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Planning a 4K video editing server

Hey all, long time lurker and building enthusiest, first time poster, hope I'm picking the right category.

 

A media company I work with is currently looking for a new way to store and edit 4k video. Their starter project is a 6 episode series shot on multiple 4k cameras. The project is currently backed up to multiple LaCie thunderbolt drives (about 20TB in all)  and I've been tasked with designing, building and implementing a RAID solution to hold all the footage for editing, as well as building a new Premiere Pro machine to edit with. While building the edit rig is fairly straightforward, designing the RAID is a bit beyond my experience, as I've only set up out of the box QNAP and Synology systems before.

 

The most crucial peices are: 

- Fast read speed (1 editor scrubbing multiple angles of 4k footage in the timeline, so minimizing bottlenecking)

-  Scalability (It would be nice to expand the total storage capacity down the line)

- Pricing (A Stornado from 45drives is a bit out of their price range, so we're hoping to build everything with consumer/enthusiest parts)

 

I've done some research through the forums, STH and Toms Hardware, as well as watching Linus' video on the "Jellyfish Killer", but the biggest question I still have: given the workflow we're planning (single editor over network connection instead of usb or thunderbolt drive), is it worth it to splurge for the SSDs, or can we achieve useability with 7200rpm drives? Are there any other places I can read up ondesigning/optimizing the system? And is it even worth it to diy?

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Doing 20TB worth of Editing through USB and they consider themselves a Media Company? Not sure i can see that :P

 

Generally you need to give a budget.

 

SSDS are 100% worth it, A Good PCIE 3.0 SSD should be fine, and if you get a x570 or a TRX Platform PCIE 4.0 SSDS are available too :D

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2 minutes ago, Shimejii said:

Doing 20TB worth of Editing through USB and they consider themselves a Media Company? Not sure i can see that :P

 

Generally you need to give a budget.

 

SSDS are 100% worth it, A Good PCIE 3.0 SSD should be fine, and if you get a x570 or a TRX Platform PCIE 4.0 SSDS are available too :D

They're switching off Mac, so mostly Thunderbolt up to this point, the USB days were back in 2012 when the company started, BEFORE I got there. 😆

 

Budget-wise, preferably under 9k CAD for the RAID. Ive budgeted 4.5k CAD for the edit system. 

 

 

I hadn't considered PCIE SSDs, I was looking at using 8x4TB Samsung EVOs, with a 970 M.2 for the boot drive.

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