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
Well, the title is only valid if you’re reading this in 2016, I assume. Technology is evolving in an increasingly rapid fashion. So, 13TB squeezed on a single 2,5″ SSD? Indeed, Fixstars just announced such a drive, however, you might want to take a seat—this 13TB SSD comes with a whopping $13,000 price tag. Personally, I own a Sonnet Fusion R800 RAID with 10TB worth of HDD storage attached to it. That’s 8 disks with 1.5TB each, bound together as a RAID5 array. I purchased it back in 2010 and compared to this 13TB SSD it is starting to look a bit like a relic. The Good Okay, let’s do the math: Just imagine you want to record some nice 4k UHD in ProRes 4444 @ 25 fps. Your recording time with this monster SSD attached to your Atomos Shogun (if they are approving the drive): 26 hr 50 min! Or you could save the equivalent of 101 XQD 128GB card on just one of these SSDs. Not bad at all! The Fixstar SSD 13000-M offers some other nice features, like a temperature control system which should prevent the drive from overheating and a proprietary error correction system. Since the unit is aimed for a very professional market, it also features a proprietary “high durability” mode. With this mode enabled, the durability and longevity of the drive is promised to be tripled but in return, the capacity is cut in half. Oh dear, “only” 6.5TB remain on your $13,000 dollar, 13TB SSD—for those of you that aren’t keeping count, that is $2,000 per Terabyte. The SSD supports SATA 3.0, with reading at up to 580 MB/s and writing at up to 520 MB/s for sequential access. The Bad No, it’s not really all that bad. But you should keep in mind that this is just a single drive – hard to imagine, I know. It’s not a RAID. If something goes wrong, everything is lost and that could be 13TB of your hard work gone—just like that! It won’t deliver the write/read speeds you can expect from a proper RAID, either. Sure, you might think, let’s build a RAID out of 10 such SSDs. Well, that brings me directly to the next problem facing this gargantuan 13TB SSD. The Ugly It’s the pricepoint of $13,000, of course—a jaw dropping sum of money. With this in mind, this 13TB SSD is more a proof of concept rather than something your average consumer would purchase. I certainly wouldn’t fancy dishing out that much money for memory! It is, however, really nice to see how technology is evolving—our first home PC was equipped with a 20MB HDD and that was considered huge back in the day! Shipping starts in February and it can only be ordered from Fixstars directly. The company will have another model, the SSD 10000-M with a capacity of 10TB, ready by then. There has been no indication of pricing, but we can only assume that it’ll be a fair chunk of change!Read more
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! In the 23rd episode of ON THE COUCH, I was lucky enough to sit with fellow bloggers and shooters Dan Chung, Clinton Harn from newsshooter.com and Emmanuel Pampuri from pampuri.net. In this second part of the talk, we focus on a subject that isn’t often talk about – long-term storage for data. As the discussion unfolds, it becomes clear that even professionals don’t follow a strict protocol when it comes to permanent archiving of projects that are finished. Clinton surprises us by announcing that he ends up deleting some of the stuff he is shooting for projects to save storage space. Both he and Emmanuel use LTO tape drives for permanent backup, whereas Dan Chung and I currently still store everything on slower hard drives as soon as a project is done. We also talk about how to access and actually find old projects in the stacks of hard drives and tapes that we stack in our offices. I recommend using NeoFinder, a neat little software that indexes everything from attached hard drives and can be set up to update the index automatically. When I look for something, I just enter a search query into NeoFinder and it shows me on which drive I can find the file. It also stores metadata of all files and even preview images and video clips if wanted. In the 3rd part of this episode ON THE COUCH we look at SteadXP, an very exciting new stabilizer concept that follows a different path, because it’s a combination between a hardware box and software that interprets the movement in post production – Emmanuel Pampuri was involved with developing it and will introduce the technology. Stay tuned! Please visit our sponsors’ websites to keep new episodes of ON THE COUCH coming! Thanks to G-Technology, Røde Microphones, Movidiam, FilmConvert & F&V.Read more
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
