Footage is footage.
Whether it’s a major motion picture, a regional commercial, independent film, or anything in-between, the amount of media captured for any particular project can balloon from a few takes to filling multiple drives almost immediately. In just a few months, even a basic HD camera will have recorded massive amounts of video and audio.
For many small teams, organizing these files means using a new external hard drive for each project to organize after capture. This is an attractive approach at first, particularly with the price-per-terabyte of consumer-level drives at an all-time low. However, in practice, what seems cost effective on the surface can quickly become an unmanageable library of drives all sitting with varied amounts of unused space.