digital video editing on computer: will this hard drive do the job?

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I'm thinking about buying a
LACIE 200 GB FireWire800 & USB2.0 7200 rpm • New d2
portable hard drive.
I don't have much experience with DV editing but it looks ok for the job, am I right?

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 13:51 (nineteen years ago) link

You're definitely covered. It's enough space for at least 15 hours of DV footage.

Girolamo Savonarola, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 13:58 (nineteen years ago) link

Yes but it's the transfer rate I worry about. For what I could gather it looks allright (sustained 3 meg/s of transfer I think) but in practice...

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 14:26 (nineteen years ago) link

usb 2 is at 480Mbits/second so yeah I guess I'm covered.

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 14:29 (nineteen years ago) link

7200 is fine for RPMs, and FireWire 400 should be up to snuff, to say nothing of the much faster USB 2.0 and FireWire 800 standards. You'll be fine, trust me.

Girolamo Savonarola, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 15:12 (nineteen years ago) link

use the firewire connection, not the usb! (actually I don't know about usb2, but with usb1 you risk dropping frames, and not just because of the speed, but because of the way the cpu interacts with the disk)

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 19:35 (nineteen years ago) link

good idea. thank you.

Sébastien Chikara (Sébastien Chikara), Wednesday, 24 September 2003 20:40 (nineteen years ago) link

I'd say stick with Firewire400 unless you have a good reason not to. USB 2.0 is faster than 400, but less standardized for video editing software/hardware. Firewire800 is actually too fast, and pretty much is only for file transfer/accessing.

Girolamo Savonarola, Wednesday, 24 September 2003 21:18 (nineteen years ago) link

fw400 forever!

s1utsky (slutsky), Thursday, 25 September 2003 18:52 (nineteen years ago) link

I have a 60gb Firewire Lacie that serves my meager needs. 200gb??? I want one, too.

adaml (adaml), Thursday, 25 September 2003 22:26 (nineteen years ago) link

just be careful you make your internal drive your scratch disk, otherwise there can be problems--apple doesn't even really support the use of FW drives with FCP, but most everyone does it anyway.

s1utsky (slutsky), Friday, 26 September 2003 00:08 (nineteen years ago) link

is an internal EIDE ATA133 drive fast enough to do video editing? i just shot a miniature golf tournament and i need to dump it down.

j fail (cenotaph), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 19:07 (nineteen years ago) link

not sure about your particular one, but internal drives are better to use anyway, so it should be fine--what's your set-up?

s1utsky (slutsky), Wednesday, 1 October 2003 21:33 (nineteen years ago) link

I used to do a lot of editing a few years back on an internal ATA66, so I'd imagine ATA133 would be more than up to task. RPMs are really more important, and as long as you're at 7200 or more, you're fine.

Girolamo Savonarola, Thursday, 2 October 2003 01:50 (nineteen years ago) link

two years pass...
What's the best video editing software for the PC? I've used Nero Vision Express to make a 2 hr DVD of music videos, and I'm happy with that but I need to change some of the individual music videos (cutting out opening scenes, and sticking my own logo over the MTV and VH1 ones on there) - I have a 200gb HD, AMD Athlon 64 Processor 3200+, 2.01 ghz, 1.00 gb of Ram.

Is it easy to do and how long will it take to stick a logo on each minute video? Thanks.

Affectian (Affectian), Wednesday, 23 August 2006 20:26 (sixteen years ago) link

nine years pass...

I've made a few lyrics videos using Windows Movie Maker - all static images and captions. Now I'm thinking of doing a video with moving pictures, wondering if anyone can recommend an even better (and still easy to use) free video editor?

niels, Saturday, 2 January 2016 18:21 (seven years ago) link

eight months pass...

Okay, I'm willing to pay for a decent video editor - any recommendations? I tried Adobe Premiere, seemed fairly intuitive (certainly not looking for anything more complex/advanced) but not into the subscription model - could I buy an older version and use that? Anyone recommend a decent pay ~100$ once alternative?

Google has not been helpful.

I've found Reaper to be a great audio editor / DAW, very reasonably priced, easy to run on a not too powerful machine. So anything like Reaper but for video would be cool...

niels, Sunday, 18 September 2016 12:00 (six years ago) link

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