final cut express users that made 5-10 minute projects... OPEN THIS!!!!!

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  1. bluedoggiant macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    how much would that project take up on your hard drive?? im getting an imac, so how big shud my hd be if i plan to get into serious video editing and edit about 1 or RARELY twice a month??? share how you have your system set up to suit final cut express projects that are 5-10 minutes long
  2. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    ~ 13G for raw footage (about 6-10 times the project length is my average)
    Then factor in space for render files for effects and transitions.
    Then add in the space required for the final output from Final Cut.
    You don't say how you will be "sharing" this project. A DVD? Fine ad ~4G.
    And oh have audio.

    My total would end up about 20G or so.

    Your milage may vary, especially if you use Final Cut's offline capabilities
    or you shoot in some type of HD.
  3. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    You want to get an external drive to keep all of your clips on (capture scratch disk), so you don't run in to dropped frames because the internal drive can't keep up the constant stream while it's trying to run the OS.
  4. bluedoggiant thread starter macrumors 68030


    Jul 13, 2007
    MD & ATL,GA
    for like 5 minutes of video, it will take up 20gb???
  5. Cromulent macrumors 603


    Oct 2, 2006
    The Land of Hope and Glory
    Well it is about 12GBs per hour of raw footage so your looking at about 2GBs for 10 minutes of footage. That is based on standard def DV footage. Then as has been mentioned above you have all the extras to take into account.
  6. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    Five minutes is about 1 gig. However, as I said, I generally have between
    6 and 10 times that much video that I edit down to end up with 5 minutes
    of finished product. That turns out to be 6 gig to 10 gig. Along with the
    final product quicktime file, along with the DVD image if I'm creating a
    DVD, along with all the other stuff I mentioned before. It adds up.

    If, of course, you are a much more efficient at recording, and you only
    require 5 minutes of tape to produce a 5 minute video, more power to you!

    Edit: And of course, quite a bit of this storage is just required temporarily.
    You could always get rid of these files once you are done with your project.

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