Roberto Serrini’s 2020 Year in Review

It’s March which means it’s Year In Review time cause I literally can’t even get it together these days and I’m a good 2 months late, not that anyone is really asking for these ridiculous recaps of what I did last year. I’m not even sure how I started these back in 2013, I’m sure it was a way to flex-without-flexing too hard but now I really cherish having them. Each year I watch the subsequent years and get a nice snapshot of my trajectory as a filmmaker and human. Spoiler alert: I’m nosediving.

This year is obviously a little different in some ways; lots less travel lots more at home creation, but overall you would hardly know that I spent most of it crying in front of the TV eating Trader Joes Potstickers watching RuPaul Drag Race. Hardly. There’s some highlights, like a new music video for Chris Sullivan (NBC’s Toby on “This is Us”) band Joseph the Spouse, the launching of One Man One Camera where I proved you can have it fast, cheap and good, and of course Italy In Bocca, the saving grace in this whole pandemic, which helped a few people get through this hard time through their stomachs.

Anywayz, what a year, and some really beautiful new projects and friends came out of the insanity which I am ever greatful for. Really just happy we got another 365 round the sun to play with.

Looking forward to ’21 now that we are all legal to drink. I have a feeling this will be a big year for booze;)

Rs

UPDATED! The BEST cheapest PC for Editing Video on Premiere Pro. Period. (under $ 2,000)

You want to know what is the best PC/Computer for editing video? Specifically on Premiere Pro? You want to know what CPU, GPU, how much memory, what kind of drives you need and so on to have the absolute best computer build for video editing out there?

Yeah. I did too.

I don’t know why it was so hard to find an answer, no one, not even Adobe, had information that clearly said “this. you need… this.”

Well, here it is. You need this:

Abstract: Build the cheapest computer possible that can handle any type of footage you throw at it.

Procedure: For two weeks I deep dived into every possible bit of information available to me. I read papers, built spreadsheets, talked to computer scientists and editors, crunched numbers, and at the end of it all I had come up with what was the perfect working combination of components that could easily handle 8k footage.

There are 1001 ways to put a computer together, and yes, there are faster components out there, but they are also much more expensive. This build, as of today, maximizes the potential of each component without breaking the bank.

Overall I wanted a computer that would primerally be for editing, with the ability to do compositing in After Effects, along with using the rest of the Adobe Suite. Since Premiere tends to be CPU heavy and After Effects GPU heavy, there had to be a perfect marraige between the two, and all fit in a nice case with fast drives to handle 8k footage, withenough RAM to run both programs without choking.

So here is the list of parts I used to build this super-edit-rig. I compiled it on PCPartPicker.com which is super helpful in figuring out compatibility. I ordered everything from NewEgg.com which is where I ordered from the last time I built a PC literally 22 years ago.

NOTE: I have no affiliation to any of these brands whatsoever. I am an editor. I’ve been on a Mac for decades, and after they ditched FCP I moved over to Premiere. I’m sick of how slow Mac’s are with Adobe Products, and since they work better with nVidia GPUs, I decided to build this PC. Enter at your own risk.

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 3.8 GHz 12-Core Processor
Asus TUF GAMING X570-PLUS (WI-FI) ATX AM4 Motherboard
G.Skill Ripjaws V 64 GB (2 x 32 GB) DDR4-3600 CL18 Memory
Corsair MP600 Force Series Gen4 2 TB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
Corsair MP600 Force Series Gen4 500 GB M.2-2280 NVME Solid State Drive
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 SUPER 8 GB Video Card
Fractal Design Meshify C ATX Mid Tower Case
Corsair TXM Gold 550 W 80+ Gold Certified Semi-modular ATX Power Supply
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
Acer ET322QK wmiipx 31.5″ 3840×2160 60 Hz Monitor
Creative Labs GigaWorks T20 Series II 28 W 2.0 Channel Speakers
Logitech K120 Wired Standard Keyboard

So, why these parts? We’ll, simply, for the money, this is the fastest you’re going to get. That CPU will tear through 8k footage, and can be overclocked. The next chip up is an additional 300 bucks, and you only get an increase of 1.7% render speed. Not worth it.

