Plenty of hard drives are the key to DIY video storage.
Non-linear video editing is the type of editing most people are familiar with today. Just about every new computer system sold comes with some kind of non-linear editing software, such as Microsoft Live Movie Maker or iMovie. This type of editing differs from traditional, linear editing, such as on videotape, because it’s easy to juggle around scenes and footage during the editing process. The video in these type of systems is captured and stored on a hard drive on a computer. If you want to get serious about video editing, you can construct a DIY non-linear editing storage bay to keep all your footage.
1. Determine the amount of video storage that you will need. This will depend on what types of films you are using. If you are making a short film, you can probably get away with using an external drive, such as a serial advanced technology attachment (SATA), for your storage. Feature length films and video shot on high definition (HD) will require more storage. For example, an hour of DV video footage will take up about 12 gigabytes (GB) worth of storage, while an hour of uncompressed HD footage can take up to 400 GB.
2. Determine the type of drive bay you’ll need to hold your storage. If you’re just using a single hard drive, you can purchase an external hard drive case. If you want to use multiple drives, you’ll need a redundant array of inexpensive disks (RAID) or a network attached storage (NAS) box.
3. Ground yourself by touching a large, metal object or by using an antistatic wrist strap. This will prevent you from damaging the hard drives with static electricity.
4. Open up the drive bays with a screwdriver.
5. Open up the hard drive packaging and remove them from the anti-static covers.
6. Install any mounting brackets, if necessary on the hard drives. This is not needed on all drives.
7. Insert the drives into the drive bay and secure.
8. Close up the drive bay and secure with the screws.
9. Plug the drive bay into the power socket. Connect the external drive to your computer with a universal serial bus (USB), FireWire or other connection method as included with your drive bays.
10. Boot up the system connected to your external drives. Install any additional software as needed. Most drives now come preformatted, so if you are installing a single external drive, no further configuration is needed. If using NAS or RAID configuration, run the installation software to configure the hard drive.