I'm having difficulties with multi-cam HD editing. I think I've identified the problem. When I work with more than 2 camera video feeds, the hard drive can not read the data fast enough to be processed.
Using 3 different video players as a test (iTunes, VLC, and WMP), I determined that the video could be played fine... until I launch the 3rd video file. Monitoring my hard drive performance, I see it is maxed out at 100 percent. I'm going to try using an external hard drive to read the 3rd video file from... but surely there must be a better way. UPDATE: I just tested this, and am able to play the 3 files flawlessly so long as two are running off of my 7200RPM internal hard drive, and one off my external hard drive. Apparently this IS the problem.
The video file format is in .mp4 in 720p at 60FPS. I tried using Premiere CS4 and Sony Vegas Pro 9... both freeze and crash when attempting to do multi-cam HD video editing.
My laptop is brand new, purchased for this reason... i7-720qm 4 Processor Core Hyperthread 1.6ghz -> 2.8ghz turbo with 4GB of RAM. Hard drive read technology seems to be the limiting factor.
How have some of you dealt with this issue?
Are there any external hard drives with extremely fast read rates that could accomodate multiple HD video feeds simultaneously? What type of cable connection would they need to use to transfer the data quickly enough? Any one know of any available? I will be working with 4 HD video feeds most of the time so will at least need an external hard drive capable of reading 2 HD video feeds, preferably 4 (for simplicity).
Update: I THINK... I'm in need of a 15,000RPM external hard drive with firewire 800 connection for extremely fast read times and data transfer rates. Anyone know of such a thing?