Just last week Western Digital acquired SanDisk, the household name of everything solid state storage. Every video shooter or photographer knows SanDisk from their Extreme Pro range of SD and CompactFlash cards, and now also from their SSDs. That doesn’t mean there aren’t any other manufacturers. In fact, Intel has been prominent in this market as well. The only difference has been that SanDisk’s omnipresence in the market of CompactFlash, SD and other digital photo memory cards gave it an edge in the minds of one of the fastest growing markets: video and photography. So when Intel gave me the opportunity to try out one of their SSDs, I didn’t hesitate for a moment. The 730 Series is their top-of-the-range SATA consumer product and I tested the 240GB model.
Some products are upgraded once a year, even if the improvements seem few. On the surface, that’s the case with iZotope’s RX 5 Audio Editor Advanced. If you dig a bit deeper, though, it becomes apparent the RX 5 upgrade is worth every penny. That’s not because the quality of the editing results has improved dramatically — I don’t believe that’s possible anymore. It’s due to new plug-ins and better integration with DAWs, including Avid’s ProTools.
The first generation Ninja monitor/recorders sent a shock through the market. Here was a company that came out with a monitor/recorder for a very affordable price with features that, until then, were available only for the price of a small car. The first Atomos product was HDMI-only, but recorded to Apple’s ProRes 422 HQ on cheap and commonly available 2.5in media. The Ninja Blade once more was something of a first with its high-res screen. And now in addition to the Blade for HD, we have the Ninja Assassin for 4K. The new device is a clear break with the past. It has a different form factor and comes with only two accessories.