How to get the fastest read speed for FCP?

calviin

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I get dropped frames a lot and I'm not sure why so here's my question to all of you guys. I'm using a Newer Technology Voyager Q dock for external hard drives. Firewire should hit around 80 MB or so theoretically right? But my read and write speeds are barely higher than 50 MB/s. I'm thinking of getting a RAID 5 enclosure to get that extra speed boost but this article says that there's a bug that hinders the speed after 1 TB? Can anyone confirm if this is true? Or should I look at other enclosures?
 

mBox

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I get dropped frames a lot and I'm not sure why so here's my question to all of you guys. I'm using a Newer Technology Voyager Q dock for external hard drives. Firewire should hit around 80 MB or so theoretically right? But my read and write speeds are barely higher than 50 MB/s. I'm thinking of getting a RAID 5 enclosure to get that extra speed boost but this article says that there's a bug that hinders the speed after 1 TB? Can anyone confirm if this is true? Or should I look at other enclosures?
What format are you working with? FCP version? MacOS system and os info? So much to consider.
 

calviin

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I hit around 70 MB/s using esata. Shouldn't it hit up to 300 MB/s? I'm using a 2.2 GHz i7 2011 17" MBP. My external hard drive is a Western Digital Caviar Green. Is it the drive that's the bottleneck right now?
 

cgbier

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Jun 6, 2011
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Yes. The green Caviars are not really the best for video. Spend the extra money on the black ones.
 

WRP

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Like has been said you don't want to use green drives, they aren't even 7200RPM consistent. Your bottleneck is the drive, not the bus.
 
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