Backing up your footage is essential to any shoot. But if you're travelling light, you might think twice about bringing a laptop and several drives to back your footage. The Gnarbox 2.0 aims to solve this issue and is a well thought out solution to backing up your footage on the go.
So, the Gnarbox 2.0 is a portable SSD doesn't require a computer to back your files on to. There is a built-in SD card slot, along with a USB-C port for backing up any kind of media, as long as you can plug it into the USB-C port, you can back it up. There are two ways of controlling the drive, either plug in your media and use the controls and the LCD screen on the front to back up the footage with just a couple of button presses. Or, use the Safekeep app (which is our preferred method) to transfer, copy, view for files, just like you was on a computer.
What's great is that you don't have to copy the files across to the internal drive of the Gnarbox 2.0, you can plug in an external hard drive and copy files from the Gnarbox, or any other media just like you would expect from a laptop. Meaning that the Gnarbox 2.0 can effectively replace a laptop for file management and backing up on the go if you would like. The Gnarbox 2.0 doesn't just copy the files, it varifies the transfer after it takes place to ensure the transfer hasn't encountered any issues.
One feature that we were extremely surprised to see, was the ability to see was the ability of the Gnarbox 2.0 to transcode footage to either 720p proxy files, or ProRes 422 files in the original files source resolution. Now if you regularly transcode footage to ProRes before editing, this could be a game-changer. Imagine transcoding your footage in the car back from a job, or even as the day goes along and having everything ready to go by the time you get back.
The Gnarbox 2.0 is being marketed as a 'Rugged' drive, and being an SSD it will be tougher than a spinning HDD, and the outer shell of the drive does seem very robust. There are videos out there where these drives do take some punishment and seem to continue working, so I have no doubt that they can take some punishment, although I would still avoid doing so if at all possible.
The drive comes in three different capacities, a 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Now you can't upgrade the capacity of the internal drive, which is worth keeping in mind, but you can of course plug in any drive via the USB-C port to expand the storage. The Gnarbox 2.0 is powered off of a removable battery, so don't need a mains power supply to use the drive, and can swap out the battery if you can't find anywhere to change the battery. Gnarbox claims that the battery lasts between 3 and 6 hours. We used the Gnarbox 2.0 to back up our footage on the go at IBC this year and the battery does drain quicker when transferring or transcoding footage which is worth keeping in mind.
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