Hybrid-Halo wrote:I guess my years of experience as a runner for some pretty major edit facilities (Ahem, the BBC) count for nothing then. Offline editing exists as a standard part of the film and TV industries - because it makes sense and doesn't require expensive upgrades.
Yeah, but something to think about if you're an auteur is that an online edit, whilst potentially more expensive at time of purchase, allows you to see the quality of the film you're editing that you, ostensibly, made.
Doing hired editing work for others at a constant pace and editing on larger formats (scanned 16mm, RED 4k, etc) is a different task entirely, but shooting your own short films and/or feature projects you may find that a system that can handle an online edit is what you want.
Personally, at Atomic Productions home-base, we enjoy editing raw, untranscoded HD files on our beastly machine. It didn't cost us very much to assemble, and we get to see the full quality, real time grading on our raw footage as we're editing. That's something that, if you're into further developing your 'production company' and who you are as a filmmaker/auteur, is pretty indispensible.
Doubtless, come July 6th, when we begin to shoot a feature on the RED w/ Mysterium X, the editing will be handled using the QT proxies roughly, then exporting EDL to be rendered/mastered in either an AutoDesk or Avid system at school. But even then, having a computer that can ALREADY handle 2K HD (even if they're proxies) is still a huge advantage. Because, face it, if you're doing BIG industry stuff, you're probably not using Final Cut, you're using Avid. Maybe
Smoke and Lustre. And not on a system you could ever, ever buy. So........yeah offline is all good to make money. But employable in what 'industry'? The TV industry? Editing local/regional commercials?
All I'm saying is that if you want to be a stronger filmmaker
, think more personal and less commercial. You will get farther in your craft. While not as employable, you may just become more talented. And, after that, being employable comes easier.
Industry experience I would say doesn't matter as much - it's pretty much down to whether or not the computer does what you want it to. Having worked in the graphic design industry for about 2 years, I can say that while it's nice to have others who like to work in Quark on Linux machines, me working in Illustrator and Photoshop on Vista still is my most comfortable workflow that produces, from the offices that I've worked in, better results than those other guys.
I'm not saying don't do things the 'employable way'. Just, if you want to produce YOUR OWN STUFF to a certain quality (which, granted, is sacrificing potential professional versatility) an offline system is not the best idea.
Just my 2 cents!