IÂ´m afraid i donÂ´t understand . . !?
I think I've read this here on the forum, I could be wrong, please correct me in this case:
When you load your .jpgs into Autopano to render the panorama, autopano will convert all your pictures into .tiffs (as soon as you start rendering it), save it on the temporary space and work with those instead of the original .jpgs.
a link to that thread would be interesting for me... to read that piece of information from one kolor staff...
if this is true it would implify that working with jpgs as source images would take longer than instead using tiffs as source images (and that no more needed to be converted inside autopano to "autopano-tiffs").
raw images are getting converted to tiffs by autopano using the dcraw algorithm and thats the reasons why a) it takes longer to process them internally (compared with using tiffs from beginning) and b) its wise to use a external raw converter because of better converting results ...
I use 2 x 120 ozctech SSDs for temp and as source and destination paths. thats ok for smaller projects.
and I never want to go back to HDs because of read/write times. so if this project does have the budget, I would take 2 LSI RAID controller where 8 SSds each can be connected to a RAID0 and would use 160 GB SSDs so 2.8TB in sum are available.
... or one LSI equipped with three/four OCZ OCZSSD2-1CLS500G in one RAID0 as temp, and two further 500GB SSDs for source images and pano destination.