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saving project on flash memory

Community Beginner ,
Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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Can I use a USB memory to save project files on Premiere? My laptop's hard disk is only 256GB, and I'm working on a big project. So, is it possible to store everything for that project on a flash memory drive and save the project cache and files on it? My laptop is a MacBook Air 2020, and I'm using the latest version of Premiere.

 

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Community Expert ,
Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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yes, you can save production files from any app on an external drive.

 

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Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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Thanks

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Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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you're welcome.

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Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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Can I use a USB memory to save project files on Premiere? My laptop's hard disk is only 256GB, and I'm working on a big project. So, is it possible to store everything for that project on a flash memory drive and save the project cache and files on it? My laptop is a MacBook Air 2020, and I'm using the latest version of Premiere. 

Another issue, I struggle to edit sound on MAC because of the screen size, is there any tip to zoom the soundtrack to help me edit easily?

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Jul 23, 2023 Jul 23, 2023

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Yes but id suggest getting an external ssd if you can, if its only hd and not 4k and above an ordinary external drive will be fine.

However not sure if putting the cache on an ordinary drive would be a good idea. You could store the media on an ordinary drive with usb 3 if  an external ssd is too pricey, and keep the cache and projects on your mac as the projects are not that big.  

If you want more sceen space you could get an external monitor any cheap second hand one will work just connect up via hdmi.

Only other solution is make timeline as big as possible close all other tabs minimise the video tracks and make audio tracks bigger.

hope this helps

  

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LEGEND ,
Jul 23, 2023 Jul 23, 2023

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You asked the exact same question yesterday in another thread. I gave an answer in that thread.

 

What you did was double-post. And that's improper forum etiquette.

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Jul 23, 2023 Jul 23, 2023

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Threads merged.

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Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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Performance will not be very good. Even with just the one 256GB drive, will not be that great. It may work, but not well, especially if it's a 'big' project.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 22, 2023 Jul 22, 2023

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It's possible. However, the maximum sustainable write speed of most USB flash drives is a huge issue: Most cheaper USB 3.2 Gen 1x1 flash drives write at slower than 50 MB/s - a huge issue for direct exports in Premiere Pro. That's much slower than even an external mechanical spinning hard drive!

 

Worse, you may have a USB 2.0 flash drive that writes at only 4 MB/s!

 

And out of all of the flash drives on the market to date, one of the very few flash drives that is appreciably faster than a HDD, and thus fast enough for some types of exports, is the newer versions of the SanDisk Extreme Pro USB 3.1 drive (the ones made after Western Digital bought the company). Unfortunately, that drive uses a USB-A connector, which requires a USB-A to USB-C dongle from Apple to even work at all on your MacBook - and even that flash drive has slightly slower write speeds than a typical SATA-based internal SSD.

 

And the 2020 MacBook Air came in two versions: Early 2020 (which still used Intel processors, but were updated to the 10th-Gen Ice Lake architecture) and late 2020 (the first Apple Silicon M1 model). The two USB-C ports on those models also supported Thunderbolt 3; however, in USB mode were limited to USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 (10 Gbps, or about 1.23 GB/s).

 

Under the circumstances, I would recommend one of the external USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 external SSDs which have rated speeds up to 1050 MB/s instead of a molasses-slow USB pen drive (most of which are even smaller in capacity than the available internal space on your MacBook Air's internal SSD) for that MacBook Air. 

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