I always backup my camera footage on the job, and complete this part of a production before leaving the location. Canon 5DII footage is quite easy to transfer to my laptop, in terms of file size during any on set downtime for example. After a late night of shooting a short film with the BMCC last month, I returned home hoping to start creating the proxy files to edit with via Resolve 10. The short story is it took HOURS to transfer the raw video footage via a USB2 Icy Dock, and I was up quite late waiting to finally check the footage. Yes I know, USB2 is slow…
Thunderbolt dock solutions, especially bus powered units are still quite hard to find (and any FireWire 400/800 come to think of it). I needed something small and light that could mount my SDD drives to my MacBookPro with minimal fuss. After a fair amount of online searching I found out that Seagate had almost accidentally created a perfect dock product called the Seagate STAE128, designed to connect to their own propriety drives.
The SanDisk SSD pictured connects almost perfectly, although I may put a little bit of Blu-Tack at the base to support the SSD better.
So how fast is it? Well I transferred 100gb of ProRes HQ footage across from the External SSD to the internal Pci SSD on the MacBookPro in just over 4min. In short, I can now empty a 256gb SSD in approx 10min. A serious improvement.
Additionally I think using this dock will give some performane improvements when grading raw footage/creating proxies within Resolve 10.
Even slow/intensive AE renders could improve as my other hard drives often spin down during long renders as each frame of a composition is processed.