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Dave Raizman
mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 16, 2008 at 7:46:38 pm

I just bought an EX1 and I'm going to be on the road shooting a couple of docs in Africa. I've got three 16gb sxs cards. I want the smallest lightest mac laptop (with an sxs slot) that I can use to review footage and do some simple editing in the field.

Can anyone recommend what the bare minimum mac laptop I would need to accomplish this?

Thanks,
Dave

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Michael Palmer
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:48:02 pm

Mac Book Pro 15", get the largest hard drive they offer, it should come with 2 gigs of RAM and you should be good to go. You will need a couple of external drives with you.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Dave Raizman
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 16, 2008 at 9:59:37 pm

The 15" macbook pros come with a 200GB 7200rpm drive or a larger 250GB 5400 rpm drive. Will the slower speed have much of an impact on performance?

Can you recommend any small (physically) sturdy external drives that can run off of a battery or external power source as well as the laptop as a power source? My fantasy is a drive with an sxs slot that I can dump the cards onto without needing to get out my laptop. Does that exist?

This kind of long term mobile shooting is a new experience for me so I appreciate any help or insight that anyone may have for facilitating my workflow.

Does anyone have any experience with portable solar panels for charging batteries?

Thanks,
Dave




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Nick Righton
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 17, 2008 at 1:14:01 am

check out the lacie rugged drive. They offer a firewire 800 version that is bus powered and 500 gigabytes.

http://www.amazon.com/500GB-Rugged-Triple-FW400-FW800/dp/B0018B5CA8/ref=pd_...

Nick

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Craig Seeman
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 16, 2008 at 10:34:56 pm

I went the 15" MacBookPro route. If you keep it fit and trim you can even use the internal drive. If you get an external you might consider one that can be firewire buss powered. Also back up to DL-DVD (although that won't be fast).



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Noah Kadner
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 17, 2008 at 12:17:35 am

Go 7200 RPM. If you need more space take a FW800 bus-powered G-RAID.

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Tom David
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 17, 2008 at 6:50:43 am

You'll need at least a 15" Macbook Pro with 4GB of ram (for speed of handling footage) and a 7200 rpm internal hard drive.

The best advise I can offer (and that I implement with my system) is a portable RAID 1 drive like a CALDIGIT external hard drive device. This is a hard drive enclosure with two hard drives inside, that mirror each other. If one goes down, you have the other as backup, and the unit will rebuild once you put in a new hard drive to replace the one that might fail.

You will need an external power source though to run this. But in meantime - copy to you internal hard drive during day time, copy across to CALDIGIT in evening with power supply at your accommodation.

Without a unit like CALDIGIT, you will be fumbling around copying to multiple external hard drive enclosures to safely backup your days shooting, and that can be a hassle.

Units like the CALDIGIT can contain 2TG data with hard drives combined, or 1TB mirrored for backup, as I use them.

Or for a short term power supply in the field, I use my UPS power safety device that I plug my laptop kit up to anyway when I use it. As well as protection from random power surges, it contains a battery (for during power failures) that allows me to operate computer devices like hard drives in the field.

Good luck!

Cheers,
Tom

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Vinod Raja
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 20, 2008 at 2:51:47 am

I am preparing to film with the XDCAM EX 1 that will be reaching me in a few days time. I have two 16 GB SxS cards and hope to transfer all the filmed material to 250 GB Rugged all terrain LaCie hard drive ( with fire wire 400 and 800) on location using my Mac i book with 1 GB RAM. Please let me know if this should work out fine. I cannot afford to buy a Mac book Pro at the moment. seeking your views-



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Craig Seeman
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 20, 2008 at 4:19:53 am

You can connect the EX1 to MacBook via USB. Transfer speed will only be about 4x or maybe a little slower but otherwise it should work. This of course means you'll have to stop shooting to transfer. You can buy Sony's card reader but you'll need to plug that in to power to use.



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Vinod Raja
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 20, 2008 at 6:36:25 am

Thanks so much for confirming that i can use the EX-1 with the Mac book.



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Vinod Raja
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 28, 2008 at 10:08:41 am

I just got the Sony PMW EX1,took a few shots with it and tried transfering the clips to my Mac i book. The SXS cards are seen as two seperate drives by the i book,the contents are also seen,however the clip browsing software provided with the camera is not working with my i book. When I try to open the clip browsing application I get the following message- "YOU CANNOT OPEN THE APPLICATION XDCAM EX CLIP BROWSER BECAUSE IT IS NOT SUPPORTED ON THIS SYSTEM". Mac i book is with the motorola processor and the software is updated to the latest version. Please help out! thanks best vinod



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Craig Seeman
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 28, 2008 at 11:54:58 am

ClipBrowser will not run on PPC chip used in iBook. You need an Intel processor for that.

You can use the XDCAM transfer tool though. You should update it to the latest version 2.7. You'll also need at least Final Cut Pro 6.0.2 and Quicktime 7.3.1

I'd suggest you consider getting a MacBookPro. It's ExpressCard Slot makes inputing fast and easy.



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Vinod Raja
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 29, 2008 at 2:18:25 am

Thanks so much for the speedy response, will you please tell me how I could get this XDCAM transfer tool,version 2.7. Is it downloadable or comes with the XDCAM CD . I cannot buy the Mac pro immediately,will have to plan it later. Thanks best vinod



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Craig Seeman
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 29, 2008 at 3:28:44 am

XDCAM Transfer Tool. Click on the top one which is version 2.7.



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Tom David
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 20, 2008 at 5:48:35 am

Will be slow transfer from USB to Lacie via iBook - though PLEASE take second Lacie drive with you for a backup - much cheaper than drive failure or losing one.

Good luck.

Cheers,
Tom

Camera Operator - Editor - Motion Graphics
(http://www.tomdavid.com.au)


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Vinod Raja
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 20, 2008 at 6:40:26 am

Thanks Tom,Iam carrying a second LaCie drive as back up.best vinod



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Rafael Amador
Re: mac laptop for ex1 on the road
on Jul 21, 2008 at 6:46:41 pm

Hi Dave,
Get your lap-top with a 5.400 RPM HD. You don't need at all 7.200 and you will save batteries.
For the external HDs, have a look to the Lacie Little Big Disk Quad.
I've just bought two. 500GB and you can put it in your pocket. In FW mode can be fed from the lap-top and being 5.400 RPM do not need much power. And really fast because is Raid 0. You can plug it by eSATA and USB as well.
Rafael


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