5 Tips On Memory Cards

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Five tips on memory cards. We talked about this earlier. Yes, we covered things like making sure that you were buying reputable cards we use flex our SanDisk. Awesome. Okay and buying it from reputable places as well. reputable.

That's another hard word for repeatable wrap. Yeah, you know one thing that's really easy to do with the reputable thing that is hardly told you. Yeah. Okay. So get them from reputable dealers. But also, if you purchase them in retail packaging, it helps because they're sealed retail packaging, right?

Don't purchase 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.

If we're shooting sports, if we're shooting live action events, whatever we're doing, if we're planning on shooting, say raw and we want to shoot 567 images per second for say 10 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 going to open up my little Think Tank here. And I'm going to bust out a CF card. And you'll see right on there, it says this one is 60 megabytes per second. So this is a SanDisk extreme.

This is rated for 60 megabytes per second of write time. This I have here another extreme, this is a SanDisk SD card is a 32 gig. And this one's only 45. It's a class 10 card, 45 megabytes per second. Okay, so what that basically means is that this one can write 45 megabytes per second, this one is 60 megabytes per second. So if we're shooting at a rate that's creating more images than 60 megabytes per second, well, it's gonna basically causing it basically just backs up the buffer.

There's a delay, there's a delay. So once the buffer fills up, it has to pause as it's transferring images over to the memory card. So you might miss some shots. You could miss some shots. So if you are shooting action events, then what do we need to look for a much faster All right, so maybe where are we at these days, 90, I mean, you can get a pretty high like 90 hundred hundred plus, I mean, they have now that we're we're able to do like Ultra HD and stuff with these cameras like 4k. They have SD cards that I think are approaching like 150 Plus, but they get very, very expensive.

That's the only downside to it. So you kind of want to gauge exactly what you need it for. So hold on pi, 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 we get forced to upgrade is based on cameras like cameras for the longest time we're only CF right and now like almost all these cameras are basically all SD will have the higher end pro cameras we'll be using both SL CF plus SD cards. But uh, but yeah, it's not something that you need to just right You've got quite ready to go around. Alright, so next I want to say systematize. The way that you shoot now I pulled this 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 sit down like this, well, what happens? Well, it gets confusing. Well, especially the whole labeling thing. You don't know which one of these are filled up exactly right, they all look identical, and I don't know what's got images on it. So it becomes a really big workflow hassle.

So generally, when I take an SD card directly out of 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 upside down. So I put it with this little number my cards too. So it goes upside down just like this. And my slot that way, I can see that it's 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 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 when you started.

Labels and pi put his phone number on it. Can you zoom in on this for a good time? Call me. I'm just kidding. You find my cards, call me. I really don't have fun.

Okay, we're moving on to Tip number four. Tip number four. Put that away. Tip number four. What is it? Number four, back up, back up.

Back, say that again? Back up. Can you see it? There needs to be a song for backing up. None of that doesn't need to be backup memory cards back them up always. And generally what we do is when we get done with a shoot, I know you and your studio you do things the similarly but I don't know if it's the exact same as what we do.

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. Okay, 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. Yep. 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 pop a camera in or a will 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 formatted it. Okay, well in that situation, all is not lost. Okay, generally when you format your memory card, what happens is the camera does preps the file system, okay, 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 I have done this okay. All is not lost. Yes, generally you can still recover images if the car has been damaged or 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 sand is ones I believe that come with their own like, they have their SanDisk recovery pro flexor lexar has their own. There's also professional applications that you can buy that do a better job of it. But generally, the factory software does a good job of recovering data. So if you format it or damaged or anything goes wrong, don't throw the card out. Try to recover it first. It is possible in many cases, and particularly with CF cards.

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 those are like lower in my workflow. Okay, so that's it when it comes to memory cards. I think we're done here, right? Yep.

Moving on. Let's move on.

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