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Neil Hurwitz

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September 7th 2007
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When do you think Apple will pull the rug out from under you again?
by Jim Hines 7 years ago
They've shown a propensity and no compunction to do so in the past - 9 to x - Motorola chips to Intel chips, FCP 7 to FCP X - USB & Firewire to Thunderthighs - the list goes on. Apple has never been i
Re: When do you think Apple will pull the rug out from under you again?
by Neil Hurwitz 7 years ago
This type of thread pops up every now and again and Even though I am completely out of the biz I still like to keep up. I had the first AVID MC 8000 in NYC installed by BZ 1992 And was in biz for 13 y
Tape to LTO
by Neil Hurwitz 7 years ago
Here's the project A few thousand tapes of different formats, BetaSP, 1", DigiBeta, D2, D3 that need to be long term archived Program lengths vary from a few minutes to 90 minutes. All are finished sh
Re: Tape to LTO
by Tim Jones 7 years ago
@Dave - I agree whole-heartedly about DAM MAM for management. However, it shouldn't be looked at as an either-or situation. There are many existing and up and coming DAM MAM solutions that include LTO
patching 3/4" tape to Avid for capture
by Pieter Viljoen 7 years ago
I'm in that generation of assistants editors that's coming up post tape... I need to capture a lot of 3 4" and was wondering if there's a basic guide someone can point me to The capturing process itse
Re: patching 3/4" tape to Avid for capture
by Neil Hurwitz 7 years ago
Grandpa Bob is correct No TBC No Joy I beleive DPS had a unit that did just this Un TBC'd analog composite to TBC'd SDI Hunt around on ebay and you should be able to buy one for under 200.00 If not ca
Mac Pro Pricing
by Gary Huff 7 years ago
The current Sandy Bridge Xeon E5 processor (8 core, 3.1Ghz) is $1934. An AMD FIrePro S10000 card (dual GPU) with 6GB of memory is $3099. 32GB of DDR3-1600 is about $300, but adding 32GB to an iMac is
Re: Mac Pro Pricing
by Neil Hurwitz 7 years ago
Herb, I am truly glad to be out of this biz. It was my life for Twenty Five years and you know what I made more money from 1980 to 2000 with old school, really old school stuff than anybody can make t
Rhythm and Hues
by Bob Zelin 7 years ago
I am sickened by all the news about Rhythm and Hues, made even worse by the announcement of them opening up in Taiwan, and screwing everyone in LA. I have seen no mention of this on Creative Cow - sur
Re: Rhythm and Hues
by Neil Hurwitz 7 years ago
"Revamp the Business Model" In my opinion this is much easier said then done. Further more, I see no real viable business model on the horizon. Soon all of what we know of as Post Production will chan
Insanely Simple the book and Steve Jobs.
by Don Scioli 8 years ago
I recommend to everyone who is a Mac fan or just enjoys a good business read to look at Ken Segall.s new Book, Insanely Simple, the Obsession that drives Apple's Success, which I just finished. Segall
Re: Insanely Simple the book and Steve Jobs.
