Need Advice For Video Storage Please!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AnseLaRaye7, Aug 12, 2015.

  1. AnseLaRaye7 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I want to feed all my videos into a reliable external source that will last and that I can burn dvd, blue ray, etc. from. I want to transfer vhs, hi-8, dvd, super 8's, and sd cards that all contain mostly family video over the past 50 years. I will transfer them into the external source and them edit them later. Most of the video camcorders I used were Sony. I want to purchase an iMac to do this with. I am looking at this configuration:

    27-inch iMac with Retina 5K display

    • 4.0GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 4.4GHz
    • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
    • 1TB Flash Storage
    • AMD Radeon R9 M295X 4GB GDDR5
    • Apple Mouse
    • Apple Keyboard with Numeric Keypad (Arabic) & User's Guide
    • Accessory Kit

    I obviously want to use the iMac for daily use word processing, email, iTunes, etc. but the main focus will be on video saving and editing. I just need help on what video storage that I need. I have quite a bit of video but I want to archive it. Also,will the video from the vhs tapes and hi-8's appear different on a 5 k screen? Any recommendations would be most appreciated. Thank you very much! Dean
     
  2. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Please look at http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/Thunderbolt/External-Drive/OWC/ThunderBay-4
     
  3. AnseLaRaye7 thread starter macrumors newbie

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  4. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    Your video is low resolution. You do not need expensive drives for low resolution video. Do not spend more than $50 per terabyte.
     
  6. JustMartin macrumors 6502a

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    What fa8362 said, if you're talking fairly low resolution video (and therefore smaller file sizes) and your focus is on transfer and archive rather than streaming them all the time, I would say a USB-3 drive like a WD 'my book' or a seagate will be fine and not too expensive. You'll also need a burner of some kind. I use the Samsung one which burns CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.
     
  7. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    Yes, I have 4 Mercury Elite Pro series, great drives!!!
     
  8. matreya macrumors 65816

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    I have two of the OWC Thunderbay IV (the Thunderbolt1 predecessor to the Thunderbay 4) and they are excellent enclosures. I use HGST Deskstar NAS and Toshiba hard drives in them without any issues.
     

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