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FreeNAS Mini XL+ 10G and Editing 4K Content.

For so you we can see certain performance things from benchmarks and they do provide some value, but they’re not always definitive, and they may not represent your use case in the same way that you think they would so you can say, hey the benchmarks said it would Do this, but when I actually used it, I ran into this problem.

So let’s talk about real-world use, so the FreeNAS mini xl+ and in article editing, that’s something that came up because I thought it was interesting. I liked Linus’s article on the jellyfish fryer, all SSD server and by the way, if you haven’t been to serve the home great website, excellent enterprise reviews on there, so I thought it was cool that they had to serve the home people on there. Also, they did use FreeNAS spotted on there right away.

Now I would love to build a twenty eight thousand. I think that was what he said. The price was $ 20,000 all-flash FreeNAS system for article editing and, as you get into youtube, you realize there is a definite need to have a way to store all the data you create. But for many of us that aren’t at the level that Linus is at, we can’t – or he has key Bhd near – we can’t afford $ 28,000 devices for that.

You know hoping to get there one day, but that’s not my today situation. So let’s talk about the freenas many xl+ configured with and someone’s going to cringe a little, but these are really reasonably priced. These are 5400 rpm Western Digital Red’s. So this is not a real expensive drive. It’s not a really fast drive. It is a solid, reliable Nash drive a I’ve had a lot of these installed. We’ve got a lot of systems that are storing data for our clients, built with these and they’ve, been really really reliable.

They’re low heat, low energy they’re great mass drives I’ve. The holding up Western Digital red series has proven to be quite reliable, overall they’re, not high performance, though at 5400 p.M. I will throw that out there, but when you configure them in a FreeNAS system and we’ll go ahead and look at how we have this configured go to pool status, we have a raid, z2 config. So, with a raid z2 with 8 drives there’s redundancy and we’re going to get some performance out of it because we’re sharing the load across the drives, so editing articles not going to be tragically bad, that’s important.

So this is going to be an affordable for those of us that can’t afford the $ 28,000 high end servers way to do edit in store in our article there’s a lot of people getting youtube and there’s all the struggles of figuring out. What camera and gear and what you’re going to do on YouTube? But then the storage people kind of put off to the side and even some of the bigger YouTube blogs Linus has gone through some of them and yeah.

They admit to all, have leaning lost data. Cuz saving it just on your computer can be a problem and a risk when you have a single Drive for doing this, this is just hard drives fail. That’s a statistic: having a raid rate is for a reason, even with this, you should be backing it up somewhere else. I do have my own two FreeNAS set up, so I have one free natural replicating to another one, so I’m at least that level, but at the minimum, having at least a raid array to dump all your data to and edit from is ideal and the freedom X, mini XL plus having a 10 gig, and I have a 10 gig switch, does help that now there is a way to do this, and maybe I’ll do it this in a future article where you can put a 10 gig card in your computer and then Directly connect it to the freenas mini, so you don’t have to have a switch, but you’d have to do some IP assignments and make that work without a switch.

They will direct connect, but that’s for a later article. This is at least assuming that you have the freeness mini XL, plus a 10 gig switch, I’m reusing the unify 1 and a 10 gig card in your computer, and my computer has the Asus 10 gig card in it. Specifically this one right here: the Asus XGC, 100 C 10 gig adapter. It’s someone has commented that they get a little warm. I hasn’t really been a problem.

It seems to work perfectly fine and doesn’t have a problem. Transferring at 10 gig hasn’t really been an issue. Alright back to the box here, so width is configured and I got the dashboard pull up here. We can see we’re at 197 and I have this right here. We’ve got net data opened up at 197, and now we can show you here is this: you can see. This is a SMB share. 3.1 97 article editing test and I actually I’m a Linux guy, so I do edit in kdenlive.

So here’s what it looks like when you’re just scrubbing around through data – and this is only shot at 1080. This is not stressing it out in any measure, so this is probably I can edit fine. I can jump ahead, jump and preview. Things play the article: that’s not going to be a problem, that’s not where you’re going to be more interest. So let’s go and look at some 4k article, so I let’s grab something off my GoPro and see how quickly I can open it.

This is a single 4k article, I don’t even know which one it says I mean goofing off on my motorcycle at a car cruise, it’s seeking ahead. It’s it’s really immediate here. Obviously, no pausing, no problem, let’s jump to another article played that one fine randomly grab. Another one here me goofing off at the office alright, and we go back over here, there’s all that stress at a diner, because someone said oh, the atom CPUs yeah they cert they’re not going to have a problem handling moving the data around like that.

