Calculating Disk Space Requirements

This table has been prepared to help our clients estimate how much disk space is needed based on the most common converted digital formats.

Video Data Transfer Rate - Codec30 sec1 min5 min10 min30 min60 min
500 KB/sec - Offline RT (using Photo JPEG15 MB30 MB150 MB300 MB900 MB1.8 GB
1 MB/sec - Offline quality M-JPEG30 MB60 MB300 MB600 MB1.8 GB3.6 GB
3.6 MB/sec - DV-format video, HDV (1080i)108 MB216 MB1.08 GB2.16 GB6.5 GB13 GB
6 MB/sec - Medium quality M-JPEG180 MB360 MB1.8 GB3.6 GB10.8 GB21.6 GB
11.75 MB/sec - DVCPRO HD 1080i352.5 MB705 MB3.4 GB6.9 GB20.7 GB41.3 GB
12 MB/sec - High quality 2:1 M-JPEG360 MB720 MB3.6 GB7.2 GB21.6 GB43.2 GB
24 MB/sec - Uncompressed Standard Definition720 MB1.4 GB7.2 GB14.4 GB43.2 GB86.4 GB
121.5 MB/sec - 8-bit uncompressed 1080 29.97i HD3.6 GB7.3 GB36.5 GB72.9 GB218,7 GB434.4 GB

Video Space Calculator

This tool is intended to give an indication of the amount of space a given video format will take up on disk. The actual space taken up may differ slightly due to embedded audio, differing frame sizes and aspect ratios, and inter-frame compression / pulldown.

Frame rate
Video length

Total space:

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Note: VBR codecs adjust the data rate based on the source footage so the file sizes listed are a result of the maximum or target data rates. Actual data sizes will be 5-10% lower for VBR codecs.

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