DEFINITION May 2022 - Web


FLYING FIELDWORK Cameraman Martin Janes travels light, works fast and delivers impactful results – and it’s all easier than ever with the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch in hand

SHIFTING GEAR Read speeds up to 1050MB/s and write speeds up to 1000MB/s make for rapid transfers that need to be seen to be believed

If 4K footage from a drone or mirrorless camera isn’t challenging enough, higher-end professional workflows utilise even larger files. “I was recording ProRes Raw with the cinema camera, but even that flew across from the monitor/recorder to the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch,” Janes continues. “There are obvious benefits to the codec, like a better editing experience. You’re getting more data, which means more bandwidth for grading, for example. But those benefits are only made possible through much more sizable files, which is a problem. Having an SSD that handles so much data, so quickly, is hugely beneficial.”

MARTIN JANES CREDITS much of his success to versatility – and versatile he certainly is. Over almost 20 years, he’s become proficient in editing and After Effects, animation, live streaming and more. Working under the moniker Bella Films, the capable creative still sees himself as a cameraman first and foremost. “I do commercial, sports coverage, adverts and events. I’m currently working on a project for a government authority, requiring both ground-based and aerial footage of a local area, for promotional and tourism purposes. This shoot took place in the field, so I had the Samsung Portable SSD T7 Touch in a mobile workflow.”

With broad compatibility, this portable drive is a highly versatile device. While it works for anything, from external recording to a post-production scratch disk, it also brings lightning speeds to the fundamental parts of every video project. Transferring footage from both his drone memory card and a cinema camera monitor/recorder, Janes’ needs were demanding to say the least. But the Samsung shouldered the responsibility. “The data transferred on and off the portable drive so quickly – it’s phenomenally fast. I’ve got seven SSDs from another brand, which I’ve always thought impressive, but the Samsung is so much quicker,” he enthuses.


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