I am not sure as of yet which software packages and codecs I will be working with. I am still in the formative stages. I will probably start off with premiere, running it on Win 2000 pro. End product is to be DVD's, so I quess one of the mpeg codecs.
I was just looking around at other options, and I'm beginning to think I should bite the bullet and go with scsi. I have a supermicro board with integrated scsi and an adaptec raidport 3. The onboard controller is only scsi2, but if I get the scsi 160 drives, they will work right? (backward compatible?) And then in the future when it is time to upgrade I will be much better off. Since I am only running a PIII 800, that time will not be far away.
While I'm on the subject, one more question. If I ran 4 scsi 160 drives on the single scsi2 channel via the raidport 3, could it run too fast for the system to handle. Or would it just max out at 80 m/sec and everything would run smoothly. Also, do I need more that one scsi channel in order to set up multiple arrays or benifit from some drives being dedicated to particular tasks? Would it be more advantageous to, say, read from channel 0 and write to channel 1? Does this even matter with scsi?
Thanks everyone for the help!