I'm a newcomer to this forum and I'm searching for some guidance and or advice on external video recorders from fellow members. I have a blackmagic design hyperdeck shuttle video recorder that I use with a Panasonic HVX--170 video camera to record video. My question is that why is it that whenever I transfer the video files to a laptop computer and try to playback these video clips using Quicktime or Media Express, the software freezes and have to force quit the programs? I'm using a Macbook Pro laptop with 16GB of RAM running Snow Leopard connected to a Seagate Thunder bolt adapter and a 246GB Vertex SSD drive. Does anyone out there have experience using this type of recorder and computer set up that have had similar problems? Not sure if this belongs in the same forum, but is having a RAID necessary to playback any video files recorded on SSD's? If so which ones should I get? What brand, make or model would fellow members recommend? Any advice and guidance would be greatly appreciated.