Apple iCloud: Always in sync
The iCloud isn’t really true cloud service, it’s actually an API for auto-backing up. Apple’s iOS is very good at syncing automatically. The upshot of this is that you’re nearly always going to be backed up, since you don’t have to remember to do it. The downside of this is that you’re going to unintentionally be backing up stuff all over the place and find files where you didn’t want them to be. Remember all those junk songs that got auto-synced onto your iPod? Yeah.
This service has better support across all types of content (something that Apple are notoriously bad at), which means that your content should remain safe from the mercurial whims of the tech giants.
This service probably has the best word of mouth reputation and should be credited for its innovations in the cloud concept. It’s a completely free service and the 2GB of storage that you get is pretty damn decent. Dropbox works wonderfully for both Windows and Apple users. Dropbox also has Linux support.
This extension of the Google office suite should be a no-brainer for those who already use Gmail, Docs, Calendar and other associated tools. The major drawback is that you absolutely cannot edit your documents offline. Everything belongs to the Drive. Google Drive is rumoured to be adding support for Linux very soon.
Those with Android clients beware, you can’t use Sky Drive. You can however edit both online and offline using Office Web Apps. It’s been noted that Skydrive has the most inter-platform compatibility, yet it lacks the cool-factor of Microsoft’s younger competitors.
Many of these services have much to offer video editors, just make sure that you aren’t paying for more storage that you really require, and that you’ve thought beyond Cloud. How will you work around service downtime, will you backup video with a hard disk system, or does that seem counterintuitive? You could always mix the two: for an evening’s editing, you might want to continue backing up to hard disk for speed and the save your project in the Cloud after each session.