– Hey, guys, my name is Matt Johnson, and today I want to talk
to you about backups. Specifically, online backup
services that I recommend, because arguably one
of the least glamorous but most important aspects
of being a filmmaker is making sure that your
footage is properly backed up so it doesn’t get deleted,
destroyed, or corrupted. So let’s divide my backup
strategy into two parts. The first part that we
are not gonna be covering in-depth today is local backups. That consists of making sure that you are backing up your footage to multiple hard drives,
and you are not storing them in the same location in your house. So that way in the event that one of your hard drives breaks, you still have the other one as a backup, and because they’re in
separate places in your house, in the event that somebody
breaks into your house and steals your stuff,
there’s a greater chance they’re not gonna be able to
steal both of your hard drives. That’s as in-depth as I’m
gonna go about local backups. If you would like to see
another video in the future more about the hard drives that I use and how I back up my footage specifically, then please leave me a comment, and I’ll look into making
that in the future. Back to backups, though. The second part of my backup strategy and the part that we’re
gonna be discussing today is having an offsite
backup of your video files. In the event that your house burns down and everything is lost, or maybe somebody breaks into your house, steals all of your things, and
then burns your house down, then you will still be okay and your clients will still be happy, because you still have a
copy of your video footage. So here’s the good news. There area ton of online
backup services out there, and I have tried out most of them, and so there is a lot of
competition in this area. But here’s the bad news. We as filmmakers are not
necessarily their target market that they’re looking for
whenever they’re offering their backup services. Because, as small business owners, we don’t want to spend a ton of money on an online backup service, but at the same time, as filmmakers, we are requiring significantly more space to back up all of our video files than a lot of other people. Thankfully, I’ve tried out many of these online backup services, and I do have some
recommendations for you. And to be clear, I’m not being paid by any of these companies
to make this video, I’m not being sponsored by any of them. This is literally a video that
I have been wanting to make for a while, because I
have done so much research over the years on online backups, and I would have killed
for a video like this whenever I was starting out, saying, “Here’s me as a filmmaker,
here’s the backup service “that I would recommend using.” So I hope that it is helpful to you. With that, here are my
recommendations for you. If you are just starting
out in filmmaking, you don’t have a huge budget
to spend on online backups, because hey, you gotta buy
new cameras, come on, now, then I would highly recommend
signing up for Backblaze. Because, for $5 per
month, or $50 per year, you get unlimited backups of
all of your computer’s files. For $5, though, you’re probably thinking, “Okay, Matt, but what’s the catch? “Come on, there has to be some cons.” And Backblaze does have two cons. The first con is that Backblaze is almost too simple of a program. You set it up, install it, and it starts backing up your
computer files to the cloud. It is very simple. The con of that, though, is
that if you wanted to back up a specific set of files, say, maybe, your latest wedding that you just filmed, and so you wanted to back that up first, there isn’t really a way to do that. Backblaze is gonna choose
which files it backs up, and it will get to those
new files eventually whenever it decides to. So there’s not a way to
prioritize files that you back up. You don’t necessarily
have control over that. It is a very set-it-and-forget-it service, which a lot of people love, but for me, I wish I had just
a little bit more control. The second con of Backblaze is that while they let you back up files
from external hard drives, they do require that you plug
in your external hard drives back into your computer at
least once every 30 days to confirm that the files are still there and that you want them to be backed up. If you do not do this,
they will delete your files from their system. And this is not a huge deal whenever you’re just
starting out as a filmmaker and you only have a few
external hard drives of footage, but if you’re like me
and you have an archive of all of the footage
that you’ve shot before across 30 or 40 something hard drives that I’ve bought over the years, that could be a major pain to have to go through once a month. Let me plug in all these
hard drives, hold on. That would suck. So I want you to be aware of that con if you have a lot of hard drives and are considering using Backblaze. Otherwise, that’s really
it as far as cons go. And overall, I think that
Backblaze is a phenomenal option, especially if you are just starting out and you do not have an online
backup service already. Incidentally, if you wanna check it out, I have an affiliate link
down in the description that will link you to a 15-day free trial if you wanna try out Backblaze
and see how it works for you. Now I’m sure that you can tell by now that I do not use Backblaze. “So, Matt, what do you use?” “Tell us what you use, Matt. “What do you use for backups?” Well, if you want more
features and control than what Backblaze offers, what I use and what I
recommend is G Suite by Google. What is that? It is basically all of Google’s services. Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and
