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Hello, Everyone. I am debating whether to jump into the Canon 5D Mark III Raw video capture world, but as I have been researching the topic and equipment further I am now wondering what kind of real world computer performance in necessary in order to edit Raw video? I have a Mac Pro (2009) with 16gb RAM and four internal HDs (500GB for OS and three 2TB for storage). Until now I've only edited ProRes in Final Cut 7 on my machine, and I've never had a performance problem. Moving into Raw shooting, however, I wondering if this will change my computer performance needs dramatically. I'm planning on editing either in ProRes or Cineform in Final Cut 7, but I wasn't sure if the higher quality files and larger sizes of shooting Raw would force me to change my setup dramatically? I will most likely need an external backup system to handle the larger storage needs, but I was wondering if investing in a RAID system is necessary? I was also wondering is there were any dramatic performance need difference between editing with ProRes vs. Cineform? Does one require more power to run smoothly? I was also wondering where my money would be better invested in updates? If I want better performance would it be smarter to add more RAM? Or would I be better served by buying a RAID system? Any input on how others shooting with Raw feel is greatly appreciated. Please don't hesitate to add comments and insights beyond the scope of my initial questions here. Thanks so much. I look forward to your responses.
Hello, Everyone. I am debating whether to jump into the Canon 5D Mark III Raw video capture world, but as I have been researching the topic and equipment further I am now wondering how much data storage and backup will be necessary for larger files. With estimated calculations of Raw footage being about 7GB per minute, I wanted to ask others who are shooting Raw how much storage space are you finding you need? Terabytes seem like they would get chewed up quite quickly, so how many are people working with? 4TB? 16TB? 32TB? And for what size projects? 5min? 30min? 90min? Futhermore, data storage seems like it could vary dramatically depending on what editing format you end up converting the Raw footage into. Up till now I've only used ProRes in Final Cut, but I am also seriously entertaining cineform. It seems to have excellent feedback for a compressed file format, and would probably save space compared to ProRes, as the Raw>DNG>TIFF>ProRes conversion for editing would require a lot of intermediate files, and storage space. Finally, I also wanted to ask about computer performance when shooting Raw. Since I will probably have to invest in an external backup system to get an adequate amount of storage space, I have started to entertain using a RAID system. Do people find they need a dedicated RAID setup for editing speed now that they shoot Raw instead of H264? Or is a RAID setup really overkill at this point from a editing performance standpoint? Thanks so much. I look forward to the responses.