I honestly had no idea what to write about this weekend. But I did come across some really kick ass video production gear and thought, hey that might be interesting. So here you go. I imagined what it would be like to take a little pocket cash and drop it on some hardware for video editing (and more). It’s a total pipe dream but hey, what’s life without a goal to reach for.

Video Production Gear: Kick Ass Video Editing

First up is The Big O – from Origin PC. It’s not specifically designed for video editing, more for video games, but it’s plenty strong and fast. I might opt for a couple Intel SSDs to store the video on while editing as it could be a speed improvement in the read/write operations.

Aside from that, this liquid-cooled behemoth is ideal for all heavy computing including video editing which I am certain it would chew through in no time flat.

It’s dual Xeon X5680 processors each have six cores and are overclocked to 4.3Ghz which is a massive amount of processor power right there. Stack up to 24GB of Corsair GT 2000Mhz RAM in it and you have got yourself more than enough room for some major video processing.The rig can hold up to four SLI Nvidia GTX 480 3D cards, but you might not really need that. You will need the dual 1Kw power supplies though as all that machine is going to need a lot of juice.

The one in PC Magazine had Dual 2TB hard drives which is a whole lot of storage. Like I said, I would stuff in a couple Solid state drives from Intel and use them as my ‘work’ drives to maybe squeeze out a bit more speed.

There’s a Blu-Ray player for output so you can burn it all to disc in the highest possible quality. There’s all sorts of other cool tidbits in the rig but they don’t really deal with video processing. I’m certain that their configuration utility would allow you some other flexibility that would help you optimize the system for video editing, but I figure I’ll leave you to go play with that on your own.

However, in the $16,999 PC Magazine-configured system, there is one massive thing that I, being who I am and doing what I do, have to mention. That is, something to do while all that video is crunching.

It’s a built-in, liquid-cooled, Xbox 360 slim. Yes, right in the actual chassis and liquid-cooled. So, while you are crunching those massive full HD video files, you can entertain yourself. No wasted time there.

But of course I’ve skipped a major step in the whole video making process which is, capturing the video.

Video Production Gear: Kick Ass Camcorder:

For a camera, I’m not going into ultra-professional gear, we’ll go into the realm of the fantastic. This massive $21,000 3D camcorder from Panasonic will be later this year they say and does full HD 1920×1080. The odd thing is that there’s no uber storage system in it. They specs say that it will use standard SDHC cards. I can see filling those puppies up right quick with the amount of information this dual-lens camera will capture.

Full HD 3D camcorder stats: Major Specifications (tentative)

  • Product Name: Twin-lens Full HD 3D camcorder (made-to-order)
  • Suggested Retail Price for Main Unit: $21,000
  • Available: Fall 2010 (made to order)
  • Power Consumption: Under 19 W (main unit only)
  • Weight: Under 3 kg (about 6.6 lbs) (main unit only)
  • Recording Media: SDHC/SD Memory Card

Using a standardized, fully integrated design, the Full HD 3D camcorder will be offered at a much lower price than traditional 3D rigs. Transportation expenses for this handheld unit will be less and faster setup times reduce labor costs. Using standard, re-recordable SDHC/SD Memory Cards available already everywhere, media costs become almost insignificant.

They also announced that they will be putting out a professional-quality, 3D full HD LCD monitor as well, so that you can check out 3D video before, during and after editing.

Well, I think I’ve done enough shopping for the day. Between just those two pieces I’ve shelled out $38,000. I hope I’ve got enough left over for a beer later. Even if I don’t, I’ve got plenty to do what with all this smokin’ hot gear.