Jarrod, In an ideal setup,



In an ideal setup, you’ll have a large capacity drive or a series of drives linked in a RAID Array dedicated to video only. Also, you would have either another large capacity drive available internally or externally for video storage. In that situation, you can easily capture footage to your main video drive and do the edits, transitions and effects leaving the external drive free to perform as storage and a much needed ‘scratch disk’.

If your computer has a firewire input (400/800 or combo), then it’s no prob hooking up and capturing directly to your dedicated video drive. It is preferable to capture to the internal drive as it’s usually a more robust pipeline than doing a pass-through from camera-to-computer-to-external drive. However, if an external drive is all you’ve got you can still run with it.

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