Editing HD Video on FCP. Need advise on Video Card and External hard Drive

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  1. lebeau3d macrumors newbie

    Jun 26, 2009
    I am going to be editing HD video using Final Cut Pro. I will also be using the Multi Camera Mode and I will have up to 8 HD video clips potentially running at the same time so I can edit in multi camera mode in Final Cut.

    The footage will probably be on a eSATA external hard drive.

    I have 3 questions:

    1. Should I upgrade my video card? If so, to what?
    2. Is an eSATA drive fast enough to handle the HD video
    3. My system info is below - any thoughts on what else I may need to upgrade?

    Thanks Sooooo Much for your time and thoughts!

    This is what i have:

    Model Name: Mac Pro
    Model Identifier: MacPro1,1
    Processor Name: Dual-Core Intel Xeon
    Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
    Number Of Processors: 2
    Total Number Of Cores: 4
    L2 Cache (per processor): 4 MB
    Memory: 5 GB
    Bus Speed: 1.33 GHz

    NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT:
    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 7300 GT
    Type: Display
    Bus: PCIe
    Slot: Slot-1
    PCIe Lane Width: x16
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB

    (I have 2 of these)
    Resolution: 1280 x 1024 @ 60 Hz
    Depth: 32-bit Color
    Core Image: Hardware Accelerated
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Quartz Extreme: Supported
    Rotation: Supported
  2. MovieCutter macrumors 68040


    May 3, 2005
    Washington, DC
    A graphics card update won't do you any good right now, not until Final Cut Pro supports Snow Leopard's Open CL.

    You can take a number of steps to edit 8 streams of HD video smoothly, including knocking down your playback resolution in the timeline. You'll still end up with full res video, but during editing with a multiclip sequence, your Mac won't choke so much.

    Other than that, eSata should be good for what you're doing. I edit a multicam sequence with 3 streams of 1080i footage on my MBP hard drive every week in full res and never have a problem.

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