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Old November 23rd, 2009, 11:19 PM   #1
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SxS card reader or Express card reader

Hi all,
I use the Sony EX1. I have tried using SD cards (Kingmax 16GB SDHC 6th generation cards using the MxR Expresscard Reader), but this system has proved unreliable. So I want to buy another SxS card. The problem is how to get data off the cards while in the field. Having a computer on standby isn't a viable option. When I thought the SD cards would work, I solved this problem with a Nexto - it reads SD cards - so during the day, I would put my footage onto the Nexto, then at night, I would back it up on another disc up via my computer. But my Nexto doesn't read SxS cards (they do have a model that reads SxS cards, but it's really expensive). So, I want to find a SxS card reader that I can attach to the Nexto. The Sony reader doesn't seem to be a good option because it needs a power source - am I right? What about the SIIG USB to ExpressCard adaptor: SIIG, Inc. : USB to ExpressCard Adapter - (JU-000012-S1 )
Does anyone have experience using this? Is it reliable?
Does anyone have any other solutions for my problem?
Thanks!
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Old November 30th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #2
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Lizi,

I tried the Siig reader and it would not recognize the SxS cards. In order to read the SxS card it needs to recognized PCIe based cards. The Siig only recognizes USB 2.0 based cards. Here is a solution I'm thinking of trying:

PCIe to ExpressCard Reader (1-Slot Card Drive / Bay Adapter) for Desktop Computer

I'm still in the search mode. Right now I just use my laptop and connect it into my network and share the Express Card as if it were a drive.

-Garrett
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Old December 9th, 2009, 01:38 PM   #3
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"Right now I just use my laptop and connect it into my network and share the Express Card as if it were a drive."

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How does SxS card download speed over the network from your laptop to your desktop compare to download speed from your laptop to it's internal drive?
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Old December 9th, 2009, 02:04 PM   #4
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Thanks for your replies, guys.
So basically, there isn't a SxS card reader on the market that doesn't need a power source. Is that right? There's only Sony's SxS reader, but it needs to be plugged into a power source...
So, is the only solution to getting footage off my SxS cards in the field opening up my computer and using it Express Card slot?
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