So, You’ve Bought a 4K Camera. Now What?

Published on Jun 27, 2017 in Quantum

This post was originally posted to the Quantum website.

W hether you’re creating customer-facing product videos for your marketing team or training videos for sales, your in-house video production team needs to deliver high-quality media that maximizes the viewers’ interest and engagement. For now, you might be delivering that video in high-definition (HD) or even standard-definition (SD) format. But you can see the future—and the future is 4K.

Maybe you’re already moving in that direction. You may have purchased a new 4K camera to capture content in high resolution and at fast frame rates. If you’re like many in-house video production teams, you may also have a 4K workflow already in place, even if you aren’t yet producing final files in 4K.

By working in 4K, you can produce higher-quality results, expand your editorial choices, and keep your staff’s skills honed. As 4K TVs, displays, and other devices become increasingly prevalent, working with 4K files now also provides greater options for reusing your content down the road.

So, your course might be set for 4K. But is your storage environment ready for the journey?

Pinpointing Four Key Storage Requirements for 4K

When you assembled your in-house production team, implementing a 4K-ready storage environment probably wasn’t your highest priority. But as the 4K future comes into view, it’s time to map out a new storage environment. What do you need to accommodate large files and multi-stream processes?

Performance: You need exceptional performance for capturing, editing, and playing out this high-quality video. Your storage solution must be able to handle large video files, at high-frame rates, and multiple streams of compressed or uncompressed 4K content.

Scalability: As demand for high-quality video increases, your storage environment must support rapidly rising volumes of large 4K files. You need a scalable production environment plus a scalable archive that can preserve content and provide ready access in the future.

Collaboration: Even if your in-house production team is small, team members must be able to work together seamlessly. They need to access shared files from within familiar software interfaces and facilitate reviews with remote stakeholders.

Cost containment: No matter the size of your budget, you need a storage solution that helps control costs. Your solution should deliver the performance, scalability, and collaborative capabilities you need while helping minimize capital expenditures as well as ongoing management costs.

Preparing for Your 4K Future with Quantum Reference Architectures

At Quantum, we created the SureStaQ™ 4K reference architectures to help streamline the design and implementation of 4K storage. To develop these reference architectures, we drew on our engineers’ deep knowledge of 4K workflows, collaborated with our large partner ecosystem, and conducted extensive testing with real-world 4K workloads.

The reference architectures help eliminate the time-consuming process of selecting, testing, configuring, and tuning various storage components. They also help you to avoid the risks of making the wrong choices: The reference architectures are fully validated for 4K.

Select a reference architecture based on your anticipated requirements for the number of simultaneous compressed or uncompressed 4K streams. Customize each architecture to meet your current needs, and scale up as those needs evolve.

The SureStaQ reference architectures are built on Quantum StorNext® 6—the latest generation of the world’s leading platform for high-performance media workflows. StorNext 6 offers the right combination of high performance and advanced data management to support 4K video workflows, all while requiring less hardware than competing systems.

Moving Forward—Fast

The transition to 4K is happening rapidly. Most in-house production teams are either making the move now or anticipate doing so within the next two years. So whether you’ve purchased that 4K camera already and have started working with 4K files, or whether you’re planning for the fast-approaching future, now is the time to start reevaluating your storage infrastructure.

Ready to learn more? For a deeper dive into how Quantum SureStaQ 4K reference architectures can address 4K storage requirements, download the eBook, “Your Video Production Team is Ready for 4K. But What About Your Infrastructure?

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