High-Performance Flash-Based System Takes Data from Recording Units On-Set to Project Storage Back in the Office
G-Technology and Atomos have been hard at work since their partnership was first announced at Cine Gear Expo in June. Evidence will be on display at IBC, where G-Technology is rolling out a line of new, co-branded gear led by the Atomos Master Caddy 4K and Atomos Master Caddy HD.
Atomos Master Caddy 4K by G-Technology
The new Master Caddies are designed to fit directly into any Atomos-compatible recorder, as well as into the new ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition. The Master Caddy Edition, in turn, slides into a G-Dock ev or G-Speed Shuttle XL with ev-series bay adapters for transfer into project storage.
ev Series Reader Atomos Master Caddy Edition
The Master Caddy Edition is meant to be used as a standalone device running on bus power or to be inserted into docking systems. It has USB-C Gen. 2 connectivity for reading off of Master Caddies at speeds up to 540 MB/second, the company said.
"For Atomos users, this is all ready to go," Greg Crosby, G-Technology's senior worldwide product line manager, todl StudioDaily. "They can take these drives out of the box and plug them directly into the Atomos systems — unlike Atomos systems today, which come with empty caddies so they have to purchase media to use on their shoot."
The technical feat is making 4K video workflow available with standardized 2.5-inch media. That means the Master Caddy 4K employs solid-state memory. "At the end of last year, [G-Technology/HGST parent Western Digital] acquired SanDisk," Crosby explained. "We now have a lot more technology that we can use in the G-Technology portfolio, so we're using SanDisk solid-state technology to provide high-performance, high-endurance flash technology in this solution."
Other workflow features include drive labels and an included QR Code that's unique to the drive and can be used to manage the ingest and offload of data.
The 1 TB Master Caddy HD has an MSRP of $100. The SSD-based Master Caddy 4K comes in 256 GB ($150), 512 GB ($250) and 1 TB ($350) versions. First customer shipments of the Atomos-branded products are expected to ship at IBC.
CFast ev Series Reader
Also on the eve of IBC, Atomos announced a new CFast ev Series Reader for transferring files from CFast 2.0 media to G-Technology ev Series-compatible drives via USB 3.0. It's set to ship later this month for a $100 MSRP.
Meanwhile, the capacity of the G-Drive ev Raw has been expanded to 2 TB at a $160 price point. A 1 TB version will remain available for $130.
Finally, G-Technology's new 12-bay G-Rack 12 NAS has some enhancements. It now supports up to four expansion chassis, for a total of 500 TB of usable RAID 6 storage (when configured with 10 TB drives), and a third-party platform is being established to allow the addition of new software capabilities. The G-Rack 12 runs Linux, offers four 10 GigE network connections, and works in Final Cut Pro and Adobe environments.
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