Regardless of where you sit in the post-production world, you’re surrounded by the large files associated with today’s projects. From editing to archiving, ample and reliable storage media are required.
It was just a few short years ago that professionals were contemplating how to handle HD files. That now seems pedestrian compared to some 3D files and 4K footage, both of which have created archiving and backup challenges for those of us in the professional video, broadcast, and post-production worlds. To specifically address these challenges, Maxell Corporation of America developed, and recently introduced, the Multi-Interface External Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
Selecting the proper storage tools can enable professionals to handle files with ease, potentially making projects more time- and cost-efficient. External HDDs with1TB, 2TB, and 3TB capacities, provide professionals with a means to reliably, quickly, efficiently, and cost-effectively transfer large files and footage.
Is an external HDD the answer you seek to your storage quandary? Choosing the best storage technology depends on your professional needs. There are several areas of essential criteria that should be taken into consideration when making this decision:
Hard Drive Speed
Not all hard drives have the same specifications. Prior to the advent of HD, a drive speed – which is how fast the drive spins – of 5200 RPM was acceptable. Those days are long gone. Most HDDs now—including Maxell’s—have a rotation speed of 7200 RPM, which can accommodate the high-resolution content associated with 3D and 4K footage, helping to reduce editing and file transfer time.
The drive speed of an HDD, while important, means nothing if the interconnection between drive and system slows down the transfer of footage. It should be noted, though, that the connection type is more important for editing than it is for archiving. There are a number of high-speed interfaces, including USB 3.0, eSATA, and FireWire, that can handle large video files. The chart shown here outlines the performance of each. An external HDD that provides the options of multiple interfaces provides the most flexibility and efficiency.
Durability and Size
External hard drives used for acquisition in the field must be more durable than those sitting on an editing bay in a post-production suite. They are usually smaller and sometimes have rubber casing to help them survive in the outdoors, as well. However, external hard drives used in the editing suite still must have a durable housing that can withstand accidental bumps and knocks. One thing to remember about ruggedness is that it is a somewhat relative term. While an HDD is very durable when it is not in operation, if an HDD is moved while the drive is spinning, problems and errors can arise.
The Bottom Line
The exponential increase in file size due to modern technology is creating a greater need for external storage to off-load footage and maximize the editing system. Professional External Hard Disk Drives, such as the series developed by Maxell, have the capacity, low price-per-gigabyte, and connectivity to remain a post-production staple for years to come. Have a question or comment about this post? We’d love to hear it. Leave a comment here or find us on Twitter or Facebook.