How to get the fastest read speed for FCP?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by calviin, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. calviin macrumors regular

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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?
     
  2. mBox macrumors 68020

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    What format are you working with? FCP version? MacOS system and os info? So much to consider.
     
  3. wonderspark macrumors 68040

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    I have a Voyager Q. Try using the faster eSATA port instead of Firewire800.
     
  4. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Yep big time diff when using eSata against FW800.
     
  5. calviin thread starter macrumors regular

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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?
     
  6. cgbier macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. The green Caviars are not really the best for video. Spend the extra money on the black ones.
     
  7. mBox macrumors 68020

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    Ive never seen a drive go past north of 150MB/s with eSATA. SAS yes close to 400MB/s.
     
  8. WRP macrumors 6502a

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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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