You do see the you know a spike here and some of the traffic sent so now, let’s go step further and let’s say, let’s get a bunch of articles, so I think I can open them like this. This is and we’ll open all four at once now. The computer may choke on it because it’s going to open all these 4k articles at once, but they’re all playing. So how many is that that my computer’s choking, but let’s see what the FreeNAS is doing sending me all the data completely not stressing out we’re still sitting in all of a couple percent of CPU and no problems? The disk reads: spread across not a problem and we’re 170.

180. 185. It’s still going up with 4k article playing them all at once and here’s our network traffic, my computer’s hesitating it does. This is just mine’s an older i7 computer here so but yeah. Oh here’s. Our CPU actually getting a little bit of usage. We’ve we’ve hit the 3 % 3.6 % mark. So if you’re wondering if the atom in real-world use can handle it, obviously that’s not the problem. People seem to think it is and, like I said, the 4k I know chokes on my, but it’s obviously not a problem.

So real-world, can I edit all these articles, sure they’re all playing perfectly fine, and I don’t know why I like this is burnouts and things like that. Welcome to you know we have a. We have a big current culture here in Detroit and people like spinning the wheels and that all that black you see is that so it’s just funny, but you see other than my computer pausing a little bit playing knows. That’s not pausing, because it’s waiting on hard drive, the hard drive, isn’t even pinned out to its max potential here on the free NASA.

Neither is the processor so when it comes to doing some of the editing. This is a article I’ll be editing. This article will be uploaded before this is showing how an on surf works inside of there not a problem. Let’s just obviously I’m not going to save it like this, but let’s throw a 4k article file in it’s only reading the sound which takes a second. But it’s available immediately. Here’s that article not a problem, there’s another one, not a problem now granted when you get to something like lioness or KB, HD and you’re shooting in not 4k but 8k.

You’ve now quadrupled the amount of data, so yeah there’s probably going to be some slowdowns if you shoot an 8k, but if you’re using an epic red dragon at 8k, a hundred thousand dollar camera. I think that’s what those cost roughly in that range, with the accessories and lenses and mount kits yeah, you can probably afford something more than a freelance mini XL plus you can go to one of the enterprise trueness all flash arrays.

There are categories that will scale with you, but I just wanted to demonstrate that the freeness mini XL has new problems with 10 gig, and this is our peak with all those articles running that we did for the processor just nothing running. You know for 4k article for 4k, article stream to my computer, even with my older eye 7, which someone’s going to ask so I’ll pull it up. This is an i7 4770k at three-and-a-half gigahertz with 16 a minute.

So I do not have a killer, fast machine that is doing all this. My plan is to build a rise in for those that are asking. What am I going to build it soon? When people pay some bills I have outstanding, I will definitely be building a new rising machine. The performance is really nice. Um, I’m excited about that for article editing station, but for about for now this I 7 does get the job done. It renders things reasonably fast, and it’s really not much stress on these two will pull the reports as well.

It’s not here’s where we speak some data in here, but we are not at the limits of this system. So to speak. When you look at the CPU here, yeah we’re far from the limits of this system in terms of CPU and performance, we’re mostly idling this thing even pulling all that article. So for article editing system, the freeness, many experimental, the Western Digital red 5400 rpm little – is going for right now it looks like they’re about hot still about the 115 each.

So, let’s see you know, and this comes down to planning – you can go all the way up to the 10 tb’s 12 TB opposite 12 kind of depends on where your price point is, but it’s still an affordable way to build a system that will edit in 4K without having to break the bank – because I mean yes, you can go pro if you need something faster and say: let’s go up to the larger cache 7200 rpm class and the 40 B’s at the pro start at 160.

So not too much more. So it kind of depends on where your budget lies for storage planning, and someone will point out that, what’s only a little more for the 71 RPM, I see how but you got ta multiply. What is that little bit? More is times 8 storage planning can be challenging, Sarge planning is challenging because if you say I think I need this much storage, you probably need more, and ideally you should have at least one other machine that doesn’t have to be as fast that you also are Backing the data up to again, because even though you’re have array array which protects to some extent, there’s still more data or back it up in a cloud, you know you’ve done a article on this.

