Image Processing Reference
Disks, when they were purchased, what systems they are attached to, serial num-
Software you have bought and the version numbers
Authentication keys and licensing codes for software so you can re-enter them
What software is installed where
Where the manuals are (make sure you read them!)
Be sure you make a permanent note of all license keys and any other infor-
mation necessary to install. You might need it when you have to re-install or
Now it is time to draw up some concrete plans for what the example systems will look
like. At this stage, it is only about the hardware requirements; software comes up in the
Three example scenarios will be covered here. They are all realistic and based on
genuine environments. The smallest is a home or semi-professional system intended for
use by filmmakers working on their own. The mid-sized system is a small production
company creating an animated TV series and having to produce several variants of the
finished product. The last and biggest system is deployed in a newsroom producing a
24-hour rolling news service and many other bulletins on a national network.
Single-User, Home-Based System— Built on a Budget
This system is typical of what you might build in order to process home movies. A small
independent filmmaker producing short documentary projects between 30 and 50 min-
utes long might also use it.
Input material will be DV edited with Final Cut Pro. On the basis of a 30-minute
program involving about 8 hours of footage and wanting to keep (let's say) 4 rough
cuts of the finished film, that is a total of 10 hours of DV footage for a 30-minute film.
From experiments with compression software, the measurements suggest that 5 minutes'
worth of DV consistently uses about 1 GB. So 8 hours would consume slightly less than
100 GB. Remember, this user also makes longer programs, and these might require 200
That editing workstation should probably have a couple of LaCie 1-TB disks
attached. To start with, a single 500-GB LaCie Big Disk would suffice. Add bigger drives
later on (Figure 29-14).