NAS with FCP ? a good solution ?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Phenixone, Feb 24, 2009.

  1. Phenixone macrumors newbie


    Feb 15, 2009
    Hi everyone !

    I'm looking for an affordable way of creating an extendable RAID(5 ?) video for FCP to use with my Macbook Pro (knowing that my express card slot is allready taken).

    The solution of creating a SAN is not possible for me (too expensive) so I turned to a NAS solution (I'll be the only one to access the NAS, so no problem with this). The other idea with the NAS was to put the drives further from my desk (other room) because of the noisy fans (I'm not a big fan of fans haha)

    My idea is to buy a NAS solution like Netgear's like this one :
    in which I'll be able to add some more disk later.

    Any alternative idea ? Will it work ? (will it blend haha)
    Is this NAS is a good one ?

    Thank you for reading this question and thank you even more if you are answering to it !


    PS : sorry for the stupid jokes ...
  2. CaptainChunk macrumors 68020


    Apr 16, 2008
    Phoenix, AZ
    NAS units are good to use as secure backup devices, but would perform poorly as media/scratch disks.

    They typically don't have the sustained data bandwidth necessary for doing any serious video editing (especially HD) in FCP. FW800 and eSATA are still the kings for affordable external interfaces. I am of course, assuming that this is your intended use.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    You're better off going with a FW800 solution. NAS isn't really a good idea for video editing.
  4. Phenixone thread starter macrumors newbie


    Feb 15, 2009
    Thank you for those quick answers !!

    Ok, so forget the NAS.

    any suggestion for a FW800/eSata raid then ?
    Sonnet, LaCie, G-Tech, anything else ?

    is one better than another ?

    Thanks !

    PS : Yes, I'd like tu use this as a media server, and maybe scratch/render disk, but I may have another FW800 drive that I can cain to do it.
    I'm working with DVCPRO HD from P2 cards - HPX170 (original P2 files are on some others drives [two - 2TB LaCie 2Big Disks] as "original tapes" I don't want to use them for heavy scratching and uptime with the editing)
  5. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    Caldigit (definitely top dog) or G-Tech...

    don't go near a LaCie
  6. surfmadison macrumors member

    Oct 10, 2008

    Try iSCSI, an ip based way of accessing storage. There are several manufacturers out there. Basically you connect over the network. You could connect Gig ethernet for speed. They tend to be spendy though.

    As far as RAID type of enclosures, try the FirmTek. Just got their 5 drive enclosure, connecting via eSata. AMUG gives it their highest ratings and I have had mine for a few weeks, basically running fulltime and it is running great. Doing a 24+ hour encode right now. Obviously the MBP is doing much of the work on the encode, but the storage is nice and cool.

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