Visualizing hard drive speeds with the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test. By Scott Simmons

Posted: 05/06/2013 in Uncategorized

Posted by Scott Simmons on May 3, 2013 • 

“I was having a discussion with some students recently about hard drive speeds and why it’s important to have a fast drive for editing. All the discussion of data rates and different types of connections can only go so far as students new to editing need to see that speed in action. The Blackmagic Disk Speed Test (Mac App Store link) is a good way to visualize drive speed but we didn’t have that handy so here’s those big speedometers scaling from USB up to a very fast Thunderbolt connection.

The last thing you want when editing video is to be bottlenecked by show hard drive speeds. Unfortunately we did see some of that in action as trying to use USB drives for editing were causing some problems. We discussed data rates and connectors and everything else but one thing we didn’t have was the Blackmagic Disk Speed Test to help visualize that speed with its big write and read speedometers.”

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