thinking I'll do.  I'll go the Mac route.  I understand that there are less-expensive video-editing options on the PC.  But I have had so many awful, awful problems doing media work with PCs that just the thought of picking up Premiere or something like that makes me twitchy.

Also, there's the 'can my friends help me?' thing -- if I run into problems on a Mac setup, I know a bunch of people who edit video on the Mac, a half-dozen Apple employees, and la_directora, who edits a TV show and teaches people to use Final Cut for a living.  If I run into a problem with Corel VisualStudio, I'm on my own.

Which brings us to software:  apparently Final Cut Pro X has some major drawbacks, but most of them only really apply if you're working in broadcast TV.  For me, it seems ideal (and affordable):  powerful but easy-to-use, and something of an industry standard for everybody who doesn't use Avid.

What hardware should I buy?  Both PC Magazine and Deano say that the new iMacs can handle video editing just fine -- which is good, since the prices on Mac Pros make me want to whimper and hide in the corner.  At the moment, I have no idea which one to buy.  Would a 27" monitor be that much more useful than a 21.5" monitor?  Would a faster CPU be that useful?

I know that whatever I get, I'll buy a bit more memory from newegg to up it to 8GB.

And that leaves "How will I teach myself editing?"  I imagine I'll start with these training videos, and perhaps pick up the forthcoming Apple Pro Training book as well.  Beyond that, plans are to read whatever books I can lay hands on (yay Walter Murch), and try to attend to the editing of the TV and film I watch.

Meanwhile, the next step is to get some preliminary projects to work on.  I imagine out of the gate I'll just put together more "Learning Something New About History" videos, assuming Lubu is up for recording more audio.  And I'll also have a go at the old Sketchville footage.  Beyond that, I'm not sure.  But if I have to make little art films out of DSLR footage of somebody's cat, I will.

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