We’re looking to consolidate and organize our video. At any given time we have several terabytes of video. We record our Sunday services, but also have other videos that we create. I’m looking for hardware options to consolidate our video. Any suggestions? We don’t currently a file server.
Here is a recommendation (Cheapest to Greatest):
Cold Storage Options:
Tape LTO Library that can store up to 24TB each tape for LTO-9 (expected to be out later this year; LTO-8 having patent issues I heard)
Cold Storage Cloud - Microsoft Archive Blob Storage or Amazon Glacier (extracting costs are high)
Video Edit off NAS:
Synology Rackmount NAS - https://www.synology.com/en-global/products?chassis=Rackmount&lan=10gbe_built_in (video editing directly off Synology NAS)
Storinator - https://www.45drives.com/products/storage/ (if you need lots of space)
Dell EMC - Isilon https://www.dellemc.com/en-sg/storage/isilon/index.htm#collapse (what the Media Industry use)
Right or wrong, we purchased external USB drives fore each of our two videographers. At around $100 for one or two TB, it was affordable. They keep jobs in motion on their workstations and jobs they’ve put to bed on the external drives. Non-profits get 1 TB for free and then buying extra space is pretty affordable. I plan to use our TB of SharePoint storage for our image library (340k files in 4,4457 folders) though so we’re sticking with the USB drives for now.
External USB drives work great and it is definitely a great idea to use the free 1TB Sharepoint or OneDrive storage for your image library.
The pivoting points will be when the team requires a storage option that is faster for edits, allows better team collaboration, better reliability of storage and greater need for large storage capacities.
I would recommend a combination of a NAS (e.g. Synology) as your main mass storage device on LAN. Make sure you use at least 1Gbit/s Ethernet connections to the workstations and don’t rely on WiFi. Also if you use Macs, use an external 1TB drive as local working backup for your editing suite for work in progress. If you are using PCs to edit, then a good USB3 drive will help.
Once you have the edited material, transfer to NAS for managing your library. Synology’s Video Stationeries is good for this.
When looking at material for online use, render your video master in the library down to 720p as well as lower resolutions for web use as well as audio-only for podcasts. Bear in mind that not everyone has unlimited bandwidth, especially on mobile devices, so provide options for them.
Host the public video material on somewhere like YouTube or other public hosting service and line to your main web site for access. You can usually embed the link to the video within your web site HTML without incurring the bandwidth hit if you do it right.
It would be best to install CAT6A cables, patch panels and keystone connectors when you are planning for a new venue or upgrade. This will ensure you have the ability to go up to 10GbE copper when you require in the near future. When video editing off a NAS, using 10GbE will be best. The new iMacs come with 10GbE ports already and many newer Synology NAS models have 10GbE options.
CAT6 = 55m for 10GbE
CAT6A = 100m for 10GbE (make sure the contractor knows how to properly ground the connectors and wires)