I'd put project files and scratch on the 500, use one 630 for media, and the other 630 for exports.
Thanks for the welcome.
I read both recommended articles; I note they recommend using separate drives for captured video & audio, if available (w/the caveat of unsupported "native DV" & HDV for separate drives)(I'm assuming the avi file output from my camera isn't "native DV" ?).
Since PP3 is on the boot drive, that leaves 3 drives to use -
the Scratch Discs menu lists 6 folders to place: captured video, captured audio, video previews, audio previews, media cache, & dvd encoding.
Can you tell me how would you assign those to the 3 drives?
(Sorry to raise such amateurish questions - I'm afraid I'm one of those people who knows just enough to get in trouble...)
Thanks again - appreciate the support
Thanks for the reply -
I don't have the terminology all straight yet -
Do you mean put project files, a&v preview files, & media cache on one drive -
captured a&v files on one drive, & dvd encoding on the last drive?
(PP3 program files stay on boot drive)
I'm assuming the avi file output from my camera isn't "native DV" ?
If it is a miniDV or HDV camcorder and you capture through firewire with the camcorder set to DV then it will be native DV on your computer.
I'm not sure what "unsupported native DV" means.
To quote Adobe's Premiere Pro CS4 article, "Specify scratch disks to improve system performance", last paragraph: "You can capture audio and video to separate drives, if this is supported by the format codec. (This is not supported by the native DV and HDV capture in Adobe Premiere Pro.)"
So apparently firewire out from my Sony TRV900 can only be captured to a single drive, leaving only the decision of optimal placement of the 4 folders to the 3 drives;
-captured a&v to 1
-preview a&v to 2
-media cache & dvd encoding to 3?
Would you concur?