As I pack up and head out to NAB 2018 I’m actually looking forward to my 25th NAB show . Each NAB show has our field teams and booth teams busy coping files back and forth between our main booth , field laptops, and our partners who want to share their new tools and their project files. In the past this took all day just to get files copied and it also required stacks of small portable drives that we needed to keep track of who had them last. All of this was mainly due to one thing…transfer speeds .
Our typical Adobe Premiere Pro project folder size ranges from 12GB to over 40GB depending on native RAW projects vs Proxy projects or both RAW & proxy in one project . This NAB, I’ve found the perfect solution and it fits in my pocket – the new Thunderbolt 3 OWC Envoy Pro EX (VE)
This small 2TB bus powered Thunderbolt 3 drive packs the latest SSD (NVMe) technology and something you just need to see and use in person. I could just tell you that it has a sustained 2600MB/s per second that’s optimized for professional video production but my real world daily “on the go” tests are much more impressive to me.
It takes just under 20 Seconds to copy my NAB files (14.56GB) from my Mac Laptop to the Envoy Pro EX. Impressive no matter how you look at it. As I said seeing (& using) is believing.
On the setup side, OWC does a very nice job of making it easy while also giving techies like me full control over setup.
After NAB , I’ll be taking a closer look at the Envoy EX Pro’s big brother, the ThunderBlade , that’s about twice as wide and a little thicker (cooling fins) and packs up to 8TB of pure Thunderbolt 3 speed. So many uses come to mind from backing up 8K RAW files and my huge VR projects. I’ve using both these drives for several weeks and no question that OWC has set a new performance bar..
Here’s a quick peek inside the New ThunderBlade ..