Storage Wars Of A Different Kind

Do we invest in our existing archives as a potential revenue source, or keep the material but not spend the hundreds of hours it will take to catalog and keyword all of the footage?
image storage
I’m at war with myself. Well, perhaps war is too strong of a word. Let’s tone that down to “in conflict” with myself—over drives. A few weeks ago, I decided to do some end-of-summer housekeeping in our edit bay. I went through every hard drive that my company owns. I took screen captures and created a file folder using screen caps of file... Read more

Taking Your Media Assets With You

Moving video files from location to studio or client can seem daunting, but technology is here to help
location image storage solutions
WD MyPassport Wireless Pro Getting video and image files back to your studio or to the client is oftentimes more daunting of a challenge than the actual creative assignment. The files created by video cameras and still cameras keep getting larger as sensor sizes and video resolutions increase. While a lot of location work has the luxury of a timeline... Read more

At A Glance: Tough Drive

LaCie Rugged RAID

The need for large, fast and portable storage increases every day as resolutions climb to 4K and beyond, and more and more recording is done in RAW mode. LaCie has been a big part of the storage solution, and their new LaCie Rugged RAID is a prime example. Far from being just another portable drive, the Rugged RAID combines two high-speed drives enclosed... Read more

At A Glance: Monster Storage

G-Technology’s G-SPEED Studio XL

In our constantly changing digital world, we often forget how critical a good storage solution is. With the transition to more affordable 4K workflows—especially on the camera side—your 2 TB USB 3.0 external hard drive isn’t going to cut it anymore. (A single minute of an 8-bit 4K ProRes 422 HQ sequence is roughly 7 GB, not to mention moving... Read more

At A Glance: Blazing Speeds

G-Technology’s G-RAID with Thunderbolt

I’ve been editing with G-RAIDs from G-Technology for quite a few years now. They have always represented good value for the money, but the models I’ve used in the past were pretty much relegated to USB and FireWire 800 interface models. Enter Thunderbolt, the new Intel interface that Apple began adding to their laptops back in early 2011.... Read more

Critical Mass

Will Thunderbolt technology change postproduction in 2012?

Introduced in early 2011 by Apple in conjunction with Intel, Thunderbolt™ is a technological marvel, a whole new direction for high-speed data transfer, monitoring and signal input/output. By the end of 2011, Apple was shipping Thunderbolt-enabled MacBook Pros, MacBook Airs, Mac minis and iMacs—the entire lineup of Apple computers, with... Read more

Ahead In The Cloud

How cloud computing is being integrated into the production and postproduction worlds

Cloud computing is a new application of data-storage technology that provides off-site data storage (“the cloud”) to high-volume users. In addition to simple data storage, complete computing—editing, compositing, massive rendering, high-res archiving and even consumer distribution—can be accessed from the cloud. You can rent services... Read more