Same thing with the GPU. The nVidia GeForce 2060 Super uses and advanced chipset that makes raytracing super quick. It also has a dedicated driver that tunes it for video editing, vs. playing games. With this GPU I can playback 4K footage in After Effects at 24fps without breaking a sweat. A Mac could never do that (unless you buy a 20k trashcan. Suck it Apple.)

RAM … you could get 128 gigs, but even with both programs compiling I top out at 40gigs. Same with power. 550 is more then enough, more then I need without hitting the ceiling.

One thing that was expensive was the 2TB M.2 SSD drive. You don’t have to get this. You could work off regular SSDs or even spinning drives. But … the transfer speeds are lightning fast and if there is one thing that slows down an edit is a bottleneck off your drive. You could have the fastest processor out there, if you cant get the frames off your HD then it wont matter.

Result: Bliss. For the most part. Frankly I was a bit surprised how easy it was to put together. I hadn’t done this in years and it hadn’t really changed at all. Except maybe now everything has a damn LED light on it. Other then that everything fell into place and started up without much of a whimper. One issue I did run into was installing Windows (go figure). It turned out that the WiFi on the MOB was tripping up the instillation. The solution was to turn off the WiFi in the BIOS then install windows. Once installed I could install the drivers from the disk that came with the MOB (yes, I had to buy a 20 dollar USB optical drive, how archaic)

ONE WEEK LATER … I have not thrown the PC out the window and am very happy with the build. It’s doing exactly what it was meant to do; chew through footage. Working on a PC in Windows after 20 years of having the CTRL key at thumbs reach is a real pain in the ass, but, it’s good to learn a new habit for mental plasticity, or at least that’s what I tell myself every-time I hit the dam Window’s key. Premiere did have some interesting hiccups, like export errors with h264 which was alarming, but after a restart or two it seems to be stable. I will say this … Mac’s are very special. They are the Mercedes of PC’s. You turn them on and go. A Window’s machine can be like a hot rod. You need to take care of it, constantly adjust it, tune it up. It’s much more labor intensive that way, but, for the money, it will blow any Mac out of the water, and that’s what counts.

To give you an idea, I just cut a spot with 8K RED footage, some 4K Sony footage, GoPro, and 360 Video all mixed together. The 30 second spot which was full of Lumetri color, AE composites, repo’s and effects took 1 minute 3 seconds to render out to H264 4k.

On the 2017 iMac it took 17 minutes.

Just saying.

Rs
www.robertoserrini.com

UPDATE 1/28/21

Well it’s been a couple of months, plenty of time to learn to love or hate this new rig, and wanted to give an update to those who were asking.

Overall I couldn’t be happier with the computer. I ended up ditching the second monitor because I found that it would trip up Premiere from time to time, not sure why, but thinking it was because one was D-Link and the other HDMI. Regardless I dont miss it as this monitor is a beast.

I did just throw in another 64gb of RAM which was an option I planned for in the future. To be fair, I dont really need it, but I took on a music video for Chris Sullivan’s band Joseph the Spouse that I was doing an insane amount of mograph for, and AE was using all my memory. This isn’t a typical job, so I still stand by the original build, I just felt like flexing with 128gb total ram and not having to worry about AE ever.

Windows sucks. Sorry, it does. It’s not that I’ve used Mac OS for 10 years, it just sucks. The fact that you cant see the size of the programs in the explorer window is insane to me. It’s stupid little functionality that really trips me up. Also the fact that the CTRL and ALT keys are reversed makes everything in Premiere a two hand operation. I know there are keymappers and such, and I’ve tried them, but they ended up causing more grief then grace. It’s hot garbage and that’s all there is too it.

