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Video Production and Hardware: January 2014 Archives

You may encounter issues if you are updating  your operating system to OS X 10.9 (Maverick).  One particular issue affects how the OS indexes files.  (keep reading for a simple fix).

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First off, make sure your video editing software is supported before updating to Maverick 10.9.X

  • Avid Media Composer:  Requires MC 7.03 to run on Maverick Correctly.
  • Final Cut Pro X:  You cannot upgrade to FCP X 10.1 if you are not running Maverick
  • Adobe Premiere: If you are running on the Creative Cloud, it will automatically provide you with free updates to run correctly on Maverick.

After updating to Mac OS X 10.9 (Maverick), you may discover that the finder runs slugish when you first start the computer.


At GeniusDV, we have encountered this issue across eight different models of various iMacs and Mac Book Pro's.

Fortunately, there is a simple fix.

  • Launch the terminal utility from the Mac HD / Applications / Utlities folder.
  • Paste the following text into the command line of the terminal and press the return key: 
     rm ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist&&killall Finder

kill finder.pngThe finder will now index much faster, and you will not have to wait for the folders to populate.

Please note: If you perform this function, the preferences for the finder will reset back to the default values.  This will result in theMac HD icon disappearing from the desktop. 

To change this:

  • Navigate to the Finder menu and choose preferences.
  • A dilouage box will appear. 
  • Within the general preferences tab, turn on the option to show Hard Disks.

Turn Hard Disk on.pngOkay, now the finder will operate correctly when navigating between folders directories.

Note:  If you have multiple user accounts, you will have to repeat this process for each individual user.

If you haven't noticed already, Ultra HD or 4K televisions are becoming the next consumer rave. However, it doesn't make sense to purchase a 4K television without any 4K content to view.

However, with companies like Netflix betting big on providing 4K content, and the affordability of new 4K cameras, things are about to change.

Up until now, producing video in 4K has been expensive, but thanks to modern video editing systems, and new affordable 4K camcorders, there will soon be plenty of content in 4K that you can watch.

sony-4k_AX100.png4K UHD (Ultra HD) has a resolution of 3840 x 2160. That's four times the screen area of HD!

Here are a few things to keep in mind before you make the leap to producing content in 4K.

  • You'll need video editing software that supports 4K editing.
  • 4K requires extra storage (4 times more than HD). To give you an idea, a 10 second uncompressed 4K Quicktime movie can exceed 1GB of data! (thats 100 MB per second).
  • 4K requires high speed hard drives to play back media in real-time.
  • You will need a 4K television to display your content.

So, with these things in mind, even at the consumer level, entry level 4K video production costs can quickly add up.  However, I believe the costs are now within reach of small production boutiques. 
4K_equipment.pngAs of today, here's a quick breakdown to produce 4k videos at an entry level.

Apple Mac Pro (Base Model Options): $3000
Seiki 4K Monitor (39 inch): $700
G-Tech 8TB Thunderbolt Raid: $800
Video Editing Software (Adobe CC): *$600 (1 year subscription)
Sony 4K FDR-AX100 Camcorder (available 03-14): $2000

If you're at the entry level to producing 4K content, this should give you an idea of the minimum amount of hardware to get started.

Please note: I'm not pitching this for the serious 4K video production professional.  At a high-end production level, there is quite a bit more involved.  This is especially true when it comes to purchasing a Professional 4k camera, a higher-end Mac Pro, and additional storage requirements.

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