You generate a lot of video/audio/etc. You're a professional, but not a network or tv station, so you don't have millions of dollars to spend on media archiving and backup. What are your digital media backup and storage strategies?
I work for a theater company that generates a lot of video. We have a daily video blog in HD, we document most performances in HD, and we document about 5 hours a day of rehearsals in SD.
I don't really have a handle on exactly how much data we generate, different people are responsible for different things, which is part of the problem.
I'm researching storage and backup strategies. We've looked at things like this
, and it seems like they're too expensive/too technical for us. (We're essentially a group of artists, we can't really afford to hire a full time IT person).
My current thinking is that we should get some kind of RAID array, and attach it to our network somehow so that people can dump backup copies of whatever media they're generating on their desktop/laptops onto a secure (?) thing we have physically on-site. But then what about off-site data storage? And what do we do when it gets full, buy another one?
Right now we're storing all of our footage on external hard drives with firewire 800/400. I'm trying to get a handle on where we should go from here to improve our strategies, but I'm not even sure where to start. If you know any decent guides online, I'd be happy to read them. I'd also be totally happy with specific suggestions like, "Hey buy this and use it."
I would also be happy to receive suggestions about *people* who can help with this kind of thing, if there's such a thing as a person who would come in and help analyze our situation and give advice. I don't know if these people exist.
Oh, also, we're mac based. Mostly Mac Pro towers, but a few laptops too.
Thanks so much.