August 15th, 2007,07:19 PM
HDV and other compressed HD formats are pretty easy to handle with today's computer hardware. The real issue comes when you start working with uncompressed 4:4:4 HD. Because the data rate of uncompressed HD is so high you start running into bottlenecks. Some people end up working off of very fast RAID hard drive configurations and use special devices which allow full res playback on production monitors. Though, you could just save your money and work in proxy then render out at full res and color depth for dailies and final delivery.
As for the capture device, it really depends on what kind of HD camera you're working with. HDV will transfer over firewire. Panasonic's P2 system just drags and drops and then you convert it to video clips. Full 4:4:4 HD could come to you on a hard drive from the client.
Last edited by anthony113; August 15th, 2007 at 07:23 PM.