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.
Computer & Accessories
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!
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. 😊
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
Sonnet eGFX eGPU 350W + AMD RX570 Graphics Card
Razer Core X
Razer Core X Chroma
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.
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 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 16TB Enterprise NAS Hard Drive
Seagate Expansion External Hard Disk
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.
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.
Lexar Professional 128GB UHS-II SDXC SD Card
Best value UHS-II SD Cards I've used thus far. Its high speed certified at UHS-II and V60 so happily sits at 125-150MB/s when I transfer videos and images. I've had multiple cards and have been very happy with it. Recommended
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.
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.
Sandisk UHS-II SD High Speed Memory Card Reader
This is the best value SD card reader I've come across and very cheap too. My previous reader was only going at 30MB/s which makes huge file transfers very painful. Some of my current transfers were happily sitting on 125-150MB/s so a huge reduction in waiting time!
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