September 23, 2016 at 10:02AM
Editing 4k Feature Doc, Need some help
What's up everyone. I just wrapped shooting a feature length doc that we shot for the most part in 4K with a few different cameras and we need to get an editorial system that can handle everything. Here's what we shot on-
Sony F5 (MXF files, 4K)
Sony A7ii (MP4 files, 4K and 1080)
Canon 5D mark ii (MOV files, 1080)
In total, we have about 12 TB of footage that is being stored on a 16 TB Thunderbolt RAID G-Drive (we have backups on two other drives). We will be cutting on Adobe Premiere. This is the first time I've worked on a project of this size and don't come from an editorial background, so I need some help with the following questions. We also have a super limited budget for post, so I'm trying to be as resourceful as possible. I would also like to on-line edit since it seems like if a system can handle it, it will make delivering easier and we can spend less time transcoding and making proxies of every bit of footage we shot. But honestly I have no idea since I've only been reading message boards and don't have any first hand experience.
Here's what I need help with-
1.) Is it crazy to want to on-line edit? Or do I need to suck it up and hire an assistant editor to make proxies of all our footage so I can edit off-line? If so how long will that process take, how much money will it cost me, and how long will the on-lining process be?
2.) IF I edit online, I definitely need a new computer set up. Right now I have a 2012 Mac Book Pro (2.7 Ghz, 8gb RAM) and it's obviously not cutting it and could never take on a project this size. The new Mac Pro trash cans are way above budget (with our budget we could spend $2k - 3k.) I found a guy who customizes older Mac Pros with the following specs:
Intel Xeon Processor 2.88 - 2 x Quad Core (Eight Cores Total)
32GB of Memory
4096MB (4GB) GTX 970 * 5K & 4K ready
1TB Hard Drive
256gb Solid State Drive
4 x USB 3.0
Mac Pro 3,1 - 2.88Ghz Eight Core
USB 7.0 Sound Card
He customizes these for clients who often shoot 4K and they love his systems (so he says). What do you think? Will this system be able to handle 4k footage editing online with a project that has 12 TBs of footy? It doesn't have thunderbolt so I'd have to use USB 3.0 to connect the drive. Would that work?
3.) Right now I only have one drive (16 TB Thunderbolt RAID G-Drive and we already have 12 TBs of footage on it. Do I need to daisy chain additional drives to make the drive run more efficiently? I have never done this so if this is an insanely stupid question, apologies.
Any help or guidance is MUCH appreciated!!!!!!