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  1. #1 Build a digital red lab on a budget... 
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    ...on budget of up to 20 000 USD, what would you do - if you needed to build a digital red lab on a budget?

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    Mac Pro Tower 12 Core $5000
    24GB Ram $321
    SSD boot Drive $769
    12 Terabyte Internal Raid Array x 4 Hitachi 3TB Drives $1000
    Esata Card $100
    Red Rocket Card $5000
    Avid Artist Colour Surface $1500
    Studio Monitors $300
    Apogee Duet 2 Audio Interface $600
    Decklink Card $995
    Broadcast Monitor $4995

    you could save some money by gettng a battle tested redrocket card. that would cost 3k and a 6 core mac pro tower would cost you $3500
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    if its a mobile lab for a dit cart you'll need to buy and assemble the cart
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    Jon,

    Where are you located...?
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    Thanks for the input Bing.

    Jack, I'm located in Norway.
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    On monitors...

    I only plan to do cinema-grade work. Is there any point in using SDI and broadcastmonitors - when there are fantastic HDMI-self-calibrating displays at a fraction of the cost:
    http://www.eizo.com/global/products/...dge/index.html

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    I would stay away from buying new Mac Pro towers for the time being. The hardware is at least a couple of years old, which means Apple is on the verge of either discontinuing them or refreshing them. That said, you can probably find some good ones second hand.

    I would also question whether Mac is still the best platform for Red footage. A lot the tools seem to run on Windows now. That said, this is only speculation on my part as I'm still heavily invested in mac gear for the moment.
    Synaesthesia 1.0 production data tracking and Red footage logging for Mac now available
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