With the advent of cool new digital cameras, we saw the potential for
getting broadcast quality images for a low price. We also used all kinds
of low end cameras for a bunch of different looks.
We also used some film... how about that?
Our favorite digital camera was the Sony dvx-1000. This thing gives a
great image and has lots of manual control. Watch out for cheap tape
though, drop out is a pain.
Another camera we thought was real cool, and used a lot was the JVC
DV1 digital camera. It's so small, that nobody gets nervous when you're
near them with it.
This is now a tool that is in the hands of the common man.
The software we use and swear by is Adobe Premiere and In-Sync's Speed
Basically this software lets you edit in ways that you never would
have thought possible.
In order to make use of this amazing way to post produce a movie, you
need to have the right computer... and a video capture card.
So... from the ground up, here is what we built.
Asus p/i-xp55t2p4 motherboard/ w512 cache ram (atx board)
32 megs of Edo Ram
Adaptec 2940UW SCSI controller card.
Micropolis 3243AV Hard drive as video/audio capture drive.
Western Digital system drive
Diamond stealth 3d 2000 video card
We've tried lots of different types of Video capture cards.
The one we liked the best for under $1000 is the Truevision Bravado
1000. For onlining, we use the DPS Perception
When we edited the film initially, we offlined it... low quality
image, sound. Then we went back and onlined it (great image, etc) using
the offline as the reference. It works...
but it's lots of work.
Once we got to the online stage what we used was...
computer system, but we replaced the Bravado card with a DPS PERCEPTION
card. This is a "no screwing around" broadcast quality video card. We also
changed our operating system over to Windows NT. The 9 gig hard drive (of
which we had three by this time) was attached directly to the capture
card. Incidentally, the hard drives that we use now are Seagate Cheetah
drives. As long as you keep a good fan on these puppies, they are
excellent - unlike the micropolis drives. As is now a well known fact,
those drives vaporized in front of your face at a rate that caused the
company to go belly up. We continued to use Premiere, and also used Adobe
After Effects and Sonic Foundry's Sound Forge.
Once twenty minute sections of the movie were mixed and tweaked to
perfection, we used In-Sync's Speed Razor to output to BetaSP and Digital
Beta. This program is a completely professional NLE editor, and among lots
of other things allows you do do frame accurate assembly and insert
editing to video tape... Over a period of two months, we put twenty minute
bits to Beta tape with this software. For something like this, you gotta
trust the software, and thankfully, Speed Razor can be trusted...And that
in brief is how it was done.