As I’m sure you’re aware, we’re all in a constant state of flux with our workflows. Long gone are the days when every year we were looking at identical interfaces or when we had the ability to wait a few years to upgrade our systems.
For most of us out there, it’s a rather frustrating reality. Sometimes it feels like we’re always upgrading for the convenience or at the request or expectation of a client. So it’s nice every once in a while to see technology that’s made for our convenience.
Most of the projects I work on nowadays are in 4k or 6k. Obviously, the ability to shoot with ultra high resolutions is great because the footage is beautiful and clients love the idea of being able to use these videos into the UHD future. However, as I know you’re aware, these resolutions also present serious space issues upon ingestion and (hopefully) backup. In addition, migrating these clips and files takes FOREVER.
Well, the future of Memory is now. Or rather, we’re getting there, at least.
Seagate announced that they officially hold the title of creating the, “Highest Capacity SSD in the World.” With 60TB of Solid State storage, the Seagate 60TB SAS SSD is quite a monster. What puts this into perspective is the phrase used in their advertising, “Reach 1PB (1 Petabyte) of storage with only 17 drives.”
Yes, we have made it, folks. We’ve made it to the era in which the Petabyte might become a commonly used term.
Clearly, the Seagate 60TB SAS SSD isn’t practical for most of us. Practical meaning, it’s not worth the money yet. But this is just on the horizon. What makes this technology even more necessary isn’t just the resolutions we’re using, but the increasingly loud conversation we’re all having about 10bit and 12 bit video. HDR has the ability to push our storage space needs into a new galaxy.
So that’s two things that we need to upgrade right? Our in-camera bitrate, and our storage space.
Seagate's Behemoth 60 TB SSD Could Mean Big Things for Filmmakers
Via No Film School:
The largest unit currently available is Samsung's PM1633a drive which has holds “only” 15.36TB of data. This is the best that money can buy on today's market, and it costs around $10,000 per unit. While it isn't slated to hit the market for at least another year, Seagate claims that their 60TB Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) SSD has twice the density and four times the capacity of Samsung's flagship storage unit. Pricing isn't available yet, but Seagate promises the drive will provide the lowest cost per gigabyte for flash memory today.
What does this mean for filmmakers then? With 4K footage quickly becoming the norm, and 8K not far behind, we need more digital storage for editing and backups than ever. One hour of ProRes 4K footage takes up over 300GB of space, or roughly 15 times the amount of space used by one hour of 1080p footage shot by, say, the Canon 7D.
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