news for video project studios: hard drive prices are falling faster
than kids down a playground slide. And, some Mac configurations
have gotten even more cost effective thanks to Irvine, CA-based
has developed a special adapter for G3 Power Macs. ProMax is shipping
a specially-designed PCI host adapter for ATA 33 EIDE hard drives
that is called TurboMAX. This $99 sub-system allows the new Macintosh
"blue" G3 workstations (as well as 8600, 9500 and 9600 Macs) to
utilize these low-cost, high-capacity drives. This enhancement is
particularly attractive on the "blue" G3's because these Macs have
a Firewire port built into the motherboard and thus do not require
an additional video digitizing card.
a RAID version of TurboMAX is also available, because ATA 33 Enhanced
IDE drives have a sustained data transfer rate of 14MB per second
(and burst to 33MB/sec., hence their name), they are work well for
DV non-linear editing using software like Adobe Premiere or Apple's
soon-to-be-released Final Cut software. These drives currently have
a 16.8 gigabyte capacity with a 25-gig version promised for later
this spring. A typical configuration of two 16.8-gig drives (more
than 32 gigs total, or enough storage for almost 2-1/2 hours of
DV footage) and the TurboMAX host adapter currently costs only $830.
But, ProMax Sales/Marketing Director Josh Mellicker advises that
readers should check for current pricing when they're ready to buy
because "prices are dropping daily." In fact, prices dropped substantially
during the week that this article was being researched.
IDE drives have been used by Apple in G3's since last summer, they
have only been used by Apple because SCSI has been the dominant
drive connection standard on the Mac. And to date, Apple has only
used IDE drives internally. While ProMax does offer a separate housing
that enables Mac's to use EIDE drives externally, it offers multiple
internal configurations that should be ample for most project studios
By using unique adapter brackettes, TurboMAX enables the new "blue"
G3's to accommodate up to four of these drives internally.
accomplishes this with two drives in the G3's standard drive bays
and an additional two drives in special TurboMAX mounts above the
G3's CD-ROM drive. With the up-coming release of 25-gig EIDE drives,
TurboMAX will enable G3 configurations with 100-gigs of internal
video storage (in addition to the boot drive) for not much more
almost 5 hours of DV video and a true price/performance breakthrough.
line, I priced a fully configured ProMax Mac non-linear editing
system capable of professional DV post-production including a "blue"
G3, DV studio deck, monitors, 192MB of RAM and 32-gigs of additional
storage for under $8,000. Amazing.