Best Way to Backup Videos: Should You Use Hard Disk or Cloud?


When you transfer video from your camera memory your first thought would probably be to back it up to your computer or external hard drive. However, if you hadn’t considered saving your data to ‘the Cloud’, you might want to look into it as an option that allows you to access your files anywhere and save the cost of running your own series of hard drives.  This article will offer some best ways to backup videos to a device or service that you can access easily.

Of course, you have to take into account the amount of data that you’re going to need to back up your video. The size of your video file depends on the resolution and the file format. So for example, an .avi file is 90 minutes long in standard resolution. Size wise, it’s going to be roughly about 1GB. With this in mind, the free 2GB offered by Dropbox will probably run out pretty quickly. However, this is going to vary from person to person. Are you just taking phone video from your smart phone camera or are you editing mini movies? This is crucial.

The benefits of Hard Disk backup…

  1.  The main benefit of hard disk backup is that you save all your files in one format, and you don’t have to worry about your files being inaccessible on different operating systems.
  2.  Security on a personal hard disk is your own personal risk most of the time. Cloud security is still in its infancy and its difficult to know what risks might arise in the future.

 The drawbacks of Hard Disk Backup…

  1.  Hard Disk backup is undoubtedly more expensive to buy up front.  About 500MB of hard disk space will cost you around $120 dollars, compared to 10GB of memory space from the iCloud at $20 per year.
  2.  Keeping your files on several external hard drives is going to lead to higher electricity bills if you constantly leave them on.

Some Cloud Choices For Backing Up Video…

The main drawbacks of cloud storage are that a hiccup in the cloud system will affect all users. Imagine not being able to access your files because the company is having technical problems or you’re not happy with the services of broadband providers. A cloud system means that most of your video data will be in one place. If you lose access to one file, then you’ve pretty much lost access to all of your data and you will lose time.  So with those criticisms, we can still see that the Cloud really does offer a lot of convenience. Let’s look at what the different services offer.

Apple iCloud: Always in sync

The iCloud isn’t really true cloud service, it’s actually an API for auto-backing up. Apple’s iOS is very good at syncing automatically. The upshot of this is that you’re nearly always going to be backed up, since you don’t have to remember to do it. The downside of this is that you’re going to unintentionally be backing up stuff all over the place and find files where you didn’t want them to be. Remember all those junk songs that got auto-synced onto your iPod? Yeah.

Box: Good support across all platforms

This service has better support across all types of content (something that Apple are notoriously bad at), which means that your content should remain safe from the mercurial whims of the tech giants.

Dropbox: The original and best with plenty of freebies
This service probably has the best word of mouth reputation and should be credited for its innovations in the cloud concept. It’s a completely free service and the 2GB of storage that you get is pretty damn decent. Dropbox works wonderfully for both Windows and Apple users. Dropbox also has Linux support.

Google Drive:
This extension of the Google office suite should be a no-brainer for those who already use Gmail, Docs, Calendar and other associated tools. The major drawback is that you absolutely cannot edit your documents offline. Everything belongs to the Drive. Google Drive is rumored to be adding support for Linux very soon.

Microsoft Skydrive
Those with Android clients beware, you can’t use Sky Drive. You can however edit both online and offline using Office Web Apps. It’s been noted that Skydrive has the most inter-platform compatibility, yet it lacks the cool-factor of Microsoft’s younger competitors.

Many of these services have much to offer video editors, just make sure that you aren’t paying for more storage that you really require, and that you’ve thought beyond Cloud. How will you work around service downtime, will you backup video with a hard disk system, or does that seem counterintuitive? You could always mix the two: for an evening’s editing, you might want to continue backing up to hard disk for speed and the save your project in the Cloud after each session.