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Managing Hudl Storage Hours

We all love the cloud that Hudl offers, but it gets tricky when game film is the only category with unlimited storage. So every season we’re left with the task of managing the space consumed by other playlists. Fortunately, there are a few different ways to deal with that never ending storage dilemma.

The first thing you should do is complete all of the Team Achievements listed on the left side of your Dashboard. You can finish a few simple tasks and gain up to six additional hours of storage – two hours for each of the three achievements. Aside from these achievements, keep an eye on the blog and other social media: Hudl has been known to offer extra hours for completing other tasks, like prepping your computer for an upcoming season.

One of the most important facts I learned in my first year using Hudl is that all practice and opponent scout footage counts against storage hours. Another thing to keep in mind is that your hours are split between different levels of the same sport. If your freshman, JV and varsity football teams all have Hudl, they’re sharing storage. So if you start to run low on space, check all of those accounts when cleaning out old practice and scout film.

Now I’ll get a little techy. Even with the 223 hours of space that I have accumulated for my program, I still find myself removing film to make room for new playlists. But before I delete anything from Hudl, I make sure I have it backed up to a more localized source. This could be your computer’s internal hard drive, an external hard drive, or a network-attached storage (NAS). I would recommend using an external hard drive or – if you’re tech savvy – a NAS setup. (One of the biggest advantages of Hudl is the ability to view film from anywhere, so why not try and emulate that with your permanent storage?) Western Digital makes great NAS setups with bundled cloud software.

Keep in mind, the price changes drastically depending on how much space the hard drive provides. One gigabyte is 1,000 megabytes. One terabyte is 1,000 gigabytes. So, a 1TB hard drive is going to hold and cost more than a 1GB drive.

*The Drobos do not come with their own hard drives

If you have any questions about these ideas or other storage solutions, feel free to email or tweet me, or visit and post on the Hudl subreddit.

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