RED Modular Storage Unit Goes High Style, High Function

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3D may be all the rage these days, but let's not forget about that"other" next big thing in the camcorder world: 4K. That's a buzzwordthat's short for 4K x 2K, a resolution that's four times 1080p and canonly be captured by a select few rigs used mainly in high-budgetproductions and feature films. RED is a company that has been into the4K recording game since the very beginning, and a slew of movies havebeen (and are being) produced with the help of their high-res cameras.

But this year at the NAB expo, the company came out swinging withsomething a little different, and it's something that may actuallystrike you as useful (even coming from a company that sells camcordersworth more than the average automobile). The new RED Station is amodular storage unit, which boasts the same classic design as RED'sother wares and offers a variety of options for storing shoots oranything else. There's a hard drive module (room for a 2.5" SSD or HDD)and a RED CF module, which obviously accepts the CF cards that are sofrequently used now by professional DSLRs and camcorders.

Each module can be stacked, giving you the ability to take 'em fromfloor to ceiling if you wish. On the rear, each has two FireWire 800ports, one eSATA port and a mini-USB port if you find yourself in areal pinch. Each device is expected to sell for around $250, whichisn't bad considering the premium that's placed on all RED equipment.

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If this is going to be setup for 4K, then the 2.5 SSD's will have to get a whole lot bigger. Even a 80GB will fill up quite fast.

At this price hopefully the include the drive?

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JoelB replied on Mon, Apr 12 2010 10:21 AM

Not only that, but I'd think the 2.5 SSDs would have to be dang fast in order to keep up with writing 4K video. I thought most SSDs excelled at random read/writes, not sequential read/writes?

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