I’ve been using thunderbolt and firewire external hard drives to edit off for a while now. Although they generally have a lot of storage space, and ‘ok’ speed (firewire->thunderbolt generally tops out at 60mbps), I have had too many die on me to place all of my trust in them.
So since then I have been looking to move to solid state storage.
There are a number of firewire or thunderbolt SSD hard drives on the market, including some from LaCie, but these are incredibly expensive for really quite small amounts of storage space.
So I turned my attention towards storing and editing, off usb thumb drives. A little crazy? Well, it works!
I did a bit of research and found that the fastest and best performing USB 3.0 thumb drive is the Sandisk Extreme 64gb flash drive. It performs both read AND write at about 180mbps. So I picked one of these up.
The verdict? It’s AMAZING. The speed of this thumb drive is through the roof, and because it has no moving parts, it is much less susceptible to being damaged by knocks.
Is 64gb big enough? Well we’ll see. For the majority of video work that I do, the projects don’t generally reach 64gb for approximately 5 minutes of video so for me it seems perfect. For larger projects I’m going to be looking into getting a PNY Turbo High Performance USB 3.0 Thumbdrive. It’s speeds are a little slower than the Sandisk, but it’s much cheaper and packs 128gb of space, huge!
Over the last 4 or so years that I’ve been recording on Canon DSLR’s, i’ve been on the hunt for a way to increase the dismal battery life of the cameras. Using LP-E6 or LP-E8 Batteries, I can barely get 1 hour of run time while shooting video.
Next, you need a dummy battery (also called a coupler) that goes in your camera and connects to the Anker. Here’s links for dummy batteries for the 5d, 70d, 7d and also for the t4i, t3i and t2i. You may also need a cheap connection plug (5.5mm x 2.1mm) to connect the battery cable to the dummy battery, you can buy them here.
The external battery also includes a dc cable that will connect to the dummy battery, so that’s it. You now have yourself a BEAST of an external battery.
I’ve done some tests using this battery and the run time is well above 8 hours of battery life.
Stay tuned for a new blog post where I’ll give some tips on how to mount this battery on your camera or rig.