4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2013 7:02 AM by MikevanMac
MikevanMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi everyone,

 

I want to improve FCPX performance and work with my events and projects on one or two external HDDs.

 

I am an amateur editor and mostly work with    720p, 120 fps, h.264 optimized to ProRes 422 footage on mostly single camera projects.

 

 

Can anyone recommend a portable product that will work for my purposes?  Preferably one that I don't have to spend $1000+ on (like drobo or promise).

 

Is an external USB3 Drive powerful enough? Do I need thunderbolt?

 

 

 

 

Thanks so much for your answers and help!

 

 

Mike

 

 

P.s. Working with a MBP 15" Retina, 2,6 GHz i7, 16GB RAM, 750GB SSD.

  • 1. Re: External Storage recommended for use with FCPX
    BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,825 points)

    120fps?  What camera did this media come from?

     

    FW800 minimum, Thunderbolt is best.  You're budget will determine your limits.  Will USB 3.0 be enough?  It all depends on what format you're editing.  If you transcode everything to ProRes, just about anything will work. Firewire 800 will work, unless you're doing a lot of compositing and/or very long projects.

     

    Get the format you can afford.  Be sure spinning disk drives (your price range) are 7200rpm!  Vital!

     

    Minimum would be FW800, next up would be USB 3.0, next up would be Thunderbolt, as far as speed.  Avoid SSD drives as you'll not get much storage space for the amount you sound like you have to spend.

  • 2. Re: External Storage recommended for use with FCPX
    MikevanMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Ben,

     

    thanks for your answer.

     

    So you're saying I can use an external USB 3 Drive to edit ProRes Footage in real time, effects and all?

     

    That would be very cool!

     

     

    I edit mostly skydiving footage and use the  GoPro 3 Black Edition: it can do 1080p/60fps and 720p/120fps and other combinations..

     

    http://gopro.com/hd-hero3-cameras..

  • 3. Re: External Storage recommended for use with FCPX
    BenB Level 5 Level 5 (7,825 points)

    You can edit that footage on a USB 1 or FW400 drive if you wanted to.  The question is performance and playback.  That will depend on how long your timelines are, how large your events are, and how the ProRes clips are formated.  For high frame rate footage, not sure how USB 3 will handle that playback.  You may want to look for a Thunderbolt drive.  You'll spend more, but get much better performance.  Again, your budget is going to dictate what you are able to get.  You'll have to live with that performance level.

     

    If a drive won't keep up as you'd like it to, you can always edit proxies, switching back to full resolution ProRes 422 for color grading and output.

  • 4. Re: External Storage recommended for use with FCPX
    MikevanMac Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Cool! Thanks!!