New card offloader for digital filmmakers

Posted By Wes Plate on September 13, 2010 12:05 pm | Permalink
One problem faced by filmmakers using DSLRs and other cameras that record to memory cards is how to quickly offload the files so you can wipe the card and continue shooting. The problem is worst if you're a one-person operation, you can't shoot while you're offloading, and the offloading to a laptop can take what feels like forever. Nevermind the added bulk of the computer and drives that you're lugging around with you.

I have faced this dilemma myself, so I was curious what I might find at IBC.

Near the back of hall 11 is Nexto Di, which was showing its currently-shipping NVS2500 and a more professional and soon-to-be shipping version, the NVS2525. The NVS2525 is a small device sporting a P2 card slot as well as an SxS card slot. Inside the small enclosure is a 750GB hard drive and rechargeable battery and the front has a small display for menus and status communication.

The idea is you insert your camera's card — and BTW, CF cards are supported via a CF to Expresscard 34 adapter that fits into the SxS slot-- press a button and the system offloads the card at up to 80 MB/sec. You can even create an instant backup by attaching a portable eSATA drive to the NVS2525 and have the device automatically copy your camera's files to both the internal and external drives at the same time.

When you're done offloading and ready to move the files to your editing system there are USB, Firewire 800 and eSATA connections on the side for offloading this handy offloader.

The NVS2525 will be shipping in Q4 2010 for $2700 in a bundle that will include an external rechargeable battery and an external portable 750GB eSATA drive.