Envoy Pro EX Helps Provide Compact Creative Protection on a Budget

After every day’s shooting, Catania stored the content on OWC Envoy Pro SSDs and backed it up with a Nexto DI device to ensure she had multiple copies of every scene … just in case.

After every day’s shooting, Catania stored the content on OWC Envoy Pro SSDs and backed it up with a Nexto DI device to ensure she had multiple copies of every scene … just in case.

Filmmakers know their video content is most fragile between the time it is taken from the camera and is safely stored in his/her production workflow storage.

To ensure every frame is saved, people content creators are increasingly using fast, reliable SSDs and a complete backup of the RAW footage. The combination has saved many filmmakers from having to reshoot scenes (if at all possible) at their own expense or redoing their film without the benefit of important content.

In her 30 years of supervising and shooting films around the world, Cirina Catania, of The Catania Group, had perfected her capture/storage solution but her recent Amazon adventure documentary added a new set of restrictions.

To ensure all of her content made it home, she saved her original content on several lightweight, high-capacity OWC 480GB Envoy Pro EX SSDs.

In addition, she backed up the irreplaceable content on a 1TB Nexto DI and kept a copy on her Macbook Pro to ensure she had multiple copies of every scene.

To protect her storage device from the harsh Amazon environment and conserve precious weight (under 2 pounds) and space, Catania chose a small, light sporting goods case. It proved to be such a great solution she now uses it for all of her shoots in the field.

To protect her storage device from the harsh Amazon environment and conserve precious weight (under 2 pounds) and space, Catania chose a small, light sporting goods case. It proved to be such a great solution she now uses it for all of her shoots in the field.

Because the only way she could recharge her equipment was with solar power, she came to rely on her OWC SSD units because they were ultra-fast and reliable.

While the storage devices are reliable in a wide range of environments, she wanted to make certain the 100-degree temperature and 87 percent humidity couldn’t possibly affect her content during the shoot and the trip home.

Even though special ruggedized camera and production cases were the obvious first choice for the project, they were also too large and heavy for a trip where size and weight were at a premium.

Her solution was a lightweight, small waterproof case that can be purchased in any sporting goods store that would hold all of her film storage and still protect it from the environment.

The clear orange compact storage and backup solution worked so well that she now uses it on all of her projects.

“Super fast and reliable SSD, backup and backup of the backup lets you concentrate on visually telling the best story possible,” she noted. “Having it all in the inexpensive, light, easy to pack case is a real plus for any filmmaker. Then you can focus all of your attention on telling the best visual story possible.”

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  • Will this type of solution work for digital photography? I live in Northern Arizona and spend a lot of time at Grand Canyon National Park and other National Monuments in the area. On longer trips I’d like to have some type of backup system instead of just relying on lots of memory cards. I do have a couple of small solar panels I use for battery charging.

    Next year at this time we will be on a 16 day trip down the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. My goal is to find some type of backup and charging system I can test this summer to make sure it will work for the longer trip.

    Thanks,

    Ron