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Michael Palmer
MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 24, 2008 at 10:45:51 pm

I just received my MxR readers and tested them with 2-Transcend 16 Gig (Class 6) SDCH cards with both EX1 (with the firmware update 1.11 I installed) and EX3 (with original firmware) cameras as I recorded 1080 24p perfectly. I will do more testing over the next few days but the MxR/SDHC is a real low cost media solution.
I'd like to thank Ross Herewini and his dedication to make this possible.
http://www.efilms.com.au/streams/SDHCExpress.wmv

I'd also like to thank Craig Seeman for making sure we got this info here on the Creative Cow as Craig is also a regular on another forum. Thanks Craig.

Michael Palmer


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Craig Seeman
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 25, 2008 at 1:06:21 am

Thanks Michael.
J&R now has the Sandisk Ultra II 32 GB cards in stock for $150.
http://www.jr.com/sandisk/pe/SAD_SDSDRH032GA/
I wish they were a hair bit less expensive but it's tempting to pop them in and have almost 4 hours of record time.



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Perrone Ford
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 25, 2008 at 6:29:10 pm

Craig, and the risk of sounding less than generous..

We are talking about $300 in cards, $70 in adapters. About $400 all told with the shipping. For FOUR HOURS of 1080p recording.
On SxS thats $744 x 4 = $2976
On P2 thats $2499 x 4 = $9996
On HDCamSR = $102 * 4 = $412

With this solution, we are now shooting tapeless for the price of tape. And we are doing it for 4% of what it costs our Panasonic P2 compadres, and 13% of native SxS cost.

It doesn't get much better than this... I mean I know it will over time, but if someone had told us 3 years ago that we'd be shooting 1080p video for $100 an hour on tapeless media, we would have laughed at them.



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Craig Seeman
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 25, 2008 at 1:07:25 am

Here's the website for those interested in the SDHC adaptor cards.
http://e-films.com.au/




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Michael Palmer
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 25, 2008 at 8:31:20 pm

Well after filling one of the 16 gig Transcend cards with family videos from last night and this morning I am happy to report the MxR/SDHC solution is working perfectly with extended .smi clips and even incomplete clips crossing over to the next card.

I do have to report that the SDHC card didn't seem to properly lock into 1 of my 6 MxR readers and I can pull the SDHC card out while the MxR was inserted in the camera. You can push to hard when inserting the SDHC card past the point of where it should click in and then you need to pull it back manually. I just opened the other 4 MxR reader and inserted both SDHC cards into each on the readers and what I'm finding is 5 of the 6 MxR readers have a very tight fit for the SDHC cards and they all have some drag and they don't just slip and click right into place. And 4 of them don't fully release the card without some help. I'm hoping they loosen up over time. I wonder if other brands of SDHC cards will have different tolerances. I'm sure it will not be an issue, I will have to make sure to insert the SDHC card into the MxR and make sure it is properly locked before inserting the MxR into the camera.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Bob Mark
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 26, 2008 at 3:49:48 pm

There is a rebate on some of the Sandisk cards until Jan. 17.
You might want to look at these links.
http://tinyurl.com/8eee95
http://tinyurl.com/8gbqhz

The Video HD cards are on sale and are faster than the Ultra II


Bob


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Rafael Amador
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 27, 2008 at 9:47:23 am

Apart of the save in money, the possibility of going to the field without carrying the lap-top and the HDs. Great.
Rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Rafael Amador
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 27, 2008 at 9:58:25 am

Hi Michael,
One question. To read the SDHC cards, do you insert the MxR in the PCI-Xpress slot of the MBP?
Rafael



http://www.nagavideo.com


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Michael Palmer
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 27, 2008 at 5:50:43 pm

Yes Rafael,

I just remove the MxR from the camera and pop it into my MBP like the SxS card. That is why I purchased 6 to start. I'm going to test these by filling them up a few times and off loading them mainly for my own confidence level.

Great point about not really needing to always drag a laptop and extra drives for every shoot now. Each of my camera packages has 2-16gig and 2-8gig SxS cards, now I'll have to get a few more SDHC cards before I'm comfortable with that idea.

Good Luck
Michael Palmer


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Rafael Amador
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Dec 28, 2008 at 12:26:01 pm

Thanks for the info Michael.
And now that we will have more autonomy we will need more batteries:-)
Rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Ronnie Martin
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Jan 9, 2009 at 3:41:51 am

I ordered two of the adapters and now need to order a couple of cards.
Which 16gig card would you recommend? SXS or Transend?

I have noticed that Trandsend now has a 32 gig card.

Thanks

Ronnie Martin
http://www.dirtracingvideo.com

Ronnie Martin
Kato Video Productions


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Craig Seeman
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Jan 9, 2009 at 3:50:56 am

I like the Sandisk Ultra 2 32GB for the shear volume. They're not the cheapest per GB though. I've also tested the Ultra 2 16GB and the Transcend SDHC class 6 16GB and they work just fine too. I haven't tested the Transcend class 6 32GB but my hunch would be that they'd work too. I trust Sandisk a bit more but it's just a personal, not technical preference.



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Ronnie Martin
Re: MxR/SDHC "Low Cost EX Camera Media Solutions"
on Jan 9, 2009 at 4:04:45 am

Thanks I found the Transend 16 gig cards for $27

http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Class-Flash-Memory-TS16GSDHC6/dp/B0015AOK1O...

Ronnie

Ronnie Martin
Kato Video Productions


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