I have now overclocked my machine to 4.4 mhz without breaking a sweat. It can go faster but this is a big improvement while maintaining stability. I cant say enough about this chip, and the bios has been great.

One thing I’ve been very very very conscious of is using this machine solely as an workbox. I still have my trusty iMac next to her and use it for all the daily office stuff like emails, youtube and watching porn. The PC is strictly a workhorse, and the reason is I have a feeling that if I start using it for all sorts of extra credit activity it will be prone to slow downs and malware. I don’t use any antivirus software on it (I know, raw dog) but I also abstinent from doing anything other then working on it.

So, I hope this helped anyone interested in an editing computer, I can say with complete confidence that it’s been working like a dream for very little investment … to give you an idea I launched www.onemanonecamera.com after building this machine that most of the work was done on, it has paid for itself many times over already.

The Oldest Restaurant in the World: Sobrino de Botín.

This year I was fortunate enough to get a little face time with José González the owner of the oldest restaurant in the world, Botin (www.botin.es), located in Madrid, Spain. This year the city will be hosting the world renowned Davis Cup Tennis tournament (www.daviscup.com) in association with Kosmos Tennis (www.kosmostennis.com) so I was sent by Get Lost Travel Magazine to discover all the best this city has to offer, which Botin definitely is one. Read all about it in the upcoming issue at http://www.getlostmagazine.com or discover more unique travel experiences at my blog http://www.cineclast.com – Buen Provecho!

The story …

If you cut through Plaza Mayor in Madrid you will find yourself on Cava de San Miguels, a street frozen in time with ancient little tapas and wine bars that patrons bubble out over onto the street at night. Here I gently sailed through the cheerful crowds and arrive at Sobrin de Botin (http://www.botin.es/en), which happens to be the oldest restaurant in the world (https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/76907-oldest-restaurant?fb_comment_id=701177683313583_913687318729284), in service for nearly 500 years continually. I however wasn’t there for the spectacle of it’s pedigree, I was there for the succling pig.

I’m met at the door by a man electrified, José González, one of the proud custodians of this national treasure. “You will leave this place a different man! A ruined man!” he says with a finger shaking audaciously toward heaven, “our succulent pig is the best in the world. Period.” Along the wall of the kitchen, handing in neat little rows like freshly caught perch, perfect Iberic pigs wait to be placed gently in a clay dish to be roasted and basted in a continually burning 500 year old wood oven, until they become the color of Dulce de Leche and twice as sweet. I sit at a white linen covered tabled washed in the effervescent bubble of chatter from a room full of happy, hungry patrons. Before I know it I am served the most succulent pig I have ever had, crispy skin wrapping tender morsels that are a gift to your taste buds. My host was quite right; I have been ruined by this meal, and can easily see why they have stayed in business longer than some religions.

Don’t go to Brussels.

DONT GO TO BRUSSELS. That’s what everyone said to us, but did we listen? NO. Cause we knew that this international city was way more thAn just the EU HQ, it was fantastic food, parties, and people where you can get down all night.

We were surprised how so many people furled their brow when we said we were going to do a travel guide on Brussels. What’s there to see in Brussels? Well a lot, from chocolate palaces, to giant atoms with escalators, to a perhaps unnatural obsession with statues that pee, Brussels is a strange, wonderful and fun city.

A few places we cover:
The Atomium: https://visit.brussels/en/place/Atomium
Cantillon: https://www.cantillon.be/?lang=en
Delirium Cafe: https://www.deliriumvillage.com/bar/delirium-cafe/
Neuhaus Chocolates: https://www.neuhauschocolates.com/en/

BONUS: you get to witness what happens to Rob’s facial hair when he loses a bet. (Spoiler: It’s not good, and he’ll never forget that Sophia is the capital of Bulgaria)

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Drone over Chicago!

Today’s a great day to take a little trip to one of our favorite US cities, Chicago, and drone over this epic river ribboned metropolis.

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Kids see a drone for the first time.

