Leveraging the cloud to make editing your projects easier is slowly becoming the standard for creatives at all budget levels. 

Thanks to the likes of Adobe and Blackmagic Design, what was once relegated to big studios is now affordable to even those just starting their career. 

Now, Blackmagic Design has done it again and slashed the prices on their Blackmagic Cloud Store devices. Is that good or bad? And what the heck is a Cloud Store?

Here’s all that you need to know. 

The Blackmagic Cloud Store

Thanks to the global COVID-19 pandemic, working from home the norm has become the norm. But editors all over the world needed solutions to connect them to clients, directors, and producers via the cloud. 

The Blackmagic Cloud Store is one such solution that allows filmmakers, editors, and content creators to share their media files with anyone with an internet connection. It comes as a storage device that syncs and shares media with Dropbox and Google Drive to get editors not only working on the same media but at full resolution. 

The system even understands proxy workflows, which allows editors to share whole timelines and media. 

This is all powered by an internal memory core that can saturate the four 10G Ethernet ports to their theoretical maximum speed, even when multiple users are connected. 

Blackmagic Cloud Store internalFlash-based internal storage.Credit: Blackmagic Design

The Good, the Bad, and the Cloud

The Blackmagic Cloud Store comes in three different options. There’s the giant version, which utilizes the BMD's eGPU case and can be configured from 20TB all the way to 320TB.

Then there’s the Cloud Store Mini. This is much cheaper but comes with 8TB of flash storage and can be rack-mounted. 

Blackmagic Cloud Store MiniThe Blackmagic Cloud Store MiniCredit: Blackmagic Design

Both of these versions have had their prices slashed. Creatives can now get the Cloud Store Mini for $2,355. The 20TB Cloud Store now costs $7,595, while the 80TB model has been reduced to US$22,995. There's also the Blackmagic Cloud Pod, but that isn't getting a price reduction. 

That’s a savings of $640, $2,000, and $7,000, respectively. You can get some brand-new lenses or even a whole camera for that kind of scratch. But that’s the good. 

Blackmagic Design Cloud Store

  • 20TB NVMe M.2 Flash Storage
  • Configured as RAID 5
  • 4 x 10Gb Ethernet Ports and Switch
  • 2 x Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • 2 x USB Type-C Ports for Ingest & Backup
  • USB Type-C Ports Also Support Ethernet
  • HDMI Monitoring Output for Status
  • Dropbox Sync Support
  • Software Utility for Windows and Mac

The bad? Well, creatives who bought into the Blackmagic Cloud Store system may feel a little cheated. Especially those who went in on the 80TB model and paid $30K. 

Having said that, we can’t argue with savings, and BMD tools are some of the most affordable on the market. If you got yourself a Cloud Store before this price drop, that just might be the cost of being an early adopter. If you want to learn more, visit the BMD website for more info. 

But what do you think? Would you consider this system to get you or your team up into the cloud? Let us know in the comments!

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