A Beginner's Guide to Digital Video Production
By Steve Saylor

Computer Software

Part Three

"Computer & Software"


1.  BASIC COMPONENTS   (4 min.)

A look inside the computer.  I point out all the components of your system, where they sit under the hood, what they're doing in there, why you should learn to love them, and come running when they call.

Minimum requirements:  300 Processor, 64 Ram (128 for Timeline Playback), 9 Gig Hard Drive, 21" monitor.

The "Timeline Playback" feature bypasses one time-consuming and space-consuming step.  You don't have to compile all those individual clips that make up your scene into one, big, "finished" clip.  You can play that scene from your Timeline straight out to your camera or deck.  Your 'Editing' and 'Capture' programs (Premiere & Moto DV) must be compatible to support this feature.

Your Hard Drive must be capable of playing video:  SCSI or Ultra DMA.

Your wallet insists that a 21" Monitor is not necessary.  Your eyes and your Optometrist beg to differ.



2.  INSTALL HARDWARE  (5 min.)

I install the capture card with nearly-flawless precision (on my third take).  Then the video card.  Need more memory?  Okay, I'll install a 128MB RAM Memory Chip in there, too.


3.  INSTALL SOFTWARE  (5 min.)

We go through the process of installing the Moto DV Studio program, then Adobe Premiere with its latest upgrade.

We also install QuickTime for our video player, then run the Windows NT Service Pack which updates all the changes in the system.

Doesn't this sound exciting?  Okay, it's not my idea of a night-on-the-town, either.  But... gotta get through the broccoli to get to the brownies.  


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