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Dan Konkel May 23rd, 2007 01:51 PM

Shared Hard Disk Space
What is the best way to go about doing video editing on multiple platforms and saving to a central storage device. For example: I have two Mac desktops and I wanted to have them both access the same hard disk space, like a RAID for something. Do you have any recommendations? Would a network drive be fast enough? I would also like to have them both read and write from the drive at the same time. Is this possible?

James Harring May 23rd, 2007 07:52 PM

how much money you got?
too many questions, not enough facts... SD or HD video? Hub or switch? 10/100/1000 Mb ethernet backbone? Other traffic like VOIP, streaming video on the backbone?

Since I dont' have details, here's best guess...
SD I think most upper end consumer stuff would probably hold up. I occasionally pick a file off a server in my production and don't notice any ill effects. It's XP/Windows Server '03 w/ gig ethernet environment. HD may be too slow.

gigabit ethernet would be helpful, despite is is not that much faster net net than 100mbs. I've seen unmanaged 8 port gig switches for $50. Using jumbo frames helps a lot, but is esoteric..

Money to burn?, SAN dedicated storage area network, or infrant NAS or similar. If you want to be real cheap, take an old pc, put a gig enet card in it and http://www.freenas.org/ has a NAS that beats the pants off most conventional solutions out there.

David W. Jones May 24th, 2007 04:31 PM

Fiber channel.

Dan Konkel May 25th, 2007 09:15 AM

I have 2 G5's one a Quad-core the other a Dual. They both have Gig ethernet and are expandable to fiber channel. Right now I'm doing SD, but in the future may move to HD when it becomes more conventional for my clients. I would want to be able to work simultaneously on video as well.

Would any of your solutions allow the central storage to be cross platform accessible, ie., PC and Mac?

I'm willing to throw some money at it this goal if it can work seamlessly.

Thank you for your reply.

James Harring May 26th, 2007 12:39 PM

fibre channel et.al.
Yes, the mac and pc should be able to see the volume. Because implementation varies, I cannot be specific on implementation.

I would think your current situation should support SD video. I cannot speak for HD. If HDV (m2t) will probably fine, as files size is roughly the same and the performance issues really occur on the cpu, but uncompressed is a whole other matter.

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