Once all files from the SD card is in the SSD and External harddrive I format the SD card so I can shoot for the next session, day, etc. Start professional video editing in teams and learn how to create shared storage over network and adapt your workflow in Adobe Premiere Pro. Offline backups are intended for use only when needed to restore data. If you connect to it via your PC, what’s the use for this? If you’re running a PC, you can get any single or dual port 10GbE NIC such as the Synology 10Gb Ethernet Adapter, or just about any 10GbE NIC you can find. IT’s a be frustrating because the AMD system and same mother board that followed mine offers Thunderbolt…which comparing that to a NAS—well I think is much better, At the end of 2021 I will update my editing system to handle my needs but right now it’s this particular area that is causing us a headache. If your online working storage experiences a catastrophic failure resulting in permanent loss of data, how critical is the time required to restore your data from backup? Backup is to cloned pairs of external hard drives or LTO Tape. An OWC Thunderbay 4 Mini with 4x 1.0TB regular SSDs in RAID 0 as a scratch drive for video editing and storage of recent projects. Here are some possible scenarios. With an expected lifetime of over 20 years LTO will outlast and outperform any hard drive or solid state storage technology. These are effectively offline proxy video files that Resolve generates and keeps hidden away in a cache directory. If you’re primarily a Mac user you should format any spinning disk hard drives, and spinning disk RAID arrays (direct attached or NAS) using MacOS Extended (HFS+). You can’t build SSD based storage at anywhere close to the cost per GB that you can with a spinning hard disk based RAID. Hi Donald, just wanted to acknowledge your questions. You will need to make sure any PC’s or Mac’s you want connected to the storage have internal 10GbE NIC or an external Thunderbolt to 10GbE interface. Is there any particular one that is the best out of all the external hard drives? Almost everything else can conceivably be recreated. As I have mentioned previously, you should always have your media duplicated to other storage regardless of how much redundancy your RAID may have. 1. So if you were to stripe drives in all eight slots as a single RAID 5 or RAID 6 volume, you would need to have all eight populated at setup. I have only used these, so can’t compare to others. Thanks! I’d love to go with at least the R6, as you suggest, but the budget isn’t allowing for it at this point. (lastly we are editing all on Davincia resolve—I’m a blackmagic guy). A setup taking redundancy as seriously as this would most likely be using LTO for backup. As well as the actual hardware involved in your post storage workflow, it’s important to think about the different kinds of data you need to deal with. This is my laptop if it matters – Lenovo Yoga 730 15.6″ Convertible 2-in-1 Laptop, Intel 8th Gen i5-8250U Quad-Core, 8GB RAM, 256GB PCIe SSD, 15.6″ FHD 1920 x 1080 Touchscreen, Any guidance would be so appreciated. It’s a common saying among IT professionals, and actually anyone involved in managing data. That’s fast enough to restore your media quickly. I’ll admit it, the title of this article, and this section heading is mainly for good SEO. Choose a NAS with integrated 10GbE ethernet ports. I’m not sure exactly what enclosure you have, but if it has four drives, I’d configure it as RAID 5, you’ll lose one drive’s worth of capacity, and throughput, but you’ll have protection against one drive failure. The best media storage for video editing and post production is not the same for everyone. Most video editors will be familiar with using physical media. Not all file systems are created equally. I have come to realize I need to improve on my overall workflow and have never taken advantage of tools outside of the Adobe suite. Internet bandwidth is the main limitation of how quickly data can by uploaded and downloaded. Hi Richard – Thanks so much for the response! The best offline video storage solution to use for backups are common external USB hard drives. I think this little RAID system would have as fast a connection as any server I worked on at my employer (again, I don’t really know since I never concerned myself with it). If you do just need to archive the projects, cold storage, you could look into a used LTO tape deck. What’s more you can sync your Synology NAS directly to BackBlaze B2 cloud storage using Synology Cloud Sync. If you’re a Mac user, the choice between HFS+ and APFS will depend on whether the storage is solid state or not. RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. Anyway if you do update the article soon, it would be helpful to discuss the current state of costs per GB per type of drive and whether RAID is still as necessary these days with SSDs and NVMe drives being fast enough for 4K workflows. You need to assess your needs, against your budget. Nothing changes faster than the prices of IT equipment so check the links for actual current prices. If one NAS fails, the other automatically takes over data operations with seamless failover. These may well be compressed video files, so may not require much space, or bandwidth. This means your data is still protected while the new drive you’ve swapped in is rebuilding. In the example below media is backed up to pairs of cloned external USB hard drives, or better yet, LTO tape. If you’re on a budget, compare options based on cost per gigabyte and be prepared to make sacrifices in either read and write speeds or storage capacity. ExFAT is a file system created by Microsoft to bridge the gap between NTFS and FAT32. Now I have some time to answer your questions. Even if you’re a solo operation, you may want to employ multiple workstations in your workflow at some point. I’m not sure how much your total budget is, you could look at a six or eight bay RAID enclosure and get two or four more drives. This is one thing I need to add to the article because it’s important in calculating just how much data bandwidth you need. The moment I went to the 6k raw the internal drives couldn’t handle the media and I added 4tb m.2 and internal SATA 3 SSDs and the system is okay—however—we are in the middle of a feature film—we are at 20 TB of the 24 internal TB and so I need to do 2 things 1. back up the media that I have internally AND 2. have some sort of external media system that can work for the additional media to finish the project. Learn how your comment data is processed. You should always keep separate physical backups of all media on your working online storage, or, if you can budget for it, even set up mirrored online storage (plus offline backups). I’ve tried to make this modular in the sense that you should choose a solution for online working storage, a solution for continuous duplication (backup) and also for long term archive. Thank you so much for the info! Video Editing using Physical Media. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. I agree that the data rate of your codec/footage is important to consider in order to answer that question. A great choice is the mLogic mTape Thunderbolt LTO-8 drive. This is by far the most interesting thing anyone has ever posted in these comments. On average posting once / twice a week – 10 minute 4k videos. The Samsung T5 SSD drives are also popular and offer a similar speed. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. If one fails, the other takes over. *I didn’t think it would be fast enough for online 4k workflow. However, it has no mirroring or parity. NTFS is a journalling file system that will withstand sudden interruptions even during write operations. From your article – I am leaning towards perhaps: (1) of Seagate Backup Plus Portable 4TB External Hard Drive HDD & (1) of SAMSUNG T5 Portable SSD 2TB … Backing them up on both to be safe – Or should I just buy (2) of the Seagate Backup Plus ones and back up on both ? It is worth keeping two identical sets of backup drives rather than just one. You can consider keeping them duplicated onto cloned external hard drives if they can’t be kept on your primary storage. So if you only need a few TB capacity, then SSD (either NVMe or even SATA SSD) is probably the way to go. Thank you for elaborating on the NAS vs DAS system. should I just offload the C drive…then the massive media and pull all those drives once backed up…or should there ALWAYS be two backups even when a project is finished? When deciding what kind of backup solution to use, cost is a big factor for most of us, but before buying a bunch of cheap consumer USB hard drives to use for your backups, ask yourself the questions below and consider these options too. You mentioned they are two drives each? Just remember to always maintain backups no matter what kind of storage you’re working from. I have one questions regarding consumer USB hard drives for media backups/archive: You’re mentioning in paragraph “Buying Cloud Storage” that “External drives have to be mounted at least once every 30 days”. There are many options for good DAS and NAS RAID enclosures and servers. 1. Press J to jump to the feed. The Best Storage for Every Workflow. Media 09 -30TB (3TB 1x 11 drive Raidz3) -Main Storage