You can take FreeNAS and say: hey, send it overall, send it all the back plays that way. You have one more backup of all of your data, so keeping redundancy is important, especially when you have off-site redundancy in case. Anything tragic happens to the environment that you’re in, but I want to show that I edit not on the mini, Excel plus and pushing. I can send this one back. This was sent to us courtesy of the folks at Iook systems and FreeNAS, but I’ve showed the articles on the systems we have the custom-built freenas boxes, we’re using with 10-gig in them.

That’s what I’m running on right now for my normal article, editing and it works wonderfully. I don’t have any problem using freenas for article editing. I mean see if you’re using Adobe or something like that. You want the fancy plug-ins the jellyfish is kind of cool. I never used a product, but I read little articles on. I think it’s kind of a neat product, but overall I just want to make sure you to let everyone know.

Yes, you can met it edit on a 5400 rpm raid or a real-world usage opening up. All these articles – and I’m this article not well not – these ones – can’t delete this unless anyone wants to read my crews article and if there’s a demand for it, I’ll put it on my other YouTube blog. It’s not really content there, but no problem editing articles. I’ve been playing around with the last couple days. I edited a couple of the this article is going to go on there and a couple others that I made before I have to send.

This back will be edited using the free NASA mini xl+ and, of course, as I shown in the other article, it does have the SSD you can add internally. So if you wanted to add a write, cache or a read cache to it to speed it up a little more, you can, but this article was done without those enabled purposely to show you know. People who are budget conscious, go, and I don’t have all the budget for all that I just want to be able do it and if you’re wondering, if you can edit at one gig, yes, you can.

I did test that it is slower. Of course, it’s one. Tenth the speed, so I highly recommend when you get into article editing, if you’re doing anything in 4k and you’re dealing with putting together a lot of multiple article files. The ten gig one is a nice option and even if you’re, not using a 10 gig the same day, you buy it being able to upgrade later is great versus trying to buy another one later and it has ten gigs going to be a little more expensive.

Alright, this article will be edited on it, and you’ll actually see this article before this and it’s actively being edited right now. This one will be uploaded first, the parrot one which will be edited on the mini XL plus, and the mini XL plus article about the mini XL plus, will be edited on that too. Alright, thanks and I’ll leave to the previous review. If you didn’t see it thanks for reading, if you liked this article, give it a thumbs up, if you want to subscribe to this blog, to see more content, hit that subscribe button and a bell like on and maybe YouTube will sense you and notice.

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How to improve your editing with Synology DS1618+ NAS

The one I’ll be using is the Synology des 1618 plus, and this is a six faintness meaning it can hold six hard drives now. An ass is basically like a self-contained computer that you connect directly to your network router, so you can access it 24 hours a day from any of your network devices.

But even while you are away using the internet connection, I did a review of a couple network drives before that. I used as backup on me and since they were not fast or powerful enough to be used for everyday article. Editing at this new network drive is great for backing up your files, because it’s easy to set up automatic backups using sinologist DiskStation manager, which is their web interface.

As you can see, it looks like a Windows or apple desktop where you can install apps check your settings even browse copy upload or modify all of your files. You have on the NAS from anywhere in the world using Internet interface. What I did not expect was that this nas is fast enough to also be used as my Flex driver, and they even have an app that which makes setting up plex super easy. Now, more importantly, I can use this Nass as my main working Drive in my home studio setup, so that two or more people can access the same project and work on it at the same time in the Vinci resolve.

This is very easy to do because you can set up a project database on this analogy, nas, which allows multi-user collaboration if you’ve never done this inside of resolve. But you, let’s say I’d like to have multiple people work on a project. At the same time, then, this is really a game changer, basically in resolve by default. You create a project in your local database that is saved on your computer.

What some people don’t know is that you can also create a shared database and place it on a network attached computer or even better, on an ass like the one that I’m using at this way. Anyone on your network can open the same project and work on them. At the same time, everything in the project is saved in real time as different users work on the project in the bottom right corner of the screen. You create your username and, as you start editing a timeline that timeline gets automatically locked so that another editor.

I can view your work, but can’t change it while you’re in the middle of editing. You can, however, have another user do color grading, while you edit and vice-versa, I sometimes just duplicate a timeline and I’ll work on a section. While another editor works on the duplicate timeline on another section, then once we are done, we can compare the two timelines in resolve where it will automatically show you the differences between the two.

You can preview the changes and, if you like it, you can accept it. So resolve can again automatically adjust your edit. The best way to set up a database that will work with DaVinci Resolve is to do it on an AZ Drive. If you’ve never done this, then there is already a great tutorial by Sandra groaners. That shows you step-by-step. How to do this, to read this article tutorial and to read the in-depth tutorial by Sandra just follow my link in the description.

