Plugable has just released its mobile Thunderbolt 3 NVMe 1TB drive and I took it for a spin. The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 NVMe drive appears to be based on the Phison E12, a PCIe Gen 3×4 controller.
CalDigit released what must be the smallest mobile NVMe SSD currently available. The 74 grammes CalDigit Tuff Nano has a capacity of 512GB (soon also available in a 1TB version). The Tuff Nano is slightly bigger than two CompactFlash cards laid next to each other and slightly thicker than two of them stapled on top of each other. It comes with two cables in a sturdy plastic storage box.
What do filmmakers, GoPro shooters and photographers have in common? They crave for speed. The ProGrade Digital MicroSDXC memory card is a UHS-2 card that offers just that and not only at the input side. It comes with a UHS-2 converter which has a double row of contacts.
Although you can, of course, offload your footage and photos using a €5 SD-card reader, it pays off to spend that little bit more. A good media reader won’t fail in the middle of an offload, is fast, robust, readily available and unobtrusive. ProGrade’s memory card readers are all of that and more.
Hedge for Mac/Windows, the fast offloading app, has been updated – or rather, upgraded – to version 18.1. Hedge now offers Fast Lane on Windows machines as well, but far more interesting fro anyone using Macs instead, is the ability of Hedge to offload anything to anything. It’s what the company calls a car wash concept.
Bombich Software recently released an upgrade to its backup and disk cloning application, Carbon Copy Cloner. Carbon Copy Cloner 5 offers complex task filtering, coaching tips, smarter pruning, task grouping and scheduling and more. It still allows you to create exact — bootable — clones of a startup disk and enables you to check if a backup or clone hasn’t been corrupted due to bit rot or other errors. And while I was at it, I had a short talk with Mike Bombich, the developer and publisher of Carbon Copy Cloner, on backing up, offloading and securing your backups.
Micron Technology, Lexar’s parent company, announced that it is discontinuing its Lexar retail removable media storage business. The Lexar portfolio includes memory cards, USB flash drives, readers, and storage drives for retail and OEM customers. Micron is exploring opportunities to sell all or part of the Lexar business. The company said it will continue to provide support to existing customers through the transition period. Customers should contact their Lexar sales representative to discuss specific requirements. Except for the fact that it’s a real pity Lexar media won’t be what it used to be — even if the company is sold to someone else, who knows what it will do to the quality of the products? — these statements are pretty vague, so I contacted Lexar myself and asked them to clarify. Marc Musgrove, Head of Global PR Corporate Marketing at Micron Technology, said: “I know there’s been a bit of discussion on warranties, so I wanted to just clarify on this point: Micron will honour the Lexar end-user warranties and continue to provide customer support …
Atomos’ latest Ninja and Shogun monitor/recorders are pretty awesome, but if there’s one thing the company should work on it’s the way you have to remove your master caddies from the recorder. I can relate to the need for the caddy to sit really tight when recording, but they should be made in such a way that you don’t have to press so hard you risk damaging the top surface when trying to pry them from the unit.
MacBook Pro 2016 users need a dock to hook up their legacy Thunderbolt gear. The most efficient and probably cheapest way to get there is to buy a dock like the CalDigit TS3 Lite or TS3. Those docks have their merit with iMacs too, despite of the need to work with adapters.
Hedge Connect is the iOS companion app to Hedge. It allows you to receive live notifications about the state of your offloads when working on set. Hedge Connect works with both the free and premium version of Hedge for Mac.