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External Raid Enclosure for video capture and editing

  • NAS / RAID
  • Video Capture
  • Enclosure
  • External Raid
  • Storage
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April 4, 2010 10:08:22 PM

I do a lot of work with game (as in videogame) promos. I capture most of the video using this:

Currently for my workflow I have an Intel X25 SSD for my OS install where I have all my video editing software installed. Then I just have a separate internal hard drive that I capture the video on and edit it from.

I do get some frame drops and whatnot when recording, so I'm looking to upgrade and set up a raid array for my capture and to edit from.

I'd like to be able to hold a lot of footage so I'm thinking Raid-5 with 2tb drives. I'm looking for a good Raid-5 enclosure that can hold three to five drives at least and give me decent recording ability without dropping frames, and will be fast to edit from.

Also, I'm still a bit confused on how this all works. Do I need the enclosure and then also a Raid card, and does the Raid card go in the computer? My motherboard has an eSata port on it, but is that only for software raid?

Also, will Raid-5 be sufficient for editing (720p) HD video? Do I need to avoid the "green" drives?

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April 5, 2010 3:06:40 PM

In order to make a suggestion, you need to provide greater detail on your existing computer.
You're probably loosing frames because your capturing video through a USB cable. The problem could very well lie there and not on the storage side.
You'd want at least firewire or ideally e-sata/fibre based for the kind of throughput your looking for.

I gave up on Pinnacle products years ago and our video department has been 100% Linux since 8)
April 13, 2010 4:09:40 AM

Ok, so I've played around with it some more and am no longer dropping frames or anything like that.

However, my computer completely cannot handle the files. When I try to drop them into vegas, it takes forever to click somewhere else on the clip, and playing the clip is a stuttery mess (even with the preview window set to quarter quality).

I have a q9450 quad-core processor (processor doesn't appear to be maxing out) and 4gb of ram (using less than 2gb during this).

Is it my hard drive holding me back? I have my editing software installed on my OS drive on an intel x25 SSD, and the video files are just on a SATA hard drive.

The source file is 1280x720 at 60fps, 8mbps bit-rate
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July 27, 2010 5:35:33 AM

Most Definitely your harddrive. I had the same problem, new system Motherboard gigabyte x58a-ud5with i7 running cs5 premiere with gtx470 videocard hacked for cs5 acceleration. I thought my new expensive! cs5 must be a problem child, always waiting for it to respond, until I plugged in a couple 6gbs blacklabel harddrives into the boards raid controller. Smooth as silk now. I think any raid 0 config would work for you though, 3gbs or 6gbs. I was originally on a internal sata 1tb 7200 64cache harddrive and it just was not cutting it for dvcprohd footage. hope this helps anyone searching for some cs5 answers!