Image Processing Reference
In-Depth Information
Disks, when they were purchased, what systems they are attached to, serial num-
bers, etc.
Machine configurations
Software you have bought and the version numbers
Authentication keys and licensing codes for software so you can re-enter them
if necessary
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
claim upgrades.
Systems Plans
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
next chapter.
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
GB each.
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).
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