5 Tips on Memory Cards
Five tips on memory cards we talked about this earlier we covered things like making sure that you were buying reputable cards we flex our sanders okay and buying it from reputable places as well reputable that's another hard work you know one thing that's really easy to do with the reputable thing he told you yeah okay so get him from repeat will dealers but also if you purchased them in retail packaging helps because they're sealed reed help acting right don't push them in like the open easy kind of packaging because then it's well you never know what you're getting right what about speed speed? Definitely yes, speed is huge especially if you are shooting fast action for shooting sports if they're shooting live action events whatever we're doing if we're planning on shooting say raw and we want to shoot five, six, seven images per second for, say, ten seconds or whatever amount of period we want well, you need to get faster cards and this is one of the big factors is going to affect ...
the overall cost of a card so I can tell that actually I'm gonna open up my little think tank here and I'm gonna bust out of cf cards and you'll see right on there it says this one is sixty megabytes per second so this is a sand is this extreme this is rated for sixty megabytes per second of a right time this I have here another extreme. This is ah, sandisk sd card is a thirty two gig. And this one's only forty five it's a class ten card, forty five megabytes per second. Okay, so what that basically means is that this one can write forty five megabytes per second. This one is sixty megabytes per second. So if we're shooting at a rate that's creating mohr images than sixteen megabytes per second. Well, it's going to basically causing it basically backs up the buffer. There's a delay, there's a delay. So once the buffer fills up, it has to pause, as is transferring images over to the memory card so you might miss some shots. You could miss him shot. So if you are shooting action events than what do we need to look for a much faster rate? So maybe where we at these days? Ninety. I mean, you got a pretty high, like, ninety hundred hundred plus. I mean, they have now that we're able to do like, ultra hd and stuff with these cameras, like four k, they have sd cards that I think are approaching with one fifty plus, but they get very, very expensive that's the only downside to it, so you kind of wanna gauge exactly what you need it for. So hold on pie just this is another one of those if the newest speed comes out don't just jump on it because it's there just make sure that you really do need it if you're not shooting in high speed and it's really not holding you back maybe it's not time to upgrade yet because it can get expensive absolutely and you know with memory cards oftentimes get forced to upgrade is based on cameras like cameras for longest time we're on lease e f right now like almost all these cameras are basically all sd will have the higher end pro cameras will be using both cf plus sd cards but yeah it's not something that you need to just right especially if you've got a great lesson you'll go around all right, so next I want to say systematize the way that you shoot now I pulled us out of the camera for a simple purpose when I pull my my cards out of the camera I do not just set them down when I said I don't like this well, what happens? Well if it gets confusing well especially the whole label, anything you don't know which one of these air filled up exactly right? They all look identical and I don't know what's got images also becomes a really big workflow hassle so generally want to take a nesting card directly at the camera if I've shot on it it goes into my this is a think tank pixel pocket rocket. Okay, so this is a card wallet that pretty much everybody uses. So when I've shot on it, it goes in upside down, so I put it with this little well, I number my cards too, so it goes upside down just like this and my slot that way I can see that has been used otherwise if it hasn't been used, I just leave it right side up so it just shows the extreme but let's, talk about labeling real quick so you should label your cards. You should put your names on it because everybody's card looks the same, you should probably number it to help you figure out. You know what sequence you're shooting at and you should date it with games that you started labels and pie put his phone number on it keeps him in on this for a good time. Call me. I'm just kidding. If you find my cards, call me. I really don't have fun. Ok? We're moving on to tip them before tip number four put that away remember for what is the number for back up back up, you say that again, back casing, it needs to be a song for backing up that doesn't need to back up their memory cards back them up always and generally what we do is when we get done with the shoot I know you and your studio you do things the similarly, but I'm not the exact same as what we do is we take our memory cards, we dump them onto a local computer and then it goes on to a server which is has redundant backups ok? So before we clear the memory cards, it's backed up in three different locations in case just in case, right and actually for our case, one of them is on the cloud just even safer. So now tip number five what happens when something goes wrong with the cards? Okay, in case something goes wrong with your cards well let's say you papa camera in or a well let's just do this I'm going to take that card that I didn't look that it was flipped upside down, I just took it popped it into my camera and I went into the menu and I accidentally format it. Okay, well, in that situation, all is not lost. Okay? Generally, when you format your memory card, what happens is the camera just preps the file system, ok, so it hasn't actually cleared everything it just is essentially preparing it to be written so so long as you don't start shooting again, you can actually recover all the images even if let's say you happen to throw your card in the washer and dryer and it goes around to those in your pocket, you've done big eye on all is not lost. Yes, generally you can still recover images if the card's been damaged or are so forth, it can still typically at least a lot of the images can be recovered. What you want to do is go and get an image recovery software. Generally the sandy ones I believe they come with their own likes. They have their sandisk's recovery program. Lexar has their own there's also professional applications that you could buy that do a better job of it, but generally that the factory software does a good job of recovering data, so if you format it or damage or anything goes wrong, don't throw the card out, try to recover it first. It is possible many cases, and particularly with cf card. I don't know how long have you shot on cf cards? I try to recycle my cf cards at least every two years. I have some that are even three years old, but then those air, like lower in my work flow, okay, so that's it when it comes to memory cars, I think we're done here, right? Yep, moving on let's, move on.