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3 Backup Solutions to Safeguard Your Video Content

3 Backup Solutions to Safeguard Your Video Content

As you’re producing video, you run into an issue with your computers, but you assume you don’t have much to worry about. You go to restore the backup, and find out that your IT department is part of the 32 percent who never bother checking backups after they’re created, according to Talk Tech to Me. Now you lost the footage, money and the man hours that you put into your work of art. Prevent that from happening ever again with online and offsite storage options tailored for extensive video storage.

Mozy

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Mozy online backup is a cloud-based backup that saves your files offsite onto Mozy servers. Mozy protects your files against physical disasters and puts the server maintenance in the hands of a dedicated team that ensures proper operation. If you’re worried about data security, encryption options are available. You access your files and schedule backups through desktop clients, mobile apps or through the website itself. You also don’t pay more for backing up additional devices. Pricing depends on the amount of data that you need to backup, and a 1 terabyte plan costs $380 per month.

Personal Cloud Network-Attached Storage

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Personal clouds, such as the Western Digital My Cloud device, sits in between public cloud services and a complete onsite solution. A personal cloud functions as a network-attached storage server normally, but it has an added feature of allowing private cloud access over the Internet. You can store the NAS offsite and access the backup files remotely, eliminating any issues associated with a major storage option onsite. Use standard backup solutions with this NAS or the build-in features on the user interface for this server.

SD Cards & External Hard Drives

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Many cameras use a standard SD card for data storage. But it’s easy to lose a small card after a long day of shooting. Cards are relatively inexpensive so having multiple copies, such as one for each shooter, guarantees that you’ll have the backups spread throughout your camera crew. You do hit the upper limit on SD card capacities somewhat quickly. When you’re working with large photo sets and raw video files, external hard drives give you an ultra portable option that you hook up to your computers and video cameras. Once you fill up the hard drive, swap over to another one or switch to SD cards. No matter which option you choose, make sure that your backups restore properly.

Why Backups are Important

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Backing up your data takes time and money from your budget, but it safeguards your footage. Regular backups keep you from losing work in the event of data loss or a disaster, which could save your production if things go really wrong. Also, always have extra copies of your films on hand. You may want to edit a finished project. It’s hard to do if you’ve sent the files and pulled them off your main hard drive already. Back up your videos to prevent panic every time a computer hiccups or a technical disaster looms.

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