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KristijonasG

Need NAS for video editing

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi there,
 

I am videographer/photograper trying to upgrade my data storage workflow. Currently I am using a lot of USB 3.0 external HDDs which are very slow and painful to use. I want to get NAS with 10gbe connection. 
I found this budget friendly option: QNAP-TS431-X2 but I am not sure if I would be able to playback and edit 4K ProRes 422 using this NAS. Has anyone else used this NAS for video workflow? Which other budget friendly options would you guys recommend? Thank you for your help 

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A lot of performance depends on the drive config, what drives do you plan on using?

 

Video playback should be fine, the nas won't process the data at all, it will just send the files to the editing pc to process and display.

 

But this is still a budget nas, probably the best you can get for this price though. Going diy is anouther option, but has its tradeoffs with setup and building diffculty and lack of support.

 

SInce this is a arm based system(thats why 10gbe is cheap, its built into the soc) the performance won't be great, you wont fill 10gbe, Id bet around 200-400MB/s peak.

 

One other suggestion I have for a editing setup is to have a big ssd for current projects, and then copy the projects to a nas when your not using that project as much. Editing off a ssd is much faster due to the much better access times.

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Bear in mind you need 10gbe networking and have a 10gbe network card in your computer.


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Posted · Original PosterOP
18 hours ago, Electronics Wizardy said:

A lot of performance depends on the drive config, what drives do you plan on using?

 

Video playback should be fine, the nas won't process the data at all, it will just send the files to the editing pc to process and display.

 

But this is still a budget nas, probably the best you can get for this price though. Going diy is anouther option, but has its tradeoffs with setup and building diffculty and lack of support.

 

SInce this is a arm based system(thats why 10gbe is cheap, its built into the soc) the performance won't be great, you wont fill 10gbe, Id bet around 200-400MB/s peak.

 

One other suggestion I have for a editing setup is to have a big ssd for current projects, and then copy the projects to a nas when your not using that project as much. Editing off a ssd is much faster due to the much better access times.

Thank you for reply.
I am planning to use Western Digital NAS drives rated at 7200RMP. Also I have and old pc system. I5-2400, 8gb ddr3. Maybe it would be useful just turn it into NAS? Or it's better to go with generic options like synology or QNAP. 

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45 minutes ago, KristijonasG said:

Thank you for reply.
I am planning to use Western Digital NAS drives rated at 7200RMP. Also I have and old pc system. I5-2400, 8gb ddr3. Maybe it would be useful just turn it into NAS? Or it's better to go with generic options like synology or QNAP. 

Id just get 5400 rpm drives, there quieter normally, and your probably not gonna be limited by the speed of the drives anyways.

 

The old system will probably be cheaper and faster, its just do you want to do diy or buy a box, both will work fine.

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