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Tom Shipley
Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 21, 2010 at 7:25:05 pm

I will be shooting a documentary in the Andes of Bolivia for Engineers Without Borders. I will be using two XDCAM EX1s and am concerned about transferring footage on my SXS cards to a Sony PXU-MS240 and/or a G Tech mini via my MacPro laptop. I will be shooting as high as 13,500 ft but the transfer can be done at our camp at 9960 in the village of Tacachia. The operating altitude of the devices seem to be right around 9,500 to 10,000 which has me very concerned. Lower altitudes will not be possible. Is there another way to archive my footage at these altitudes? Any thoughts?

Missouri University of Science and Technology Video Productions


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Dean Sensui
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 21, 2010 at 7:37:33 pm

Interesting.

One option is to shoot on less-expensive SDHC cards and not transfer the footage until after you return home. Advantage is less cost than SxS cards. No need to haul a laptop and drives. Less power required as the only batteries to charge would be camera, audio gear and lights.

Or you can archive them to solid-state drives. Other World Computing has them available:
http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/Mercury_Extreme_SSD_Sandfor...

They're more energy-efficient and shock-resistant, too. It means hauling a portable computer along with the means to power it and the drives.

Dean Sensui -- Hawaii Goes Fishing


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Clint Fleckenstein
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 21, 2010 at 8:47:30 pm

oooo, I wonder if a guy could pry open a Lacie "Rugged" or other removable enclosure and slap one of those in there? I hear they're fast...


Cf


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Tom Shipley
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:29:02 pm

I'll look into both the cheaper cards and the solid state drive. I'll be up there for 2 weeks and will would like to shoot as much as possible. Does anyone know if there are altitude problems with the disc based format at high altitude? I have a 350L but I sure hate the thought of lugging that thing around the Andes. Any other ideas would be appreciated.

Missouri University of Science and Technology Video Productions


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Dean Sensui
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 22, 2010 at 2:18:50 am

No need to tear apart an existing enclosure when you can get a Firewire enclosure from OWC for a lot less. As for having one that's "ruggedized" there might not be any need to do much of that. The solid state drive has no moving parts and is much less vulnerable to mechanical shock.

Or just get one that's ready made: http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other%20World%20Computing/MS8USSD060/

Dean Sensui -- Hawaii Goes Fishing


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Rafael Amador
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 22, 2010 at 10:21:04 am

For your job I would pick this device:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nexto&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Dean Sensui
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 22, 2010 at 5:51:53 pm

[Rafael Amador] "For your job I would pick this device:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/search?Ntt=nexto&N=0&InitialSearch=yes

rafael"


The cost per gigabyte is much higher than the SSD drives at OWC: 240 GB is $750. Compared to a Nexto DI SSD where you'd spend more than $1200 to get 256 GB.

However, the advantage to the Nexto is not having to drag along a computer. But if weight is not too much of an issue, then the cost savings are significant.

And then there's the option of bringing enough cards to shoot without having to transfer data, which is the most lightweight solution. But it's also the most expensive. The approximate equivalent in 16 GB Sandisk Class 10 SDHC cards (total of 256 GB) would be about $1740.

Dean Sensui -- Hawaii Goes Fishing


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Tom Shipley
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 22, 2010 at 6:53:06 pm

I see there are two NEXTO video SSD recorders that will take SXS cards. The "Pro" is significantly more than the NEXTO D1. I assume being solid state they would both work. Any idea why the difference in price?

Missouri University of Science and Technology Video Productions


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Rafael Amador
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 23, 2010 at 3:13:06 am

[Dean Sensui] "The cost per gigabyte is much higher than the SSD drives at OWC: 240 GB is $750. Compared to a Nexto DI SSD where you'd spend more than $1200 to get 256 GB. "
Hi Den,
You have this NEXTO DI 500GB at 533 $$:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/613205-REG/Nexto_DI_ND27255054_Nexto_...

I think is great. What I think is a NO-NO is the SONY device.
rafael


http://www.nagavideo.com


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Dean Sensui
Re: Archive Sony EX1 SXS footage at very high altitude
on Jun 23, 2010 at 7:51:39 am

[Rafael Amador] "You have this NEXTO DI 500GB at 533 $$:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/613205-REG/Nexto_DI_ND27255054_Nexto_....."


The initial post requested systems that can work in the thinner air of higher altitudes.

This unit has a SATA hard drive, and those can operate properly only up to a certain altitude. Higher than that and the air isn't dense enough to provide a safety cushion between the seek heads and the platters.

Dean Sensui -- Hawaii Goes Fishing


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