External Hard Drive
Western Digital external drives are one of the best and most reliable drives on the market today. That's why we only sell Western Digital Passport or My Book drives with a USB connection.
Whether you decide to send your own hard drive or purchase one through us, you need to know how much space you'll need for the transfer. In addition, you probably will want some room left over for working space. If you do send your own drive, please ensure that there is nothing on the drive. It will be deleted during the reformatting process.
The hard drive needs to be an external hard drive with either a USB or IEEE 1394 Firewire connection.
To figure out the disk space needed, use this equation:
Disk Space = (Total Feet / Feet Per Hour) * Disk Space Per Hour
Total Feet = The order form will calculate the total footage based on the # and size of reels you enter in step 1. You can also manually add up your footage by using the table here.
Feet Per Hour = 720 for 8mm, 900 for Super 8 and 1440 for 16mm
Disk Space Per Hour = 13GB for AVI, 40GB for HD-AVI, 80GB for ProRes, 500GB for 1TB for 1080 DPX, 1TB for 2K DPX
If you want some additional working space, you should add about 20% to the total disk space needed.