Storage Solutions for Every Part of Your Production Workflow: On Camera, In The Field, At The Desk or With A Team

On Today's Videoguys Live, Jim will be discussing how to find the best media storage solutions tailored for every aspect of your production workflow. Whether you’re a content creator, filmmaker, or part of a production team, having efficient storage is crucial. From on-camera storage during shoots to organizing files at your desk, we’ve got you covered. Discover the latest technologies and best practices that will streamline your media management process. Join us as we explore the most reliable storage options for your creative endeavors.

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In this presentation, we will cover various types of storage devices:​

  1. On Camera: memory cards, SD cards, CFast cards, & CFexpress
  2. Portable Drives: portable drives, SSDs, Atomos, and even the camera to cloud
  3. At Your Desk: HDD vs SSD
  4. With Your Team: NAS, media management, etc

On Camera: Memory Cards

  • Memory cards are portable storage devices used in cameras, phones, and other devices.
  • Types include SD, microSD, CF express, and Cfast cards
  • They are compact, but their storage capacity is relatively small.
  • Typically ranging from 8GB to 1TB

On Camera: Card Readers

  • Card readers are devices that read data from memory cards.
  • They allow for easy transfer of data from portable devices to computers.
  • Some are versatile, supporting multiple types of memory cards.
  • Some desktop drives have memory card readers built in!

We can help you find the media that is certified for use with your camera and will provide the speeds for your workflows

Portable Drives: Atomos Monitors offer Both Local Recording and Camera to Cloud!​

  • Atomos On Board Monitors
  • Atomos Cloud Studio

Portable Drives: Portable Rugged SSD Drives

  • Definition: Portable rugged SSD drives are high-capacity, high-speed storage devices that are designed to withstand harsh conditions.
  • Use Cases: Ideal for outdoor use, travel, and situations where data might be exposed to rough handling or environmental hazards.
  • Advantages: They offer the speed of SSDs, combined with a design that is resistant to shock, dust, and water.

We can help you find the perfect drive for your on the go needs whether its waterproof, dust proof, shock proof or all of the above

At Your Desk: External Drive Connectivity

  • USB Type-A: Rectangular, can only be plugged in one direction. Supports USB 1.1, USB 2.0, and USB 3.x with speeds up to 5Gbps or 10Gbps.​ Can deliver power up to 100mA for USB 2.0 and up to 900mA for USB 3.0​.
  • USB Type-C (USB-C)​: Small, slim, and reversible, meaning it can be plugged in either way. Supports USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1 Gen 2, and USB4 with speeds up to 20Gbps​. Can deliver power up to 100W, allowing it to charge larger devices like laptops
  • Thunderbolt (via USB-C connector)​: Uses the same shape as USB-C​. 

    Thunderbolt 3 and 4 support speeds up to 40Gbps78. Thunderbolt 4 requires this as a minimum​. Can provide power for charging devices, similar to USB-C

At Your Desk: HDD Drives

  • DefinitionAn HDD (Hard Disk Drive) is a data storage device that uses magnetic storage with one or more rapidly rotating platters coated with magnetic material
  • Use CasesHDDs are widely used for data backup, disaster recovery, and for archiving data for longer periods of time
  • AdvantagesHDDs offer larger storage capacities at a lower cost compared to SSDs, making them an attractive option for users who need large amounts of storage

At Your Desk: SSD Drives

  • Definition: External desktop SSD drives are high-capacity, high-speed storage devices that can be easily connected to a desktop computer via USB or other interfaces.
  • Use Cases: Ideal for expanding storage capacity, backing up data, or transferring data between computers.
  • Advantages: They offer the speed and performance of SSDs, with the convenience of portability.

At Your Desk: What is a RAID System?

  • DefinitionRAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent/Inexpensive Disks
  • Use CasesIt’s commonly used in enterprise environments, as well as by individuals who want to protect their valuable data from hard drive failures
  • Advantages:The purpose of RAID is to achieve data redundancy to reduce data loss and, in many cases, improve performance.

At Your Desk: RAID 0 and RAID 1 with 2 Hard Drives

  • RAID 0 (Striping): Data is stored evenly across the number of disks in the array. This process is called disk striping and involves splitting data into blocks and writing it simultaneously/sequentially on multiple disks. It provides improved performance but no redundancy
  • RAID 1 (Mirroring): Data is duplicated and stored on each drive. This process is called mirroring, and it ensures you won’t lose your files if a drive fails. It provides redundancy but no performance gain

At Your Desk: RAID 5 and RAID 6 with More Than 2 Drives

  • RAID 5: Uses disk striping with parity. It sets aside “one drive’s worth” of disk space for parity data. RAID 5 requires fewer hard drives but can provide protection against a single drive failure
  • RAID 6: Similar to RAID 5 but introduces dual parity. It sets aside “two drives’ worth” of disk space for parity data. RAID 6 can provide protection against two simultaneous drive failures

We will help you determine which raid system you need for your workflow!

With Your Team: Iodyne Pro Data

  • Fast, Portable, Encrypted, Reliable, Quiet, and Easy-to-Use Storage
  •  12, 24 or 48TB NVMe SSD Hardware RAID 
  • 8x Thunderbolt 3 Ports: Multi-User, Daisy Chain, Multi-Path, Multi-Host 
  • Use Containers to organize work into multiple virtual drives, each with their own RAID level and encryption settings

With Your Team: NAS Systems

  • Definition: A Network Attached Storage (NAS) system is a high-capacity storage device connected to a network that allows authorized network users and clients to store and retrieve data from a centralized location
  • Use Case: NAS systems are often used for storing shared documents, streaming media like music and videos, or backing up local machines
  • Advantages: The key benefits of NAS include data consolidation, accessibility, flexibility, scalability, high availability, easier management, and improved security

With Your Team: Media Management with NAS

  • Smart Access Rules​: Choose who gets access to what files via credentials and password protection
  • Bandwidth Priority for Critical Workflows​: Bandwidth Priority will keep high-important jobs running at full speed while throttling lower-priority clients if necessary
  • Remote Client Software Deployment​: Remove the task of manual install per-client during upgrades with remote software deployment. Select any clients and upgrade software with a push of a button.

We will help you determine the right size NAS system for all of your media needs

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