I have a small budget (<$1500) for a Macbook or Macbook Pro. Goal is to get something to backup footage from a GH5 on a remote/international shoot.
I was in love the form factor of the Macbook 12" but only has one USB-C port and apparently it doesn't have enough juice to push two portable drives on it's own.
2017 Macbook Pro 13" is the same price but has two Thunderbolt 3 ports that push 15 and 7 watts respectively. There are so many adapters and drives that it's making my head spin, but I figure 2 ports means there's less likely to go wrong. Also the faster processor means faster transfers when making backups to a second drive.
Anybody have recommendations on what adapters and drives to use?
For on set workflow get the MacBook Pro. The ports support Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C so give you a lot more flexibility. There are Thunderbolt camera card readers that you may want to use. Also Thunderbolt 3 RAID's.
Definitely just get the Macbook Pro w/ 2x TB3 ports. TB3 ports are the same as USB-C so just get some external drives that are USB-C or TB3. If you're using external hard drives USB-C is sufficient without the need for Thunderbolt speeds.
I recommend G-Tech for external drives. I'm a G-Tech dealer, so I can price them out if you tell me what capacity you need.
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