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Old February 16th, 2009, 11:15 AM   #1
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EX1 hard disk recording USB drive

I have to shoot over an extended period of time without the ability to access the camera.

Has anyone tested shooting with the ex1/ex3 using a USB expresscard with a USB hard disk plugged in?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 12:29 PM   #2
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How long is extended?

I'v used two SDHC 32GB cards for nearly 4 hours of recording time with EX1 and firmware 1.11. Sony's USB hard drive is 60GB. The two SDHC cards total 64GB so I don't see the purpose to the hard drive.

It's easier and cheaper to buy more SDHC cards than deal with a hard drive, powering it, potential shock issues that can result in data loss.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 01:23 PM   #3
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I've found plugging in two of the Sony PHU-60K Hard drives totalling 120GB works well with just under 8 hours of record time. Not the cheapest method but it works very well (you can't overcrack the hard drive though).

An alternative would be to put a 32GB SxS or MxR with a 32GB SDHC Card and a PHU-60K which will total 92GB/6 hours.

Not had any issues with the PHU-60K but do prefer using either the SxS and/or MxR if I had a choice, but like you I sometimes need to leave the camera and have to high capacity memory.
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Old February 16th, 2009, 06:44 PM   #4
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24 hours

I need to record for 24 hours.

I was thinking that it might be possible to purchase an expresscard34 to USB 2 adapter, plug it into a hard disk drive and then have it show up the Sony's 60Gb hard disk shows up, but instead of 60Gb its 1.5Tb.

Any ideas on this?
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Old February 16th, 2009, 07:40 PM   #5
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Firewire and On Location
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Old February 16th, 2009, 09:06 PM   #6
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hmm... Why On Location vs. Final Cut 6.04? The 35mb is much nicer than the 25mb firewire option also. Are there benefits to On Location/Firewire over ioHD with FCP?
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Old February 19th, 2009, 08:57 AM   #7
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hmm... Why On Location vs. Final Cut 6.04? The 35mb is much nicer than the 25mb firewire option also. Are there benefits to On Location/Firewire over ioHD with FCP?
I thought the same thing, but I just shot a 4 hour event at 1080 60i SP and it looks great. This was a very low light event shot with the gain at +3. But everything looks great! I guess I could do some screen grabs is you want to see.
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