Significantly Increase Computer Performance Using SSDs for Video Editing [v]

[ This is an excerpt from a recent on-line webinar: “Ask Larry Anything!” which is available as a download in our store, or as part of our Video Training Library. ]


In this short video, Larry Jordan shows how replacing hard disk drives (HDDs) with solid state drives (SSDs) can significantly improve the speed of your computer, without a lot of extra cost.

NOTE: When you finish watching this video, please watch this one on integrating SSDs with Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro.


Significantly Increase Computer Performance Using SSDs for Video Editing

TRT: 4:45 — MPEG-4 HD movie



This session focuses on significantly improving the performance of our computer systems by integrating SSD storage without spending a lot of money. Plus, Larry provides an in-depth demo using AI to improve still and video image quality.

This was a fun session to end the year as there were lots of interesting questions to discuss. Join host, Larry Jordan, as he:

There’s always something new to learn at an “Ask Larry” session.


The SSD and Thunderbolt performance discussion applies to all video editors – new or experienced. Other subjects range from beginning to advanced. If a particular subject doesn’t interest you, just wait a minute and it will change.

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2 Responses to Significantly Increase Computer Performance Using SSDs for Video Editing [v]

  1. Hugh Robertson says:

    I recently went and bought a 1T SSD at Best Buy on sale for about $50. I plugged it in to my Mac and put my project files on it and frankly I can’t tell the difference in speed from them being on the internal HD n my M1 24″ iMac. I’ve always put all my media on externals in the past and save the internal drive for the Applications and some important Docs but otherwise no space hogging pics and movies etc. It’s just better that way.

    • Larry says:


      First, the internal SSD on all M-series Macs is about double the speed of Thunderbolt; roughly 5 GB/second. No external drive can match it for speed. The problem for most of us is that we didn’t buy internal drives with lots of capacity because they are so expensive. As well, I suspect that the SSD you bought is connected using either SATA or USB 3.2 – in other words, it isn’t that fast.

      I applaud your workflow of apps and a few docs on the internal drive, with media on external. That remains a good way to work.


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