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Advice about HDD for video 18 Feb 2018 21:37 #94211

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Hello guys. I'm currently doing some research about what HDD is the best for edit video. Some timelapses in 4K and weddings in 1080p at most.

I have being using some lacie rugged hdds, but i need something with more space and speed. since i'm going to be transcoding some of my footage to ProRes. I'm thinking in a desktop HDD, but in really doesnt matter if you suggest me some portable external drive, that would be awesome too. Greetings from Mèxico
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Advice about HDD for video 19 Feb 2018 01:10 #94214

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How much storage space do you need?

Best would be a Thunderbolt 4 bay RAID 5 unit. Promise and OWC have really good ones (I use both).
Last Edit: 19 Feb 2018 01:10 by FCPX.guru.
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Advice about HDD for video 19 Feb 2018 14:49 #94223

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FCPX.guru wrote:
How much storage space do you need?
Best would be a Thunderbolt 4 bay RAID 5 unit. Promise and OWC have really good ones (I use both).
That sounds like overkill for what he's doing (and probably out of his price range).

If you're only doing 1080p then an external USB3 drive goes a long way.
What is your footage? If you are shooting something like AVCHD or XAVC (or equivalent) and your computer has no issues with it, a single USB3 HDD drive should be enough. Once you start transcoding to ProRes, file sizes get really big and you need faster drives to shuffle that data. If you don't do much multicam and don't layer to many clips on top of each other you should still be fine though.
Once you get to 4K and ProRes, a single HDD starts becoming too slow.

I usually get an empty hard drive chassi and then get the actual drive separately. Most external drives don't specify what's actually inside it. It's very important it's at least a 7200rpm drive... I usually go for the Seagate Barracuda's... for no particular reason. But they have served me well.
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Advice about HDD for video 19 Feb 2018 15:34 #94224

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a four/five spinners, TB-connected Raid5 would be nice, professional and is very much reliable. But expensive. Not to say: you need some weddings to finance it …

My 5 ¢ is an in-between of Ben's and Dimitri suggestions:
a usb3 case with an 500 GB SSD.
Such a 'tinkerer' solution costs about 150€.
Due to lack of mechanics, it is robust, save, small (one cable only).

That fits ~8-10h of 4k (100Mbit/s), and … much more of AVCHD ;)
usb3 delivers - theoretically - 300Mbit/s, (usb-c 900Mbit/s) so enough real-life overhead.

using it here as 'working horses', for long term storage I shovel data to some cheap 2.5" spinner…
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Advice about HDD for video 19 Feb 2018 15:34 #94225

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If you're going to use a single HD, then get at least two because one is going to fail (usually when your deadline gets close). The mantra about footage at many production companies is, "If it doesn't exist in three places then it doesn't exist". Words to live by.
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Advice about HDD for video 19 Feb 2018 15:42 #94226

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JarrodMFay wrote:
… "If it doesn't exist in three places then it doesn't exist". Words to live by.

Excellent :lol:

And take that 'places' literally':
a friend of mine had his backup right beside his Mac, in terms of, on the same desk … then, the washing-machine/water line in the flat above his broke …
=> recommending Peli or Rimowa cases for storage.
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Advice about HDD for video 21 Feb 2018 05:57 #94252

I bought a Samsung T5 SSD recently - blazing speed for a good price- I work mostly short format with a panasonic GH5 so most of my projects are pretty small - The samsung t5 gives blazing speed for Thumbnails and timeline scrub responsiveness. Greta for the price.

And its TINY - and no power brick required - so super good when you are in the field with your lap top.

- when not working on project i archive them to cheap USB 3 drives.
Last Edit: 21 Feb 2018 05:58 by Reflex Films.
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Advice about HDD for video 21 Feb 2018 09:13 #94253

i prefer use synology NAS.
1,it can backup all stuff.
2,share stuff with friend who in others network.
3,other mac easy to access big FCPX stuff when you editing in same office.
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