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CD-RW vs Firewire Drives for video?
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May 1, 2000, 12:19 AM
I have Pismo-400 with a half-full 6-gig hard-drive, but my iMovie projects are filling it up prettty fast.

Any recommendations for adding more storage--I was thinking the new Firewire external drives would be great, but are they fast enough for editting iMovie (and maybe FCP later)?

Or is a CD burner a better way to store my video projects. All comments appreciated.

Man, video really eats up RAM and storage.

Thanx in Advance, T.
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May 1, 2000, 10:13 AM
firewire drives are fast enought for DV, including iMovie and FCP. At MWNY last summer Apple Reps did a FCP seminar and they were using a Wallstreet 300mhz with a Firewire card and the small VST FW drives and everything worked for them.

I think it would be difficult to use a CDR for DV considering they only hold 650MB of space and that can only hold about 3 minutes of DV.

I have never used a CDR for DV. I was wondering how it would complicate editing from a locked Disc. i guess your edits would just reference the CD. I am also interest if anyone has tried this to see how it works.

While expensive i would say a Firewire drive is a better option than CDR.

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