Video editing has come a long way since the days of shooting on film and cutting with actual scissors. The truth is, we live in a digital world where highly advanced digital storage is the default when it comes to production, both professional and amateur. With better access to storage options comes a slew of other questions — What resolution am I shooting? How much should I prepare? How fast does my storage processor need to be? What are my options? That’s certainly a lot to think about. Luckily, JMR Electronics is here to help.
Here are our top factors to consider when editing video:
First, Determine Your Needs
One of the first things to consider when shooting footage and video editing is the resolution of your camera. With the availability of 4K on our phones, 8K capabilities on newer cameras, and glorious 1080p everywhere else, you’ll find that there’s one commonality between everything: huge file sizes. It is likely you will run out of space and need to defer to another drive quickly, so make sure to aim a little higher on the storage front to be safe. Different file types also present different issues, so make sure to research the quirks of the forma in which you’re shooting.
Price vs. Speed
Next, consider the cost factor when determining your digital storage solution. Unless you have a big budget, you’ll typically fluctuate between what’s cheap and what’s quick. Both have their perks, but the different drives must be reliable when it comes time to shoot. They should be able to store everything you need, come video editing time. Because of this, many content creators separate their drives into work drives that are fast and reliable, and archival drives that store all the necessary info for current and past productions.
Know Your Options
Now that you have your needs assessed, you get to pick a hard drive! In the world of digital media, there are a few go-to drives that help with a specific type of workflow.
Here are the commonly used drives for shooting footage and video editing:
RAID storage is widely popular as it deals with multiple independent disks. This means not only do you have a potential for higher capacity, but if one drive fails, another can be utilized as a reliable back up. Portable drives are also becoming more popular as they’re cost effective and perform well on-the-go (though the big question you’ll have to ask yourself is: HDD or SSD?).
The most important method to practice is to BACK UP all that data! The above storage solutions will work, obviously but LTO (Linear Tape-Open) drives are great for backing up archival data and are cheaper than their more work focused drive counterparts. If you have the budget for more contemporary drive solutions, however, it’s definitely better to stick to that as tape storage tends to degrade over time. If you’re looking for the best options available for your video storage solutions, look at JMR Electronics! Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more updates on what we offer at JMR.