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2001 Digital Video Editing Wish List

Toys and Tools For Editors: Santa, We've Been Good! By Charlie White
It's that wondrous time of year again, when everybody starts thinking of nice things they can do for their fellow man (and woman), where music fills the air and spirits are bright. And it's also the time of figuring all the material things you want, wallowing in your own personal greedfest, so that maybe some of those people thinking about their fellow man (and woman) will think about you and fulfill your worldly desire for these items.

Although we here at Digital Media Net look with disdain on all the rampant commercial materialism of the holidays, we are no exception to this lust for stuff, and since we see scads of hardware and software passing through our Midwest Test Facility here all the time, the desire for toys and tools we need for editing is running at a fever pitch 'round about now. So Santa, if you're reading this, here's a wish list of what we digi-vid editors would really like for you to consider bringing for us this Christmas:

Apple Power Book G4 with Final Cut Pro 3G4 Notebook with Final Cut Pro 3
Word is that Final Cut Pro 3 will be here almost in time for Christmas, and what could be better than to enjoy all its real time features on a Powerbook G4? Just the thought of editing video with Final Cut Pro 3 on the multitasking OS X while taking a sleigh ride has us feeling like we imbibed one too many eggnogs already. The big question is, will it actually be able to do a dissolve while keying text in real time on a G4 notebook, especially since the beautiful titanium wonder had its backside cache lowered to a paltry 256K? Maybe these miraculous software-powered feats are only possible on a desktop G4, but we can wish, can't we?

Apple G5
While on the subject of that Fruit Company From Cupertino, could there be a chance of getting our grubby little hands on a G5 before Christmas? Not a chance, says the rumor mill. We won't even see the much-anticipated G5 chips inside anything from Apple by January's Macworld, sources say. But there will be some new coolness at the semi-annual Steve Jobs love feast, because the new 7460 G4 chips, code named Apollo, will reportedly be inside the shiniest and newest G4s for their big January coming-out party, and are said to top out at a mighty (for Apple and Motorola) 1.4 GHz. Wow. The gigahertz barrier will be broken at last. And they say megahertz don't matter? I guess gigahertz do. Watch the hoopla. Maybe a Christmas rain-check would be possible ...?

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