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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 6:23 PM

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    Video capture on iMac

    My Macpro crashed and I replaced it with a 27" iMac and upgraded to MC 5.5. On my Macpro I capture video from my DVcamera via firewire (or Mojo connected by firewire) to external drives also connected by firewire. There is only one firewire port on the iMac. How do I capture footage to an external drive? I don't want to have to capture to the internal drives and the copy toi the external drives.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 6:33 PM In reply to

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    Re: Video capture on iMac

    You can daisy chain through the External drive. So you need a hard drive that has both FW800 and FW400 ports. Connect the camera to the external drive and the external drive to the imac.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 8:46 PM In reply to

    Re: Video capture on iMac

    We found we got flakey results when using daisy chained firewire (we have 4 iMacs) and eventually solved it by hooking the drives up via USB2.

     

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 8:49 PM In reply to

    Re: Video capture on iMac

    Sadly, neither option is practical.  Dasiy-chaining FW drives, or, USB2 for storage both have limitations.  Personally, I wouldn't choose a system for editing that had limited connectivty options.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 9:53 PM In reply to

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    Re: Video capture on iMac

    As I said I use the daisy chain to capture footage, XDCAM HD material in my case. I do not use daisy chained drives for storage but one large fast FW800 drive for editing. I backup media and project files to another drive (which is daisy chained). This has been a practical solution for a file based system. I have edited commercials for broadcast and documentaries for broadcast with this setup.

    Randall, no one ask you what you would choose. I was trying to help a user that already has a system (that is qualified by Avid) in how to capture footage to his system. I agree that if you edit every day all day in front of clients, then this setup would not be ideal. However I don't see how your comments help at all.

     

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 9:58 PM In reply to

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    Re: Video capture on iMac

    Pat Horridge:

    We found we got flakey results when using daisy chained firewire (we have 4 iMacs) and eventually solved it by hooking the drives up via USB2.

     

    I only use the camera input with firewire as a way to import material. DV material should give few if any problems capturing material this way. I have evern captured HDV material in this manner although I would not recommend because of the unstable nature of HDV timeecode.

    I would recommend to only use one drive for media storage. I have found that FW800 works as long as you are not having to edit HD in mutlitracks or doing heavy effects work. USB is worthless.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 10:02 PM In reply to

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    Re: Video capture on iMac

    gifford, for DV material you should be fine with a FW 800 drive. If you get into HD and have a New iMac you might want to look into one of the new Thunderbolt drives that are coming out.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 10:05 PM In reply to

    Re: Video capture on iMac

    "... However I don't see how your comments help at all ..."

    Because the forum, and it's content, is a living document.  Someone considering a system with limited connectivity might be interested in what works and what doesn't.  I'm an engineer by trade, and my responses here are typically engineering-centric.

    ".. no one ask you what you would choose ..."

    On the contrary, many have expressed interest in my 17+ years of experience with Avid, especially from a technical perspective.  I respect your right to not be interested.

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  • Sun, Jul 10 2011 10:35 PM In reply to

    • Dennis
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    Re: Video capture on iMac

    Thanks for the responses. I have been out of production for the last 7 years. My editing these days is just for personal use and occasional free-lance work so I don't want to spend anymore than I have to.

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