The Best PCs You Can Build for $300, $600, and $1200

In our digital filmmaking world – you’re going to need a computer. But you don’t necessarily need to break the bank of a PC. Life Hacker breaks down the parts and the process of building a computer for three different budgets.

PC Builds

The old debate over whether you should build your own system or buy a pre-built one is an old, long-standing argument that will never be easily washed away. However, there are some benefits to building your own system that can’t be weighed in terms of dollars and cents. You may be happier with your own hand-built system, or you may be able to score bargains and rebates that lead to a more powerful computer stuffed with higher quality components than a manufacturer would use.

Building your own PC also gives you complete and full control over that system’s components and extendability. Unlike buying an OEM PC, assembling your own gives you the ability to make decisions about when and how you’ll upgrade that system in the long run as opposed to simply taking what the manufacturer sells you. For example, you can buy into a new motherboard chipset early and wait to spend money on the next generation of graphics card later, giving yourself a timely upgrade when the moment-or your budget-is right.

Ultimately, while it may be easier to just pull out a credit card and buy whatever’s on sale from your preferred OEM, there’s something about assembling the components of a system that you’ve selected for your needs, powering it up, installing your favorite OS, and using it every day that’s’ incredibly rewarding.

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The History of Cutting – The Birth of Cinema and Continuity Editing

Cinema began as a novelty – projecting dancing shadows on a screen of simple every day scenes. But through the contributions of talented artists, a new cinematic language of editing emerged. Trace the development of editing from The Lumiere Brothers through Georges Méliès, Edwin S. Porter, and D.W Griffith.

This lesson is proudly sponsored by:

Blackmagic Design
Creating the world’s highest quality solutions for the feature film, post production and television broadcast industries.

We are currently retooling our course software and we’ll have a quiz and complete lesson with this course shortly. Keep an eye out next week for the continuation of this lesson with a lesson on the Soviet Theory of Montage.

Reactions to Her: Love In The Modern Age

Her: Love In The Modern Age, chronicling reactions to Spike Jonze’s Oscar-nominated film, Her. The documentary, directed by Lance Bangs, features stories and reflections from writers, musicians, actors and contemporary culture experts, including Olivia Wilde, James Murphy and Bret Easton Ellis, on the film Her, and their thoughts on love in the modern age.


Lens Explorations: The Art of Creative Seeing & Lighting

Commercial photographer Kevin Ames shows his explorations of lenses and light in traditionally “wrong” situations… ultra wide angles for fashion, portrait lenses for product, extra long telephotos for engagement portraits or medium zooms for landscapes are some of the challenges he solves in this exploration.


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