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I am starting to get into FCP and its a blast.

Right now, Im just on a MacbookPro 13", and it definitely gets the job done. When it comes to the big files, it takes a while to render however.

My apps are on my SSD and data on my HDD (dual drives).

For instance, today I was editing a clip, and the entire size was about 12Gb, which is a pretty big file! It worked, sometimes it froze up for a minute and lagged a bit, but the rendering was slow!

Would it be a good idea to get something such as a Media drive? A RAID 0 NAS Media server type set up?
Would this help speed the rendering?

I suppose I could compress the files before working with them, but I want to know if there is an alternative to that.

Just curious if you all have any tips for me, thanks!
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Speed up rendering by increasing CPU power and a faster video card if you are talking about FCP X or Premiere Pro. Lots of RAM and a speedy disk helps too. Your laptop is limiting you in this regard. If you are talking about playing back a giant HD file on that laptop, then yes, a RAID array will help the computer playback the file more smoothly.

In the Premiere Pro land, our users are operating with 12 or more cores, 16-24GB of RAM, NVIDIA video cards with tons of cores, and high speed RAID arrays. These are the kinds of rigs you want for high end work and for the fastest rendering possible.

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Wow. That is crazy! I can't afford any of that. But thanks for the input!
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Wow. That is crazy! I can't afford any of that. But thanks for the input!
I can't either! But to show you how far video freaks can go.

Kevin Monahan
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Adobe After Effects, Premiere Pro, Media Encoder
Adobe Systems, Inc., San Francisco, CA
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Haha! That's great.
Maybe someday if I get good enough
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