Short films and documentaries require shooting large volumes of raw footage that must be backed up and secured. Footage lost due to a faulty media card or hard drive failure would create unacceptable production delays and cause projects to go over budget and past deadlines. That is why Schoolyard Films, a producer of short nature and science documentaries for teachers and students in grades K-12, packs Drobo Minis with SSDs for its projects all over the world.
Schoolyard Films executive director Tom Fitz and DIT Glenn Allen say their crew typically uses RED EPIC cameras to capture video at resolutions up to 6K. The Schoolyard team transfers and backs up video footage while on location to their Drobo Minis with SSDs every night in order to protect their work and prepare for a new day.
“When we are in the field, we need a combination of durability, portability, speed and data protection. We rely on the Drobo Mini to be our workhorse,” says Allen. “The flexibility of being able to easily remove the SSD drives and personally carry them back from a shoot or ship them to another location with a Drobo Mini for postproduction gives us peace of mind that our footage is safe and our client’s project is protected.”
The Drobo Mini with SSD is available in three capacity bundles of 1 TB, 2 TB and 4 TB starting at an MSRP of $1,199.