When it comes to editing short films, there is only one combination of tools in my view that can adequately match the need of indie filmmakers.
Whether you are editing your first short film, documentary or a music video, having the right combination of tools to make your workflow easy to manage is important. Below I am going to put a list of items that I feel can provide you with a proper editing solution and go through each one, and why I think it’s good:
Portability is important because you will want to have the flexibility to take your macbook pro to the set, and check your HD rushes instantly. Since the Macbook Pro comes with a big hard disk you can get hours of HD footage before you will need to carry around with you external hard drives.
For those of you looking for hard drive power, the standard 17″ Macbook pro may not be enough with a 5400 RPM configuration. You can opt in to have an SSD drive built in.
Apple displays are the best configured screens to work with a mac and after using them extensively, I have to say, they are the best for colour, depth, clarity and all round reliability.
For all your external storage use, hook yourself up with a LaCie 1TB
Adobe Photoshop CS5
I am not a fan of Final Cut Pro X, and after consulting with editors, it’s clear to me that the new software is a clear change in direction for the editing profession. That is why I recommend you get a copy of Final Cut Studio 2
Mpeg streamclip is a useful free-to-use file format converter. For people shooting on HD cameras using H264, converting that footage onto FCP can be a pain. Mpeg stream clip allows you to drag and drop your files, re-export them in the proper format.