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
You Said Are you suggesting that my business is under threat because 'millions of new people' *notation please, sounds like an airy sweeping statement based upon your perceptions rather than fact are
Solidworks to Cinema 4D
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
Whats the best way to export a solidworks file into Cinema 4D The company I work for uses solidworks to design underwater vacums (prototyping on 3d printers) and I have been put in charge of redoing t
Re: Solidworks to Cinema 4D
by yotam monk 8 years ago
hi man i am with the exact same problem any solution
Credit Card Merchant Account
by Greg Ball 8 years ago
Anybody taking credit cards through a merchant account We've been using PayPal, but have run into several instances where PayPal has not worked for some clients. Figuring it's a good business strategy
Re: Credit Card Merchant Account
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
I have been using PayPal's virtual terminal for a few years now and have never had an issue. You don't even have to swipe the card or even be in your office, Just somewhere with an internet connection
A Chicago Giant falls
by Mark Suszko 8 years ago
Roscor laid off over a hundred people this week and has shut its doors pending some kind of reorganization. First Swiderski, now Roscor. Eek, all the Big Dogs are gone, who's left
Re: A Chicago Giant falls
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
Tim Said "If you need to buy one camera, or set up one suite, or can hire Bob Zelin, then no, a reseller doesn't add much. But Roscor specialized in things like schools, churches and independent TV st
Apple's Mac business plan
by Gerald Baria 8 years ago
With the recent rumor about the death of the Mac Pro, a lot of concerns excitement have sprung up about what will happen to Apple's pro hardware. Many fear that Apple is slowly getting out of the pro
Re: Apple's Mac business plan
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
I am just curious here, but I do beleive that most "PRO" users of Apple gear don't use MacPro's. I know a women who does major print layouts, brochures,Advertisments and send give out material for the
My Next Move
by Aaron Cadieux 8 years ago
Hello Everyone, I apologize in advance for this long post. As of November 4th, my full-time position is coming to an end. From those of you who have read my past posts, you know it was a rocky situati
Re: My Next Move
by Neil Hurwitz 8 years ago
I agree with Bob here. However you should be aware that as a Freelancer your Number One Job will always be selling yourself. Freelance work (especially production) can dry up just as quick as getting
Who's on first?
by Mick Haensler 9 years ago
So I have two decent projects working right now as well as my ongoing contract managing a DS network. Client A is a longstanding client who gave me my first contract when I started my business. While
Re: Who's on first?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
I'd say you would be crazy to put your relationship with client A in any Jeopardy. This is a longstanding client that has paid you net 60, on time, since the beginning of your relationship, You have a
Lightworks
by David Battistella 9 years ago
This forum is full of people with deep opinions about how a professional NLE should operate. I'd say that the very best way to get your dream NLE is to get involved in the lightworks beta program. Thi
Re: Lightworks
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
In todays's news items I see that Postworks and Technicolor have joined forces in New York (call it what they may "Franchise" it's a roll up) Technicolor buys Laser Pacific, these things are the big n
Steve Jobs needs to apologize to professionals for FCPX.
by daniel leeb 9 years ago
This makes the Newton or Mobile Me failures look like raving successes. Apple screwed up here, and i think we all are in the right to blow off steam. grieving....hmm... i don't think so, Apple cannot
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Re: Steve Jobs needs to apologize to professionals for FCPX.
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
I gotta say this whole thread cracks me up. It should come as NO SURPRISE what Apple thinks about all you "PRO" FCP users. Hint, THEY DON'T. You are just not a revenue driving force in their minds. I
Have Some Tough Desions to make.....
by Greg Burke 9 years ago
Hey all I have some tough decisions to make since the Release of FCP X. This release will cripple my Freelance FCP7 work, I mean why pay me money, when FCP X is so easy to use now, and Post houses sur
Re: Have Some Tough Desions to make.....
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Needless to say I feel that I somewhat wasted my time and money investing into FCS in general. I can still use 7 (for now) but how long until its retired form the post world 1,2,3,4 years from now Wha
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FCP-X: Case study for biz schools
by Mark Raudonis 9 years ago
Mark my words: Apple's handling of the release of FCP-X will be fodder for biz schools case studies long into the future. It's too early to know if they'll be studying it as a success story or as a sp
Re: FCP-X: Case study for biz schools
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
ou re right Neil Now your clients can shoot video on an i-phone, edit on their i-pad, one day they'll decide they don t need you any more; you ll just say Well it s just keeping up with the times You
Advice on new business (contracts/insurance/etc)
by Dominick Pietrzak 9 years ago
Hey everyone! I've been reading a lot on the site, especially the insurance recommendations, and there's a lot of great information. I've decided to go with Traveler's Insurance, but I've yet to actua
Re: Advice on new business (contracts/insurance/etc)
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Hi Dominick, Just read this thread and checked your site, I would recommend that you delete the button for rates or put something in there that is not asking for a prospective clients contact informat
Dear Avid...
by David Roche 9 years ago
Dear Avid, It appears that Apple has decided to abandon professional users of Final Cut Pro. Good for you. You have been given a reprieve. Don t screw it up. I hope you have a long memory, because you
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Re: Dear Avid...
