Video editing with USB2 drives??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ifti, May 13, 2012.

  1. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    I'm considering selling my MacBook Pro (spec in sig) and my iPad 2 to buy a MacBook Air, which would cover my needs in one unit rather then two.

    The only gripe I have is the lack of FireWire on the MacBook Air.

    At the moment I create videos using iMovie, and all my projects and events are stored, and accessed, from my external FireWire800 drives connected to my MacBook Pro. I also daisy chain my FireWire drives, and it all works nicely.

    The lack of FireWire port on the Air would mean I have to use USB instead.
    Would the above editing with imovie work well over USB?

    Alternatively are there any thunderbolt to FireWire800 adapters I could use?

    If not I'll stick to what I already have as it all works great.
     
  2. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    USB 2.0 is okay for video editing, if you don't expect much and can live with lags. I once edited DV footage (3.5 MB/s) via USB and it was acceptable, but if you edit HD footage (20 MB/s depending on the codec), you will experience slow downs.

    As for Thunderbolt and Firewire, you could use this adapter and a Firewire 800 ExpressCard.

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  4. Ifti thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Just been looking at the Apple Store online - really shouldn't have gone there! Lol

    Now I want a MacBook Air and the Apple Thunderbolt Display, which has the hub built in :cool:
     

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