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rushes - in a rush!
A review of G-Technology’s
G-DOCK ™ ev storage solution
by Mark Stopher, BroadcastShow Editor
I was recently charged with the task of backing
up files from a 9 day web series shoot.
The sci-fi series is called ‘Hunger Ford’
and is being produced by Wild Seed Studios
(wildseedstudios.com). We began day four by throwing a
postman through a breakaway table covered in sugar glass items. After
such effort went into getting that perfect shot - backing it up had to be
done right. We all know too well that feeling of loosing a file, and I did not
want to be the one sheepishly telling the director that his masterpiece had
G-Technology had the perfect product for me. The G-DOCK™ ev with
Thunderbolt connection is an expandable storage solution that comes
with two removable 1TB hard drives. So, on set I could copy files across
to a hard drive using its USB 3.0 connection. The ease of use was just
phenomenal - no external power cables were left dangling to trip me up
and files skipped across the cable at speeds of 136 MB/s. When you’re
in a rush to pack up lots of kit, something simple and efficient is definitely
best. Once my G-DRIVE was full of clips, I could take it back to the
G-DOCK™ ev at home where a second drive was waiting, already plugged
into the dock by SATA connection. The files could then be backed up to this
second drive through the G-DOCK’s ultra-fast Thunderbolt transfer. They
are hot-swappable so no unplugging and powering down every time you
want to change the drives.
Setup was a doddle. The box contains a plethora of cables and everything
you need to get started. The price of £589 gets you the G-DOCK™ ev
and 2 1TB drives to go with it. You can then buy additional G-DRIVEs for
£149.99, or... wait until the end of September when the G-DRIVE PLUS will
be released. Slightly bigger, but still compatible with the dock, these drives
will have a transfer rate of up to 250 MB/s. If you plugged two of these into
a dock with a RAID 0 configuration, you could reach up to 500 MB/s - that’s
15 minutes of uncompressed 2K transferred in 7 minutes.
The units themselves are really slick. They look at home next to a mac -
with aluminum casing and simple design. Initially, this worried me about
their durability. However, they can survive a 1 meter drop and have a 3 year
limited warranty. The smart cooling fan keeps them transferring happily
whilst remaining almost silent. A Kensington Security Slot will stop any
accidents happening to the dock too.
The fact that the setup is completely configurable opens up lots of
possibilities. The drives ship in JBOD format but are RAID configurable if
you so choose. You could have several G-DRIVEs all with different projects
on, and just plug them into the dock when needed. Admittedly, a display
screen on the drive would be a welcome addition - then you could easily
configure the text shown to associate it with a project. The low-tech solution
of sticky labels comes into play as the unit ships with several stickers to
place in the grooves of the drive.
The G-DOCK™ ev is only currently available for Mac. Perhaps we’ll see
a way for it to work with Windows further down the line. For now, it is a
completely customisable setup that keeps my postman clips safe and
allows me time to go out and shoot more.
64 | TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 80 AUGUST 2013