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Michael Dominic
External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 1:42:37 pm

I'm going to have 138.5 hours of ProRes footage that will weigh a little more than 7 TB.

Should I buy one 8 TB drive or smaller drives? How do you all organize your footage?

What brands do you like, GTech, Glyph, CalDigi?

Thanks.


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David Roth Weiss
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:13:32 pm

[Michael Dominic] "Should I buy one 8 TB drive or smaller drives? How do you all organize your footage?"

A more important question would be, how are you going to protect your footage?

David Roth Weiss
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David is a Creative COW contributing editor and a forum host of the Apple Final Cut Pro forum.


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Michael Dominic
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:55:29 pm

What do you mean?


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Roger Poole
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:22:32 pm

That's a hell of a lot of footage. There are lot's of considerations, the first being your choice of 8TB of storage. For media use, drives shouldn't go over about 75% full, also the formatted size of 8TB will be much less than 8TB, which will leave you with over full drives before you start editing, then you would need almost as much again for render files and final export.

Then, what interface will you be using. Whatever size of disks you have they need to be in a RAID configuration with a fast interface. The amount of footage you have is huge and if it is multi-cam footage you will definitely need fast storage to enable multiple streams in a multi-cam edit

The brand of drive enclosure is not the main consideration, it's what is inside that is important. The make and model of the disks will be hugely important on a project of this size. "Enterprise" series drives would be my choice but bear in mind they are expensive and are designed to be left on 24/7 and also don't withstand as many start/stop cycles as normal disks. Hitachi seem to have a good reputation but you'll need to do your own research to find out what's hot in the market at the moment as things change all the time.

Pro Res data rates here: http://provideocoalition.com/mcurtis/story/new_prores_info_data_rate_chart/


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Michael Dominic
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 3:56:55 pm

I was thinking of using 4 4TB drives, one of which could be for project files.


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Alan Okey
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 6:18:52 pm

A few questions:

What kind of Mac are you using? Laptop? Desktop?

What kind of storage interfaces do you have on your computer? USB? Firewire? Thunderbolt?

Will you be editing multicam sequences?

What are the specs of the ProRes footage you'll be editing (frame size and frame rate)?

What is your budget?


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Michael Dominic
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jun 17, 2014 at 11:26:22 pm

Mid 2011 iMac 2.7 GHz Intel Core i5 with 16 gig ram.

It has all three of these, USB, Firewire, Thunderbolt.

No multi-cam. It's all documentary footage.

The original MTS files are 1080, 23.98. I suppose this won't change with prores.

My budget is whatever it is to by a reliable HD. I figure I can get this for around a grand.


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Nick Meyers
Re: External Hard Drive(s) and organization?
on Jul 5, 2014 at 1:46:26 pm

Hi. Michael

This sounds a lot like take last doc I edited
We had over 7tb of HDV media (HDV is simpler as we edit with camera original)

We spread the media over 4 smaller FW drives, and had 2x duplicate systems,
So 8 drives in all.
We had a drive fail at some point mid-way, and we spent a day and a half copying its contents over from the dupe

I was cutting on one and an assistant worked on the other
They need to be constantly up dated as music and other media is added
There is software that can d this, but I've always done it manually

We kept our fcp projects on one drive, along with media
Renders from memory were also on the same drive.

We did have another copy of the media offsite (in another country in fact, where the on-ine was being done)

It doesn't have to be difficulty you are sensible about it,


Good luck with the project
Nick


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