We asked Gateway to loan us a top of the line Digital Video reader high powered Workstation for our ongoing series on building or buying a digital video workstation for a professional. Of all the major brand companies we looked at, Gateway was the only one with an “off the shelf”, albeit customizable in the order cycle, legitimate viable professional level workstation.
Before you ask, no we aren’t talking about a workstation that ILM, Pixar or Disney Studios is likely to buy to produce a major production. But we are talking about a DV studio workstation that corporate multimedia department, an independent commercial producer, and you a avid (no pun intended) “prosumer” with a good budget might want to quench a serious hobbies needs.
Certainly a computer workstation isn’t your only hardware need, to be an operable “system”. You’ll also need: a break-out box (for multiple video sources), editing tape decks to match your source material, pen tablets, external high-speed RAID multiple drive enclosure, a large NTSC color studio monitor, CD/DVD duplicator system, probably a ProMedia Media Converter, a ShuttlePro, Adobe Premier Pro Suite or Avid Xpress Pro and how deep are your pockets?
700XL, and the newest 710XL, delivers most if not all of the workstation
system hardware that you’ll need, depending on your level of competence
and the level of work you intend to do. If you are producing corporate
multimedia projects, you’re a professional wedding/special events
video producer or making commercials for local cable and TV broadcasts,
these systems are nearly perfect as is.
The heart of this
fire breather is an Intel 3.06 GHz Pentium 4 Hyper-Threading Processor,
All the drives are
mounted in quick release bays for fast access and swap-outs. This is a
very professional touch that you won’t even see in any Dell, Sony
or Compaq/HP high-end computer.