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Milton Hockman
Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 4:25:22 pm

i have an imac intel 2.16. can i edit HDV through firewire 400? or does it have to be on my internal drive?



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Chris Babbitt
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 4:41:54 pm

No, in fact you will be better off, if you keep the media on your external drive.



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Dave Brandt
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 5:12:50 pm

Yes you can use an External Drive for HDV. Both USB and Firewire are adequate. It is only when you start using multicam features with 6 or more angles that you will find a bottleneck. For normal editing though it is fine.

Dave


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Zane Barker
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 6:09:56 pm

[Dave Brandt] "Both USB and Firewire are adequate"

WRONG, firewire is ok depending of the format of video, but USB is NOT.

USB works in bursts of data where firewire is a constant stream. Not having a constant stream of data will be vary problematic for video.




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Dave Brandt
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 11:11:09 pm

It is true that Firewire and USB are using different architecture to control data flow, But as I said, Both are adequate. I have many years of experience using external drives for editing in final cut among others and I can say that USB will do the job just fine. I have edited multicamera shoots in HDV with a portable USB hard drive at 5400rpm. When it comes down to it the data rate of HDV is still only around 3.5MB/s

To answer the Original Posters Question if external drives are good enough for HDV I would still have to say YES!

Dave


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Zane Barker
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 11:58:56 pm

[Dave Brandt] "I have edited multicamera shoots in HDV with a portable USB hard drive at 5400rpm"

Just because you have had fair luck with them does not mean that they are recommended for good video editing performance by any means.




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keith mcgregor
Re: Can you cut HDV on external Firewire Drive?
on Nov 7, 2009 at 5:19:28 pm

Sure can but you'd better off using imac for receptionist
And get a real machine with an 800 port and always
Use externals as media drives.
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