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Chris Simpson
Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:22:55 am

Hello, I\'m looking for a quality, reliable, fast, & preferably cheap portable hard drive on which, primarily I can dump off a colleague\'s ex1 footage in the field, although it would be useful to be use it whenever I need to take grab large amounts of data/video from my producers mac pro, to transfer then on to my mac pro/raid for editing.

I have a mac book pro for use in the field editing and was thinking the FireWire 800 port is quick, but I\'m puzzling over what the set up would be? Or if there is better way?

I was thinking a 1tb drive ought to be enough.

I have Seagate drives in mac pro, and touch wood they\'ve been very good, and googling the Seagate flex go pro looked the sort of thing I\'m thinking but how would you set that up for a quick transfer of data from either the camera card or a \"drive to drive\" transfer, utilising the mac book pro if necessary?


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Greg Ondera
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 2:58:30 pm

I use the G-Tech Drive Mini http://g-technology.com/products/g-drive-mini.cfm but it is only 500 gigs. It's small. I never edit on it, so it should last a while. Only edit on drives with a fan or you'll burn em up sooner.

Greg Ondera
http://www.Plexus.tv
http://www.SurgeonToday.org


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Ron Pestes
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 3:45:08 pm

I have had great luck with the LaCie Rugged drive using FW 800. I talked to a guy that used them in Afganistan shooting a feature on the Special Forces. He said they never gave him a problem either. He used several of them. I use two so I can have an instant back up in the field. I have heard good things about the G-Drive mini too.

Apple Certified Master Pro FCS 2
Sony EX-3
MacBook Pro


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Chris Simpson
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 3:50:09 pm

No it's not for editing, just to use as a portable device to transfer files from camera cards, or from one mac pro to another.

I do like g-tech and was giving it serious thought so how would you use it with a macbook pro which has ex card adaptor slot, loads of USB ports, fw800 port? Card in, fw out to g mini, I presume?


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Greg Ondera
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 28, 2011 at 4:39:42 pm

Firewire 800 out from the laptop and SxS cards in the slot, XDCam Browser for ingesting. It's 11 time faster ingesting than the footage length itself. Then if you don't have Calibrated software on your editing computer, use XDCam Transfer to re-wrap the footage so you can edit on FCP. This is what I use. But they don't make laptops with SxS card slots anymore, so you'd have to get a card reader.

Greg Ondera
http://www.Plexus.tv
http://www.SurgeonToday.org


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Ron Pestes
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 2:47:19 am

Wait just a minute! The 17 inch MacBook Pro still has an Express 34 slot so it will be just fine with SXS. Don't give up on it. SXS through the express 34 slot is super fast but I only get about 7X faster than real time not 11.

Apple Certified Master Pro FCS 2
Sony EX-3
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Bob Tompkins
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 12:35:49 pm

I have a 500GB G Drive mobile which I like a lot because it is Bus powered so I don't have to remember the power cable. Also, it is wallet-sized and comes with USB 2, FW 800 and 400 cables.



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Rick Diamond
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 1:03:14 pm

I've used many G-Drive Minis over the past few years. Unfortunately I've had three of them crash. The form factor is great, but find them too unreliable. I've had pretty good luck with the LaCie Rugged drives.

Rick


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Rafael Amador
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 2:56:55 pm

Three years that I use the LaCie LittleBigDik to back my EX/NANO in the field.
They are simply great.
rafael

http://www.nagavideo.com


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Chris Simpson
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 3:30:29 pm

So LaCie appears to be the way to go. Cheers.


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Rick Diamond
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Mar 29, 2011 at 9:41:26 pm

After my last post concerning the G-Mini, I thought it would be appropriate to further comment on G-Tech products. I've used their G-Speed RAID and G-Drives for years and they've been very reliable. I wouldn't hesitate recommending them to anyone.

Rick


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Bruce Rawlings
Re: Fast Portable drive for Mac Book pro on which to dump ex1 footage?
on Apr 1, 2011 at 11:31:26 am

I use a Nexto 2500 for instant backup and a 17" MacBookPro + Lacie Rugged drive for peace of mind. Lacie has been working well since the start of EX1 shooting.I always want at least 2 backups- just in case of trouble. I use SxS cards for interviews and important material more out of habit than anything else. Transcend 16gb class 6 SDHC cards in MxR adaptors have also served me without a hitch since the start of the revolution - must be over 2 years or more, I have lost count of timescale.


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