This was taken a few years ago when drones just hit the market and I was working on a documentary in a small village named Anuk Lang. There is no electricity, no TV, no internet, and no real connection to the modern world there, so when I brought out this little drone the kids went absolutely bonkers. They never had seen a cell phone let alone a flying quad copter. The look on their faces are priceless, and reflect the pure beauty this extraordinary country offers.

This is by far my most popular drone film, the (longer) original version
Vimeo https://vimeo.com/82292117 – but we wanted to share this rare view of Cambodia’s lush back country with you today, which we find absolutely stunning. You can read more about it on this Huffington Post article

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/drone-documentary-cambodia_n_4957251

If you want some tips on best settings and color correcting drone footage check this out:

https://cineclast.com/2015/01/04/best-settings-for-perfect-drone-footage-me-thinks/

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Buffalo Racing in Thailand you must see.

In the back country of Chonburi Thailand, villagers come together with their land-working buffalos and compete in a crazy type of drag race to see which is the fastest. The stakes are high; the buffalo are not like horses, the riders, hang atop these 2 ton beasts by the nape of their necks for dear life, as there is no way to control, or stop, the animals once they start to run. The only way they stop is by running the entire course into a large body of water, and the riders hope against all odds that the animals don’ t crash into each other, or buck them off, which happens often.

It’s extremely dangerous but a great source of fun and pride for the locals, who love to bet on the beasts, and hold huge competitions with food and drink rounding out the experience. If you get the chance to see one of these amazing events you definitely should, they are riveting. Filmed by our very own Roberto Serrini (@serrini) while on location for a film … more of his drone films are at http://www.nycdroner.com

Stay tuned for a NEW VID EACH DAY as we travel round the world to find the weirdest-wildest-best-nicest-goodest-sweetest-dopest stuff for you to get inspired by and get your a$$ off the couch.

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5 BEST craft breweries in BOSTON.

Boston is a city built on beer and here are our top 5 craft breweries in Boston to visit. This is the last video to wrap up our complete guide of Boston, and, well, we put Brad through the paces, probably drinking a bit more then he is used to, so apologies if the script is a little loose and the camera work is, well, garbage. That still doesn’t change the fact that these are some of the best breweries the world has to offer, so come dive right in.

Trillium Brewery
Address: 50 Thomson Pl, Boston, MA 02210
http://www.trilliumbrewing.com/fortpoint

Somerville Brewing
Address: 15 Ward St
http://www.slumbrew.com/Boynton_Brewery

Aeronaut Brewery
Address: 14 Tyler St
http://aeronautbrewing.com/

Lamplighter Taproom
Address: 284 Broadway
http://www.lamplighterbrewing.com/

Harpoon Brewery
Address: 306 Northern Ave
http://www.harpoonbrewery.com/breweries/boston

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Where to eat in Boston 2019

Oysters, grilled cheese, lobster rolls, New England clam chowder, seafood boils, bloody mary’s, chicken and waffles, I mean you wanna talk food, this short video covers the best Boston has to offer.

Barking Crab (seafood, bloody mary’s) Address: 88 Sleeper St, Boston, MA 02210
barkingcrab.com

Union Oyster House (seafood, lobster, oysters) Address: 41 Union St, Boston, MA 02108
unionoysterhouse.com

Roxy’s (grilled cheese, poutine, creamshake) Address: 485 Cambridge St, Allston, MA 02134
https://www.roxysgrilledcheese.com/

Saus (fries)
Address: 33 Union St, Boston, MA 02108
https://www.sausboston.com/

James Hook & Co (chowder, lobster roll) Address: 440 Atlantic Ave, Boston, MA 02110
www.jameshooklobster.com/

Bootleg Special (Boils, ribs) Address: 400 Tremont St, Boston, MA 02116
bootlegspecial.com/

Stephi’s (late night, fried chicken, bim bop, asian) Address190 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116
www.stephaniesrestaurantgroup.com/stephanies-on-newbury/