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Old August 5th, 2019, 12:14 PM   #1
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GoPro Fusion: Archiving Strategies

Love the amazing GoPro Fusion but the rendered - stitched 5.6k ProRes files are huge.

Considering the time it took to stitch the files on a Mac Pro with a RX580 video card, it seems sad and wasteful to only keep the original files and toss the rendered and stitched ProRes files.

After a few days-sessions of recording, I already have over 400 gigs of files.

I guess the equation changes if computers get much powerful where restitching is a non issue---but lots to think about for me.

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Thoughts?

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Old August 5th, 2019, 05:01 PM   #2
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Re: GoPro Fusion: Archiving Strategies

Yes, those files *are* huge!

I am currently using a two-stage process; making edit decisions using 4k MP4 files, then, only stitching the minimum clip durations in 5.6k (or 5.2 for 30p) Prores.

So, my projects donít have as huge a storage footprint as they might! Other gains include responsive performance from Premiere on a laptop, and easy quick-renders for review in a headset.

At the cost of this two-step process. Your mileage may vary, mine is based on short-form docs, tours, and experiments.

Of course hard drives are cheap and always getting cheaper. Another workflow Iím in involves multiple hour-long 1080-30p ProRes 422 recordings. There, Iíve moved archiving over to Atomos-compatible cartridge SSD drives.
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Old August 6th, 2019, 03:43 AM   #3
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Re: GoPro Fusion: Archiving Strategies

I think that a great idea and strategy to only render portion of the clips as needed.

I bought a 2TB bare drive for $50 yesterday which I use with a eSATA dock. (Normally I buy a bare drive every 2-3 months to offload files.)

I guess I need to be realistic---how often do I ever go back to these files? I'm just being a pack-rat, but with video. These hobbies are expensive.

And I thought backing up 4K video was bad. :). I have to readjust my patience as a single GoPro Fusion 5.6k Prores clip can be larger than some of my complete Final Cut Pro X projects with original 1080p mp4 media and copying over SATA takes time too.

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