Hard drive speed and render times – where’s the bottleneck? I just got FCP and a Canon HF100. I’m currently using a MacBook Pro, to upgrade to a MacPro hopefully in about a year. From what little I know about FCP so far, it looks like I’ll be editing in ProRes SQ 1920 x1080, using the 384 x 216 Photo JPEG proxies. For most of my videos I’ll use no more than two streams, but I’d like to also do some projects with a montage of video images, perhaps up to three to five at one time. I’ll eventually export them to duel-layer DVD for playback on a Blue Ray player. It looks like LaCie just came out with a four drive hardware RAID set up that has an eSATA connection, which will work with my MacBook Pro through the Experess card 34 slot. It has a claimed “burst” transfer rate of up to 200 MB/sec. on an empty drive, and the safety of RAID 5. I just bought a Caldigit FireWireVR, which would only do about 70-95 MB/sec in RAID 0 or half that that in RAID 1. I realized I probably have to use RAID 1 to protect the data. I packed it up for return when I heard of the LaCie. My question is, if I’m using three to five streams of video, is my 2.2 GHz Core Duo going to be slower than the LaCie drive anyway when rendering? Or can I get a faster render with the LaCie than the Caldigit, even on my humble MacBook Pro? When I upgrade to a literally five times faster Mac Pro, will the faster HD effect render?