How NAS helps Video Editor/Visual Designer/3D SOHO Part I: Time is Money

Many SOHO or small studios specialize in video post-production, 3D animation or visual designers; there will be computer/workstation performance issues, as well storage capacity issues. Regarding, audio and video files, recording high definition video of the original file is in itself, a huge amount of data. For a 1.5 min, 30-frame per second 1080p video consists of more than 100 MB. In a project to produce special effects; requires a number of simultaneous processing of the original file, editing video files is even larger.

Regardless of creative thinking aspects and the value of the SOHO / small studios, animation or video post-production are denominated by seconds to maintain revenues in a case worker; computer efficiency affects the number of hours of work while working on a project. The computer’s basic requirements are nothing more than a, CPU, memory, hard disk speed, and hard disk capacity.

WorkerSoftware(operating system recommended 64bit)Primarily to enhance hardware
Photo/VideoAdobe PhotoshopMemery、RAM Disk、Hard drive buffer
Drawing ProcessAdobe Illustrator, Adobe IndesignProfessional graphics card, memory & virtual buffer memory
Video post-productionAdobe Premiere, Adobe After Effect, Final cutProfessional graphics cards, hard drives array, 1080p video editing emphasize on hard disk access speed-oriented efficiency
3DAutodeskProfessional graphics card (OpenGL), CPU(multi-core), memory

Operating systems (recommendation 64bit) affect effectiveness and stability. Graphics card affects 3D real-time preview and rendering speed, CPU affects 2D/3D vector graphics drawing speed, memory effect bitmap image processing, and the speed of data access depends on hard drive speed and RAID type. In addition, software and content editing process will generate temporary files which are usually large and occupy the temporary disk space before you saving them.Personal or small studios may not be an investment of a workstation because the cost is too high. This article will focus on how NAS can help individuals or small studio workers to improve work efficiency at relatively low cost and storage issues. Software aspects in this article will be familiar to most producer/designers for example, Adobe series.

Work ProcessHardware Resource
Vector WireframeCPU
3D Real-time Review/RenderGPU
Working LayerRAM
Bitmap EffectRAM
Temporary filesRAM, Hard disk Cache
Video encoding/decodingCPU

The Adobe’s official product help, referred to the following principles:Regardless of Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effect or Premiere; Adobe Photoshop “performance” setting in “preference” item, which you can specify “scratch disk”, if originally there are several disks in your working computer, or single hard disk into several different logical partitions, then it can be assigned to a disk to share. However, if it is only one system disk (C drive), it could face a predicament and cannot be expanded. Refill it? We have a more flexible approach.

The following guidelines can help you assign scratch disks:

  • For best performance, scratch disks should be on a different drive than any large files you are editing.
  • Scratch disks should be on a different drive than the one your operating system uses for virtual memory.
  • RAID disks/disk arrays are good choices for dedicated scratch disk volumes.
  • Drives with scratch disks should be defragmented regularly.

Reference: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/photoshop/cs/using/WSfd1234e1c4b69f30ea53e41001031ab64-748aa.html

Thecus NAS fulfills your needs, different types of RAID, or even multiple RAID for data protection and access speed. However, another focus of this article is to take advantage of the iSCSI allocation. Due to the iSCSI Target as a LUN, that is, when the client specifies the host to it (such as Windows iSCSI initiator), it is a logical disk, and you can specify it as “scratch disk”. Because it is an array disk, enhanced performance increases significantly. But don’t forget the speed of the network environment is a key point, especially when you are installing a 10G adapter; not to worry. If not on 10GbE network environment, most Thecus devices are equipped with Dual LAN ports; and Link Aggregation can be implemented to improve network speed. Thecus NAS technology for expanded storage space, support Stacking or Volume Expansion (depending on model). Thecus provides several different types of volume expansion solutions for the greatest flexibility.

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