The new MacBook Pro has made some very interesting trade-offs during its most recent refresh, back in late 2016. They’re now much lighter and thinner than their predecessors, and feature the very cool Touch Bar. However, they’ve also pared down the number of ports available, and have significantly sealed them up, making upgrades nigh impossible.
Let’s say I’m a DIT (Digital Imaging Technician) working in the field on a small production, and I need more space than my MacBook Pro offers, but the amount of ports available limit my options. Low budget films also tend to be nimble with small crews, and can shoot faster in more locations on a single day than a large budget movie. However, they also tend to rely on crew members to wear more than one hat.
So as a DIT on a production like this, I will probably have no post-production facility support, and will be responsible for not only logging footage, but creating dailies as well. Worse yet, on a specific day, there are two location moves.
What I need is a small, portable rig that can handle large file sizes at high speeds. The Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini is a portable, two-bay, high-performance enclosure that holds two hard drives for extra storage. It features a single USB 3.1 Gen 2 port, which can also power the device. The chassis is made from rugged aluminum, and uses a near-silent fanless cooling system, which will keep the device quiet and cool wherever you go.
The enclosure will hold up to 4TB via two 2TB HDD drives, or 2TB via two 1TB SSD drives. What makes it even more fun is that you can configure it in RAID 1 for maximum security, so that if one drive fails, there’s a backup on the other. You can also span the drives, which will combine the storage capacity of both drives with the speed of a single drive. And for those of you who want to maximize speed, you can configure the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini in RAID 0, which is capable of delivering up to 738MB/s.
Since I need to both log and prepare dailies during the day, the MEPD mini is perfect. Set to RAID 0, I can get blazing fast speeds that will not only allow me to transfer files incredibly fast, but at those speeds, I’ll be able to prepare the dailies, as well.
The device is powered straight from the USB, so this also means I need fewer cables to bring with me, and I’ll be able to setup at any location incredibly fast. At only $94.99 for the enclosure, you can purchase several of them, and keep them around as backups for the footage when production ends, and the data is transferred to a larger RAID drive in the editing suite.
Click here to learn more about the Mercury Elite Pro Dual mini.
This article was sponsored by Other World Computing.