By Dr. Marc M. Batschkus
Before we take a closer look at Archive it is important to keep it distinct from Backup.
Definition of Backup vs. Archive
Backup is a secondary copy of your primary data.
Archive is a primary copy of your secondary data.
5 reasons Why to archive video and media files?
- The migration of completed productions and projects including media assets and additional files saves space on production storage. This results in reduced cost for storage expansion, reduced Backup size and a reduced file number on the production storage.
- Build one place to find all completed files and projects, a “single source of truth”.
- Fulfil requests of returning customers to re-use their already produced material for new productions.
- Preserve media for the long-term.
- Create an additional revenue stream by licensing, re-using and re-purposing existing media.
- An organised and complete archive helps to monetising already produced media.
Video archiving best practices: What to archive
It is better to archive more files than less. Years after a project is completed any additional data, production notes, settings, comments, preliminary versions etc. can be helpful to understand what was done and how.
Best video codec for archive
When archivists are trying to decide what video format to use for archiving, they are looking for something that meets three criteria:
- The video format must be lossless
- The video format must be relatively well-adopted, that is, in wide use.
- The video format must have a wide variety of migration tools for file conversion.
Media Archive storage
The file name and metadata
Media Archive storage
Cloud storage has the advantage of avoiding any upfront investment in storage. You can start immediately. Also, the storage can grow to any size at any time on demand. P5 Archive offers the option of running completely in the cloud. This way you can build a cloud video archive on AWS.
Video archiving software
- Browser interface accessible from anywhere
- Supports disk, tape and cloud storage
- Runs on Mac, Win, Linux, QNAP, Synology, NetGear and FreeNAS/TrueNAS
- Customisable metadata fields and menus
- Combined searching for filenames, and metadata
- Thumbnails of still images
- Proxy clips of video files
- Maximum security through tape cloning
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