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
I have been following along here and I'd like to put in my 2 cents I Know of NOBODY, Not one single person or company that bought Final Cut Pro when it first came out because it was better than Avid.
Avid - "Fool me once..."
by David Roche 9 years ago
Dear Avid, It appears that Apple has decided to abandon professional users of Final Cut Pro. Good for you. You have been given a reprieve. Don t screw it up. I hope you have a long memory, because you
Re: Avid - "Fool me once..."
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
As for NLE, Avid put it on hard drives Please don't forget the ABEKAS A62 This device was basically two hard drives with a Digital keyer in the middle You went from one drive to another adding a key b
Best I/O card for Final Cut?
by Paul Kreuter 9 years ago
What is the best I O card for Final Cut right now
Re: Best I/O card for Final Cut?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Completely asinine from Apple to drop these functions (if true), but when you have your head in the iCloud you tend to not think that clearly in terms of professional video production. What makes you
In Memoriam
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
It is with great sadness that I inform the group that my friend and our colleague for over 35 years, Steve Rutt has passed away. Steve was a gifted engineer and always had something to contribute. He
Since when was the law written you had to upgrade to the latest?
by Jerry Hofmann 9 years ago
It wasn't. It's just that we as consumers have been told we have to have the latest or our self worth is diminished and we become "undesirables". And many seem to be swallowing that big fat lie. No NL
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Re: Since when was the law written you had to upgrade to the latest?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
"by cam khoury on Apr 26, 2011 at 11:54:14 am Fair enough Craig but I think we have to consider the true nature of what Final Cut is really doing for us as professional editors. In and of itself, FC i
Best maC for final cut pro 7
by Andy Cassidy 9 years ago
Filming in 60fps HD PIP with a dual quad core SSD for the o s. Pondering the hex core (single) with a 240gb for the o s. I've heard about the tray that holds 4 120gb ssd and increases speeds by10x. Re
Re: Best maC for final cut pro 7
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
I'd wait a little bit if you could See Below taken from MacRumors It wouldn't surprise me if Apple put thousands of these in it's new I-Tunes streaming complex. "According to 9 to 5 Mac, Apple is "toy
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Final Cut Pro X Pro Users Only??
by Alexander Higgins 9 years ago
I feel like a lot of praise for Final Cut Pro X is coming from ProSumers and Fan Boys. Seriously, I have a company and we have invested in 10 suites for FCP for editorial and lots of other things. Wha
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Re: Final Cut Pro X Pro Users Only??
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Neil Hurwitz "1.There is no resale value for FCP software, when you bought it it was an expense not an investment 2. You have the option of staying just as you are 3.Switching to Avid is going to cos
NAB trends
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
There has been much said about this years NAB, but a few things haven t been Mentioned yet so here goes, There is a big trend developing of using SSD drives for acquisition and to replace tape. We are
Twitterverse is VERY active right now
by walter biscardi 9 years ago
I'm not one for rumors, but on the heels of "on good authority" that Apple will make an appearance at the FCPUG Supermeet next week in Vegas, now information is flying that Apple may take over the ent
Re: Twitterverse is VERY active right now
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Now a really cool thing would be if Apple shows a souped-up Ipod capable of storing a one hour show at SR quality, and being able to be both be a recorder player with a built in viewer. It could be ju
Top 10 Dying industries...
by Bob Pierce 9 years ago
Some alarming news from Huffington Post. Right at the top, #10... http: www.huffingtonpost.com 2011 04 02 uss-most-endangered-industries_n_842787.html#s259829&title=10_Video_Postproduction Bob Pierce
Re: Top 10 Dying industries...
