8-Core 3.0 Intel Mac Pro, Dual 2 gig G5, AJA Kona SD, AJA Kona 2, Huge Systems Array UL3D, AJA Io HD, 17" MBP, Matrox MXO2 with MAX - Cinema Displays I have a 22" that I paid 4k for still working. G4 with Kona SD card, and SCSI card.
Jerry's right of course ... but copy and paste to your Scratch Disc is probably not the best way to back up those files, better to back them up on an altogether different disc; when you later Log and Transfer them (from source or backup) FCP will copy/transcode the selected media to your Capture Scratch.
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So when I take the files from the camera via log and transfer the files are being trans-coded for use in FCP, ..is that why it takes so long? like 2 to 3 times real-time? the other day it took about 1.5 hrs. to transfer about 60 clips, around 20 min. of total video