THE PROS AND CONS OF CLOUD STORAGE FOR POST PRODUCTION

THE PROS AND CONS OF CLOUD STORAGE FOR POST PRODUCTION

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Hub’s Editor, Gideon Smit, headed to BVE 2017 this week to check out the latest in post production technology and cloud based storage. As a result, cloud storage for post production workflow was a subject that hotly debated back and forth in the office.

THE PROS AND CONS OF CLOUD STORAGE FOR POST PRODUCTION

Deciding to shift to the cloud isn’t just about the technology, it is also about ensuring both business needs and cost models are manageable to successfully integrate the cloud. The flexibility cloud storage offers is a benefit to any workflow process where large amounts of data, and access to it, is available in multiple locations. ITV, for example, use cloud based services due to the global nature of their work. Cloud provider, BASE Cloud Media allows you to shoot and upload footage anywhere in the world, in addition to the huge cost saving benefit of the post team being to access footage immediately, regardless of their location. 

ARCHIVING FOOTAGE 

Once the project has been completed, archiving footage can be stored in a data centers, reducing the need for in-house logging or the associated costs of outsourcing to a third party. However, one concern expressed regarding this is the potential for a ‘data swamp’ to form. It is evident if you don’t implement a robust file structure before uploading, then your projects end up in a messy heap – you get out what you put in.

COSTS OF THE CLOUD

Costs for cloud service vary wildly between providers but what is important to remember is when choosing to move to cloud storage, that many charge a fee for every upload or download – so planning your access and requirements in advanced is strongly advised.  Whilst archiving to the cloud has many advantages, the alternative of backing up to discs and tapes is still a viable option dependent on your budget and requirements. Technology is contributing ever increasingly sophisticated systems, allowing more traditional storage providers to continue to offer improved products.Essentially the storage system you use needs to be specific to your needs. What may work for one, won’t necessarily work for another, similar, company.