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David C Jones
Transferring Clips Off Of SSD
on May 26, 2013 at 3:50:08 am

Hi Everyone,

I'm going to be using the SandDisk SSD 480GB with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera and wanted to make sure I can just transfer the footage off of the drive to my portable harddrive or Macbook Pro via a SATA cable and what the best way to do this is.

Thanks in advance!

Dave J


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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Transferring Clips Off Of SSD
on May 27, 2013 at 6:45:13 am

From fastest to slowest:

If your MacBook Pro has a Thunderbolt port, you can use a Thunderbolt SATA drive "dock" to connect a SSD and transfer data to your laptop. Seagate makes one.

If your MBP has a USB-3 port, you can use a USB-3 SATA drive dock, such as Voyager S3 or StarTech.

If your MBP has an ExpressCard34 slot, you can put a eSATA adapter card in it, and use a eSATA dock, like Voyager Q.

If your MBP has Firewire 800, use a FW800 dock. Voyager Q can connect via eSATA or FW800.

If your MBP has USB-2, use a USB-2 dock. Again, Voyager Q.

Of the above choices, Thunderbolt is many times faster than USB-2. The other solutions fall in-between in terms of speed.

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David C Jones
Re: Transferring Clips Off Of SSD
on May 27, 2013 at 1:50:31 pm

Thanks Peter! I have a Macbook Pro from 2010 so, I'll have to use the eSATA port.

Best,

Dave J


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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Transferring Clips Off Of SSD
on May 28, 2013 at 12:59:49 am

[David C Jones] "I have a Macbook Pro from 2010 so, I'll have to use the eSATA port."

Me too.

For situations when I want to operate completely on battery power (no AC power), I also use a bus-powered eSATA/FW800 external disk enclosure (with its lid removed) as a "dock":
http://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MEQM0GBK/

Works great (I'm gentle/careful when installing/removing the SSD).

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stephen dixon
Re: Transferring Clips Off Of SSD
on Oct 30, 2013 at 1:59:26 am

I've been looking for thunderbolt adaptors for the same reason. Is the Seagate dock hack the best we can do? I'm usually pretty happy to bodge things together with duct tape, but when transferring rushes I want to be pretty sure I'm not going to accidentally knock it with my elbow and lose the day's work.

Here's a business opportunity for anyone who wants it:
1. Make a SATA SSD dock with thunderbolt out, and market it to BMCC users.
2. ?
3. Profit!

Stephen Dixon
Editor, Animator, Motionographer
Museum Victoria


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