Film & Television Students enrolled in Undergraduate Film & TV production classes are required to purchase two (2) Firewire Hard Drives for a) editing and b) archiving their Film & TV media*. Two drives are essential for maintaining Best Practices in today’s digital workflows. Students can expect prices to begin at about $150, increasing with drive capacity and additional features. While there are many brands available, we recommend either G-TECH OR GLYPH for best results.
*Note: Visiting students or non-film & television majors taking Sight & Sound Filmmaking can get by with one (1) Firewire Hard Drive for the class.
- Minimum speed 7200 RPM, preferably with an 8 MB buffer
- Firewire 800/ESata required (USB 3.0 not supported)
- 500GB to 1TB per drive is sufficient
- Formatted as Mac OS extended
- Full-sized; NOT small-form factor drives
- Should have a separate AC power cable; bus powered drives that use USB or Firewire cables to power the drive are NOT recommended for editing work
- Manufacturer’s warranty of at least 1 year
All freshman taking Frame & Sequence as their visual core production class are required to purchase one (1) 4-8 gig flash/jump drive.
All students enrolled in Production Classes are required to purchase the CSI Student Personal Property Insurance. For more information, click here.
Students DO NOT need their own computer or video camera for the Film & TV production curriculum.
The Film & TV Post Production Center provides professional equipment for students to edit their class projects. However, some students prefer to have a computer to work at home. If you choose to buy one please read below:
- If you choose to buy an Apple computer, be sure that it has an Intel processor and at least 4GB of RAM (8GB to 16GB are recommended for best performance).
- If you choose to buy a PC (Windows), it should have Intel Xeon, or i7 Multicore processors and a min of 8GB RAM. Mac Drive recommended for compatibility with the Apple computers in the Post Production Center.
- If you choose to purchase a computer for post production work, you will need to buy a FireWire 800 to TBolt (Thunderbolt) adapter as many of the newest Macs do not come with any FireWire Ports, only Thunderbolt ports.
- Primary software applications used in the Post Production Center are the most current versions of Adobe Premier, Adobe Photoshop, Pro Tools and Avid Media Composer. We no longer support Final Cut Pro.
Incoming and current students are able to purchase computers at reduced prices at the NYU Computer Store, 212-998-4672.
To be eligible for the discount you need to provide a New York University letter of acceptance or a tuition bill to the computer store. If you have any additional questions regarding equipment, please contact the Director of Production, Rosanne Limoncelli at 212-998-1688.
Students DO NOT need their own video camera. Video cameras provided by the department for projects are professional, broadcast quality cameras. Cameras costing less than $2,000 will be less than professional quality, but if you chose to buy one please see below.
We recommend any brand of brand of Flash Card Memory-based Camera with:
- Firewire Connections
- XLR Audio Inputs
- 1 large single CMOS sensor
- Manual focus, exposure (iris) and audio levels
- Additional manual controls for shutter speed and white balance are a plus
- We recommend tapeless format camcorders, however double the amount of drives should be purchased to allow for backup.
- We do not recommend HDV cameras