NLE Video Storage FAQ from Videoguys

Our frequently asked questions guide to video storage is updated for 2017! 

Understand What Kind of Storage You Need for Video Production

frequently asked questions about video storage for editing

One of the most confusing things about digital video editing is the storage requirement. In this article and short webinar Videoguys will help you better understand just what kind of storage you’ll need for your video productions. Mac or PC based NLE video editors face the same storage challenges and questions, and we’ve got the straight forward answers you need!

Q: What storage do I need?

A: Hey… we might as well start with the basics! This is definitely the most common question we get asked. Unfortunately there is no easy answer as the right answer may change depending on your priorities. How do you rate these in order of importance?

  • Price

  • Speed

  • Security

  • Size

  • Workgroup sharing

  • Archival & Backup

I know it’s easy to say that they are all equally important but the trick is to be as realistic as possible when ranking them so PRICE remains high on the list. Like everything else, when it comes to storage you really do get what you pay for but if you can prioritize these factors now you can help narrow down the search and get the most affordable storage solution that meets your needs. Keep reading and I hope this question will be easier to answer on your own. Of course, if you’re not the reading type you can give the Videoguys (and girls) a call at 800-323-2325 and we can help talk it out - or watch the webinar!

Q: How much do I really need to spend?

A: Every drive in a storage solution costs money. Therefore, a single drive is always going to be the least expensive. But, if you want speed you may want 2-drives in a RAID-0; if you want that speed plus security from drive failure you may want 4 drives in a RAID-5; or, if you want workgroup storage you may want 12 drives or more to significantly increase the storage space, speed and reliability. As you can see, simple math will show you how quickly this adds up so it’s important to narrow down the budget. We can help if you can answer a few questions:

  • Are you working in a group of 3 or more people who need to access the same projects, files, and media? If so, an investment in a shared storage solution may make a lot of sense. It will save time and money down the road but usually requires an initial investment at around $10,000. Take a look at the Avid NEXIS | ProG-Technology G-RACK and GBLabs FastNAS solutions.

  • Are you working with state of the art file formats and high-end cameras from RED and ARRI? Are you working in the highest resolutions like 4Kp60? If so… you need speed! We strongly recommend a RAID solution and a 2-drive RAID-0 may not be enough. Take a look at the G-Technology G-SPEED Shuttle XL. If you are not taxing your system and working with some great cameras or live production sources we recommend the G-Technology G-RAID or Glyph Atom SSD RAIDs for RAID-O solutions or the G-Technology G-SPEED to expand to 4 drives in a RAID-5 for redundancy.

  • Are you just looking to back-up and archive your media? Assign a separate drive to each client or project? A standalone USB or Thunderbolt drive may be all you need. Click here to check out the G-Technology G-DRIVE and Glyph drives.

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