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Best transcoding NAS for video editing?

Hi all, I need some advice on a NAS solution for our small video studio. I'm hoping to find a NAS that will automatically transcode 4k xavc-s files down to 1080p H264 files for editing as proxy files in Premiere. I'd like to create a simple workflow so a team member can remove SD cards from a camera. Plug them into a reader, change their filename (our sony A7Sii cameras do not have a very user-friendly naming system) and then copy the files to the NAS. Probably using an iMac as the workstation. I would like the NAS to then transcode the files to 1080p, and copy both the 4k files and the 1080p files to an external drive so the videographer can take the external drive back to their studio to edit with + keep a copy of all files on the NAS. We will have about 4TB of 4k footage for this project. But will need to hold more in the future. Redundant RAID in case of a failed drive is a must, incremental backup in case someone deletes the wrong file would be nice too.
MI Milkwood_nick asked on 04 September 2020, 02:16
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Using Mac Time machine with Offsite Synology?

Need to have back up option for daughter who is going to university for Mac laptop. Can do initial backup locally, but when at university back ups would be over the internet.
NI Nick asked on 02 September 2020, 21:26
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Audio editing with NAS?

I'm just curious Rob's youtube video on audio editing with a NAS. (Choosing the Right NAS CPU for Audio Editing - Buyers Guide ). I am a musician and producer with similar needs to his friend Ben from the video, and I'm wondering what audio editing software exists for NAS systems? I am familiar with all the usual DAWs for editing audio on a PC (Cubase, Pro Tools, Ableton, Logic, etc. etc) but have never heard of an audio editor for NAS. Could someone please clarify? I'm wondering this because I'm curious about using a NAS in my recording studio to allow for simultaneous multi-client song editing, the way Google docs allows multiple clients to edit the same word document or spreadsheet simultaneously. I realize this may entail having to program my own applications for the NAS and for the client devices. Hopefully someone can set me down the right path. Thanks!
JA Jamescanada asked on 30 August 2020, 20:36
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My past conundrum is that there is such a premium on NAS hardware, with no reasonable desktop (not rack mount) solutions with say 8 cores, 64GB of RAM and lots of SSD. I have long wanted to build my own, except configuring a good software solution (and maintaining it for years to come) is a lot of work, especially when security patches need to be installed on all of the individual components (like Plex, ownCloud, Calibre, Zoneminder, and so on). Most of the software is one click away from updates with Synology. Along comes QuTScloud. Now I can supposedly build a NAS (as described above), run Ubuntu as the OS with Virtualbox and install a supported and licensed version of QuTS. This would be the best of both worlds. Questions: 1. Any rumblings about Synology doing the same thing with DSM? 2. Any plans on doing a review of QuTScloud on generic hardware? I bought a license and am testing now, but I would like an experts viewpoint.
CO Coreyswilson asked on 27 August 2020, 19:17
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NAS Reliability during lifespan?

Researching NAS solutions from major NAS vendors and found several mentions of unit failures. This made me very nervous about the quality control of the major NAS vendors. I want to ask the collective wisdom of the community what their experiences have been. I am I just seeing the malcontents, or is quality a concern, if it is a concern is one major vendor more rigorous about testing units???
KA Kalenwyler asked on 26 July 2020, 15:34
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Status Red Light Blinks - Every couple seconds - TS653B?

Status Red Lamp blinks even after ejecting all 6 drives. Fans? Mainboard? The NAS is getting close to full, but not full. At least 1TB of space remains at last check. The 6-bays configured: 1-4 6TB x 4 = 24TB, RAID5 (18TB usable) 5-6 10TB x2 = 20TB, RAID0 (20TB usable, striping, backup for 1-4 RAID5 array) I have ejected all 6 disks but the TS-653B still blinks with Status red lamp. So, this leads me to think, (a) the fans are bad, or (b) the unit's mainboard is bad. I have had the device for a couple of years now and up until yestereday I was able to use it normally. I have power set to automatically shutdown the NAS every evening at 2400 until whenever I decide to turn it on the following day, being the only user. Any advice or suggestions will be appreciated. Thanks. Jerry Tokyo, Japan
TO Tokyojerry asked on 08 July 2020, 00:03
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Best editing and backup for video and photos ?

Backup and editing photos and video
BI Bill asked on 10 June 2020, 10:09
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First time NAS recommendation?

My business partner and I are building a music studio and would like to have a server in order to efficiently work on multiple computers (we will have two different rooms, each with its own PC, but projects will need to be accessed in each room). While we will mainly be sharing project folders, we would also like to stream up to 4k video as well as share audio samples, photos, and other miscellaneous files. We’re curious which NAS would best fit our needs! Any help is greatly appreciated!
ST Stangoodwin asked on 03 June 2020, 20:58
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Upgrade quandry?

Currently have a Netgear ReadfyNAs NV+ V2 - Which replacement NAS shouldf I buy? Synology DS420J or the Netgear Ready Nas 214 Will be populating it with 4 x 4Tb Ironwolfs
RI Rickanthony asked on 03 June 2020, 10:51
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Search indexing with Nas?

