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Michael West
Hobbyist editor/vdeographer with low-end RAID question
on Jul 2, 2015 at 11:14:16 pm

My less-than-2-year-old IMac is dropping frames when I try to multicam edit with FCP 7.
It has trouble processing footage from 4 Canon HG20 cameras (about 2 hours worth from each).
Yeah, I know, shoulda bought a bigger boat.
My research leads me look into a RAID 0 purely to hold my footage while I edit, not for anything else (storage, etc.)
The footage would be backed up elsewhere before I begin to edit.
Is it as simple as using, say, 2 G-Technology - G-DRIVE mobile with Thunderbolt 1TB External USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drives, made into a RAID 0 with Disk Utility?
Would this provide enough disk speed?
Thanks for any advice you can provide.
If you need any specs on my machine, I am happy to provide them when I get home tonight.
Michael


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Rainer Wirth
Re: Hobbyist editor/vdeographer with low-end RAID question
on Aug 6, 2015 at 1:23:12 pm

Hi Michael,

Raid0 is no option. With multicam editing you need speed and reliability.
Is your mac equipped with thunderbolt? There are a lot of affordable 4-8 bay raids on the market. Which Os system do you use?

cheers

Rainer

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Rainer Wirth
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several raid systems


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Michael West
Re: Hobbyist editor/vdeographer with low-end RAID question
on Aug 6, 2015 at 3:38:13 pm

Ranier:

Thanks for the reply.
My OS is OSX 10.8.5
3.4 GHz Intel Core i7
16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3
I have 2 Thunderbolt ports

Do you have any recommendations for Raid Arrays?
I am, as stated, an amateur, so, as much as I fantasize about it, I cannot really justify spending large bucks on a high-end system.

Thanks again.
Michael


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bryce arroyo
Re: Hobbyist editor/vdeographer with low-end RAID question
on Aug 12, 2015 at 8:59:38 pm

Michael,

It depends on what you want to use the raid for? there are multiple types of raids. Give us a call at Maxx Digital and I am more than happy to give you some advice on selecting one that fits you wihtout spending big bucks.

Bryce Arroyo
Maxx Digital
714-476-4308


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