I'm thinking of getting a mac to video edit. I'm acutelly aware of PC's instability and do not want to invest money into a PC that will crash on me every 10 minutes (i've experienced this before with Premier 5.0, even on a really powerful PC).
I'm leaning towards Final Cut Pro 3 for now. From what I've read it is THE editing software that is available for considerable low price (opposing to thousand dollar proffesinal machines like AVID).
Of course getting the most powerful mac with dual 1Ghz processor and over a gig of ram will be great, however the top macs go for over 6k on www.apple.com
(which is where I looked), that is a bit steep considering I would also like to buy a 3chip Sony camera, which runs about 3k.
What I'd like to know:
What are tech stats recomended for FCP3? RAM, processor, video card and such.
Is there something better then FCP3?
I'm looking to shoot relatively short films, most likely on DV. I'd like to look into exporting onto DVD, but also SVHS or Beta.
Is there a way to hook up a decent Beta recorder to a mac? I've never really worked with mac so I'm not sure what their connectivity is.
Please post comments, not answers. I'd like to keep the question open until I find what I'm looking for. I'll accept comment as answer when I do. More then one expert may recieve points for helping.
Any and all advise will be much appreciated.