by Fabian Chaundy | 21st September 2016
SanDisk announced the world’s first 1TB SD at Photokina 2016. We caught up with Christophe from SanDisk, who told us all about their new Extreme PRO 1TB SD card. You’re probably familiar with Moore’s Law, by which the capabilities of current technology seem to double approximately every two years. Well, like clockwork, two years after the introduction of their 512GB card, SanDisk have introduced the world’s first 1TB SD card. As part of the SanDisk Extreme PRO series, this new card will be compatible with the current high storage and high data transfer rate demands of video and photo shooters alike, with 95MB and 90MB/sec Read and Write speeds respectively. This means that whether it is 4K video, high frame rates or fast, continuous photo bursts, this card will be able to handle it at least as well as its 512GB version. Unfortunately, the model at Photokina 2016 was only a prototype, and there is no further information available yet other than it will hit the market at some point next year. With price points fluctuating so regularly in this sector, Christophe was also unable to give us an approximate price for the SanDisk Extreme Pro 1TB SD card for the time being. What do you think of this announcement? Do you prefer large capacity cards? Or are you more inclined towards multiple cards with less capacity to be safe just in case? Let us know in the comments!Read more
by Tim Fok | 15th August 2016
Forever ever mixing up your used and unused batteries? Wolf Packs from Fangs may have the answer for you with their color coded tactical production organisers. Shoots can be stressful and tasking environments. There’s lots to think about, lots of decision to make, alleviating thought processes where and when you can is essential. Take batteries for instance, the good old ‘is it full or is it used’ dilemma, often leading to trying it out in a device that, if the latter, you’re wasting time on set. Mini film gear house Fangs has come up with a very simple product for organising your batteries (or media) – a double sided bag that sports globally standard red/green labelling for unused and used sections. Many shooters will have their own methods for dealing with batteries I’m sure (left pocket for full, right for empty for example), but what’s useful about these bags is just how universally understood the protocol is. It’s much easier to show your assistant at the start of the shoot “Hey this is the batts bag, red for empty, green for full”, rather than “Hey, grab me a full battery, top left pocket as you open the camera case, then put the old one in….blah blah blah”. The Wolf Packs bag comes in three sizes, ranging from 5.5″ to 9″ in size. All have a useful eyelet with carabiner for attaching to your bag, light stand etc.. Small Wolf Pack Dimensions: 6.5in x 5.5in (15.25cm x 13.97cm) Weight: 3oz w/carabiner Price: $29.99 Medium Wolf Pack Dimensions: 8.25in x 7in (20.95cm x 17.78cm) Weight: 5oz w/carabiner Price: $34.99 Large Wolf Pack Dimensions: 9in x 9in (22.86cm x 22.86cm) Weight: 8oz w/carabiner Price: $39.99 You can buy in a pack of three for $99.99 also. My Two Cents I’ve been a long standing user of the Think Tank DSLR Holder for small batteries, these are great as keep your batteries separate from another (good for flying) and you can undergo a simple one way full, other way empty protocol. Not as universal as red and green however, if other people are accessing your kit throughout the day (assistant, runner, other shooters) then something universal like the Wolf Packs organisers would work well in addition to these pouches. Another great organiser to work in addition is these AA holders, they come in orange and green (as well as other colours and for AAA) so you can quickly determine whether sets are used/fresh. Fangs advertise the Wolf Packs as suitable media organisers as well. Indeed the process of red/green separation would apply here, however the proximity of zippers between full and empty are a little close for my liking (no matter how obviously marked they are) plus there’s a lot of room for media to jingle about in an organiser like this. Keeping media safe and secure in a wallet of some kind first would get my vote, Pelican make a good hard case line as well as Think Tanks range of Pocket Rockets for various sized cards, and you can undergo a simple one way up one way down for full/fresh cards. via/ NoFilmSchoolRead more
by Sebastian Wöber | 29th September 2014
With 4K becoming more and more a standard format filmmakers and editors need large RAID drives with a fast interface. We’ve seen many Thunderbolt and Thunderbolt 2 drives over the last months. Here’s an entirely new RAID solution by G-Technology. As Mark from G-Tech describes these new G-Technology G-Speed Studio XL drives can hold up to 64TB on 8 drives. That’s 56TB in RAID 5 which is a backup + speed hardware RAID configuration that requires a single 8GB drive to backup your data (backup is split equally across all drives and can always run with 1 missing or faulty drive) and gives you 1GB / second of speed on Thunderbolt 2. The G-Speed Studio XL looks really nice in terms of what it has to offer. There’s nothing comparable on the market that offers both this kind of storage capacity as well as the speed in a portable package. As you can imagine there’s a price for this kind of quality. The smallest version holds 24TB and costs $3599. The G-Speed Studio XL with 64TB costs $6999.Read more
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