Making a strange transition in my career going from Design Engineer to doing more with video production. As such I am now working for a company that builds turnkey workstations/laptops for SolidWorks and Mastercam users. These are programs that are used heavily in the engineering/manufacturing world, and the hardware is configured specifically for these programs. The systems arrive to the end client with the software installed and ready to go as soon as you power up.
We're exploring the possibility of doing the same for folks who are in the video production industry, and who primarily use the Adobe CS family of products. The concept is, again, to provide a turnkey system that is specifically optimized for the Red/Adobe workflow, and is ready to go as soon as it arrives to your doorstep.
Since I myself am relatively new to this industry, I'd like to reach out to this community and see what type of things people are looking for when searching for their post-production hardware needs. What type of things are you looking for, and what must-haves are there? In addition to the basic poll of what type of system do you prefer to spec/buy, please leave in the comments any feedback and/or suggestions for the type of things you would want in the following areas:
Are you looking for just a box/machine, or a "complete" solution (box, monitors, external storage, audio)?
What type of support are you looking for in addition to the hardware/software manufacturer's support/warranty?
What type of "workflow" would you like the hardware optimized for (cinematography/eng/etc)?
How do you typically allocate assets among the drives (scratch discs, programs, backup, etc)?