What Should I Look for in a Video Archive Storage Solution?

By Andy Shepherd, VP Engineering

In today’s digitally driven landscape, video content reigns supreme. Whether it’s a corporation’s promotional videos, a filmmaker’s raw footage, or a broadcaster’s extensive library, the secure and efficient storage of digital assets has never been more critical. Choosing the right video archive storage solution becomes crucial.

With many options available, what should you prioritize when seeking an archive system for your video content? Let’s explore.


Understanding the Core of Video Archive Storage

Video archive storage is not just about keeping your media files safe; it’s about ensuring they’re accessible, manageable, and preserved for the long haul. Beyond just storage solutions, the comprehensive ecosystem supports collaboration, facilitates quick retrieval when needed, and archives and preserves media assets. Essential capabilities and functions include:


Compatibility with Multiple File Formats

Given the diverse range of video and media files today, your chosen solution should seamlessly support many formats, including still images, video files, audio files, and editorial in-process project files. Your team will also need access to other branding and project management files, including decision lists, text files, and style guides. The archive system should handle them without hitches, whether it’s 4K footage, vintage film scans, or the latest virtual reality (VR) experiences.

Your Solution Must Be Compatible with Hardware and Software from Multiple Vendors

Modern video production can include footage from multiple cameras, drones, and even content from viewers and fans. Raw files come in from many different sources and are edited with a wide range of apps. Interoperability is essential to integrate your video archive solution effectively. Your new video archive solution must match existing media systems and workflows well. Many media asset management systems are accessible through panels in popular editing software applications like Adobe Premiere Pro. Whether it’s editing software, media management tools, or content distribution networks, seamless integration ensures a smooth and efficient workflow.

Powerful Search and Retrieval Capabilities

A video archive is as effective as its asset management capabilities. Beyond just storing, the system should provide tools to categorize, tag, and annotate your media assets. These features ensure that searching and accessing specific video content is swift and hassle-free, saving you time in the long run.


Intelligent systems that automate repetitive, labor-intensive tasks like ingesting, enriching metadata, and transcoding ensure consistency and save valuable time. Many solutions include AI and machine learning to automate metadata enrichment. By eliminating redundant tasks and ensuring that editors can quickly find and access the assets they need, creatives can do what they do best – produce compelling videos.

Scalability for Future Needs

The number of digital video viewers worldwide is expected to increase to 3.5 Billion this year. More and more videos are being produced to meet the growing demand, and viewers expect quality production. If you are creating videos, you can expect growing demand. Your archive storage should be scalable to accommodate future growth in video files and other media. Whether adding more videos monthly or experiencing seasonal spikes, the storage solution must grow with your needs.

Integration with Cloud Storage

While traditional on-prem file video archival systems played a pivotal role, cloud storage has revolutionized media asset storage. Cloud-based solutions ensure that remote and hybrid workers can access everything they need from wherever they are working. But not all studios can move to 100% cloud-based. For some studios, a comprehensive video archive solution should seamlessly integrate with cloud platforms and on-premises storage solutions, allowing for easy backups, greater accessibility, and flexibility in managing digital assets.

Robust Data Protection

The safety of your video content is paramount. From accidental deletions to unforeseen disasters, the storage solution should provide multiple layers of protection. This protection includes encryption for security, redundancy to prevent data loss, and disaster recovery protocols.

Long-Term Preservation

Media archives are not just for the short term. You’re preserving valuable content, historical records, and memories that might be needed years, if not decades, down the line. Ensuring that the video archive storage system is built for longevity is vital, with provisions to migrate data when technology evolves.

Accessibility and User-Friendliness

While the backend of an archive system might be complex, accessing and managing your media files should be intuitive. A user-friendly interface, coupled with powerful search tools, ensures that even non-technical users can easily retrieve and manage video content.


While going for the most robust and advanced storage solutions is tempting, overbuying is not recommended. First, identify your team’s needs. Then, evaluate the total cost of ownership, which includes not just the initial setup but maintenance, scaling, and potential upgrades in the future.

Support and Upgrades

Lastly, consider the level of support provided by the solution provider. Are they staffed with experts in media workflow integration? Do they understand the needs of creative teams and the industry-leading technologies that are used in video production and postproduction? Do they have a commitment to the industry, and will they be available to continue to support the solution after implementation? As technology evolves, your system should receive regular updates to stay current. A reliable support system ensures that any hitches are addressed promptly, minimizing potential downtime.

Video archive storage is more than just a digital cupboard for your media assets; it’s the foundation upon which your video content’s longevity and accessibility rest. As you venture into choosing a video archive solution, prioritize flexibility, security, scalability, and efficiency. In this digital age, where content is invaluable, a robust video archival system isn’t just a good-to-have—it’s a necessity.

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