If you want to learn about all the cool features of multi-user collaboration in DaVinci Resolve and then I will also provide a link to a article that explains it all and now award from our sponsor Video Converter. Ultimate is a easy and fast way to convert your article files from one format to another. You can also use it to download compress edit and burn articles in a thousand different formats.

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Do its magic and once it’s finished, going through all the files you’re going to have a little your success, checkmark and here’s the final shot here, not the most exciting but yeah. It just shows you, for example, and the conversion that it did and it did a really good job. Like I said original resolution, there’s not much of a difference in quality, but a big. You know drastic change in the file size as well.

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Now, there’s actually four Ethernet ports on the bag. The extra Ethernet ports can be used to get faster speeds for reading and writing using link aggregation for my set up, I’m just using the one port which gives me 1,000 megabits per second or a hundred twenty-five megabytes per second speeds. Now, as you can see, this is pretty much what I’ve been averaging. This means that not only can I use this drive for backup, but also, as my main working drive here, you can see.

We play back from the NAS drive a 4k article file. That is in RAW cinema PNG format. It plays back at 24 frames per second without losing frames and now here’s another file. That is also R a article file from the Red Dragon camera in UHD, 4k and again, as you can see, it also plays back great now, when I edit, with an assistant on another computer. We can both access the same files on this knowledge enas and play them back in real time unless these are both 4k raw files.

In that case, the network itself will simply not handle that kind of data rate. In my tests, I noticed that when editing just your typical kind of compressed 4k articles from mirrorless cameras, then two or even three people can work over their network no problem. Now for anything more demanding. I would suggest you actually upgrade your whole network to the faster speeds using a 10 gigabit network.

Now this Synology nas can also be upgraded because it has a PCI Express expansion port that will allow you to add a 10 gigabit ethernet card, or also you can put in there a dual m2 SATA SSD card for faster system. Caching, in terms of storage, this Nass can accept six drives inside up to 12 terabytes per Drive. This will allow you to have 72 terabytes of space. Now you could, of course, set up those multiple drives in various rate configurations, and this would allow you to have better backup redundancy by mirroring data across or in raid 6, for example, you can mirror two three drives.

This will obviously lower your overall storage, but in return, even if let’s say two drives failed, you can still replace those drives without losing any data. If you need even more harddrive space, then you can expand this Nass up to 192 terabytes. You can do that by connecting a five drive expansion unit on each of the two eSATA ports on the back and now this will give you ten extra drives together with the six drives in front of the unit, and that means you can connect up to sixteen Drives all together in the back.

You also find two USB ports plus on the right is the access to the PCI Express expansion slot? There is another USB port on the front as well, using the USB ports. You can copy data directly from USB devices to your nas without having to go through your network, just install the USB copy application in the DiskStation manager and then connect your drive. You can also get a second Synology nas and store it.

Let’s say at a different location like a friend’s house ER or another studio and use sinologist cloud station sync to create your own personal cloud. Synology also has its own cloud service called c2. Now the DiskStation manager lets you set rate. Manage storage check health of disks. Here you can install additional applications through the package center to tailor the NASS to your needs. For example, the Quick Connect allows you to connect your to your nas.

Using their internet moments is another application, which is a photo and article organization program. Image recognition identifies people, subjects and places making searching your photos easier, and our surveillance station makes it easy to set up a home security system where all of your IP cameras can automatically stream and record to your Nats. There is even more things that you can do using the Synology nas that I won’t even attempt to get a get into in this article, like I said before, and as is sort of like a computer that is designed to efficiently upload and download data across the Network and it has to be able to always stay on and do all of the UITs tasks without using too much power or making too much noise.

Now the fans on the back of this Nats are powerful, yet quiet. This system has a 2.1 gigahertz Intel Atom. Quad-Core, processor and 4 gigabytes of did. We are for RAM, which can actually be expanded up to 32 gigabytes. So if you’re editing articles, especially using DaVinci, Resolve and want a centralized place where you keep all of your data and also that multiple people can edit the same project at the same time, then look into getting a network attached storage device.

Like this analogy, DiskStation des 1618, plus by the way, I’m also now hosting a different filmmaking workshops and doing one-on-one coaching with kids split. So if you want to learn cinematography directing or advanced color grading then sign up for a workshop at kit. Split that come slash. Workshops, if you enjoyed this article, then give it a thumbs up and as always, you can find more info on my website where you can also sign up to my newsletter.

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