When Avatar was released in December of 2009, it was the most expensive movie ever made, in total budget and total storage costs. The VFX team needed over 1 petabyte (PB) of storage to complete the film—which out of a 162m runtime, was 60% CGI—and it wasn’t even shot in 4K. Five years later, in 2014 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 more than doubled that and generated roughly 2.4PB during the process of scanning 1.5 million feet of 35mm film to 4K.
Today, it’s relatively common for a feature production to surpass the 1PB mark, and even boutique production companies and corporate video teams are buying hundreds of terabytes worth of media storage. When almost all of the popular DSLR cameras and even cell phones are capable of shooting 4K, it’s no surprise that we see it in video workflows outside of film and TV. Even if you’re not working on a blockbuster with a $300m budget, the growing prevalence of 4K, HDR, HFR, and other in-demand formats is being felt everywhere, especially on storage. That’s why it’s more important than ever to consider your workflow and infrastructure carefully so that you can get the most out of your 4K shared storage investment.
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