NAS for 4K editing and 8K video storage

I was trying to decide on which QNAP NAS to buy. I run a small boutique branding agency. We have about 7 or 8 videos being shot each month along with about 1000+ photos per month. Right now I’ve been running off individual drives but everything is filling up quickly.

I was considering the following : TS-932X or the 8 bay version

But upon looking at that one, I came across this model : TVS-871

Not sure what to get. We don’t have that many users that will be working on the project at the same time – Maybe 5 in the near future. Right now only 3.

However, we would like to be able to store 6k video footage and edit 4k footage on the server from multiple computers.

I was hoping that you can lead me in the right direction.


For 4K editing, you need dual or more 10GbE ports. The 4K requires a lot of bandwidth. TS-932X Could work with one or max 2 connections, because it is more like an archiving NAS rather than editing NAS. It is made for quick backups.

The TVS-871 is a solution, just need to install 10GbE. The most popular choice for editing is TVS-1282T3 for those who have MAC systems. But it is also compatible with Windows.

Qnap has created NAS doing exactly what you need. The TVS-1282T3 is not only a NAS but also a Thunderbolt DAS with 4 direct connections. But it gets even better. The built-in 10GbE connections will let users access the storage at the same speed as they would over Thunderbolt. But this time it can be done not just in 10meter radius but 100 (or even further with sfp+ card). Why is this NAS so amazing? It is not only a cold storage solution but also can be used as a storage drive for live editing. It allows you to create an ISCSI connection which tricks all editing software appearing as a new physical drive on a computer. But that is not the best part. It supports auto-tiering. This automatically in the background will move most often used data on SSD drives and less often accessed data on regular hard drives. The functionality increases data transfer speeds massively.

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