7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 8, 2012 3:37 PM by Crows2012
EddieT Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

Been waiting for that iMac update for a long time to edit a lot of video I took last spring. Going to use Final Cut Pro X. Does anyone foresee any sort of problems or conflicts in using final cut pro x with a Fusion Drive iMac? Would it be better for some reason to go with the regular Hard Drive iMac? Thanks in advance.

  • Jakob Peterhänsel Level 3 Level 3 (660 points)

    Why?

    Some of the files will just be on the much faster SSD part, and give you speed!

    FCPX does not see a 'Fusion Drive', it will see a Volume where it will just have faster access to some of the files..

  • EddieT Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Thanks, Jakob. You ask why I ask this question. No reason in particular. I did come across a page somwhere on the Apple site with lots of notes about the Fusion Drive. Just looked for it now, but couldn't find it. They weren't exactly cautions or warnings, but they came close a few times, just pointing out that the Fusion Drive is different from a regular drive, and there are some things to be aware of. Just free-floating anxiety on my part. I will be working with the video files on a thunderbolt external drive, so that's not an issue. Just curious, and figured I'd pick the collective brain of this forum. Thanks again.

  • b j t Level 4 Level 4 (3,670 points)

    "I did come across a page somwhere on the Apple site with lots of notes about the Fusion Drive. Just looked for it now, but couldn't find it."

     

    is this the article: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT5446 ?

  • EddieT Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Sure is, b j t. Thanks.

  • hughmass Level 3 Level 3 (575 points)

    I have to hope that the fusion drive will put fcpx on the ssd, and the huge transcoded files on the spinning drive. That would eliminate the need for an exterior hard drive. Maybe. Not being able to designate where the files go could cause problems.

    Within a few days those who bought Mac minis with fusion drives will be able to report how it works in reality. Ars and others are promising to report soon.

     

    The nice thing, for me, about the Mac platform is that Apple is both building the iMacs and the software. Sooner or later they usually get the right mix.

    Hugh

  • Jakob Peterhänsel Level 3 Level 3 (660 points)

    hughmass wrote:

     

    I have to hope that the fusion drive will put fcpx on the ssd, and the huge transcoded files on the spinning drive. ...

    Hugh

    The System will always be on the SSD, I'n not sure about Applications, but I guess that folder will be on SSD as well. If not, if you use the app enough, it will be moved there!

     

    As pr. the technote, you can make one partition on the HDD, so you could make a partition map lie this:

     

    FD: SSD + HDD partition 1

    HD: HDD partition 2

     

    And then make Partition 2 as big as possible.. like 1,5TB if you have the 2TB HDD.

  • Crows2012 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Hi

     

    I have a similar concern. About to buy my first imac - the top end of the i5 of the 27". I'm also looking at the fusion drive, particularly for editing that I want to get my teeth into.

     

    I'm looking to start with imovie.

     

    My concerns with fusion drive (FD) for editing are thus:

     

    1) The FD will only have 4G available when importing files (after your system has > 128gb on it). So if I'm importing more than 4G of data then some will go to FD and remainder on HDD. What's the (potential) impact there when importing and editing. I'm hoping by the time you get to the editing perhaps the footage will all be back on to the FD if files get moved around.

     

    2) the imac MOVES files/folders/blocks around and doesn't copy. Should that be a concern to me/us?

     

    Any input and considerations here would be much appreciated. I'm no expert in this stuff but I have done a lot of reading on this and even a music editing guy that i spoke to at an apple store (employee) is not too enthused (yet) by the FD.

     

    Ps this is a great and thorough article to sus out if you haven't already:

     

    http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/11/achieving-fusion-with-a-service-training-do c-ars-tears-open-apples-fusion-drive/

     

    Thanks again in advance for any ideas. I'll guess we'll know more with time as it also appears all reviews on the imac have been done on imacs with the FD and in the 27" ones, only on the i7.

     

    Had anyone seen benchmark figures on the 27" i5?