Review: LucidLink cloud-based media for video editing and post-production 31
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Render Robot

Or you could use Mountain Duck and whichever cloud/storage tier you prefer to do the same. Being happy with it so far. Also, you have the benefit of Cryptomator encryption, for client, non server accessible, encryption of selected data,

Render Robot

I’m going to try LucidLink to assess their offerings, after reading your article; but I’d heavily recommend you to try Mountain Duck, it changed my workflows in many ways.

It may be more room for error, since you’d be the one selecting and managing the storage service. But it comes with greater flexibility, since you can use Wasabi, AWS, Dropbox, Google Drive, Azure, Backblaze, whatever.

It’s from the makers of Cyberduck (the free FTP Client), available on both macOS and Windows. It’s a software that mounts remote storage as a local drive. There are some others that do the same, but, after endurance testing, it had the better stability and feature set.

What sparked me was that all the features described, like file streaming, or local cache, or selective offline pin of files, eg., are available. The biggest differences I can see are: that you’d have to setup sharing directly in the web interface of the provider used (if supported), besides being able to directly generate share links to specific files/folders; and the snapshot feature of LL, which seems great. But I also use file versioning on AWS with MD, so I think it’s sorta equivalent for my use cases.

I have no affiliation with them, just a happy customer with a few licenses here at the shop. Since you have more time spent with LucidLink, I’d sincerely like to hear about your opinion on this one.

At the very least, you can use it to get rid of the always clunky “sync clients” for Dropbox or the other cloud storage providers and the need to have a local copy of everything in sync.

Thanks for the article and the great “Useful Tools” series, where I always find a nice unknown gem! =)

Last edited 7 months ago by Render Robot
Dave G

Man – I tinkered with this a LONG time ago – but sounds like you are using it successfully? I’m a paid customer for Lucid but like the idea of messing around with new ways. Got any pointers on getting it to run smoothly? Looks like MDuck has done a much better job when I was testing it out and might be my new goto cloud app!

Michael

We are using LL for about 6 months but in a different way. We have the cheaper non-performant setup with WASABI as backend storage. When we set up a project on our local fast SSD RAID we are syncing this immediately to our LL filespace (with FileSync on Windows and ChronoSync on Mac, two-way syncing). This gives us a BackUp in the cloud with all the flavors of having it accessible like a volume on our workstations. But, we are working with the project on our internal SSD RAID to get the best performance. Syncing to the LL filespace once a day or more often. We have set up the snapshot features to get a safety net. Our Freelancers have access to our projects through LL and can, if necessary, immediately jump on a project to work on it. They are using the pin option in general and it works fine for them. So, in general, LL is not our working volume but a backup and collaboration volume. So far it works really great.

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