EDITING, PROCESSING & BACKUP

Here I show you some of the important equipment I use to edit, process, distribute and backup the recordings I shoot to produce all my YouTube videos. 

I edit with Final Cut Pro X so I use an Apple Macbook alongside an eGPU to provide a little bit more rendering power to my old computer. Storage and backup wise, I do use multiple RAID enclosures (both in RAID 5 for speed and redundancy) to help me with that. Details all down below.

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Computer & Accessories
Macbook Air

Macbook Air

Secondary more budget-friendly machine. Lighter compared to the main Macbook Pro and again, no point recommending you guys older machines I actually use, here are the latest M1 models which are amazingly fast!

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Razer Pro Glide Mousemat

This is soooo good! It's an amazingly cheap investment for minimising hair loss due to frustration from editing! Cheap and effective. Get one, you'll enjoy it and thank yourself for getting it later. 😊

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Macbook Pro

My main machine for everything I do. I hook it up to my eGPU and RAID storage and edit with Final Cut Pro X.

Again, no point in me recommending you guys my old computer so here's some of the amazing latest Macbook Pros. MBP 13 inch - M1 chip. 

eGPU - External GPU
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Sonnet eGFX eGPU 350W + AMD RX570 Graphics Card

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Razer Core X

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Razer Core X Chroma

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Intel-based Macs like mine only run with a limited amount of AMD based cards so make sure you check here for compatibility before committing.

I'm listing the Razer Core X and Core X Chroma as alternative eGPU enclosures that will work with Intel-based Macs. 

You'll also need some luck getting a graphics card at the moment 😬  unless you're prepared to pay some pretty eye-watering amounts for one. 😢

You don't need this if you have the new M1 processor Apple Macs! 

A: They don't work with M1 Macs.

B: Refer to point A and the rendering speeds on M1 Macs are pretty damn amazing from what I've seen.

Storage - RAID and NAS
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad RAID Storage

OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad RAID 4-Bay Enclosure (Diskless)

My main editing and storage system. Currently housing 4 x Seagate Exos 16TB Enterprise NAS hard drives via USB C 3.1 which has a 10 Gbit connection. Good speed and price.

If you cant get the Mercury Elite Pro Quad, you can get OWC's Thunderbay 4 which is equivalent but has a Thunderbolt 3/4 connection.

Seagate Exos Enterprise Grade NAS Hard D

Seagate Exos 16TB Enterprise NAS Hard Drive

Seagate Expansion External Hard Disk

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Enterprise-grade NAS hard disks. An absolute steal if you're buying Seagate Expansion external hard disks to shuck them. But remember, you'll void the warranty if you shuck them or pay for 5 years warranty. Amazing performance for hard disks, however, they are pretty loud.

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Samsung X5 2TB Thunderbolt 3 External SSD

THE NEED FOR SPEED!!! Very very fast external NVMe hard drive but also gets very hot and drains a lot of power. I use this as my main editing drive when I'm travelling.

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TerraMaster NAS F5-221 5 Bay Storage Backup Enclosure (Diskless)

Cheap 5 bay NAS that has a decent amount of features. Dual 1 Gbit connection alongside the ability to connect external USB hard drives. Used as my backup alongside a Plex server too. Mounted with Seagate IronWolf NAS hard drives.

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Seagate IronWolf 4TB NAS Hard Disk

One tip if you're buying a RAID or NAS for use. Go with the highest capacity which you can afford at the time. You'll thank yourself later on down the line. $/TB is always worth it in the long run.

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Samsung T5 2TB USB 3.1 Gen 2 External SSD

My secondary travel editing storage, significantly cheaper than the X5, super light and well built too. Decently fast at around 550MB/s.

Seagate Exos

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