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Martin SterlingConnectivity
by on Nov 3, 2007 at 3:14:43 pm

If I were to have desktop #1 (G5 dual 2GHZ) with a firewire drive connected to it and another desktop #2 (MAC PRO QUAD 2.6) connected via LAN, your basic linksys router, can I work files on the firewire drive with my desktop #2 computer directly through my router.

For example, Lets say I was using final cut pro and the media was the firewire drive connected desktop #1 but my Final Cut workstation is on Desktop #2. Is my LAN sufficient to make this work?

thank you in advance

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Jeff CarpenterRe: Connectivity
by on Nov 5, 2007 at 4:11:36 pm

Yup, it'll work fine. Here are 3 things to keep in mind:

1) Make sure the router and ethernet cards on both computers all support gigabit speeds. You can easily test this by dragging a multi-GB video file from one computer to the other. It should take arond 1 minute per GB to copy. If it's taking more like 5-10 minutes per GB, you need to upgrade something.

2) I do this with DV video and it works fine. I've not yet tested it with any other formats, so I can't promise you that other, larger formats will work well. (I can say that I've done multi-cam edits this way, running 3 DV streams at once, and that works too.)

3) This is all great for editing, but I wouldn't trust any capturing or playback-to-tape using this method. Likewise, if you're compressing for DVD you'll be better off just moving the firewire drive to the computer that you want to do the compressing on.

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Martin SterlingRe: Connectivity
by on Nov 6, 2007 at 2:55:42 pm

Thank you

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