Question on external storage - Video/project files

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by electronique, Nov 23, 2009.

  1. electronique macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2008
    Hi. Soon to be getting into video editing and am looking at options for storage.

    Im on an iMac (640GB HDD), so will be needing an external drive for the storage of video. I am looking at THIS product. it holds 2 HDDs and uses RAID 0. I am aware that if one drive goes, so will the other.. Let me explain my reasoning in doing this. Please correct me, or point me in the right direction if im way off.

    1. iMac - To store project files (not video). I am backed up via another drive with Time Machine... Im gathering I can store the project file on the main OS drive, and the video files on a second disk?? (coming from audio, this is what i used to do)

    2. DV Tapes - I will archive all original footage on DV tape.

    3. External HDD - So I store all my captured video on this drive, and edit from here.

    So if I lose the external HDD. I still have the project files and DV. All I have to do is re-capture.... Is this correct?
  2. zachsilvey macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2008
    Battle Ground
    There are a couple of things to consider.

    1) Recapturing and reconnecting all that footage would suck if you lost a drive.

    2) Editing from a external device would be slower than editing from an internal drive so you would see dropped frames more often.
  3. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    What software will you be using? iMovie and FCE don't have batch capture functionality so recapturing from the source tapes would be a PITA. If you are using FCP it shouldn't be so bad. For the low data rates of DV or HDV a FW800 RAID 0 is going to be more than fast enough. 'Back in the day', DV was cut on computers w/slow 5400 RPM drives.


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