Two Mac Minis, Two Mac Pros, One Raid?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by nikolai0528, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. nikolai0528 macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2009

    We have a G Tech RAID-5 6TB drive. We would like to capture with Final Cut Pro from mini dv to the raid via two simultaneously working Mac Minis. While they are capturing we would like to be simultaneously editing from the RAID-5 previously captured projects with two Mac Pros.

    Is this possible? If so how?

  2. FX120 macrumors 65816


    May 18, 2007
    Probably not. You'd likely be maxing out the drives performance at that point, with both simultanious reads and writes to the array.

    You could probably get away with either writing to the array from both computers at the same time, or reading, but not reading and writing both at the same time, at least not for more than a few seconds untill the buffer fills.
  3. killmoms macrumors 68040


    Jun 23, 2003
    Washington, DC
    Multiple-person collaboration off the same source data like that really requires a SAN, which seems like it's out of the budget for this particular operation. ;)

    Not that miniDV is that bandwidth-intensive, but I still feel like four machines accessing one RAID over (I assume) Gigabit Ethernet will be too slow. Really no way to know without trying it though.

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