I am teaching a high school film course with a production element. Being old, I am much more familiar with film than I am with digital video, so I am learning along with the students. We are working with a Canon HV30, a Macbook, a 500 GB hard drive, and Final Cut Express.
My first (basic) question: I have captured my first test project (actually a 1 minute scene) successfully onto my Mac's internal hard drive. I now want to put it in my external drive. Do I simply chose this project in the browser and then do a Save as to my external drive? What I want is to know that the original media is on my external, not my internal.
My second question: I am NOT capturing directly to my external drive because I am using my Firewire cable (and my mac's only firewire hub) to connect from the macbook to the camera, then using a USB cable to connect from computer to external drive. Is it okay to use a USB cable to do this? I've read something about data possibly being choppy when transfered via USB. Or do I need to first use my Firewire to capture from camera, then unplug this, and go out and get another Firewire cable to save to my external disk?
Thanks for any help!