GNARBOX 2.0: Back-up and Edit Video On the Fly Sans Laptop or Device

If you’ve ever gotten extremely frustrated over losing a “moment” while transferring footage to your laptop to make room in your card or device, then Gnarbox 2.0 is the perfect solution to your problem. After the original Gnarbox successfully debuted on Kickstarter in 2015, its developers lost no time in creating an improved version based on the feedback from its users. It’s now back on Kickstarter with the campaign already exceeding its funding target.

Backing up files is such a necessary task in the photography and video workflow – when you think about it, there’s no way product without intact files. However, enthusiastic users can miscalculate just how much they can store. Increasing the megapixels or changing the capture output can quickly fill up your drive. Another important thing to consider is that when on the go, conditions are unpredictable (inhospitable actually!) so you need a back-up that is rugged, shockproof, and waterproof.

If you are an occassional user, storage is the least of your worries and you can just focus on shooting indelible Kodak moments. But if you had taken an incredible amount of footage and you have no time to edit or make sense of any of it, you do need the portable Gnarbox! Download your videos while on the go through SD or microSD to this 128 GB (expandable) storage solution without needing your smartphone or laptop. Aside from being the go-to ready device, you can edit photos and even 4K video and export to social media.

One touch backup with Checksum Verification and fast transfers (75MB/s SD to 450MB/s USB-C)to pre-set folder trees makes the once tedious job of backing-up fast and easy.  Data is organized by date and camera. Now selling at $250 at Amazon or through Kickstarter, it is compatible with Android and iOS (not Windows), DSLRs, action cameras and drones. Compatible with Action Cameras, DSLRs, and Drones.

Another way to look at it is to see it as a “standalone” computer with its own editing software. It is connected through Wi-Fi and can be expanded to 1 Terabyte harddrive. Whether you are a hoarder of footage or one who meticulously reviews and deletes everything except the choicest morsels to string together into an amazing video, the Gnarbox has a place in your travel knapsack.

The essence of going on vacay is to unwind and there’s practically no point in bringing a laptop. But for the more demanding who find editing on smartphone tacky, the Gnarbox is a reasonable compromise robust enough to bridge your needs from the field to the studio. It is equipped with tools to:

  • safekeep
  • select
  • sequence and render (with rough cuts and transitions) and
  • showcase on any HDMI enabled screen.

With Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, Dropbox, and LumaFusion integrations this sleek box has become more powerful. It definitely is not a replacement for your favorite editing suite but in the field, it does an amazing job and cuts down the time you eventually spend on editing!

What You Need to Know About the Cloud: Centralized Data versus Distributed Data

Data is one of the key ways that companies can compete in today’s world. And if you want to get ahead in the digital age, you need to understand your storage options and how they affect your business. Here is the difference between two key concepts called centralized data and distributed data:

Centralized Storage

When it comes to centralized storage, everything is in the same place as the name implies. Your data is in one center. The problem is that if this center goes down for any reason, you are out of luck. If a key employee decides not to show up, or there is a power outage, you are in trouble either way. If you have a storage facility in one city and a customer all across the country, it could be slow to serve this up. If you want to speed up your service, you might find yourself paying a lot for a new storage facility if you don’t already have distribution across that stretch. So be sure to take into account the additional risks and costs of keeping all of your data in one place. IT Still Works argues that centralized data storagetypically employs higher-quality components and redundancy, which makes it significantly more reliable than local storage. Centralized database storage facilitates virtualization and provides comprehensive data access, if desired, from anywhere in the world.

Distributed Storage

This provides a number of benefits to companies. First of all, when your storage is distributed it means that you don’t have to worry about one center going out. You have natural backups all around the country or the world. You have many copies of the same data, so you are safe in the event that a disaster happens. Furthermore, when your data is everywhere, it is faster to serve it up to customers and to your team. This decentralized data strategy lets you keep your data at the ready no matter what area your customers are in. Another advantage of this data approach is that the cost is much lower. When you want to scale out, you can simply get more servers up. You don’t have to add to the same center. Instead, you can leverage services that provide distributed data. And then you can reinvest the profits you gain into your business to dominate your market. In summary, Storj explains that distributed storage is “Faster because multiple machines are serving you your file simultaneously, cheaper because you are renting people’s spare hard-drive space instead of paying for a purpose-built data center, and more secure because your file is both encrypted and shredded.”

How you use your data is crucial to the long term success of your business. Without great data security and availability, you are putting yourself at risk. So make sure you understand the risks and benefits associated with the data storage strategies above and select the best one for you.

First enterprise SSD from Seagate introduced

Seagate’s first solid-state drive (SSD) is now available generally. Dubbed as the Pulsar, it will be the first of what will be a line of enterprise SSDs from the company.

According to iSupply, a technology research firm, despite the high memory price of SSDs in laptops making it harder to replace hard disk drives, it is still a growing market and it has been predicted that it will drive a sevenfold increase in market revenue this year to $883 million.

As to Seagate’s first SSD, it measures just 2.5-inch, has a SATA interface, is a single-level cell drive and is available with up to 200 GB of memory storage. At its peak performance, the Pulsar can execute up to 30,000 read input/output operations per second and 25,000 write IOPS. It can read/write data in an amazing 240 MB/s and 200 MB/s respectively.

With the SSD’s lower power usage, smaller size and faster input/output, vendors can probably expect to sell more of this new storage type in the coming years.


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