Effective archiving — more relevant than ever

Now 4K and 8K sources are used in video production, how are you storing this high-resolution data? How are you storing edited projects, or organizing data delivered as programs or commercials?

Unlike in the era of videotape, today's file-based workflows make it harder just to shelve the original data on the recorded media. Projects also take up more disk space. Once a project is finished, seeing it stored on a stack of hard disks is not unusual. Unless some space is freed soon after the editing period by archiving the data, there never seems to be enough local disk space, no matter how much the capacity is increased.

Original data and projects are burned to DVD, Blu-ray, or other common optical media, or backed up to hard disk and managed on individual disks. As a data storage medium, however, HDDs are not designed for long-term storage unplugged, without the platters spinning. And when the data is needed, there is endless potential for issues; HDDs may not be recognized when connected, or if they are, the data may be corrupted.

As media libraries grow, although it's more important to know exactly where content is stored, mounting the media one by one for verification is inefficient. How can video storage, searching, and conversion be simplified? One thing is certain: in next-generation video production, archiving is becoming more important than ever.