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“The combination of Thunderbolt 3 with an SSD that reaches well above 2GB/s and with a 2TB capacity – that’s the holy trinity for us”

Raw files that we often shoot with, but you then have to transcode those to work with them. Essentially, to get the data rate low enough so that you’re not going quicker than exceeding the speed that you can actually read and write from the drive. So for us, the whole benefit of these portable drives, and their speed and capacity, is that we don’t have to transcode them.” PERFECT FOR RAW WORK As Kenchington has recently started working more with Raw files, it means the Samsung Portable SSD X5 has arrived at the perfect time. “For us, the use of these drives is very specific. It’s taking Raw rushes from our cameras and editing files from that drive without having to use bigger wall-powered workstations or anything like that,” he explains. “For instance we were filming some social media clips for one of our clients in 120fps 4K Raw with a cinema camera, and the rushes from that had very high data rates. But I needed to check them from my laptop at home away from the studio. “I literally took the CFexpress card from the camera, which is a new type of memory card with a Thunderbolt 3

with the cable. And, as I say, with our computers, they’ve all got multiple Thunderbolt 3 ports, so it’s perfect.” Kenchington concludes that the Samsung Portable SSD X5 offers everything he is looking for. “The combination of Thunderbolt 3, speeds of well above 2GB/s and a 2TB capacity – that’s kind of the holy trinity for us. Especially as it’s so portable, with its compact size and durability. A bus- powered, superfast Thunderbolt 3 drive ticks all of those boxes, and enables us to capture the Raw, high data rate files with our cameras, and to work with those files remotely. That definitely has a big impact on the way we work.”

CFexpress reader. I then copied those 4K 120fps Raw files from the CFexpress card straight to the Samsung Portable SSD X5, and took them home and was editing and colour grading and playing back those native Raw files directly from my laptop from the drive, which is really pushing it to the limits. There aren’t many other workflows that are going to exceed that kind of level. I was doing that for several hours. In video production, that’s about as high sort of throughput as anyone would need, I’d expect.” Kenchington explains that one of his main complaints with a lot of hard drives on the market is that they’re promoted for their speed, but they make use of USB 3.1 connectors, “which just wastes that speed basically”. He adds: “The 40Gbps throughput that Thunderbolt 3 offers is perfect for a very fast NVMe SSD like the Samsung Portable SSD X5, because it means you haven’t got a bottleneck



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