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mobuli
10-01-2002, 11:16 PM
Heyas!
I am a video editor here in LA, and use a Mac G4 w/ FCP at home for my personal projects. I've found that the DV-NTSC compression scheme does not suit my needs, and would like to get an video in/out card that will allow me to use uncompressed video. I have ample space on multiple hard drives (around 170 gigs of space), generous RAM (916? or some logical multiple in the 900s).
Do any of you (readers, and those very helpful folk at Macgurus) have recommendations for a card such as this? I am willing to spend if the quality and control is available. Also, since i intend to move up to OSX soon (hopefully), i'd like the card to be OSX compatible. Any suggestions, comments or recommendations? PLease email me at mobuli@aol.com, as i don't come here often. Thanks!

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professor
10-09-2002, 01:42 AM
if i'm not mistaken you'll also need a four drive stripe across two channels to get uncompressed, at least for most high end editing systems.
check this link out. http://www.digitalvideoediting.com/2002/07_jul/features/cw_uncompcc_bguide.htm

mobuli
10-09-2002, 02:03 AM
<<if i'm not mistaken you'll also need a four drive stripe across two channels to get uncompressed, at least for most high end editing systems.
check this link out.>>

Could you elaborate as to what that means? I will need four hard disk drives to divide two channels? And to what channels are you refering to? Any elaboration would be appreciated! thanks again.

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TZ
10-09-2002, 10:50 AM
Google's Advanced Search page, clicking on "Mac Specific" and just typing in, "Final Cut Pro uncompressed video" took me to specific, useful pages. www.google.com/mac.html (http://www.google.com/mac.html)
http://www.randomize.com/finalcutpro/cinewave.html#compadvant http://www.randomize.com/finalcutpro/preconfigsystems.html

Each SCSI card comes with one or two channels. A two channel card, with two 10k or X15 Seagate Cheetahs, could deliver ~300MB/s if needed. Seagate has come out with their newest 10K drives this week in 36/72/144GB. The X15's are due later. IBM has a 15K drive in 140GB. Or there is FireWire RAID, using Western Digital Special Edition (8MB cache), or the IBM Deskstar 180GXP that also has 8MB cache and incorporates some features that were only found in SCSI systems previously.

IDE has limited bandwidth. For SCSI, you almost have to go with the ATTO UL4D at this point. FW hard RAID is changing and developing on the Mac side and out of my area.

Gregory