Technology Updates

“Machines take me by surprise with great frequency”. – Alan Turing

Cheers to Gordon Moore’s Law which describes a driving force of technological and social change in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Computers are still evolving at an amazing speed and PC as well as laptop accessories seem to grow at the same rate. G TECHNOLOGY announced its latest gadget in the Computing World and Creative Professional Market called the G-Drive Pro. It is a high performance storage solution featuring screaming fast USB 3.0 and FireWire® interfaces. A product like this would come in handy in today’s world because it delivers flexible and extreme-performance storage for the Thunderbolt-enabled computer. Over the years, everyone has owned or had access to various brands of computers such as Hewlett-Packard, Alienware, Apple and Toshiba (just to name a few) for purposes such as communication or leisure. Evidently, the computers are changing as each software company upgrades their products on a yearly basis so that customers can enjoy these latest devices in technology. Imagine a world without computers such as in the Middle Ages and automatically there is a vision of a sluggish, draconian place for those who live in modern day society for the advancement of technology.

This upgrade in equipment is a new storage solution which is designed chiefly for photographers and film-makers. Capacity and performance requirements to support 2K, 4K and other media formats differ by camera and supported media formats, as well as related pixel sizes, frame rates, compressed or uncompressed media, depths and color models. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt, the G-DRIVE ev and G-DRIVE ev PLUS external hard drive modules with USB 3.0 together deliver quick content transfers for camerawork, 2K and 4K¹ digital cinema assignments with simple storage expansion. The G-DOCK ev with Thunderbolt is the only two-bay solution with interchangeable and rugged storage modules that have the adjustability to be taken into the field and used as true standalone external drives.

At this point currently, new high-resolution media formats and related files sizes do require massive amounts of storage space in addition to ever faster data transfer rates so that one can efficiently edit and distribute content throughout the workflow without being inefficient. If one were to take a look at the statistics, it would be astounding. Take for example, an uncompressed 2K digital video format, which alone will take up more than one terabyte (1TB) each hour, and will require just about 305 megabytes per second (MB/s) sustained throughput for smooth editing without experiencing any kind of dropped frames. Such high-resolution video formats, alongside the increasing popularity of higher megapixel DSLR cameras which are used to capture professional 2K video has served up a need for a new high-performance storage solution that will be able to cater to the requirements of nowadays’ digital content creators.

Patience is a valuable virtue but everyone likes products that work smoothly and quicker in the context of Computing. It would be a nauseating experience to use a retrograde gadget that doesn’t serve any purpose and does not operate properly. If firstly, the appearance of your external hard drive as much as its performance is treasured, and secondly, works greatly on 2K or 4K video editing, then G-Technology’s G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt would be appealing to enthusiasts. It connects a single 3.5-inch hard drive with the intensely fast Thunderbolt technology to offer sustained data transfer rates of up to 480MB/s, while still giving the high capacity storage of up to 4TB.

For those fiddling with high resolution videos, it is most likely pleasing to know that this gleaming invention certainly supports compressed 4K and multiple streams of 2K, HDV, DVCPro HD, XDCAM HD, ProRes 4444 as well as uncompressed SD workflows. The forthcoming summer is awaiting entertainment with this state-of-the-art device which will be available through G-Technology and its Premier Channel Partners. The cost is $699.95 and $849.95 for the 2TB and 4TB model, separately. With up to 4TB capacity, the G-DRIVE PRO with Thunderbolt is Mac-formatted and is Apple Time Machine ready.

Photographers and film-makers who desire to get a head-start on making 4K content (or 2K videos that the next-generation of DSLRs should be capable of) will be particularly interested in the G-Drive Pro with Thunderbolt. Introduced today at 480 MBps, it has the fastest read-write speed of all the G-Tech hard drives, which means one drive can support 1TB of unedited 2K content (it has a need for a 305 MBps data transfer). If the user wishes to make full use of the Thunderbolt’s read-write speed of 750 MBps, he or she can daisy-chain two G-Drive Pros together to give an enormous 960 MBps, which is just quick enough to accurately handle unedited 4K videos.

The Product Highlights are:-

  • eSATA, FireWire 400/800, USB 2.0
  • High-performance 7200rpm Drive Speed
  • Up to 64 MB Cache
  • Data Transfer Rates up to 100 MB/s
  • Ideal for Audio/Video/Photo Applications
  • Stylish, Industrial Aluminum Enclosure
  • Mac Formatted and Time Machine Ready
  • Mac and Windows Compatible
  • Stylish, industrial design features an integrated heat-sink for near-silent operation
  • Pre-formatted for Mac but works equally as well with Windows based systems
  • Includes an industry-leading three year limited warranty

A summary of its Kit Contents are:

G-DRIVE PRO External Hard Drive

(1) Thunderbolt Cable

Universal AC Power Supply

Quick Start Guide

3-Year Limited Warranty

 

MSRP: 2TB – $699.95

4TB – $849.95

 

Dimensions: 2.68″ x 9.25″ x 5.12″ / 68 x 235 x 130mm

Weight: 3.13 lbs / 1.42 kg

Type: SATA III

Storage Capacity: 2TB , 4TB

Drive Speed: 7200 RPM

Compatibility: 

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Mac® OS® 10.7

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2x Thunderbolt

Award-winning director, producer and photographer Vincent Laforet, one of the world’s leading adventure photographers Lucas Gilman and Vienna-based award-winning filmmaker, director of photography as well as film producer Nino Leitner are all supporters of G-Technology. They hosted in-booth workshops (G-Technology Booth #SL12105), showcasing and discussing their artistic approaches, gear and workflows. G-Technology makes the workflow simpler, improved and faster.  Its commitments include transporting, editing, distributing and storing content. G-Technology’s high-performance portable and desktop drives, flexible transfer/edit solutions and fast RAID systems are all manufactured for professional content creation environments where performance and reliability are paramount. Due to the fact that G-Technology has a reputation for the uppermost standards, its products can be found in open post-production facilities worldwide.

It is understood that it is factual to state that storage capacity needs to increase every day. This is because humans get faster internet connections allowing them to download enormous chunks of data from the Internet in astonishingly small periods of time. G-Technology storage solutions are engineered precisely to meet the necessities of the content creation and Apple Mac communities. This includes heavy users of multimedia content, Final Cut Pro® and Adobe® Premiere® Pro audio/video specialists along with other pre/post production professionals.

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About Krystal Volney

Krystal Volney is an award-winning West Indian writer (Trinidadian-Dominican) who was born on the island of Trinidad. Her favourite novels as a child were the Nancy Drew files, the Babysitter’s club and the famous five. She started writing both female and male poetry in categories such as fashion, romance, the environment and children’s poetry in the year 2010 (Cosmos and Spheres poetry book- Bestselling Ebook). She views humans as both “monarch and emperor butterflies” because of the transformation from an egg into a butterfly showcasing the metamorphosis as various stages of one’s experiences throughout life. She claims that as a result of the prodigious difference between each human being in the global society, experiences differ and some persons mature into butterflies while some remain at a particular stage permanently at various points in their longevity. The contemporary poetess’s character is floral. In the 21st century, this means that one consists of many petals and each petal tells a different story of who she is. She sees the “tiger lily” and “hibiscus flowers” as demonstrating what it means to be a woman and a lady. Some of her influences have been Mozart, Van Gogh, Emily Dickinson and Claude Monet.

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