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Thread: Is a 7200rpm External HD essential for video?

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    Im looking to buy a external desktop HD specifically to capture video...as im not using HD footage, can I get away with a HD that consists of 5200rpm?

    cheers

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    Yes, you can "get away with it" but would be better with the faster drive. Is there a problem getting the faster drive ? The price difference these days can't be much.

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    Personally I would not use external for video

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    I wouldn't recommend it either but he is talking about capturing SD footage so it should be ok, even over USB2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Midnight Blue View Post
    Yes, you can "get away with it" but would be better with the faster drive. Is there a problem getting the faster drive ? The price difference these days can't be much.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I prefer a Seagate model- however most outlets seem to stock 5200rpm models. I once purchased a 7200rpm model from PC World who no longer have any. I prefer pick up rather than delivery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JR1 View Post
    Personally I would not use external for video
    And why is that?

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    The speed of the disk can be problematic to the editing process. ie the footage could playback choppy or jerky.

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    We have not spoken of what the data transfer type between drive and PC.

    If it is USB 2.0 = No
    Firewire = Yes
    E-sata = Yes
    USB 3.0 = Yes
    Thunderbolt = Yes
    1 Gigabit Ethernet = Yes

    7200rpm = Yes
    5400rpm = If your capturing footage DV-footage from camera no, For editing you can just about get away with it.

    There is nothing wrong with "external devices for video" - It depends on the device and the type of data connection between them.

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    I agree with most of what Mr Potter says but providing there is nothing wrong with his system, he should be able to capture mini DV footage onto a 5400rpm disk. What do you think we did before 7200rpm disks were invented.

    BUT I feel the OP is setting himself up for trouble for no invalid reasons and isn't thinking of the future. With the way technology moves forward, this time next year we will be thinking 10,000rpm as the normal/standard speed disks.

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