Before we go out and film we like to make sure we are bringing the proper SD cards to use. When we are shooting a lot of 4K video we like to use cards that have fast read and write speeds. This is essential because the quality of the video will be greatly increased when you have a memory card that will retain all the information being captured through the camera.
Keeping Track of your SD cards
There is nothing worse than keeping track of an SD card that is on the loose. They are so small that it is easy to lose track of. We have used the 0915 Micro Memory Card case by Pelican for years. This case is really great because you can store a ton of memory cards and it is extremely durable so you can take it with you on all your shoots. They are also water-resistant so you can have the peace of mind knowing that all of your media will be safe and secure!
Backing Up Media On the Go
The Gnarbox is an awesome piece of gear that essentially marries an external hard drive and a computer all in one. We love using this thing when we are out in the field or when we are on trips that don't allow us to have a computer on site.
There are a few different ways that you can load your footage onto the Gnarbox. There are ports dedicated for standard SD cards, micro SD cards, USB 2.0, and USB 3.0. So if you're using an external drive with existing footage you can easily back that up as well. All of the footage is accessed through the Gnarbox App.
The Drobo 5D3 is a direct-attached storage (DAS). This is a device that allows you to hold up to 5 Solid State Hard drives (SSD) in one ecosystem. They also have a technology built in that protects all of your media if a hard drive fails.
This system is great for our workflow because the Drobo system is expandable. If we need extra storage it is easy to daisy chain the devices together using a Thunderbolt connection.
File organizing is a great way for us to locate and allocate the media that we have after we have backed up all of our footage. When you have many different projects, it is essential that you organize your footage in a way that is easily accessible down the line.