342: Ask Larry Anything!

342: Ask Larry Anything!


This session focuses on computer system and storage performance. What determines it, what’s possible, and what holds it back? Host Larry Jordan looks at CPUs, RAIDs, servers and software, with lots of explanations on what’s possible – and what isn’t.

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Presented: Nov. 9, 2022

Several times each month, Larry Jordan presents a live, on-line, video webinar presenting issues related to video editing and post-production. For a list of upcoming webinars, click here.

Duration: 33:24
Download file size: 888 MB (ZIP file)
Format: QuickTime movie (HD: 1600 x 900)

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One of our favorite – and most wide-ranging – sessions returns with “Ask Larry Anything!” Presented by Larry Jordan, this session focuses on computer system and storage performance. What determines it, what’s possible, and what holds it back.

This session covers:

  • How hard do Final Cut, Premiere and Resolve push the CPU?
  • What determines the speed of Thunderbolt?
  • What are typical speeds for HDD and SSD RAIDs?
  • What are maximum speeds for a server?
  • Should older systems be upgraded?
  • How to share projects between FCP versions?
  • And more

If you are wondering whether your system is fast enough, this session will open your eyes into what’s possible — and what isn’t.


These topics range from beginner to advanced. Subjects change quickly, so if you aren’t interested in the current question, another will be along in a few minutes.


To help you quickly find the information you need, we included chapter markers in the QuickTime download  to simplify navigation. Click here to learn how to display them in your download.


  • Welcome!
  • – Agenda
  • Performance
  • – Which hardware options matter most?
  • – Larry’s M1 MacBook specs
  • – FCP CPU load
  • – Premiere CPU load
  • – Resolve CPU load
  • – Thunderbolt shares bandwidth
  • – Thunderbolt performance tables
  • – Codecs affect performance
  • – RAIDs don’t fill Thunderbolt
  • – HDD RAID speeds
  • – SSD RAID speeds
  • – Server speeds
  • – Lost Thunderbolt connections
  • – Performance is complex
  • – Upgrade older computer systems?
  • Final Cut Pro
  • – Remove tracking markers
  • – Share projects between FCP versions
  • – A faster way to sync clips
  • Summary