My wife and I do some studio video interview shoots for a channel involved in novel startup ventures and such. We use 3 cameras and 3 or 4 audio tracks with a basic host / subject seated format. These may run over an hour of studio and video time out of which we might want to get 30 minutes of edited video. There may be one or more clips per camera. The cameras will shoot dual cards for backup but we’er currently just shooting one card (soon to change).
Audio is recorded with a Tascam DR70d recorder mixer to a SD single card in poly wav format. 3 or 4 tracks come from XLR wired lav mics x 2 or 3 plus one condenser shotgun mic. We usually roll one audio clip on all channels for the entire time.
All video plus audio amounts to around 120GB total data for one session.
One bottleneck in the process is transfer of data from the SD cards to an SSD. This SSD is used exclusively for the one vid session as an external MacOS HDD and also hold project files and other needed A/V assets (added to the SSD) for graphics, logos, music, intro, outro, etc. This is then edited in Adobe Premiere.
Are you aware of any device or technique for higher speed transfer of data from the SD cards (video x 3, audio x 1) to the SSD? We are using class 128GB 10 SD cards.
Currently it takes about 1.5 hrs to transfer data using an integrated SD reader on a Macbook with the external SSD.
Now I’m just realizing that we probably have USB 2. Apparently USB 3 is 10x faster but I’d have to figure out if the card would then be the limitation.
But I guess my question remains. I’m trying to speed up the process of transferring the data from the cards. I may go to Microcenter to see if I can find a USB 3 reader and give it a try.
If you care to comment on any of the following, please do - there are a couple of additional topics here . . .
- Fast method to transfer data from multiple SD cards to external USB drive
- Please comment if you are interested in some paid work editing such work with Adobe Premiere. There may be an issue making this data available to you considering its size.