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Old December 11th, 2001, 02:08 PM   #1
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I'm the editor/videographer at a station where I have several projects going on at the same time. Everything from promotional tags to hour long documentries. But I only have two G4s with FinalCut Pro to do everything on.

I was thinking that one solution to having room for everything was getting some external drives that I can store the media from the various documentries on. That way I can keep them seperate and move them from computer to computer. It won't be done until almost a year from now, but the producer wants to get things started and do some "teaser" pieces for it.

What is a good external drive that I can read and write to for editing? What are the price ranges? I hear that firewire drives are too slow... what are the other options?

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Old December 11th, 2001, 03:15 PM   #2
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Hi, judging from your post, I guess you probably haven't yet read my review of the Videonics FireStore -- see http://www.dvinfo.net/firestore.htm -- and as you'll see in the article, FireWire drives are *plenty* fast enough for DV. Details at link, hope this helps,
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Old December 11th, 2001, 04:04 PM   #3
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This RAID system may be overkill but cruise around the site. SmartDisk makes an excellent product. The best feature about firewire driver are the ability to be hot-swapable (no reboot) and good through put although USB 2.0 is said to compete with MB/sec rate

http://www.smartdisk.com/products_RAID.asp
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Old December 11th, 2001, 06:27 PM   #4
 
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check out Medea-SCSI RAID. expensive, but a station can afford it and the thruput can be as high as 80mb/sec. Geez, you can go completely uncompressed with that.
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Old December 12th, 2001, 05:54 PM   #5
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Re: Media Drives

<<<-- Originally posted by EAnderson : I'm the editor/videographer at a station where I have several projects going on at the same time. Everything from promotional tags to hour long documentries. But I only have two G4s with FinalCut Pro to do everything on.

I was thinking that one solution to having room for everything was getting some external drives that I can store the media from the various documentries on. That way I can keep them seperate and move them from computer to computer. It won't be done until almost a year from now, but the producer wants to get things started and do some "teaser" pieces for it.

What is a good external drive that I can read and write to for editing? What are the price ranges? I hear that firewire drives are too slow... what are the other options?

Thanks! -->>>

My external firewire drive on my Xpress DV system runs plenty fast enough.
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