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Old August 24th, 2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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Any suggestions for a quick way to get the SxS cards into a Mac Pro tower? I have the Sony reader, but the usb is slow so I'm looking for an alternative.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 04:45 PM   #2
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Not long ago I did some research into this same question and came to the conclusion that no, there aren't any better alternatives than the USB reader to get SxS files into a MacPro in one hop. There are certainly lots of choices if you can bear two or more hops, but those are worse if speed is your primary motivation.

There is a PCIe card that you can put in the MacPro which has an ExpressCard slot (facing out the back of the computer) but it has one very, very serious flaw: you must reboot your computer each time you change cards. Seriously.

Right now, my SxS card reader of choice is my MacBookPro. I offload into FW800-attached storage in the field then move that over to the edit bay where the MacPro lives. Two hops, but it works out pretty well for my workflow.

I wish Sony or someone would make a FW800 ExpressCard reader.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #3
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Old August 24th, 2009, 05:54 PM   #4
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wow - $999 for a card reader! Who do they think they are ? Sony?
I'll stick with the macbook two step, thanks.
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Old August 25th, 2009, 06:25 AM   #5
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I had questioned this last year about the same thing.

I thought this production from New Egg was the solution, apparently not.

Newegg.com - SYBA ExpressCard to PCI-Express Conversion Card Model SD-PEX-EXPC - Add-On Cards
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