I’ve been going back and forth from one storage solution to another ever since deciding to purchase Panasonic’s Lumix GH4. Not only will the 4K files require far more storage capacity than HD, they will also demand faster transfer speeds. The iMac I ordered last month will be equipped with Apple’s Fusion drive, which, according to reviewers, has write speeds of around 320MB/s and read speeds (the numbers that matter for video editing) approaching 680MB/s, which should be plenty fast for 4K. As for what external drive to pair up with the iMac, my heart started to race when I read about LaCie’s stylish new Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2, a portable drive housing two Samsung SSDs and capable of speeds exceeding 1,100MB/s when connected to a Thunderbolt 2 port. Since the 2013 iMac only sports the original Thunderbolt, speeds would be somewhere in the 800MB/s range: not too shabby! But the 1TB drive will retail for a whopping $1,299. So when I learned about Western Digital’s My Passport Pro with Thunderbolt interface, my ears perked up. First of all, the unit is the fastest portable disk drive to date, reaching speeds upwards of 200MB/s – sufficient for doing offline editing of 4K, but a far cry from saturating the protocol. Moreover, the drive comes in two flavors: 2TB and 4TB, the former costing $360, the latter, $430 – a roughly $900 savings over the LaCie. And best of all, the WD drive is bus powered, making it truly compatible with rMBP laptops. The WD My Passport Pro chassis is constructed of aluminum and is supplied with an attached Thunderbolt cable.
What I should be doing is working on a script. Instead, I just go out and shoot street life every weekend. I should find an assistant to handle sound recording. Instead, I use a microphone mounted on the camera. I’m sure I’ll sort it all out – eventually! Anyhow, I’d been shooting in and around the park for some six weeks and was struggling to come up with a way to tie all the shots together, when I came up with the idea of bookending the video with some live performances in the park. I managed to get some half a dozen different songs, none of them perfect, and now I’m wondering if the whole idea is lame or not. Perhaps I can find someone this weekend to help me do some talking heads interviews to round things out. At the very least, maybe I can come up with a voiceover dialogue to talk about my experiences shooting on the streets of Saigon. My Blue Yeti USB microphone has been in storage for too long! Anyhow, here’s one of the takes.
Camera: Lumix GH3, G X Vario 12-35mm f/2.8 lens, Tiffen ND filter
Rode Stereo VideoMic Pro
Settings: 24p, Natural, -4, -4, -3, -5
LUT Utility Kodak 2393