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Lucky Number Three

May 11, 2013 - Dave Hecei
specs_ports I have to say that I am in love with USB 3.0. I really never thought much of it since I had never had a chance to really do anything with it. None of my former Macs had anything but Firewire 400 and 800, plus the somewhat pokey USB 2.0. This has all changed with my new 2012 Mac mini. And what a change it is.

I haven't really messed around much with the new mini except for some HD video capturing through the wonderful Elgato EyeTV HD. This box has inputs for component video, that's the Red-Green-Blue video connections with Red and White stereo audio. While this is an all analog input, the resulting files look pretty darn good and AppleTV compatible. This box can capture everything from standard video up to 1080p. Too bad it doesn't have a digital audio in or it would be perfect.

After this video is captured, something that I never had any problem with using a USB 2.0 or Firewire drive, the video is then edited with the EyeTV software. This is not a precision editor, but it gets the job done. Basically it's a quick and dirty editor.

What really shines now is when I go to compact the video. This is a process where the EyeTV software removes the marked spaces leaving a new edited version of the video that was captured. This is of course a disk intensive operation and when writing back out to my Seagate external USB 3.0 drive, it is FAST. I haven't run any benchmarks for this process but it really seems to be about three times faster than my Firewire drive.

I can't wait to get out our vacation videos I shot back in December and start editing them in Final Cut Pro X. USB 3.0 should make that job a pleasure. I currently have the video on my G-Raid drive and would have to copy it over to the Seagate. The other option I've been contemplating is getting a USB 3.0 to Esata adapter. The G-Raid has USB 2.0, Firewire 800, and Esata ports. Since no Macs that I know of has Esata I have no idea how fast this Raid-0 drive really is.

The only problem is now I want USB 3.0 on all my computers. Plus I really want to get an SSD for my MacBook Pro. Once you get a taste of speed, it's hard to go back. Too bad Thunderbolt hasn't caught on yet, and is so expensive.


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