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Nathaniel CooperOct 10, 2019 9:59:20 AM< 1 min read

How much storage do I need for 4K video editing?

The amount of SSD or HDD storage you need for 4K video editing will rely on the type of codecs you are working with.


Surprisingly 4K footage can be very small files.  In fact, HD footage can be a larger file than 4K. 


The key element is finding the bitrate of the file.  You can do this on any Mac or Windows workstation by looking at the properties of the file.


Once you have the bitrate you can use the calculation below to establish how many GB per minute, which I think is the most useful information figuring out how much storage you need.


Kbps / 140000 = GB per minute

Mbps / 136 = GB per minute


Now there are lots of blogs that go into detail on the idea behind those numbers.  But those are the quick calculations.

Once you have the GB per minute, it should be easy to estimate your storage needs.


Nathaniel Cooper

As Chief Operating Officer of ProMAX Systems, Nathaniel Cooper, runs ProMAX Systems day to day operations. Cooper has been working with Storage, Backup and Media Management for video and creative professionals since 2001. Cooper has lead the design and deployment of some of the largest media systems in the world including a range of customers from NFL, MLB & NBA teams, US Military operations, and many of the worlds largest PR agencies and consumer brands. Cooper has spent the last 9 years as part of the ProMAX team and specializes in translating complex technical issues and options into easily understandable concepts.