The Kingston HyperX Fury SSD of 120GB should not feature on Atomos’ Recommended media list for 4K video recording. This SSD can’t even keep up with 1080p video data streams and is only usable for 720p50 recordings.
When do you need an external monitor/recorder? I analysed the NLE support for different formats, the difference between various subsampling methods and between 8-bit and 10-bit colour depth, and compared the internal recordings of different cameras with the footage shot with the newest Shogun Flame. My verdict is that it is always better to shoot to a production codec. It saves a lot of post-production time when you edit with Final Cut Pro X or Da Vinci Resolve. The new Atomos Shogun (and Ninja) Flame support all the ProRes and DNxHD output types, are HDR-capable and come with a number of extras not found anywhere else.
Mobile disk drives are essential tools for movie and video makers. Everyone who ventures out in hostile environments to shoot footage needs rugged drives that can withstand some rough handling. It’s the main reason why LaCie has made its Rugged series and why G-Tech jumped on this bandwagon with its G-Drive ev range. CalDigit may perhaps be late to the game, releasing its bus-powered Tuff drive only recently, but it beats the forerunners by a large margin. The CalDigit Tuff is probably the most versatile drive in this market niche. It has a USB Type-C port that is backwards compatible, so it will work on any machine with USB. It will also work with Thunderbolt 3 machines. The Tuff comes with a 20cm USB Type-C and USB 3 converter cable in its rugged, protective archive case. It complies with the USB 3.1 standard, which allows for 10GB/sec throughput performance. The first and most obvious two aspects that set the Tuff apart is that it currently comes in a generous 2TB hard drive configuration with an SSD configuration in …
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.