FCP X: editing on external hdd?? scratch disk??

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by njmitchel0, Nov 6, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
    From my research I keep seeing that it is best to edit video from an external drive. I am trying to figure out how to set this configuration up and have come across scratch dsk setups and am not quite sure if this is what I am trying to do. Basically I would like to edit directly from the external hdd so i dont bog the compute down with use disk space.

    Could someone be so kind as to point me in the direction of what I need to do exactly for setup as well as explain scratch disk to me,

    Thanks in advance.
  2. macrumors 65816


    Jan 26, 2008
    I assume you are talking abotu editing from a laptop.

    If you have firewire 800, then that's a good bet.
    IF you have thunderbolt, that's a better bet.

    The other option I advocate for it to remove your optical drive and install a 500-750GB hard drive for a scratch disc.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
    The second post needs answering.
    It is very simple. Plug your external HD into your computer. Wait till you see it. Then open FCP-X select the EHD and presto fire away.
    Any form of video working should be done on an external.
    Dont forget to answer the 2nd post.
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
    15'' rMBP 2.6/16/256

    I asked this question as well because when reading reviews, it seems that some external hdd's are more suited to backup as opposed to working from. Does this make a difference??

    Going today to pick up a hdd, any recommendations??
  5. macrumors member

    May 9, 2010
    This! Editing on MBP will fly!
  6. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 10, 2006
    Get as high capacity 7,200 RPM drive as you can, interface is really up to you depending on your needs. Or as others have said replace your ODD with another HDD.
  7. thread starter macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
  8. macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2012
    I think....

    that disk will not work because it is a USB 3.0 disk, unless you have a USB 3.0 card or a newer Mac. Preference in the video world goes to FireWire 800, speaking abou editing/storage, tough:( :):apple:
  9. macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2008
    Hilo, Hawai'i
    The rMBP (his machine) has USB 3.0.

    OP, your link is to a 500 gb drive -- pay a little more and go for 1 TB at least. Be sure that it's 7200 RPM.
  10. macrumors 6502


    Oct 18, 2005
    I got a portable hitachi 1tb USB3 drive for like 70 something dollars and its been working fine with my 15" rMBP. I think its just 5400rpm but its still supposed to be up in the 80-90mb/sec range so not too far from 7200rpm usb 3 drives (110ish mb/sec).
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2006
    London UK
    Sorry to hijack this thread but how would you guys Set up the following for use with fcpx. Where is best to store my HD video files and where to render to etc?

    2012 13" mbp
    Samsung 256GB SSD
    Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid HD

    All discs are internal.
  12. thread starter macrumors member

    May 21, 2008
    another question for me as well, I went ahead and bought an external enclosure for a hard drive. As for as setting it up for I know I first need to format the drive. Now how do I set final cut up so that I am working from the external drive?? thanks for any help
  13. macrumors member

    Jul 27, 2012
    Check this out so you can understand how FCPX handles events and projects.

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