I made the trek down to Huntington Beach and MAXX DIGITAL last month, before my UFC shoot in Toronto (post coming) to pick up my Mobile Rocket for Red Rocket and Edit Vault 2tB hard drive. Ron Amborn of Maxx Digital was incredibly helpful in walking me through the paces of the Mobile Rocket system. He and Maxx Digitals, Devon Cook really know their systems and the Epic workflow. Although I didn’t get a chance to use the system in the field yet, I’ve hooked it up at home to my Mac Pro through the optional HBA kit (gives you a PCI extender bus) and I’ve been tearing through old R3D footage.
If you shoot on Red I would say without a doubt the Red Rocket card is a must and the Maxx Digital Red Rocket system is also a must. It lets you move between a mobile field system and a more stationary studio system and you can view/transcode your footage at hyper speeds. By using it in the mobile enclosure and the mac pro you are only using PCIe X2 slots as opposed to 4x, so it’s not max speed. But that really isn’t noticeable and the benefit is you can just throw the Mobile system in a case with your laptop and have a portable solution. I have on the way the Sonnet Echo express 34/adapter for thunderbolt. It connects to a Thunderbolt port and features an ExpressCard/34 card slot with the PCI Express 2.0 x1 bus interface so you can plug in the Maxx digital (or anything) into any macbook pro. I hear it’s buggy so I’ll update when it comes in.
In the next few months once Thunderbolt becomes stable they will have a solution for that to (it’s not stable yet and Intel is developing the next gen of thunderbolt connections). Additionally really love the Edit Vault hard drives. If you use G-raid these are a better option (and less costly). They are large (on purpose) robust, and you the power is built into the drive. Solid!
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Mobile Rocket for Red Rocket: