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Mitch Noakes
Storage solution?
on Sep 20, 2010 at 4:44:28 pm

OK huge amateur here so please go easy.
I'm about to buy a Canon 550d and in a couple of months I'm going on tour with my mates band to film quite a lot of the tour.
Will be shooting in either 720p or 1080p.
I use Final Cut Pro on a 2009 Macbook Pro, 2.66ghz, 4gb.

As external storage I was thinking of buying two G tech G-mobile 500mb firewire drives to take with me to store the footage. Is that enough space?

I also use my laptop for audio (Logic, Ableton) aswell; I store that stuff on a separate firewire drive. I will continue to use the G-mobile drive as my storage for all HD video at home.

I've been trying to get my head around RAID set ups and from my understanding I don't need one for the work I'm doing, which is not overly elaborate. Although I plan to continue with video editing.
Am I wrong?????


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Bob Zelin
Re: Storage solution?
on Sep 21, 2010 at 5:34:41 pm

you don't need anything else for what you are doing.



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Jordan Woods
Re: Storage solution?
on Sep 21, 2010 at 7:27:30 pm

You are going to want as much space as possible, but you will need it "ruggedized" for sure. I would make sure your device of choice has an internal fan. Some cheaper units have no fans and only rely on the enclosure for its heat-sync. You can't say for certain your power requirements and cooling on the road, and this will be your primary storage for your footage. Absolutely have a backup strategy, at least mirror these drives, and maybe create a DVD/blueray of your source cards. Workflows are always different for this, but the main point is to have something portable, cool(heat-wise), and redundant.


-jw


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Mitch Noakes
Re: Storage solution?
on Sep 22, 2010 at 4:03:35 am

Thanks guys.
Yeh the G-mobile seems to fit all those specifications James, heres a review on it by Kobler http://library.creativecow.net/kobler_helmut/g-drive/1
Cheers mate.

Just one more thing, how much storage space will I need for say an hour of HD footage? Ive tried to do some research on the sizes of different video formats but there is so many different formats, and I'm not sure which one my camera will be shooting in. I think it is H.264, because I read an article saying that this type of video, which the my camera shoots in, needs to be compressed to MPEG2 format to edit in Final Cut.

Do you guys know of any good sites/posts that give really good explanations on the differences of the different video formats?

Thanks heaps.


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Walter Soyka
Re: Storage solution?
on Sep 22, 2010 at 12:55:15 pm

[Mitch Noakes] "how much storage space will I need for say an hour of HD footage?"

Check out the AJA Data Rate Calculator. Like you said, it depends on the format.

[Mitch Noakes] "I'm not sure which one my camera will be shooting in. I think it is H.264, because I read an article saying that this type of video, which the my camera shoots in, needs to be compressed to MPEG2 format to edit in Final Cut. Do you guys know of any good sites/posts that give really good explanations on the differences of the different video formats?"

h264 should be transcoded to ProRes for FCP editorial. If you take an hour or two to read through a couple days' worth of threads on the COW's Apple Final Cut Pro forum and check out Shane Ross's Tapeless Workflow with FCP 7, you will find a lot of great background information and save yourself many headaches.

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Jon Schilling
Re: Storage solution?
on Sep 23, 2010 at 7:22:10 pm

How much storage for what you have? http://www.aja.com/products/software/ (AJA Data rate calculator).

Jon Schilling | VP of Sales & Marketing
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15356 East Valley Blvd., Suite B
City of Industry, CA 91746
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