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Carlen Cyphers
2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 3:03:53 pm

I have narrowed down my options in terms of upgrading my current storage configuration (see here for PC hardware: https://pcpartpicker.com/b/bcnnTW)

So here are the two possible configurations I am thinking of:

Configuration 1:
C Drive: OS & Applications - Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB (currently own)
D Drive: Project & Source Media, Media Cache & Scratch - Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB ($240)
E Drive: General storage, archived projects, documents, etc - WD Blue 1TB (currently own - I may upgrade this)

Configuration 2:
C Drive: OS & Applications - Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB (currently own)
D Drive: Project & Source Media - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB ($150)
E Drive: Media Cache & Scratch - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB ($150)
F Drive: General storage, archived projects, documents, etc - WD Blue 1TB (currently own - I may upgrade this)

Configuration 3: the ideal configuration (also most expensive)
C Drive: OS & Applications - Samsung 850 EVO 250 GB (currently own)
D Drive: Project & Source Media - Samsung 960 EVO M.2 500GB ($230)
E Drive: Media Cache & Scratch - Samsung 860 EVO 500GB ($150)
F Drive: General storage, archived projects, documents, etc - WD Blue 1TB (currently own - I may upgrade this)

Obviously Configuration 3 is optimal, but it is also the most expensive and may be overkill for a small hobbyist like me.

Is 500GB enough for Project & Source Media, and Media Cache and Scratch?


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Chris Wright
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 3:47:27 pm

above and beyond the 45GB/hour 100mbps h.264 drone footage, for smooth editing you will also need a proxy format.

you can expect high quality cineform to be anywhere from 40GB/hour-300GB/hour depending on quality and resolution. or you can go the really small low quality proxy route with DNxHR LB at only 14GB/hour.

so add the two together 45+(40-300) or 45+14 is 1.4 - 8 hour's worth. not including the media cache which can get almost as big, so divide your final numbers in half if you don't have a separate drive for cache, so .7 - 4 hour's worth.
not including extra sfx, music, effects etc another 20% or so down to .28-1.6 hour's worth.

if you shoot one day a month, its enough. then transfer to a slow platter for archiving and delete your media cache per project.


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Carlen Cyphers
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 4:25:04 pm

So my last trip to Maui I transcoded to Cineform YUV 10 bit...a little over 300+ clips. It was 687GB! Holy cow...I'm either going to have to not take so much footage or upgrade my storage big time.


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Chris Wright
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 5:58:37 pm

you could save money if you keep your original footage on a cheap platter and your proxy transcoded cineform on a SSD. it would only be slow if you turned off your proxies. and again, a platter won't slow down an export; just a thought.


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Carlen Cyphers
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 6:46:31 pm

Sorry - what do you mean by cheap platter?

Thing is I hear that color correction shouldn't be done on the proxy files so I would almost rather work with full transcoded Cineform files rather than proxies.

At this point my thought is to add a 1TB 860 EVO SSD and a 6TB Seagate Barracuda HD. Later I will add a 1TB 960 EVO M.2.


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Chris Wright
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 7:26:56 pm

a cheap platter like a wd blue. if you select a high quality cineform for a proxy, it can act like a full offline version good enough for grading, i.e. level 4 or 5.


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Carlen Cyphers
Re: 2 SSDs or 1 NVMe?
on Mar 11, 2018 at 8:40:51 pm

Ahh alright gotcha.


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