I'm thinking about buying a Mac to capture (via HDMI) and edit 1080i HD video using a BlackMagic Intensity card
. I would be using a Sony HDV camera and running an HDMI line from the camera into the Mac. The Mac would be configured as follows:
- 2x 2.66 Xeon Processors
- 4 GB RAM
- 4x 750GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drives (with the 3 extra configured as a striped RAID)
- GeForce 7300 GT 256MB video card
In connection with this, I have a couple of questions:
- Apple claims that three internal 7200rpm drives striped together can deliver data rates up to 174MB/sec. The Blackmagic Intensity manual claims that the data rate of uncompressed 1080i footage is 120MB/sec. This makes me think that I could capture uncompressed 1080i footage without an external RAID - is this correct?
- As configured above, does my MacPro appear to be lacking anything as a high-end HD video editing station (other than the ability to drive two very large monitors)?