12 Replies Latest reply on Apr 17, 2016 10:43 AM by Capturefilms

    Setup for Documentary Edit. Help!!!

    Capturefilms

      I'm about to start editing a feature documentary and want some advice on the best disk setup.

       

      My edit suite has 5 x 1tb sata HD's. Currently set up as:

       

      c: OS/programs

      d: media

      e: media

      f: project files

      g: media cache / scratch disk / exports

       

      This setup works for me and the other projects I currently work on. However I want to use a separate setup for the documentary. I've been researching Raid and Desktop attached storage and to be honest I'm a bit lost with it all.

       

      For the documentary I've shot 4tb of footage. My thoughts are to have 2 x 3tb drives with 2tb of footage on each and a 3tb drive for media cache, scratch, renders etc. All of which, I think, can be housed in a separate DAS.

       

      However, I don't know if I should setup up a raid system? I'm not really sure what the advantages are? I have all the footage backed up so if a disk fails I can just replace it, so I'm not worried about loss of data. But does raid really improve performance that much?

       

      And can anyone recommend a good DAS? I've been looking at the Drobo D5 and that seems to do what I need, I think.

       

      Amy advice would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks.