Best NAS for 6K RAW Video Editing

Best NAS for Massive RAW Video Files

Good afternoon,
I have been a keen reader of your page, and watcher of your youtube videos so please excuse me if I should know the answer to some of these queries! I am looking at getting a QNAP or Synology NAS and connect via 10Gbe to our desktop. It is only me in the office, no need for multi editors to be using it. I need client access to files (NAS), but primarily want to use it as a RAID and ideally edit from the NAS where possible to give my machine more breathing space.

We are an Aerial photography company and shoot video in up to 6K Pro res RAW and Cinema DNG- as you can imagine files are huge up to 4+Gb/s so I know this machine needs to be fast. I’ve spoken with a couple of computer guys who suggest the 1819+ I know this is a good NAS, but I’m wondering more or will it be quick enough to cope with the amount of data that I will need to be pulling from it?

I understand my machine may need an upgraded card- not sure if I can check the Ethernet ports to see if they are 1 or 10Gbe? We do have a USB C port in the back, and think that we can get adapters for Thunderbird to this, but it’ll slow it down? Just looking for your suggestions really, is it a pipe dream to be able to edit these huge files from the NAS, or will I have to work on them on the desktop, and just send the files across to the NAS for storage?

Budget is mainly for the NAS box, I will look at populating it with 2 12 or 14tb drives to start and add as we go along if possible. I know there is a Qnap T3 that would be capable, but at around £4000 without storage its out of my price range, and wonder if that would be overkill anyway as its just 1 workstation that will be directly linked.

Thanks again for your time,

Ollie, UK

Best RAW Video NAS for Speed and Budget

Good afternoon Ollie. Thanks for watching/reading my efforts (I am going to hope you enjoyed them and/or found them useful).  The Synology DS1819+ NAS is a good idea, but due to your file type and media in mind (thanks for the heads up on that), it would be a pretty hard job for it to keep on top of. To be perfectly honest, you are certainly looking at a £3,000+ for a high end Xeon powered NAS or a top tier i7. However, all is not lost and there is actually a decently priced NAS that might well be up to the job.

Have you considered the TVS-472XT (the 6 or 8 Bay)? He is my review, but before you click the link, read the points underneath

Review Link –

Reasons Why I recommend the QNAP TVS-472XT for BIG FILES, that is still fast and affordable:

1 – This is a 10Gbe and TB3 enabled box (so you can start on 10Gbe and upgrade your client devices to TB3 later when ready.

2 – It also features a PCIe slot for adding further connectivity if needed. Perhaps more 10Gbe, 1Gbe or a USB 3.1 Gen 2 card for adding those ports for faster 10Gb/s backup drives

3 – It features a Pentium 8th Gen CPU (much, much better for handling these files, as well as a more graphical embedded component that will be of bigger benefit to those dense files), or the 6 bay with a 4-Core i3 and 8-bay with a 6-Core i5 (all 8th Gen and graphically enabled)

4 – 2x NVMe slots inside that can be used now or later, to vastly improve internal file handling – so you will have effectively removed the internal AND external bottleneck of reading/writing these weighty files.

Many users are still unaware that the QNAP TVS-472XT is available, as the older and well-publicized QNAP TS-453BT3 got a lot of attention. However, this (much like the DS1819+) would just not be able to handle the files in the way you describe.

Here was a brief comparison I made of the TVS-472XT and the TS-453BT3. It is a little fluffy, but the point is pretty clear –

Is there a QNAP TVS-472X, TVS-672X or TVS-872X NAS Planned?

A common question many users have replied with when I have recommended the QNAP TVS-472XT NAS, is:

Is there a non-thunderbolt version of the TVS-472XT? i.e. a TVS-472X?

Sadly, right now there does not seem to be plans to release a non-Thunderbolt version of this NAS. So, right now, for a user who wants fast, heavy file handling, expandability and future proofing, but not break the bank, the QNAP TVS-472XT and TVS-672XT are my personal recommendations

You can purchase the QNAP TVS-472XT from the guys at Amazon via the links below (I have also included a couple of other alternatives that are lower/higher in price, speed and storage etc):




QNAP TVS-1282-i7-450W

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      1. Hi, your channel is a real inspiration. I have a question: considering that an iMac only has Gigabit Ethernet but also has Thunderbolt 3, would it be a good idea to use a Thunderbolt to 10GB Ethernet adapter to connect to a Synology? Thanks