It is very important to backup your files to another hard drive before editing. In order to do this, the formats of your
drives must match. However, a few external hard drives come setup in FAT32 format. In order to use these drives, you
must format them in NTFS for PCs or see below for Macs. FAT32 limits files to 4GB in size, and your film transfer files will
be larger than 4GB. To format your drive, follow these steps:
1. Double-click on the "My Computer" icon on your desktop
2. Right-click on the icon of the drive you want to format and select "Format..."
3. In the drop-menu under "File System" choose "NTFS"
4. In the text box under "Volume Label" type in a name for your drive
5. Click the "Start" button
WARNING: Do NOT format a drive until you have backed up any important files it may contain. Formatting a drive erases
all data on the drive!!!!
NTFS format drives are read-only on Macs, which means that using a Mac, you will be able to open and copy the files,
but you will not be able to save anything to a NTFS drive.
If you order your hard drive in Mac format, it will NOT be readable on PCs.
To format a drive for Mac, follow these steps:
1. Open the "Disk Utility" application
2. Select the drive you want to format from the menu on the left-hand side of the screen
3. Select the "Erase" tab
4. In the drop-menu labeled "Volume Format" select "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)"
5. In the text box labeled "Name" type in a name for your drive
6. Click the "Erase" button
Important Information About Hard Drives
|To View or Edit Uncompressed high definition or standard definition film transfers
you must download a Free Codec from BlackMagic Design.
The codec lets your computer understand the structure of the uncompressed files.
This allows you to view or edit the files.
|After you download the codec install / run the program.
The install program is named: "Desktop Video 8.0"
This will put the codec in the correct folders.
Your uncompressed files are now ready for use.