August 30, 2018 at 10:27AM


How do you calculate how much storage you will need for a project?

Is it by the hour? How much does a feature film (a small indie picture not a blockbuster) require? Is shooting raw only a requirement if your going to do a lot of heavy editing in post or are their other reasons you might do so?


Oh man there's a lot of questions and variable's that need to be answered before you answer this question.
What computer is available to you?
What camera is available to you?
Are there delivery requirements for your project?
What does your timeline look like?
Do you have previous experience making films?
What NLE are you most comfortable with?

RAW is used mainly for coloring and VFX purposes. If you're not going to take time to color or have no VFX then it's a hassle to work with RAW.

There's just so many variables that I can't give you an answer. Like I know House of Cards final output for an episode is 5.5TB.

I have also worked on features that only a 1TB for all the raw footage.

Give us some more info and your answer can be better answered.

August 30, 2018 at 1:07PM

Alex Alva

Camera: gh5

Computer: 2012 MacBook Pro

Experience: some but not much

Format: Apple Prores 422 or comparable codec

Time frame A couple months to half a year.

August 30, 2018 at 4:41PM, Edited August 30, 4:42PM


Final film should be about an hour and a half long going by the one minute of screen time for every page of script theory.

September 1, 2018 at 9:25AM


You can use a tool like this to see what different formats/framerates/resolutions impact file size - but as to how much you will actually end up shooting, thats tricky... as mentioned depends on so many variables (shooting ratio / number cameras etc ect)

September 3, 2018 at 12:11AM

Thomas Hogben
Director / Cinematographer

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