At NAB 2016, Johnnie had the chance to catch up with Dirk from Angelbird – a small Austrian company with big plans for affordable SSD storage solutions specific to the cinema and broadcast industries. While a hands-on review of the Angelbird products will be coming soon, here’s a little taste of what’s to come!
Angelbird SSD2GO PKT
The SSD2GO PKT, which is displayed throughout the video, is a mobile SSD option that was designed with video in mind. It is shipped with two cables which are sunk into the SSD’s casing, to reduce the amount of stress on the connector. Meanwhile, it features read speeds of up to 560 MB/s and write speeds of up to 460 MB/s. According to the video, it is also tough as old boots – able to stand up to 5 tons – meaning that shooters who like to beat their storage devices up will feel a little safer.
256 GB, 512 GB Storage Capacity
USB 3.1 Gen2, Type-A and Type C Interface
Read Speeds up to 560 MB/s
Write Speeds up to 460 MB/s
Bus Powered – No External Power Required
Overload and ESD Protection
Hard Anodized Surface
Windows/Mac Compatible with Reformatting
We’re currently waiting to find out if the Angelbird SSD2GO PKT comes with the 128-bit encryption featured in the SanDisk Extreme line. Even if it doesn’t, however, it does provide a more affordable SSD alternative for filmmakers who like their memory tough.
Angelbird CFast 2.0
The second product discussed in the video is the Angelbird CFast 2.0 Card, which comes with integrated stable stream technology – ensuring spike-free write speeds for all of your video projects, regardless of length. We’re still waiting for more information on the CFast 2.0, however, Dirk states that the card will $259 USD for the 160GB option.
Angelbird Laser Engraving
Interestingly, Angelbird products also come with the option for free laser engraving. According to the video, if you purchase an Angelbird product, you’ll also be eligible to have it laser engraved – and shipped to you, anywhere in the world, within 48-hours!
With the announcement of Arri’s new and intriguing handheld camera, the “Amira”, we also saw a new memory technology that has been integrated into it. CFast 2.0.
Basically CFast 2.0 is just an extremely fast new CF card standard which has been introduced by the CompactFlash association last year and apparently SanDisk is the first company to come out with this technology.
The 120GB1 SanDisk Extreme Pro CFast 2.0 memory card is the world’s fastest memory card, with read speeds of up to 450MB/s2 (3000X) for maximum workflow efficiency and write speeds up to 350MB/s2 (2333X) for faster recording performance.
This certainly makes our superfast 1000x Komputerbay cards feel obsolete, but considering that the new Arri Amira will record 200fps of ProRes 4:4:4 in 2K makes it understandable that fast CF memory is needed.
The first CFast card will hold 120GB of data and there’s no word on pricing yet. The company is also stretching the limits of storage with their newly announced 256GB UDMA7 CF card that is coming in October.