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OWC QX2 Saves The Day!

October 10th, 2012 | By TY


I’ve been really busy lately editing multiple video projects and during an edit, my OWC QX2 started beeping. My drives were still accessible, but I discovered when I opened the case that the 3rd hard drive in the array went bad. So I sent my drive in to OWC and they sent a replacement in around a week. Now I just popped in the brand new drive and it’s rebuilding as I type! Very clutch for me in crunchtime and gives me peace of mind with all my precious data.

BTW – I bought this for $499 right before the Thailand floods which made prices go up on all hard drives. Now it is $649 and that’s almost 2 years after I got mine! I would recommend this drive to all video editors looking for a balance of storage space, speed, and redundancy. eSata is fast enough for spinning drive RAIDs and the Thunderbolt RAIDs are really only sensible to use with expensive SSD drives (spend over 5 times as much).

Apple iPad 3 – Is It Worth the Upgrade?

March 7th, 2012 | By TY

iPad 3

Available March 16th, preorders start today

-4G LTE! HSPA+ (up to 21MBps) DC-HSDPA (42 Mbps) LTE (73 Mbps)
-1080p HD Video
-A5X Processor, quad-core graphics
-Retina Display (2048 x 1536 resolution) 3.1 million pixels – 264 ppi.
-Siri-like voice dictation
-Improved iPhoto with better editing
-Battery life on iPad 2 was 10 hours, 9 hours on 3G.

-No HDMI out?
-Still pricey compared to other tablets – 16GB wifi/4G ($499/$629) 32GB wifi/4G ($599/$729), 64GB wifi/4G ($699/$829).
-The iPad 2 was good already (graphics lagging was never a problem, need for retina not as a big of a deal as the iPhone 4 introduction)

I’m probably going to wait for the iPhone 4G instead unless the benchmarks and new graphics are really that much better. I’m also curious how the current websites are going to look on the high res screen. Most websites are designed with 960 pixels as a width so will they be pixelated when they aren’t in the “reader” mode?

Backing Up Online – Crashplan

March 5th, 2012 | By TY


I just signed up for Crashplan on the $5 per month Unlimited plan which allows me to back up unlimited data and keeps my data on their server (Crashplan Central) forever! I went through the 30-day trial and was able to back up around 80gb mostly from home. I plan on uploading more in the coming weeks at school with much faster internet while I work on Concealed.

So why did I choose Crashplan? I am a digital creator of photos, websites, videos and have spent hundreds of dollars on extra storage in the last few months. The rule is, if it’s not on two drives, then be ready to lose it (data). I purchased a 4TB OWC Mercury Elite-AL Pro Qx2 with Raid 5 and love it for it’s balance of speed and storage, but 4TB is filled up fast when you are working with multiple video projects, especially Concealed!

Compared to other plans, which are around the same price (Backblaze, Mozy, Carbonite), Crashplan was the best for me because it was not only unlimited, but kept archives FOREVER! This will be great for holding on to old video sessions which can easily be 200gb each.

Upload speed is also very important. I currently have around 3TB to upload so this process will take months on the fastest connection from home. When I set the Data De-Duplication to Minimal and Compression to Automatic, uploads now seem uninhibited by any Crashplan thresholds.

Also, I can’t afford to have the backup process slow down my work from home so the 2-5% CPU usage on my 2010 Apple Macbook Pro i7 is marginal and not really an issue. You can also limit CPU usage to a certain percent, but keeping it under 5 as it is, is fine. Also, you can limit upload rate when away and present on the machine for different speeds.

Concealed 360 on KRON 4 News

January 7th, 2012 | By TY

Check out my appearance on KRON 4 news with Mustafa Ebrahimi on behalf of Concealed 360 the 360 degree film I am working on with Scott Fowler at the CSU Eastbay Multimedia Grad Program.

More info and footage on

More updates coming soon………….

Early 2012 Mac Pro – Putting the Power Back in Tower?

December 24th, 2011 | By TY

Mac Pro 2012 AMD Radeon HD 7970

AMD Radeon HD 7970

My Current Rig:

2010 Macbook Pro (2.66ghz – 8gb Ram – 250gb OWC Mercury EXTREME Pro 6G SSD – NVIDIA GeForce GT 330M)


The rumors of AMD’s new 28-nm Radeon HD 7970 from the Tahiti line are now official and should bring the new Mac Pro up to speed after a long wait. The Mac Pro line hasn’t been updated since 2010 and the cards currently supported have been criticized by enthusiasts for being 2009 junk when used in gaming.

With PCIE 3.0 expect 150% boost in performance with support for OpenCL and AMD CrossFire. I’m waiting for the new Mac Pros to drop in the first quarter and hopefully the base price $2499 packs a punch.

The CPU will be Ivy Bridge chipset, but I’m hoping that the lower models are still clocked well compared to the beast ones. Thunderbolt is a lock, but USB 3.0 would be nice as well.

Apple, yes we know laptops are selling more, but don’t forget about the professionals who are editing 6k video!
Concealed 360

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