Choosing the storage

If using a Matrox I/O device, we recommend that you choose a storage unit that is more than adequate for editing multiple layers of SD or compressed HD video.

When deciding on storage, there are two main factors to consider – the throughput (data rate) the storage subsystem can sustain and the overall storage capacity.

To evaluate your needs, you must first take into account the data rate for the format that you'll be editing. The table below provides approximate data rates for a variety of formats and resolutions. Once you've chosen a storage subsystem that meets your throughput needs, you must determine how much storage your workflow requires. The more storage you have, the more hours of footage you can maintain online for instant access.

  Data rate per stream
Mb/s MB/s
10-bit Uncompressed HD - 1080i at 59.94 fps 1240 155
10-bit Uncompressed HD - 1080p at 23.98 fps 1000 125
10-bit Uncompressed HD - 720p at 59.94 fps 1120 140
10-bit Uncompressed HD - 720p at 23.98 fps 440 55
10-bit Uncompressed SD - NTSC 220 25
8-bit Uncompressed HD - 1080i at 59.94 fps 920 115
8-bit Uncompressed HD - 1080p at 23.98 fps 760 95
8-bit Uncompressed HD - 720p at 59.94 fps 845 105
8-bit Uncompressed HD - 720p at 23.98 fps 320 40
8-bit Uncompressed SD - NTSC 160 20
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 1080i at 59.94 fps 200 25
Apple ProRes 422 HQ - 720p at 23.98 fps 88 11
Apple ProRes 422 - 1080i at 59.94 fps 147 18
Apple ProRes 422 - 720p at 23.98 fps 59 7
DVCPRO HD - 1080i at 59.94 fps 120 15
DVCPRO HD - 720p at 23.98 fps 40 5
DVCPRO50 - NTSC 50 6
DV/DVCAM - NTSC 25 3
DNxHD 220 - 1080i at 59.94 fps 1760 220
DNxHD 175 - 1080p at 23.98 fps 1400 175
DNxHD 145 - 720p at 59.94 fps 1160 145
DNxHD 90 - 720p at 23.98 fps 720 90
HDV - 1080i (1440x1080) 25 3
Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame HD 400 to 2400 50 to 300
Matrox MPEG-2 I-frame SD 80 to 200 10 to 25
XDCAM 200 25
XDCAM EX 280 35
XDCAM HD422 400 50

Tested storage

The following table lists the storage units that were tested with Matrox MXO2 products and Matrox Mojito MAX.

Note: All storage units below were validated at RAID 0. See manufacturer’s website for performance benchmarks.

Connectivity Manufacturer/Model Capacity
eSATA CalDigit VR 4 TB
eSATA CalDigit VR mini 1 TB
eSATA Fantom G-Force MegaDisk MDE2000 2 TB
eSATA G-Technology G-SPEED eS 2 TB
eSATA Glyph GT 062E 4 TB
eSATA Glyph GPT50 1 TB
eSATA Glyph PortaGig 50 500 GB
FireWire 800 CalDigit FireWireVR 500 GB
FireWire 800 CalDigit VR 2 TB
FireWire 800 G-Technology G-DRIVE 1 TB
FireWire 800 G-Technology G-RAID Pro 1 TB
FireWire 800 Glyph GPT50 1 TB
FireWire 800 Glyph PortaGig 50 500 GB
FireWire 800 Stardom SOHORAID SR4-WBS3 3 TB
Fiber optic Apple Xserve RAID 4 TB
Fiber optic Fantom G-Force MegaDisk MDE2000 2 TB
Fiber optic Nexsan SATAblade 3 TB
Mini-SAS Proavio editBOX 8ML 6 TB
Mini-SAS Proavio editBOX EB400MS 12 TB
Mini-SAS Proavio editBOX EB800MS 24 TB
Mini-SAS Proavio RS16SS 10 TB
Mini-SAS Stardom SOHOTANK ST8-U5 16 TB
PCIe CalDigit HDPro 4 TB
PCIe CalDigit HDPro RAID Tower 2.56 TB
SCSI Ciprico Media Vault-R 1.25 TB
SCSI Huge HMV-320RX-1600-DM 1.2 TB
Thunderbolt CalDigit T2 500 GB
Thunderbolt CalDigit T3 3 TB
Thunderbolt G-Technology G-RAID 4 TB
Thunderbolt Promise Pegasus R4 3 TB
USB 2.0 Glyph PortaGig 62 1 TB


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