is that $17.5k or $17.5K?
I'd wait for the holographic hard drives to become more affordable.
Until then, I'm backing up on 2 or 3 hard drives. :-)
There is no sensible archiving strategy at the moment that I can see apart from multiple hard drives. Tapes and opticals just don't cut it. Something the whole world is having to come to terms with.
You can get a 2 TB drive from LaCie for $769 US. I'd guess you'd want about 10 TB to store a feature (100 hours or a 50:1 shooting ratio, to be generous), so double it for safety, and your storage costs are $7690. Shelf space is about the size of a medium beer cooler.
HDCam tape is about $4000 at the cheapest, DCVProHD is about $4900. Double that if you want a backup. HDV is much cheaper, but you don't want to shoot on HDV, do you? And film? About a quarter million. Without processing.
Now if you really want to save, you can buy raw drives for under .25 / GB, which would make your feature storage costs about $5K, with backup.
To save even more money, you could double-backup just the media in the final cut of the show (using the media manager), and single-backup the raw footage, and reuse the drives on the next show. That'd save you almost half. Three years later, it'd be a good idea to rotate your media, copying it to new drives, then rewriting it back. Good work for an intern, copying 20 TB of files.
But it all seems fairly doable to me.
Someday there'll be this 73 cent plastic sheet you feed into your printer and it records a hundred terabytes on an 8 1/2 x 11 " sheet, and it does it in 49 seconds, and it lasts for eternity, surviving supernovae and three-year-old drool.
I long for that day.
This stuff exists and is reliable. Of course you can backup to either an offline or online hard drive system, but that doesn't have nearly the same track record.
It might be cheaper to store it on drives, but I don't see why tapes "just don't cut it".
How did you think the IT world do their backups?
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