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THERE WERE TIMES WHEN I HAD TO USE FOUR OR FIVE DIFFERENT VIEWERS TO ACCOMPLISH WHAT HD-VU2 DOES IN ONE Photography: Ian Christy would face being stranded on a life raft in the middle of the ocean after a disaster. With the production taking place entirely on the open ocean, often with no land in sight, we were confronted with the seemingly impossible task of shooting two rafts simultaneously 24 hours a day. Often the rafts and crews were more than 20 miles (two to four hours) apart. I was on a vessel that went back and forth between the two crews, and my job was to collect and download media (when I wasn’t acting as first mate). ShotPut Pro and HD-VU2 were invaluable in handling and viewing all of the different formats and codecs on this show. Their simple interfaces proved especially helpful when processing and viewing media on the go from the hull of a boat, sometimes in swells of 10 feet or more! Using ShotPut Pro and HD-VU2 with an Areca 32 TB RAID Thunderbolt 2 system, a 15-inch MacBook Pro Retina, a Lexar Professional HR1 hub with exchangeable readers, and Sonnet SxS Thunderbolt readers, I was able to duplicate and deliver more than 48 terabytes of raw video footage without any loss of data. I’ve been a longtime user of Imagine Products applications, and I keep going back because of the quality and support. Not only can I count on the software to work when I need it most, but I can’t tell you how refreshing it is to send an email to the support team and get an answer the same day — often from President Dan Montgomery himself! In fact, Montgomery has helped me in the past by adding features I have needed in the field on the fly. It feels good to use a product that the president of the company stands behind and supports so positively and wholeheartedly. The bottom line is this: HD-VU2 is dependable and fast. It has cut down the time it takes to process large amounts of video data, allowing me more time to do quality control and handle production requests. I have tried just about every other data- management solution on the market today, and I always come back to HD-VU2 and ShotPut Pro. The ease of use and reliability of this software can’t be beat. There is nothing that comes close at this price point. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 111 MARCH 2016 | 53 TV-BAY111MARCH_Book.indb 53 11/03/2016 17:17