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Real World Digital Video, Second Edition by Gerald Everett Jones, Pete Shaner

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Preparing Your Drives Before Installing NLE Software

Follow these tips prior to doing the installation:

  • For best performance, including the smoothest possible real-time playback, segregate programs and data onto separate disks or partitions. All things considered, it's best to run two physically separate disks. This buys you faster performance and a better margin of crash protection.

  • If you don't already have one or two big hard drives installed, stop now and install them. If you're planning on using a single disk, get the biggest one you can find. If you're planning on running two disks, size the first one by calculating how much storage space you'll need for the operating system, the NLE program, and any other programs, such as postproduction ...

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