16TB: My First Drobo

Digital video production is a constantly evolving process: increased resolutions, higher frame rates, and greater color depth can add tremendous opportunities for flexibility in post, but these significant benefits place serious demands in any post-production environment, particularly on lower-budget shoots.

Having recently moved into an ‘experimental’ phase of 4K production (motivated primarily by local productions using the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K), I found my RAID storage array (a cluttered collection of external USB 2.0 drives networked through a Mac Mini) to be woefully underpowered, delivering a meager 40MB/s to my various devices, though providing the crucial level of dual redundancy (meaning a single drive can fail, and a backup exists in its place) necessary to maintain peace of mind in a digital world. read more