Raided Drives - Will They Help Me

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by KYLESMOM, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. KYLESMOM macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
    Beaverton, Oregon
    I posted this in Apple Basics but the repondent suggested this might be a more appropriate forum.

    I work in a public access television center where the public can produce their own programs. I have 2 new Mac Pro Xeon 2.66G with 8G of Ram in each using FCS and Adobe CS4. Having 2 drives Raided 0 sounds like it will make the processing faster, but (and there is always a but, isn't there?), the public producers check out a 500GB Lacie hard drive with which to edit and sore their files and when they are through with their project they check it back in much like a library book and we format it and check it out again. Since they are editing to an external drive, would raiding 2 internal drives gain me anything? I do appreciate your help.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    It depends what what kind of footage you work with and what kind of compression they use.

    The production company i work with for example used three 1TB FW800 drives to store and edit Digi Beta and DV material in 20:1 resolution, once the six shows were done with, they were batched to online quality and consolidated for colour correction and then cut to tape.

    The other show we work on uses a RAID 5 configuration for network storage of 1300 DV and Digi Beta tapes, the DV tapes are stored in their original resolution, Digi Beta is stored as 10:1. We also employ many external FW800 drives for that.

    If you want to edit uncompressed SD and HD footage (besides DV) you will gain some speed up due to a RAID configuration.

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