Filmmaking Amateur | Best Way to Store Digital Video Files
by Scott U
Lately, I've been trying to figure out the best way to store digital video files. My iMac has a terabyte of storage space and I've pretty much used that up. I have a G-Force external hard drive that holds a terabyte and it crashed. Luckily, I was able to recover the files and the drive is still under warranty so you don't have to feel sorry for me. I also have some other external hard drives that are filling up fast.
What to do with all the photos and videos I shoot?
All of my photos are stored on hard drives and online. I like storing photos online. If everything crashes, I still have my photos. But video is different. It isn't as easy to store hours of b-roll online. Sure, you can upload it (hours of uploading) only to download it again when you need it (hours of downloading). It's just not as easy storing video. So, it seems the best option is to buy more storage space. It's a vicious and costly game but losing old footage is not acceptable. You never know when you are going to need it again.
Case in point; I was recently asked to create a short video for Cafe Campesino, a local fair trade coffee roastery in my hometown. (Get their coffee, it's great!) I had traveled to Colombia with Cafe Campesino last year to document the local farmers and their local co-op of coffee growers. After going on this trip, I know all to well how important it is to buy fair trade products whenever you can. Corporations do not understand "fair" they understand profit. Buy local and buy fair trade, but I digress.
Luckily for me, I had all of the digital footage I shot (Flip HD) in Colombia on my external hard drive. It was a snap to bring the footage into iMovie and produce a new video. In the old days of video tape I would have to have a closet set aside just to store all the tapes. Digital is great. All my footage sits on my desk in attractive casings ready to be edited at a moment's notice.
The downside is that I risk losing my footage if my hard drives crash which means I need DOUBLE the hard drive space for backing up all my footage.
I can see the writing on the wall. The more footage I shoot, the more this is going to become a major issue.
Anyone out there have a good system for storing digital video files?
Any suggestions for storing digital video online?
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