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Sad to say it BUT IT IS TRUE This industry is being segmented into the Low end and the High end. The great middle of the industry has been gutted like a Flounder. Let s do an informal poll How many he
Rendering 1,000 hours of video?
by Dave Po 9 years ago
So I have a few questions about streamlining rendering. I have about 1,000 hours of video (each clip is an hour long, so that's 1000 clips) which need to have a lower third bug placed on them for thei
Re: Rendering 1,000 hours of video?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Sounds to me like you should go old school here Just buy a used switcher and tbc with a still store and do a simple key of your bug One real time pass and you are done. GVG made a unit the DSK 101 jus
What to do with multiple USB External HDDs?
by John Jones 9 years ago
I've got about 10 external small 2.5" sized USB HDDs that are around 80-100 GB each. Alone they are kind of useless to me but I was wondering if there is any way to combine a number of them into a lar
Re: What to do with multiple USB External HDDs?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
Late to this thread But I Crack them open, pull out the platters and turn them into "Coasters" for the coffee table. I allways get comments on how unusual they are. By the way I know a used equipment
Building a new Workflow!
by Joel Thiessen 9 years ago
Hello All! I'll cut to the chase. I've just been employed by a new production company that has no back ups of their content...(seriously Yes.) I am taking it upon myself to build a new workflow that w
Re: Building a new Workflow!
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
http: www.istoragepro.com Neil Hurwitz
3TB Drives??
by Kevin Christopher 9 years ago
Holy Cow! I just received an email for 3TB Drives. Can this possibly be stable Yeah they're WD Green drives, but that is huge. Kevin
Re: 3TB Drives??
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
The preliminary specs include a 7,200RPM speed for the Seagate drive, along with a 64MB memory buffer. It has a 6Gbps SATA interface and an average access time of 8.5ms, while producing as much as 32d
You old guys: Got any tricks for cleaning clogged one-inch video heads?
by Mark Suszko 9 years ago
Some very stubborn clogs on our air-threading Sony 1-inch machine. We've been running a lot of 20-year-old tape thru it as part of a transfer to new archival. And have many hours more to go. Clog is e
Re: You old guys: Got any tricks for cleaning clogged one-inch video heads?
by Neil Hurwitz 9 years ago
All my sugestions have already been given, although I never tried the 20 dollar bill fix. However years ago at an IPS meeting I saw a demonstration by either Spec Brothers or Vidipac (sorry don't reme
Who would like a unified interface for FCS?
by Morten Ranmar 10 years ago
As several rumors have said, Apple might be working on a unified interface to combine its studio apps into one single application. Personally I believe this could lead to great improvements for workfl
Re: Who would like a unified interface for FCS?
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Walter, We are actually closer in opinion then you might imagine. My statement should have been "FCP will go away as an Apple Product" Apple has 40 billion plus in revenue. As someone else has stated
More glum FCP news from the UK
by Ben Holmes 10 years ago
I remember the good old days of FCP, when more and more people were converted to a cheaper and easier way to edit. A couple of years ago, two companies I work for, the BBC and Sky TV looked like commi
Re: More glum FCP news from the UK
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
An interesting discussion here BUT There is a TECTONIC SHIFT about to happen in this industry that you have all missed. Quantel, The company that is always out in front from a technology point of view
Is a RAID array the next step up from multiple FW800 Lacies?
by Lucy Moon 10 years ago
Hi All, I'm the (only) editor for a micro prod. company working in the third sector. We use about 5 Lacie external disks with FW800 as media drives for FCP. I would like to make the next (budget) step
Re: Is a RAID array the next step up from multiple FW800 Lacies?
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
I StoragePro IT MIS08T 8TB 1644.50 Atto 380 Raid Controller 984.75 Mini Sas Cable 125.00 Total 2754.25 From Burly Storage Navigate there from the Istorage Add you see flashing on the COW I don't have
Wayyyyy OT
by Don Walker 10 years ago
Okay oldtimers name the make and model name of the switcher co-starring in the latest Gieco commercial. (Gecco and old exec doing presentation) Don Walker
Re: Wayyyyy OT
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
You and I are both somewhat correct and incorrect I did a google search and it seems that what I thought was the 1000 is in actuality the 100 which, was as you say, very much like the Vista. Google al
Think the Mac is dead? I think not...
by Ben Holmes 10 years ago
http: feedproxy.google.com r 9To5Mac-MacAllDay 3 CnqHzbyJr3k iphone_drives_apple_aapl_revenue Sure, the iPhone is a revenue cash cow. Good - I like my suppliers cash rich. Interesting point; the iphon
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Re: Think the Mac is dead? I think not...
