I don't have a great answer for you as if the video you are putting on the drive is going to end up as the final copy used by the editor who is using a Mac, you do not want to save your movie files to a Windows formated drive. Copying a large very important file from 1 drive format to another and then back again is asking for trouble with your data. You can use MS-DOS which is about the only format you can use unless they have special software installed on their Windows systems to read Mac OS format or Unix/Linux/
If it were me I would format the drive Mac OS Extended, put the movies on it to send to the editor. Then burn the movies as a lower quality file (smaller) onto DVD for the client to view.
My 2 cents.
As has been noted, the drive may be formatted FAT32, which may not hold files as large as you may be trying to write to it. It also may be formatted NTFS, in which case, you can't write to it at all without installing third party software. By default, OS X only reads NTFS.
What you can do to get around both issues is reformat the drive as ExFAT. Both OS X and Windows can read/write this format, and can easily handle any size file you need to write to the drive. ExFAT is supported natively in Windows 7. Users on their end on XP or Vista can download ExFAT drivers from Microsoft's site.
You were all correct. Thank you for the help, very much appreciated. I've got some very big files. I found the simplest of solutions. The client has a daughter who has a Mac. She can watch her footage on her daughter's machine. And then send the drive on to the editor.
Everything else was complicated. I think the alternate solution, for this situation, would have been to purchase:
And then use this app to have the Windows able to read and write to the Mac drive.
Thank goodness for daughters ...
Thank you gang ...
This sounds most interesting, and useful for future reference. I don't remember ever seeing the ExFat option in the Mac Disk Utility ... so I just went to look. There it is!!
This is most cool.
But I think I'll go with the 'daughter's Mac laptop' for this one, given the files are going on to their editor right after. And rather than cause any trouble for the editor ...
I'm wondering if one could edit with FCP using this formatting on the drive (ExFat)?
Thank you for this suggestion ... It's gone into my permanent notes.
ExFAT was developed by Microsoft. I would have to imagine Apple licensed it for inclusion in Snow Leopard. You do have to be using Snow Leopard (and I imagine any version of the Mac OS going forward) to use it. Leopard or earlier won't be able to read such drives.
Yes, you should be able to use ExFAT for FCP editing. Snow Leopard can read and write this format. Haven't tested it myself, but I can't think of a reason why it wouldn't work.