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POWERFUL, PORTABLE STORAGE Camera operator and kit expert, Ian Follows, considers just how good the Samsung Portable SSD X5 is in a modern production environment

high-capacity cards, it could be used as an offload drive – especially the larger, 2TB version. Then in post, it would certainly speed up the editing process used as a scratch drive, rather than relying on a machine’s internal capabilities.” He continues: “Having experienced its speed, I can say the portable drive is also very helpful when it comes to verification and transcoding. With transcoding, of course, you’re reading a file, doing the transcode itself then exporting that new file, sometimes using just the one external device. With speed like that of the Samsung Portable SSD X5, you can use it as the source drive and sync the drive simultaneously with very little issue.” To remove the finer details and describe the Samsung Portable SSD X5’s astounding speed in the context of the creative process is one thing – albeit important – but the specs speak for themselves. With a modern NVMe interface, the portable drive can read and write at speeds up to 2800MB/s and 2300MB/s respectively. Put into perspective, those read speeds are up to 5.2x faster than a portable SSD with SATA interface, and up to a staggering 25.5x faster than an external HDD. “Speed is nice, not only for the convenience and time saved, but because

Certainly, there are few individuals better suited to cast their verdict on a thoroughly modern device like the Samsung Portable SSD X5. So, what exactly did Follows think? A MODERN WORKFLOW Thanks to its speed alone, the Samsung Portable SSD X5 is an incredibly versatile tool for virtually every step of production. “Having been hands-on with the portable drive, I can so easily identify the various uses for it during a shoot or in post,” Follows explains. “It’s ideal as a jump drive, to get files between machines very quickly. On a smaller or lower-budget shoot, which may not necessarily have

After years undertaking various roles in the camera department, camera operator Ian Follows turned his expert knowledge to writing – primarily reviewing filmmaking technology of all varieties. “I was likely one of the first working DITs in the UK when digital really took off,” he explains. “I still do some professional camera work, but it’s primarily editorial these days. In covering these products, I’ve used most of the gear on the market today in some capacity or another.”

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