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
I have not seen the commercials you reference, But I think the idea is brilliant. If the footage was shot by tourists and is acknowledged as such then a viewer at home can Invision themselves in the e
Hitachi 2 tb drives and Sonnet Fusion SLOW
by Joe Langenfeld 10 years ago
I have 3 Mac Pros with Sonnet E4P sata cards and 3 Sonnet Fusion D500P port multiplied drive enclosures. I have been happy with the performance of both single formatted drives and raid 0 striped Seaga
Re: Hitachi 2 tb drives and Sonnet Fusion SLOW
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Where did you get the drives from I recall reading somewhere that Some drives that are labeled "OEM" may have custom firmware on them. Perhaps Bob can shed some light on drives marked "Retail" and dri
Pcie vs Raid Card
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Bob, I'm trying to get my hands around some of this new technology so could you please explain the differences and or benifits of each of these technologies. What I don't understand for example is if
Re: Pcie vs Raid Card
by Bob Zelin 10 years ago
most of the "chief engineers" never knew how to even use the GVG200 pod. It was all automatic setup, there was no brain surgery to using the pod. to answer your question, historically, everyone has be
sata 3 comment
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Hi Bob, I'd be interested in your comments to the review linked below http: www.testfreaks.com blog review review-of-seagate-2tb-barracuda-xt-sata6-desktop-hard-drive-st32000641as Neil Hurwitz
Re: sata 3 comment
by Bob Zelin 10 years ago
What the hell do I know I was told by ATTO Technology that the ATTO R680 (the 6 Gig SAS SATA host controller card) with 16 SAS drives will do 2200MB sec, which is 3 times as fast as anything on the ma
Nab
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Hey Bob, Did you ever get around to writing up your comprehensive review of NAB Neil Hurwitz
Re: Nab
by Bob Zelin 10 years ago
yes, I wrote it for Cow, but I have not seen it yet. Bob
What rates should I charge for iphone editing?
by Don Walker 10 years ago
Not wanting to be left behind, I have decided to be a trend setter, and will sell my Octocore and edit on my new iphone 4 when it comes in. It will of course be set up with imovie for iphone. I'm wond
Re: What rates should I charge for iphone editing?
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Steve Jobs is a sell-out In 1984 he was all about Kicking Big Brothers Butt Now he is morphing into Big Brother and is all about harvesting the revenues streams and personal information that will come
Moving Raids
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Hi All, This is a repost I was researching this and posted it to an old thread so here it is again, I believe the answers to these questions are, 1.Yes: 2.Yes If 3 is a No: 3:Yes: 4:Think So but just
Re: Moving Raids
by Bob Zelin 10 years ago
1. Can I physically pack it up (the Raid) and send it from one to the other Almost every vendor will physically remove the hard drives during the shipping process. All modern arrays have the drives sl
Does the computer remember the RAID?
by Sam Pope 10 years ago
I have a Mac Pro. I recently pulled out three drives that were RAIDed together (striped) and replaced them with three new, bigger drives, which I also RAIDed together. Here's my question, if I put th
Re: Does the computer remember the RAID?
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Hi All, I believe the answers to these questions are, 1.Yes: 2.Yes If 3 is a No: 3:Yes: 4:Think So but just to be sure, Here's the scenario: Two Mac Pros in two different locations 1. Can I physically
NAB Roundup and a few questions
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
Hi Bob, Did you ever get around to writing the NAB round up Now for a few questions How will SATA 3 change the SAN and Local storage architecture Will SATA 3 drives support 10Gbe at a fast enough rate
Re: NAB Roundup and a few questions
by Chris Blair 10 years ago
Interesting stuff! Thanks Bob Chris Blair Magnetic Image, Inc. Evansville, IN www.videomi.com Read our blog www.videomi.com blog
wiring - license?
by Eric Hansen 10 years ago
hey all in my previous Ethernet SAN installations (and Xsan installations), i worked in facilities that had drop down ceilings. i just ran the wiring myself directly from system to system and made it
Re: wiring - license?
by Neil Hurwitz 10 years ago
I agree with Bob here, I have never heard of a "Low Voltage" license, However I have heard about the requirement for Liability Insurance (the norm in NYC)and can reccomend that in today's environment
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