Exploring 4K Video: Storage and Device Compatibility

For anyone fascinated by video technology, the evolution of 4K resolution has been an immensely exciting process. With 4K cameras now available (but expensive – prices can vary from below $1000 to $3000+), those looking to capture scenes in the crispest, sharpest resolution can. Watching videos filmed in this format is very impressive, and for professional film-makers, the temptation to upgrade must be great. However, what about storing this data? Given the amount of pixels, the amount of space 4K videos are set to consume on hard drives is a steep increase over standard-definition video files (as we’ll discuss below). Before you start using 4K video yourself, you need to ensure you have the right equipment to help get the most out of it – and sufficient storage is key.

At eProvided, data storage and file recovery is our specialty – we help people just like you get vital images, files, and documents back, no matter how damaged a device may appear. The potential 4K offers is, of course, hugely significant, so we’ve decided to take a look at its storage requirements and the devices best-suited to keeping it safe. Read on and enjoy!

Storing your 4K Videos.

The greater the resolution of a video, the more storage space it will need. So, while the picture itself will look beautiful, the size of the file will be significantly bigger than those at lower resolutions (such as 1920 x 1080, for example is standard television size): to give you more of an idea, an hour of 4K footage will demand somewhere in the region of 110GB worth of storage, whereas one hour of standard digital footage takes up little more than 12GB. Quite a difference, isn’t it?

So, what does this mean on a practical level? Ideally, to accommodate such massive data capacities, you’ll need to invest in hard drives far bigger than any you may be using at the moment. Hard drives providing multiple terabytes’ worth of storage are widely available, but to store a collection of videos – for editing, for your own viewing etc. – you’ll need to make sure you have more than enough space to play with: you want to avoid overloading your drives. In September 2014, Western Digital announced the world’s first 10TB hard drive, but these may not be suited to everyone’s budget; if you need to watch your finances, hard drives offering anywhere from 1TB to 8TB are easy to find online, at decent prices.

Hard Drives.

To make the most of your 4K video, you may want to use your large-capacity hard drive purely for this media – keep any important documents or other files separate, on an additional storage device. In the event of your hard drive sustaining any damage, you may feel panicked – is your footage gone, lost forever? Some people may even discard their disk drive as soon as an accident happens, assuming their data to be irretrievable. However, this is often a massive mistake – just because a storage device appears damaged doesn’t mean its internal components are ruined.

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At eProvided, our expert file recovery team constantly explores the latest storage devices and data-recovery techniques to ensure we understand how to secure vital data. While we cannot guarantee every single image, document, or video can be recovered from all devices each time, we guarantee that we’ll exploit every method of recovery available to us.

Want to know more about saving your 4K video collection from the ether? Looking for some information and guidance on file recovery prices? We’re happy to answer all questions – just give us a call on 1 – 866 – 857 – 5950, drop us an email at contact@eprovided.com, or speak real-time with one of our customer service reps on our Live Help feature!