Ways to index files that are accessible to windows OS. Does QNAP or Synology have indexed shared folder or DAM server ( exif iptc xmp ...) ? Qsirch not work / available on my QNAP 231 !!
LI Lionel06 asked on 24 May 2020, 22:22
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Moving data from old nas to new nas?

I have DS411 with four 2TB drives. The raid configuration on two drives is set to Basic (with out protection) and the other two are set to Synology hybrid raid SHR (with out protection) The DS411 is not supported by migration assistant for the source . So here is my Question, Can I set up the DS1019 with one 12tb drive, then insert the old drives to copy the data, then discard those old drives? Thank you for your time.
AS Asoucar asked on 14 May 2020, 20:47
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NAS vs Cloud diagram?

Hi all, I'm new here and I'm looking for a NAS vs Cloud diagram comparison. I can't find good diagram on google so maybe someone has resources that can be shared? Thanks in advance.
FO Foogeh asked on 06 May 2020, 03:32
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Synology NAS / Plex / Live TV / UK?

Is there a workable solution in the UK? I have a Synology DS216+II (hardware transcoder) running Plex. I would like to connect a TV tuner so as I can watch / record live TV (using Plex). I have tried (and returned) a Silicondust HDHomeRun CONNECT DUO (https://smile.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B07BFNRGN9). This would not work without major buffering issues. My thinking is that I need hardware transcoding built into the tuner, but this does not seem to be available in the UK. Does anybody have any ideas?
PC Pcollins@syxth.com asked on 18 April 2020, 15:42
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Steam Nas?

What is the most cost affective Nas for playing Steam games from? I have wifi6 and 10gb network already but will only use this to game from and do not want to spend a ton but want fast gaming from it. If another NAS higherend $800-1400 can do everything and game from as well let me know. I have up to 4 people who may connect to it at one time.
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 15 April 2020, 22:20
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Un-mirror RAID 1?

SM Smck54 asked on 11 April 2020, 20:41
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Tag Video files for easier search and File management ?

Hi! So I work for a small company and we just bought a custom Synology ds1819 in order to store all the video footage that we record. I'd like to find out if there is software out there that I can use in tandem with our NAS in order to log our footage in a way that we can bulk tag files, as well as have the ability to search let's say, "apple" and have all the footage we've tagged "apple" come up. Also if we'd be able to preview video files without having to download them, that would be ideal. I called Synology support and they said that they currently don't have anything like that, so I was hoping to find software out there that can do it instead. I just don't know what to even google to find this kind of program. Sorry if this doesn't make sense or if this is not the place to ask. Please let me know when you can, thank you!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 06 April 2020, 21:40
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QNAP TS231P2 :How to clean up / format working old disks from RAID1 after replacing both? Ex by going 2x2TB->2x6TB?

Hello! I am new to NAS, so apologies. Let's say, I'd like to extend my current RAID1 in my Qnap NAS by replacing smaller disks with larger ones. 2x2TB - 2x4TB or 2x6TB. I checked qnap manual and understand the procedure "replace disk one by one" but it does not say in what state the old disk will be? I understand the data will remain there? What if I would like to resell them to a friend? I also have a desktop PC, do I need, after replacement insert them one by one to my PC and format/clean up them? Will any software be able to read them? Is it possible perhaps to do this procedure while they are still on my NAS? I mean, clean disk one, replace, wait for raid rebuild, clean disk 2, replace, wait for raid rebuild? Thank You and stay in good health during those awful times!
MA Maciek asked on 02 April 2020, 12:44
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Best NAS for me?

Hi, I am trying to find what's the best NAS for me for home use. I want to be able to share and access my files from anywhere. I want to use it as a music server and be able to secure it down to individual file access. I would like to be able to use it to view pics and videos on my smart tv's. It would be used by my partner and son so it needs to be able to be accessed via a mobile (iphone) and i want to be able to access all of my files from anywhere in the world. There is so much out there i was looking at the synology range but even they do loads. Probably a 2 bay with 2 4TB drives but what sort of processor size and memory do you think i will need? My son has a Xbox that he only has online games so can they store this for him? Thanks Mike
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 30 March 2020, 14:50
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Is there a QNAP/ Synology app/shortcut to just download all the iCloud photos at once?

Hello, I have a QNAP TS-453BT3 and I am trying to download all of my wife's photos on to my QNAP. Currently she has 30,000 photos on her iCloud, but iCloud only allows me to download 1,000 at a time, which is taking a VERY long time. is there a QNAP app/short cut to just download all the photos at once? Ideally, I would download it the evening before then wake up and organize them all the next morning. Thanks!
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 29 March 2020, 01:40
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Is DS120j for Cloud Sync enough ?

Is DS120j enough powerful to use Cloud Sync without any issues or limitations ? My main goal would be to use the NAS to access my files like an external drive connected to a router and also to do the sync job without having to let my laptop running all day long. I wonder if the more powerful DS220j would be a better choice but I don't think I will use any Raid levels. What is "Maximum number of files carried" ? Is it the maximum number of files I can move/copy/cut at a time ?
NA Nascompares_blog_push asked on 28 March 2020, 09:10
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