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>A hard drive is a hard drive - there's no such thing as an AV hard drive.
>What you want to look for is a hard drive with as little access delay as
>possible.
 
Yes, there is. An AV hard disk is a disk that don't need thermal
recalibration every few minutes (Micropolis have an AV line of HD). You can
also consider RAID array like an AV HD because it is highly improbable that
every drive in the array will need recalibration at the same time.
 
>Please note: The AV computers come with built-in Composite and S-Video
>input/output ports. (I have a 660AV). You may want to spec the quality of
>the built-in part; I have heard that third party cards have better quality
>digitization than the av boards, but the PowerMacs may have upgraded
>boards. Basically, if the AV board is good enough, get an AV. If you
>discover a third-part card within your budget that is better, buy a regular
>8100AV and throw the card in.
 
You can't do much with the included digitizer on an AV. I got a Quadra
840av 32 meg RAM/3.2G HD and I sometime have trouble grabbing 240 X 180 at
15fps even with no compression.
 
 
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