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HOW DO I PLAYBACK PRORES MXF FILES FROM THE ALEXA MINI LF?

HOW DO I PLAYBACK PRORES MXF FILES FROM THE ALEXA MINI LF?
When working with any form of camera footage that uses Apple's ProRes Codec, it's always been easy. Traditionally they have been .mov files, you can play them back as simply as pressing the spacebar and using Quick Look on macOS. If you are using the Alexa Mini LF on-set and shooting ProRes, the ...

WHAT IS THE FASTEST OFFLOAD SOFTWARE?

WHAT IS THE FASTEST OFFLOAD SOFTWARE?
If you are performing data management on set you are likely using Silverstack, Hedge, Shotput Pro or YoYotta. Here at Film Drives we are always striving for faster offloads so we decided to put them to the test. The results were surprising, so allow us to walk you through the process, the results...

ON-SET WITH THE ALEXA MINI LF | FIRST IMPRESSIONS

ON-SET WITH THE ALEXA MINI LF | FIRST IMPRESSIONS
Last week I had my first job with the Alexa Mini LF. It was great to get hands on with ARRI's latest camera and test out some of the new hardware. I thought I'd put together this post for those that are curious about the new Codex Compact Drives and their companion Compact Drive Reader as well as...

WILL THUNDERBOLT MAKE MY DRIVES FASTER?

WILL THUNDERBOLT MAKE MY DRIVES FASTER?
In short, sometimes. But in most circumstances it won't make a difference. This is a common assumption that comes up time and time again. I have had many Production Managers assure me that 'I got Thunderbolt Drives so they'll be the fastest and we'll be covered'. This is almost never true and I ...

WHERE DO I FIND MY FILM DRIVES 'SERIAL NUMBER'?

WHERE DO I FIND MY FILM DRIVES 'SERIAL NUMBER'?
Recently we launched our Film Drives 'Speed Lookup' Tool that allows you to enter the Serial Number from any Film Drive and instantly access the Write and Read Speeds that it recorded during testing at the factory. You might be asking, where exactly do I find my Film Drives Serial Number? So we t...

OPTIMIZING FINDER FOR DATA MANAGEMENT

OPTIMIZING FINDER FOR DATA MANAGEMENT
When prepping your computer for on-set data management there are many things that need to be setup. This can include software installations, application preferences, testing hardware, etc. One thing that is often overlooked is Finder in macOS. When you take a second to really think about it, this...

2018 MACBOOK PRO + EGPU = FASTER TRANSCODING?

2018 MACBOOK PRO + EGPU = FASTER TRANSCODING?
In 2016 the MacBook Pro got updated with a new design and beefier specs, but the specs were never really pro. Finally in 2018 Apple issued an update that finally ticked the boxes for a worthy upgrade.   6-Core CPU, check. 32GB of RAM, check. Decent Graphics Card, check.   I jumped at the chance...

IS MY DRONE FOOTAGE CORRUPT?

IS MY DRONE FOOTAGE CORRUPT?
Over the past few years we've witnessed the rise of Drone Cinematography on-set. While this has brought new and exciting tools into the hands of many filmmakers, it's also caused an equal number of headaches for DITs and Data Wranglers. Today I want to show you how to solve the number one problem...

WHAT'S IN A DATA KIT?

WHAT'S IN A DATA KIT?
Today I am going to run you through all of the components that make up a great Data Management Kit. My philosophy is to have every tool in the toolkit, that way no matter what problem arises you have all the resources on hand to tackle it head on. The Data Kit that I outline below is my personal ...