OWC, known to manufacture affordable Mac hardware, just announced that they managed to break the speed record for affordable external thunderbolt RAID storage. [UPDATE]: We’ve received numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. The title of this article has been updated accordingly. Especially filmmakers and editors have been waiting for affordable and fast thunderbolt based storage solutions, a few of which we’ve finally seen hitting the market last year. Just a few months ago OWC introduced their ThunderBay line of 4-drive external RAID-ready storage solutions, recently refreshing it with Thunderbolt 2 connections. It is available in configurations from 4TB up to 16TB and also offered as a diskless enclosure that goes for $429. Mac Pro’s 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports boost speed Several of the OWC drives can be chained together using a combination of the two Thunderbolt 2 ports it has. However the great speeds described can only be achieved using a Mac Pro that sports 6 separate thunderbolt connections. This is how OWC achieved speeds of nearly 4,000MB/s. The benchmark testing showed 3,990MB/s read and 3,802MB/s write speeds, running an HDD array of 3x 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives. They achieved similar numbers running SSD drives. [UPDATE]: numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. In different benchmark tests the maximum speed that could be achieved with the method described here would be 1902 MB/s. The 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives used cost $939 each, making this the most affordable ultra-fast storage solution available. OWC says: The Mac Pro has a total of six Thunderbolt 2 ports connecting to three separate Thunderbolt 2 busses, with two ports to each bus. We connected one ThunderBay 4 to one of the two ports available for each bus to get the maximum performance. Those three ThunderBay 4 enclosures were made into a single RAID-0 array using the built-in software RAID-0 in OS X. We then fired up the benchmarking tools and watched in awe at the performance the ThunderBay 4 enclosures achieved. This combination of performance and storage comes at a fraction of the price of rack-based storage. The ThunderBay 4 enclosures generally got very good reviews. Other, less affordable, but proven solutions include the new G-technology external RAID drives and the Promise Pegasus RAID, both of which are now also compatible with Apple’s new Thunderbolt 2 standard. image via macsalesRead more
You’ve heard about the new Sony A7s that delivers a very fine 4K at unprecedented lowlight levels. Unfortunately the camera is not laid out for internal 4K recording and only outputs that signal via its hdmi port. Atomos and Sony have worked closely together here to offer a seamless integration in recording the feed to the new Atomos Shogun 4K disk recorder that doubles as a very nice display. CEO Jeromy young gave us the details in the video above. The Atomos Shogun records ProRes 422 in 4K and up to 10bit via its hdmi input and can also record 12bit RAW via SDI, while the Sony A7s delivers an 8bit hdmi stream. The results are never the less very pleasing which you can check out yourselves in the video we posted here. The full HD IPS screen doubles as a field monitor and is factory calibrated to SMPTE Rec.709 with 100% gamut and D65 white point. The Shogun records to hard disks, to a dedicated RAID module or the new Cfast CF cards and can even take slow motion up to 120fps. While the Atomos Shogun was announced together with the Sony A7s it does also work with other cameras like the new Panasonic GH4 or the flagship cinemaEOS camera the Canon EOS C500. The Shogun will be $1995 and start shipping in October. It is available for pre-order here. We reported about another nice product by Atomos, the Atomos “Ninja Star” which is their first disk recorder without a display. The Ninja Star can record in both HD and Apple ProRes to capture pristine, 422 10-bit images straight from any camera sensor directly to inexpensive first generation CFast media with up to 3hrs Apple Proes for $250. It also features Timecode and Start/Stop Trigger along with Audio Line-in. The Ninja Star is available for pre-order and cost $295. More information on atomos.comRead more
Available in 2 TB and 4 TB and consisting of two 2.5-inch hard drives housed in a sleek aluminium enclosure, My Passport Pro is thoroughly shock-tested for extra durability to perform reliably when working on the go. When it comes to speed, WD claims that this drive delivers both with transfer rates as high as 233 MB/s. The drive is shipped in RAID 0 for maximum speed and capacity but can be configured for RAID 1 mirror mode for double safe data protection. In this mode, the capacity is divided in half so that one half stores your data and the other half maintains a duplicate copy. Powered directly through the Thunderbolt port on the MacBook, My Passport Pro frees up space in the field kit by eliminating the need for an AC adapter and with the integrated cable that is tethered to the drive, you’ll never lose your Thunderbolt cable on location. Watch the bellow video made by Australian videographer Blunty for more informationRead more
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