I get the whole "throwback" ode that's super in right now.. but this feels so regurgitated and unoriginal. Like dude, Spike, you did this 10+ years ago with Weapon of Choice, let the classic live and work on something new!
Super meh on this.
Lots of good advice in here, so I will repeat some of the best. You are not your gear. When you need something specific (lowlight, slowmo, etc), you can incorporate that in to the budget. If there is no budget, then get in with a rental house and see about trading some help for some credit. There's an article on NFS talking about the producer giving heaps of praise on how rad the RED and Alexa looked, while it was entirely shot on 5D. Frankly, I like the color I'm getting from the Canon so much more than the Sony a7 bunch.
Are you using Cinestyle profile on your canon? What about even using ML for the added video features and flexibility? (not necessarily RAW.. after shooting a doc solely on ML raw, I will advise against that :P)
Build your style, charge for gear when you need it, and learn to get the absolute most out of your kit.
Build your own and you can get something pretty nice for around 600.
The idea is the same. Intel proc, at least an i5, i7 ideal.
8 gb MINIMUM 16gb ddr3 1600 ideal
ssd for programs, large array(s) for media [7200rpm drives, large, and put them in a windows raid until you can afford a raid card ;)]
Nvidia GPU, something flagship if you can afford it. Look for more CUDA procs and large bandwidth. I'd stick with EVGA/Asus on the brand, but many are good
650w Gold power supply
asus motherboard with 16x PCI slot
should be a good start there and get you rolling!
All i7s are not the same. an I7 from 2011 is running 2nd gen (Sandy Bridge) i7. We're on to 6th Gen i7 architecture now.
Why on earth would you pay MORE for a 4 year old USED computer that is not only slower, but already suffering from fatigue, on outdated chipsets and architecture, when you can get something new, with a warranty, that is faster in every way, and more affordable.
New programs work best on new hardware. If you want a real machine that will last you through college on that budget, buy a PC; if you want to look cool in the LA/NY starbucks, grab a 4 year old mac and be ready to cry at how you can't even remap your footage without the proc choking.
Lets not even get started on the Imovie+ discussion; there is a reason why Avid is the hollywood standard and MANY houses are switching (or have switched) to Adobe.
I have an ASUS ROG 13" laptop I use for editing when I'm not at my rig. I believe i paid right under $800.
If you have a monitor, you can save some cash going smaller.
Intel i5 minimum (i7 is ideal) with turbo boost of at least 3ghz
8gb ram min (16+ ideal)
NVIDIA (NOT AMD, DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY! CUDA makes a HUGE difference, esp on a laptop) gpu. I have a 660m with 2gb of vram; works fantastic (4gb would be awesome, especially with large ext monitor)
Get an SSD for your boot drive, programs, saves a lot of loading time.
make sure you have plenty of USB3.0 ports for harddrives. And get an array of externals when you can afford it.
I can 4 camera multicam edit on this live using a 7200rpm external and can even edit some raw footage if there isnt too many cameras. I can't tell you how much I love my laptop.
(If you want speed and performance without paying for a logo and dumbed down hardware, buy a PC)
60D is definitely the way to go. We picked one up for a second camera and since ML found a way to get a hold of more cache, we're now getting 8-9 seconds of 1728x972 instead of 7-8s of 720p, and the 720p raw averages around 18-20s. Throw cinestyle on there with some decent glass and it will produce some beautiful images for you most definitely.