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Macbook connectivity issue.
Before I pose the question I know that the best way to remedy this problem is to sell my current laptop and buy a macbook pro or imac however time and money are short.
I am trying to run FInal Cut Express 4 on my Macbook. The laptop has 4gb ram and 2.2 Ghz processor with the integrated intel graphics card. Many say that this is not enough power to run Final Cut properly but I have downloaded it and it seems to function ok.
My main problem is trying to find a decent way to crate a scratch disk rather than using the Mac HD.The new Macbooks don't have a firewire port and editing video from an external hard drive with 5400 rpm over usb 2.0 seems to be a little clunky.
I have heard of people editing HD footage on Macbooks so has anyone got any ideas on how I can remedy this problem? Different programs or perhaps some sort of firewire to usb adaptor?
Any help would be much appreciated.
Are you trying to have a scratch disk set for your footage or render files?
I may be getting this wrong but I was using the scratch disk for the
footage files and the rendered files. I thought the key thing was that
the program was being read off a different drive to the footage files.
Is that the case?
ah darn, I didnt know the macbook doesnt have firewire, yeah what Ive heard is to have your software on the internal drive and all your media on or backed up on an external drive, for the most part its worked well for me, but thats with a firewire 800 7200rpm external, It would be hard to do with usb 2.0, my advice would be to still have an external drive and if you only work on one project a time just keep that project on your internal and backed up everyone once in awhile to an external then once you complete the project move everything to an external drive.
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Yeah that's the sort of set up I would like to have. The new Macbooks don't have firewire and neither do the cheaper Macbook pro's (I believe) as Apple has been waiting for the usb 3 port to be ready.
On my laptop editing is possible bu jerky in the preview and I reckon its down to the usb connection being too slow.
Thanks for the help.
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