For storage on location, I saw displays of camera cards. CFast, an evolutionary step from the original Compact Flash card, is being used by more and more camera manufacturers. And now the cards are storing half a terabyte.A more recent update in the CF family is CF Express. While CFast is designed to operate like a drive, CF Express works more like RAM so it can achieve faster speeds. Faster speeds are important: As cameras increase in resolution, they have to write more pixels per frame. And the frame rates aren’t slowing down! A card that used to handle writing 2,000 pixels per 1/24 of a second might not be able to reliably handle 4,000 or 8,000 pixels in the same amount of time.
Beyond camera cards, getting the footage from production to post requires storage with different requirements. One essential element is ruggedness. At NAB, G-technology showed off their ArmorATD.
As I work on projects, I’m surprised how often I receive drives delivered by people who aren’t part of the production team. Couriers, etc., may not see the need to treat delivery of a drive any differently than a box of staples. The ArmorATD can survive the crushing weight of half a ton.
Next time, drives for the edit suite on the NAB floor.