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Andrew Arell
live capture to Mac Mini
on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:09:30 am

I am contemplating buying a Mac Mini to serve as a live capture device in tandem with FCP 5.

What I am uncertain of is if the internal drive of the PC can serve as the capture drive without it needing to be initialized, and thus erased?

Is anyone utilizing laptops or otherwise to record data streams in DVCPRO HD?

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Nate Stephens
Re: live capture to Mac Mini
on Feb 29, 2008 at 4:07:29 pm


Do a search of this forum, Yep there are a few doing live capture via a laptop... I am using the MacBookpro for 1080i60 DVcproHD,, no problems..

HVX200>firewire 32'>MacBookPro 2.4/4 gig ram> sata express card (Addionics) > 2 x 2.5 sata 160gig mirrored Hard drives... Works just great Final Cut Pro 5.1.4.. Leopard 10.5.1..

I am not recording to the internal drive. The Express card is a different entry point than the firewire on the mother board. (the 400 and 800 share the same buss)

I am averaging a gig a minute with 1080-60i.. SO the mirrored 160gig 2.5" sata drives give me about 2.5 hours of HD video with a mirrored back up. Add the 400 dollar 24" LCD I just ordered and I should have a HD location shoot and edit rig under 9K..

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