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sandyoforange
External Drive/ Preview Quality capture
on Nov 6, 2002 at 7:03:38 pm

I am currently using Pinnacle Studio 7 to edit my kid’s soccer digital videotapes and make a 30-minute highlight real for the team.

I started by using the "Preview mode" to capture more film onto the computer. I realized when you render a movie you have to put all the original cassettes back in the dv camera to make a quality movie.

#1 I have over 12 cassettes so far with video, this is cumbersome to keep putting in and taking out each cassette as it renders.

#2 I made a small sample movie just using 3 frames of video and it had a problem rendering. It could not find the original video on the cassette.

I am hoping that if I set up an external hard drive (maybe a firewire) I can capture in "Full Quality" mode and avoid these problems.

Does anyone have suggestions on an external hard drive?


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Matt Sowder
Re: External Drive/ Preview Quality capture
on Nov 6, 2002 at 8:58:57 pm

I take it you don't have extra room in the PC for another drive. Personally, I love the Western Digital Special Edition drives 80 to 120 Gigabytes with an 8 Meg buffer. It zips along. I am adding two to ADS External HD kits. I expect good results from them.

Maxtor's are good I hear but for the speed and money, I am headed to the above solution. I have both external and internal drives for storage, FWIW.

Matt Sowder
Chowderheads

"Living in 1D, Working in 2D, Dreaming of 3D"
-Me, March, 1998


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ffresh
Re: External Drive/ Preview Quality capture
on Nov 14, 2002 at 5:14:46 am

Matt,
I just disassembled a WD SE 120Gb drive from a ADS Pyro drive kit (Oxford 911 chipset). I could not get it to not drop frames while capturing (Matrox RX100)no matter what I tried. I, also have a Maxtor 7200 80Gb FW (2mb cache) which did not exhibit this behavior. I even went as far (for testing purposes) as to install the WD 120 into the Maxtor case. This improved the situation, but did not entirely correct it (still dropped frames). I don't know if there is an adverse effect to the large cache in a FW Ext drive or what, but that's my experience. I was going to email ADS about this but I ordered another WD SE 120Gb drive and set up a 0 raid today so I may not get around to it.

Your mileage may differ ;^)
Fred


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ffresh
Re: External Drive/ Preview Quality capture
on Nov 14, 2002 at 5:17:42 am

Matrox states on their support pages that Firewire will not provide the throughput needed for video. This was my experience. See my other post to Matt in this thread

Fred


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