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  1. Hi guiys, thanks for all you help so far, it is really appreiciated. Machines set up for editing TV programmes and Feature Films are bolstered by masses of extra hardware. Our G5 can handle standard resolution PAL video quite well. If we are working with standard DVCAM streams (which, for quality reference, is often used for out of studio news reports on local news stations) then we are working at a data rate of about 20 gigs an hour. With HD 1080i uncompressed we are working at about 400 gigs an hour. The throughput is too much for normal playback off of Firewire 400 drives, and our tests show its too much for Firewire 800 too. And thats when watching unedited video. If we have any crossfades then it completely goes to pieces. There is no point us trying to upgrade our existing G5 with supporting stream handling hardware, which will represent the biggest investment in the machine to date, when it is on the verge of obsolessance, and the likelyhood is any hardware will not be compatible with a future PCIe machine. And incidently, we don't produce TV or Film material (yet) we mainly produce promo material for investment companies and in house safety videos etc. Most of the people in our area of the market seem to be working with Premiere or Avid Liquid based solutions. In regards to legality, if i buy a copy of the Intel OS X, then how am I breaking the law? I don't think the clauses they are supposed to have in their EULA will carry much weight in court. They have no more right to force me to use their OS in their own built machines than Epson have to get me to use their overpriced catridges in their printers. Should I go for a self build Mac compatible I'll quite happily invite representatives from Apple to my business premisies to inspect my machines, and if they choose to take action against me, I will quite happily see them in court. The exposure for my company would be fantastic, and I could make a great deal of mileage out of it. I'm sure the courts would see there being some sort of restriction of trade taking place. Since the Industrial Age there is a history of people taking parts of things and reuseing them in different applications. The person who originally designs and sells that part has no control over the actual application of that part. I don't think they would dare take anyone to court as the likelyhood is that the TPM would be ruled illegal and they would find that their machines are finally recognised as what they are... PC's in lingerie.
  2. Ah man, thanks for the link, that is fantastic! This is the sort of stuff I'm looking for. I knew you guys would help me out I was starting to get really frustrated with the whole thing! It woudl be great if some video guys posted their experiences as well. Cheers man!
  3. Will Boot Camp kill OSX?

    Isn't a lot of the legacy support gone in the 64bit XP? I know it doesn't support 16bit code and I assume a lot of the old drivers have no 64bit equivilent. I assume that the 64bit Vista, which will probably become the predominant version towards the middle and end of it's product cycle, will wipe out a lot of legacy stuff. I think the best way to cut down on stuff would be to make the OS a bit more modular, so the drivers and code needed for certain functions are present on the installer if you need them, but they don't make it to your hard disk, or are ever availible for library functions at all if you don't need them.
  4. The G5 can't handle the HD streams though, either as they come out of the camera or as decompressed full 1080i streams, and the intermediate format generates video below the standard acceptable to our client. Either way, we are getting massive slowdowns even when we borrowed ram to test the highest spec we could jig together. It's just not up to the job. We've seen a Windows based Matrox and Premiere solution that looked great handling HD material in real time, but as we have not got the training booked up for Premiere until after this project, it is not really an option at the minute. And if we could stick with Final Cut it would be ideal as it would take a great deal of time for our editor to reach the same level of proficiancy on another package. The general steer we have been getting has been to forget it when it comes to HD on the G5 series Macs, and that the only long term solution was Intel based machines, be them Window or Mac, supported by a hardware video solution, as the processors are going to be lagging behind for the forseeable future.
  5. Apple Legal Makes Little Girl Cry

    With the amount of money companies such as Apple spend on R&D and in particualr market research and advertising, you'd think they woudl treat suggestions handed on a plate to them with a bit more respect, particularly as 9 year old girls are probably a part of the demographic they could make more money out of than they are at the minute. And the chances are, they will impliment the lyrics feature soon enough anyway. It was a good idea if you ask me. I don't think there would be any legal issue around suggesting the idea. If there is no patent in existance, then they can use it. And I think it would be hard to patent such an idea which has been implemented in simialr devices already. Hey, weren't Apple the guys who patented stylus tablets? Maybe it was Adobe. I can't remeber... I just remember it used to be hard to get one for my Amiga because of it...
  6. Ok guys, I wonder if you could help me out. If I sound frustrated, I appologise, but I have to admit that I find Macs the most frustrating system in the world, but due to the fact that a key member of staff in my company is trained on Final Cut Pro, and we have a project to complete which requires a great deal of expertise, we have to stick to that platform. However, the client has requested that we supply the video in an HD format. We have been running tests and it is clear that the G5 that we are currently using is simply not man enough for the job. In order to get the project finished and be able to do simple things like review raw footage in real time, we need to have a higher performance machine, which has space for PCI slots and at least 4 SATA drives in a RAID array. I have already been over to the incredibly helpful people at macworld.com and taken a slating because I said that I needed an Intel Mac only as a transitory phase while we move proper to Windows, and *shock horror* commited the cardinal sin of saying that I would buy an Intel version of the Mac OS X and run it on PC hardware if that was what I needed to do to get a machine with PCI slots and 4 gigs of RAM. All I want is a platform that can run OS X, can run Final Cut 5.1 and can do it on Intel hardware, and has expandibilty in the form of PCIs or PCI-X or whatever the enhanced version of the slot is called. I'm hearing the earliest a tower version of the Intel Mac will arrive is probably early next year, which is not much good to me as I need to buy a machine in the next month. I had decided to force our editor to work with Premiere on a PC, but then hearing about the introduction of boot camp, I thought, we coudl do this project on the Mac side, and then just use it as a Windows machine afterwards. But I'm still tempted by the idea of building a custom PC and trying to get OS X to run on it. It is so frustrating becasue the ealry beta of OS X ran fine on my domestic PC (which was exactly the same setup as the development platform, down to processor and motherboard... that one had plenty of PCIs and PCI-X!). However, the recent releases are just locking up on my machine, so i don't think it is going to be a viable option. Unless any of you guys can set me straight? Is there a site out there yet that give you a how to for building a Mac Intel custom build from scratch? All the components and everything? Anyway guys, any help would gratefully received, but I'd liek to avoid going down the road I did on macworld. If fancy a laugh, my one and only thread at: http://www.macworld.com/forums/ubbthreads/...sb=5&o=&fpart=1 Maybe I was being harsh, but those guys, they were not very helpful. p.s. (in the thread on the macworld board I made out we were starting our business out as I didnt think they would be as eager to help me move format if they knew we were already established. I thought they would be eager to sell the mac format to me. But I know a lot of you guys are strongly into the multiboot and the foundation of this forum was guys trying to get )sX86 running on custom build PCs, so I can take a more straight up tack with you guys, and you wont judge me )