James Fernald wrote:
Does the type of wire really matter. Somebody told me it had to be fire wire. Also I have over 100 mini-dv tapes ...
the speed does matter.
usb2 could be too slow, e.g. when you use several drives simultanously and perform several tasks simultanously. tech background: usb is a CPU-task and works with 'packages'; firewire is a 'stream' and doesn't strain the CPU.
usb3 is fine; firewire is essentiell for transfer from miniDV.
use fast drives (rpm, cache); use a fast connections (usb2-usb3-firewire--thunderbolt); avoid any 'other' tasks while editing (e.g. Spotlight indexing, backups via usb, any CPU-consuming tasks). Use app as intended.