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Jordan Kerfeld
XDcam footage ratio to harddrive space
on Apr 7, 2009 at 3:54:40 am

I have a DP that has recommended 2 500 GB drives to our director for a short film...one serving as an untouched "negative" and one as a working drive. The final film will be 10-15 minutes and will involve several days of shooting. She is now worried it might not be enough.

My question: How many hours of XDCam footage can be captured to a 500 GB hard drive (And I would assume only filling it to 320GB or so as to maintain drive integrity)? Ex-1 camera, 1080p24. Take your pick as far as codecs.

Just curious what kind of ballpark estimate (hour-wise) I could give the DP for a drive that size. It's her first ex-1 film and I haven't shot anything in 1080p on the ex myself.

I was pleasantly surprised last summer when I shot an entire short film in 720p and everything was under 60GB (I'm guessing around 2-4 hours of footage altogether). Back then I used the xdcam transfer software but I noticed now you can do it via FCP log and transfer as you would P2?

....I have very little experience regarding ex-1 workflow, but anyone who could address the problem above would be greatly appreciated. links also welcome.

Thanks,
JK


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Michael Palmer
Re: XDcam footage ratio to harddrive space
on Apr 7, 2009 at 4:02:52 am

If you are recording in HQ (35Mbps) each 16 gig card is about an hour of footage. So 320 gigs is about 20 hours of footage.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Mark Raudonis
Re: XDcam footage ratio to harddrive space
on Apr 7, 2009 at 4:14:33 am

JK,

Here's a link to a great widget for calculating drive space. (It's free!)

http://www.digital-heaven.co.uk/a5hwof/VideoSpace.wdgt.zip?id=us4jsv

Using this tool, I came up with the following results:

320 gigs = 20 hours (with 4 ch audio)

Or, you can just use Michael's "16 gig/hour" figure.
Mark



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Jordan Kerfeld
Re: XDcam footage ratio to harddrive space
on Apr 7, 2009 at 3:04:38 pm

Michael and Mark--

Thanks for the knowledge! Much appreciated.

Best,
JK


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