by Nino Leitner | 7th May 2016
Watch previous episodes of ON THE COUCH & ON THE GO by clicking here! Visit our Vimeo and YouTube playlists, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Røde Microphones. Drew Geraci, Claus Andersen, Greg Crosby We start off part 2 of episode 29 of ON THE COUCH by talking about how Drew actually produces his timelapses (like the intro of House of Cards for David Fincher). He explains how he has moved on from Canon DSLRs to the Sony a7RII and a7SII, using intervalometers instead of internal apps (which is possible on the Sony cameras). He points out how much better the latitude on RAW images from Sony cameras is these days compared to the Canon counterparts. Still from one of Drew Geraci’s time-lapses. © District 7 Media Claus dives deeper into how he is organizing online communities via Facebook, helping people finding answers to the questions they have around their cameras or filmmaking goals. Greg from our sponsor G-Technology explains the newest additions to G-Technology’s product range, among it the Shuttle XL RAID series, which is made for outdoor use (and which we used to produce my recent wildlife documentary “Through The Thick” in South Africa – click here if you missed it!). He also talks about the ever-evolving range of card readers that G-Technology is providing for their EV series products, which means you don’t need to use any additional cables to connect your media to your hard drives anymore. He also talks about the new G-Rack 12, a new rack-mount NAS system with 12 bays, providing up to 120TB of storage for data-intense productions. G-Technology Shuttle XL RAID with ev slots for expansion (2.5″ hard drives or RED / CFast Card Readers) Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology and Røde Microphones.Read more
by Tim Fok | 9th March 2016
G-Technology has announced a new set of portable drives that accommodate the fast and efficient USB-C protocol. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive will come in 1TB 7200 RPM form in three different colours; Space Grey, Silver and Gold. Like the current G-Technology Mobile Drives, the new G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drives are slim, sleek looking and bus powered. USB-C is a relatively new protocol, better known as that singular small port found on the new Apple Macbooks. Despite it being another frustrating new port users will have to buy a shed load of adaptors for, it’s use has great potential. For starters, USB-C is a reversible connector, meaning you no longer have to fumble around working out which orientation your cable should go. Through the USB 3.1 standard USB-C has the potential to match Thunderbolt 1 whilst providing more bus power. The potential speed of USB-C is currently one to only longingly gaze at, as with many portable disk (not SSD) drives the bottleneck is the hard drive speed. The G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive therefore falls under the same transfer speed category as many other G-Technology drives at 136MB/s. The advantage of the G-Drive Mobile USB-C Hard Drive is direct connectivity with the new MacBook, confirmation of just how closely these are linked is through the exclusive colour options of Space Grey and Gold (said to ship only from Apple Stores and likely recommended retailers). It’s great to have a sleek storage option to match the aesthetics of the MacBook, and units look to ship later this month.Read more
by Tim Fok | 1st July 2014
LaCie has released a re-vamp to its popular Rugged line. The portable hard drives now provide up to 2TB of storage, with a convenient permanent Thunderbolt cable. The LaCie Rugged hard drive has been quite popular with filmmakers, offering storage for in-the-field media backup. There’s been a few flavours of the line over the years; a fairly un-changed cosmetic design with variants of capacity and peripherals. Now, they’ve redesigned the Rugged with a new in-built Thunderbolt cable, which wraps around the edge of the hard drive and tucks into a supplied cover. Just like the previous, the new Rugged also includes a USB 3.0 port for further connectivity (which is naturally down compatible with USB 2.0). The Rugged is available with both an SSD and spinning disk drive, the former up to 500GB and the latter in 1TB and newly released 2TB form. The drives boast Thunderbolt speeds of up to 387 MB/s. Speaking from experience, this is only available on the SSD version; the spinning disk caps the speed of the product. Therefore the speed of Thunderbolt transfers on the 1TB and 2TB versions are of no real difference to that of USB 3.0. LaCie on the durability of the Rugged: “It’s MIL-compliant, which means that data is protected even during accidental drops of up to two meters (6.6 feet). During transit, connect the removable cover to provide IP 54-level protection against dust and water. Whether the LaCie Rugged takes a jarring bicycle ride or gets splashed by a mud puddle, you stay confident that your data is still accessible. The SSD version goes a step further for the ultimate in resilience against vibration and shock. Both versions are tough enough to be shipped for reliable delivery to clients or partners. Included software even protects your files from prying eyes with AES 256-bit encryption.” Speaking of reliability, it’s worth reading reports by online backup vendor Blackblaze on the failure rate of industry drives. for reference, LaCie utilize Seagate drives, which actually came in last place in the Blazblaze report. All Ruggeds ship with a replacement end cap (in case the original gets lost) and USB 3.0 cable. Both spinning disk models are available now from B&H, I’ll update this article upon release of the SSD version. 1TB LaCie Rugged from B&H. 2TB LaCie Rugged from B&H.Read more
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