I am running a windows based Adobe Premiere / Adobe After Effects system editing documentaries and television shows. Six months ago the shows were sufficiently spaced out that I could run them all on the desktop machine (running 3 x 4TB SSDs and a 1TB m.2 for the software). Then I would offload each series as it was completed to backup media. An old NAS runs in the office just to back things up. But now I am in a situation where work has grown and I’m editing four series at once plus smaller projects. Additionally bitrate and the move to 4K has made files larger.
This makes keeping the data on the machine impractical due to drive size limitations. So now I am looking at editing from a NAS. I’m the only one who would need to access the unit so multi user isn’t an issue for this setup (when I work with others they are in other locations so we have to transfer data at that point anyhow). While I don’t currently have Thunderbolt connectivity I am doing machine upgrades and can have added Thunderbolt or higher speed LAN ports, or whatever is needed.
I’m really looking for the best option and ideally a system I can edit and work with video files directly from. I’ve been looking at the QNAP TVS-672XT and 872XT but wonder if it is even what I need. As a single user accessing the system, will I get the same performance from a different but less expensive model? I would set it up in RAID, but I assume that whatever I get I will also need to load it up with SSDs as pro quality 7200RPM HDDs are likely not fast enough for processing video data. Am I right?
NAS does have so many advantages like network/internet access and collaboration as well as possible to turn it into any kind of server and benefit from included apps and functionality.
As a single user, you could simply go for Pegasus or Arica DAS solutions which also has a RAID. But all sharing would need to be done using a third party or your computer. Or at least you could have a combination of a cheap NAS and a fast DAS box.
Let’s say you go for 10Gbit USB DAS box like :
But if this feels too complicated or timewasting then you will need a NAS with good CPU and 10Gbe Ethernet or Thunderbolt like TVS-472XT / 672xt / 872xt models.
I hope this helps.