SUBJECT: Are bus powered FireWire drives fast enuff for editing in FCP?
I am editing in a camp in the desert supplied with generator power which often cuts off without any warning, so using a FireWire drive that requires no A/C adaptor makes a lot of sense. Does anyone know if these mini-drives are reliable for editing ? The drive spins at 5400, and has 400 and 800 plugs. The model I am trying is Western Digital WD-3200-MT. I'm using a MacBook Pro and Final Cut Pro 6.0.5.
SUBJECT: Re: Are bus powered FireWire drives fast enuff for editing in FCP?
Well, Tim's right, and then it all depends on what sort of performance you're expecting.
I'm editing right now using a LaCie 500 gig 5400 rpm drive, and a single NTSC DV stream runs fine. Since I never have to output to tape, but just take my finished edit and make a bunch of Quicktimes out of it, I don't care that much about real-time playback.
But if you need to go out to tape, or be assured of smooth, glitch-free playback over the entire sequence, 7200 rpm is where you oughta be.