G-Technology: G-RAID vs G-DRIVE: What Is the Big Difference?

Hurlbut Visuals by David Weldon image0011So Shane walks up to me a few days ago and says: “Hey David, we need to talk about on-set workflow, specifically with the use of G-Raids. We need to get people to see what is important in their workflow as DITs on set and why these drives make a difference, especially when people are buying the G-Drives instead of the G-Raids, since the G-Drives are cheaper.” Imagine this scenario. What if on a job, the files were damaged and the DIT had to race back to the rental house to get the cards from the camera before they were wiped? Now when the DIT talked with production before the shoot and told them that two 4TB G-RAID drives were needed, production said that they were only willing to get two 4TB G-DRIVEs because they were less expensive. Now on the shoot day the DIT managed to back up the footage to the Master drive with no problem. Well, suppose that Master drive was then lost on its way to editorial, and there is a problem with the Backup drive. There is a problem with the Backup drive because the footage was not able to verify onto that G-Drive because Production did not give the DIT enough time to verify the backup and asked the DIT to turn in the Backup drive. Well, when that Backup drive went to editorial, an entire day’s worth of material was corrupted. Potential disaster. Right?! The point of that scenario is that having higher transfer speeds on the Master and Backup drives would be ideal for making sure that everything goes right at the end of the shoot day. It takes care of any worry and fear that something might go wrong. As much as this post is about learning to protect the footage, it’s also a lot about how to protect yourself. read more...

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