using ssd drives and video editing

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Luis Ortega, Oct 6, 2009.

  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

    May 10, 2007
    Fetcham Surrey UK
    I am thinking about upgrading a 7200 rpm hard drive in my laptop to an ssd drive.
    I was wondering if these drives will result in a real performance benefit for video editing in particular.
    I would also be interested in whether ssd drives would benefit performance in photo editing and general OSX performance.
    I read that because of the differences in read/write times and other factors, ssd drives may not improve performance in some situations.
    Thanks for any advice.
  2. anthemus macrumors regular


    Apr 25, 2009
    Yes, it does for me. I bought a 128GB Super Talent SSD. Much faster than 7200rpm. Programs snap open, files save fast and video playback is without delay. The only problem I have had is space. Once you realize the power and speed you start to use it more. I've opt'd for an external to keep the bulk of the media.

    Plus if your running Snow Leopard it runs very smooth. Snow Leopard does a lot of file swapping so you should see a performance increase. Make sure you have your memory maxed out. My MacBook Unibody has 4Gb and runs FCP7 just fine when editing HD.
  3. bigbossbmb macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2004
    the computer will feel snappier, but overall editing shouldn't be improved much. you need fast scratch disks (read: external for laptops) for faster editing/rendering.

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