Drive, but for businesses. And it has one major difference from all of the free
versions that you use. Namely, it offers you
unlimited drive space, which is incredible. Because I currently have
over 40 terabytes of footage backed up there. Seriously, it’s awesome. And G Suite almost feels
like some sort of weird Google loophole or Easter
egg or something like that, because if you log in to
the regular Google Drive, and you say I want to add more space, at minimum you’re gonna
be paying $2 per month for 100 gigabytes, or up to $300 a month for 30 terabytes of space. But if you sign up for G Suite, you can get unlimited
space for $50 per month. Which, hey, that’s definitely
a lot better than $300. Notice there, though, in the fine print whenever you sign up for G Suite that they tell you that you
can sign up for $10 per month, but if you want the unlimited Drive space, you need to have at least five users. So what I did is I signed up, and then I created four more users, and I unlocked the
unlimited storage space. But I hear you now saying, “Really, Matt? “$50 per month? “Backblaze is $5 per month. “Is G Suite really 10 times
better than Backblaze?” Well, let me tell you some of the reasons that I love G Suite. First, I get the regular
Google Drive interface, so I can drag and drop files
directly into my browser if I wanna upload them that way. And I can create folders
if I want to organize all my backed up files. And I can do all the things
that I would normally do in Google Drive, but now
I do not have the stress of running out of space,
because it’s unlimited. Second, I can use Google’s
backup and sync software to selectively back up
just the video files that I want to have backed up. So if I come home from filming a wedding, and I copy all my files
over to my computer, I can then select just those video files and begin uploading them
immediately to Google Drive. Unlike with Backblaze, where
I had to wait for it to upload whatever files it wanted to before getting to the
important video files that I wanted it to back up. The third reason I love G Suite, and this is really huge, is that I can use Google Drive to deliver my wedding films to my clients. So if I have a really big 4k video file that I’m ready to share
with them to download, I can just send them a download link. And the benefit is that
whenever they click on that download link, it opens up a familiar-looking
YouTube style video player for them to preview their video file before they download it. It’s not quite as pretty of a streaming and downloading interface
as Vimeo Pro and MediaZilla, but it does offer a lot of
the same core functionality as those two services. So, if you wanna save some money and just sign up for Google Drive, you could do that and offer a streaming and downloading
service to your clients for their wedding films. Also, because I have unlimited space, I can keep download links available for all of my clients’ finished videos. So no need to go back digging
through some old hard drive if they ask for a download link again. I can just keep it up, and they
can click that download link and redownload their
video whenever they want. Lastly, the fourth reason
that I love G Suite is that it integrates
with the Google Photos app on my phone. I take a ton of high-resolution photos and 4k videos with my phone, and I would love to have them backed up. And because I can use my G Suite account with the Google Photos app, I can upload full-resolution
files to Google Drive to back them up. That is incredible. So, is G Suite 10 times
better than Backblaze? Well, in my opinion as a filmmaker that films many terabytes
of footage per year, I love that I have the option
to back up all of my footage. And also share all of those
video files if I need to. That is very valuable to me. Also, I love that G Suite
doesn’t have any of the cons of Backblaze. Namely, me having to plug in
all of my many hard drives every 30 days, and that
I have more control over what files are backed up and when. So for me, I’m gonna be
sticking with G Suite. And incidentally, if you
wanna sign up for G Suite, I have a referral link
down in the description. And occasionally Google
does send out coupon codes for G Suite that save a
pretty decent percentage off the annual cost. So, I will be posting about those codes down in the description,
too, if I do get any of them. Google’s kind of stingy
about how they send them out. But if I have them, I will
gladly share them with you. In conclusion, whether
you are just starting out as a filmmaker or you’ve been
making videos for a long time, using an online backup service such as Backblaze or G Suite is only going to help you as a filmmaker, protect your footage, and
keep your clients happy. So thank you so much for watching. I hope this video’s been helpful to you and given you some great insight into the online backup services
that I use and recommend. Like I said earlier, if
you’d like to see a video all about my local backups,
the hard drives that I use, how I back things up, then
please leave me a comment, and I will look into
making a video about that in the future. I also want to give a huge
shout out to fellow YouTuber Scott McKenna, because he is the first guy that told me about G
Suite, and I was like, “That is incredible, I need
to sign up, like, right away.” So I will link to Scott’s
channel down in the description for you to check that out, too. As always, if you have
any questions or comments, please feel free to leave one below or get in touch with me through
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