with the external raid boxes, many say they work with firewire 800, but it looks like the next step up is to a raid enclosure and a raid pci card for my mac pro. would this be the best option overall, or would the 800 work well enough?
just to give some perspective, we mostly output sd, but much of the footage is hd,(what our client sends us) I can't imagine having more than two of the hd streams playing at the same time (for transitions, or multiclips).
I am looking at the G-tech G-RAID3 with eSata and firewire800, when connected with eSata it gets 200 MB/second, would this suffice? seems to be a good option.
eSATA is with out a doubt the very best solution. If that is an option for you at work then do it by all means. The 200mb/sec is far from overkill. It slows as the raid fill up, as all drives do anyway, but the throughput will make your entire system run better and will provide far better realtime performance than you've ever experienced. I'm testing a new raid now that provides 700mb/sec, and trust me, the last thing on my mind is concern about it being overkill, as the faster the raid, the better the overall editing experience.
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