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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:05 AM   #1
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might this be the answer re importing from SxS into Mac Pro?

Hi all,
Just wondering if this is what some of you with Mac Pros have been waiting for:

Sonnet - Qio: Professional Universal Media Reader/Writer Plus Four eSATA Ports

works with SxS cards (and others).
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Old September 11th, 2009, 09:27 AM   #2
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Certainly does. Wonder what it will cost.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 10:17 AM   #3
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Finally (crosses fingers). I don't see a price. Curious about the transfer speed of course.
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Old September 11th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #4
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Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it costs $1000.

Sonnet announces Qio universal media reader/writer | MacNN
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Old September 11th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #5
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it'll be $999 and they're aiming for an Oct release but don't know when yet
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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:20 AM   #6
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Regardless of cost I would tread very carefully before buying this. Not to diss Sonnet. They make good stuff but we have not heard is XDCAM media can be imported off SxS cards with this unit (unless I missed something in their marketing material). They say it will accept SxS cards but you can put mp3s or family snapshots on an SxS card and import them through any card reader that accepts SxS cards.

Someone please correct me if I am wrong but don't spend a thousand bucks until it is verified you can import the EX media through this unit.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 12:56 AM   #7
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Would be nice to get this with a Firewire connection to the computer.
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Old September 17th, 2009, 01:35 AM   #8
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If it will work with SxS cards then I see no reason why it wouldn't allow you to copy the files off, after all they are just data files no different to stills or anything else.
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Old April 5th, 2010, 04:05 PM   #9
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Just adding to this old thread, I have a Qio sitting on my desk now, which I will be reviewing for publication.

It is a pretty amazing little box with connection to Express34 card or PCIe card for desktop computer, pass-through power and 4 eSata ports.

Additionally it is effectively an Express34 or PC cardbus expander. For example, it works with the Express34 interface of the AJA i/o Express and presumably with the Matrox MXO2 or MXO2 mini (I'm testing that later today).

I also do not have any P2 devices here at the moment, so only have been able to test SxS, CF and SDHC cards.

Connected to MacBook Pro, I copied about 15gb from 16gb SxS card to attached Sonnet F2 raid in a little under 3 minutes. Using Shotput Pro, the exact copy time was 164 seconds.

Inserting CF cards from NanoFlash (recorder 1920x1080 23.98 at 100 Mbps LongGOP), I was able to play at full data rate directly from the card.

While the list is $999 (street price at B&H is less), the Qio is much more than a card reader and has some significant uses in edit situations where dealing with a wide range of solid state media.

More as my test progress....

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Old May 13th, 2010, 06:16 PM   #10
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sorry, i didn't get this,
I won't be able to import from SxS on MacBook Pro?
I was planning to buy 17", 15" doesn't have express card reader, so 3K piece won't read SxS?
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Old May 13th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #11
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This thread is about MacPro which has no express port.

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sorry, i didn't get this,
I won't be able to import from SxS on MacBook Pro?
I was planning to buy 17", 15" doesn't have express card reader, so 3K piece won't read SxS?
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Old May 13th, 2010, 08:04 PM   #12
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My MBP 17" with Express Card slot works with SxS & SDHC (with card adapter) just fine. Not to worry.


Would there be a slimmed down less expensive version of this box coming? Those tx times are enticing.
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Old May 14th, 2010, 04:08 AM   #13
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I bought a new MBP 17" in January because I was worried Apple would get rid of the Express card slot, installed FCS and the SXS drivers. The machine went into a kernel panic until I deinstalled VLC. Formatted the harddrive and reinstalled everything from scratch. After a lot of trouble, Apple replaced my MBP with a new machine at the end of February.

Same procedure, same problems, until I uninstalled VLC. The SXS are recognized, but Log and Transfer does not work. I have to use XDCAM Transfer and then import the files to the project.
The machine got really slow as well. Not just when using SXS but in general. I uninstalled the SXS drivers last week and now the MBP is really fast...

What I have to do now is reinstall the drivers when I need to capture on the set and uninstall them before viewing the footage in my project. Otherwise I get the spinning beachball for a few minutes before each "play clip command". Not a great workflow but the only way I can make it perform reasonably.
I was happy with my old MBP running 10.5.8 - no problems there, but these Laptops would not let me install 10.5...

ShotputPro to offload to an external FW drive works fine, but using log and capture on my MBP does not load the Shotput Pro Folders. On my office machine MacPro 8-core the same folders work perfectly...

Some people do not seem to have these problems, others do. Hope you are as lucky as Ed...
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Old May 17th, 2010, 01:26 PM   #14
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I bought a new MBP 17" in January because I was worried Apple would get rid of the Express card slot, installed FCS and the SXS drivers. The machine went into a kernel panic until I deinstalled VLC. Formatted the harddrive and reinstalled everything from scratch. After a lot of trouble, Apple replaced my MBP with a new machine at the end of February.

Same procedure, same problems, until I uninstalled VLC. The SXS are recognized, but Log and Transfer does not work. I have to use XDCAM Transfer and then import the files to the project.
The machine got really slow as well. Not just when using SXS but in general. I uninstalled the SXS drivers last week and now the MBP is really fast...

What I have to do now is reinstall the drivers when I need to capture on the set and uninstall them before viewing the footage in my project. Otherwise I get the spinning beachball for a few minutes before each "play clip command". Not a great workflow but the only way I can make it perform reasonably.
I was happy with my old MBP running 10.5.8 - no problems there, but these Laptops would not let me install 10.5...

ShotputPro to offload to an external FW drive works fine, but using log and capture on my MBP does not load the Shotput Pro Folders. On my office machine MacPro 8-core the same folders work perfectly...

Some people do not seem to have these problems, others do. Hope you are as lucky as Ed...

oliver-

that is a crummy bit of luck.

i imagine the ram on your mbp is maxed out?

be well

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Old May 17th, 2010, 03:11 PM   #15
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yep - 8 GB RAM...
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