Beginning with Blu-ray: Let’s start with the Basics

Beginning with Blu-ray: Let’s start with the Basics
You’ve considered Blu-ray enough to know that it’s your best bet for secure record keeping and archiving, but we’d like to remind you what it can do for your media. You know a Blu-ray drive can play Blu-ray discs, but don’t forget that an optical drive can also play CDs, DVDs too. Your older library is not left behind.

Why would you want a Blu-ray Disc drive for your PC or Mac? One word: space. A single layer of a Blu-ray Disc holds the equivalent of 35 CDs or five DVDs. A Blu-ray might look like a DVD, but because it utilizes a shorter wavelength and a narrower laser beam spot, it can hold a greater capacity. The laser is blue by the way, but you guessed that.

A recordable Blu-ray disc (BD-R) can hold 25GB per layer, with dual-layer discs holding 50GB. BDXL discs that can hold 100GB of data are available for those with the need of all that data in one single disc. With standard storage care, a BD-R should last a lifetime. Hard disks are far more likely to fail, making recordable Blu-ray a strong primary or even secondary alternative for backing up, and a primary solution for long term archive.

In the next segment… Easiest Blu-ray drive to install, and backwards compatibility

Want Uncompromising Quality? The Right SSD Keeps Your Recording Raw

Recognizing Professional Quality SSD Drives
Protect your video shoot from data loss by choosing a certified SSD manufacturer. You’ve researched, read reviews, and finally found the perfect cinema camera that sets the standard in images and innovative experience. The right camera opens possibilities, so why choose accessories that could compromise the quality of your work?

SSDs may all appear to offer the same simplicity and convenience, but they’re not equally made to compliment your professional equipment. Most modern SSDs are designed with a 7mm thickness, which doesn’t fit well with higher-end equipment such as Blackmagic Design’s Production or Cinema cameras.

Those lesser-quality SSDs may include spacers to fill the gap, but these aren’t custom for your camera and inevitably rattle around in the slot, causing audible issues and weakening the drive connection with the camera.

Our standard 9mm designed-to-fit SSDs isn’t the only reason DIGISTOR is a recommended retailer of SSDs for  Blackmagic Design hardware, but we do test our SSDs to fit their professional cameras – making sure the only action in your film is outside the camera, not rattling around inside.

Don’t Let an Inferior SSD Ruin Your Shoot
Just because a drive is solid state, doesn’t mean it’s of equal quality. If you want to work with high-quality video that you can edit straight from the disk, you need an SSD that pulls its own weight by recording raw video without dropping frames.

The average drive will falter when repeatedly tasked with processing high throughput video data. Others use hidden data compression algorithms to achieve the advertised speed, but can only process data at the rate their manufacturers claim when storing blank data, or simple files- and your images are anything but.

When inferior SSDs are faced with constant video capture, their true data write speeds reveal the inefficiency of the drive. It’s estimated that some SSDs have up to 50% lower write speed than the manufacturer claims, which can cause costly reshoots or missed opportunities, when filming live events for example. A single frame drop can ruin an entire shoot.

Avoiding Equipment Breakdown
When you think about all the strain of an inferior drive trying to process raw images, it’s no wonder the NAND flash starts to degrade under the heavy workload, which can result in the total loss of your images without warning.

To avoid moments where it’s too late, look to DIGISTOR for an SSD that employs drive-over provisioning. The process extends the life of your SSD by allocating a percentage of its flash memory as spare sectors, resulting in superior performance and endurance.

Certified SSDs for Your Shoot
To avoid missing your shot, or losing a frame, look for a Certified SSD manufacturer. Certified SSD manufacturers design with changing technology in mind and test their drives with different brands of equipment to ensure a perfect fit, as well as arriving shoot ready right out of the box.

If you’re in the market for an SSD, view our range of Professional Series SSD drives. Our drives are recommended for Blackmagic video capture hardware, and our knowledgeable representatives will help you pick the drive that complements your equipment, ensuring a successful high quality shoot.

DIGISTOR Partners with San Jose International Short Film Festival

DIGISTOR has some exciting news! We are partnering with the the San Jose International Short Film Festival and helping sponsor this monumental event. Our Professional Video Series of SSD drives are used by many independent cinematographers as they film using Blackmagic Cinema and Production cameras, HyperDeck Shuttles, or using Atamos Monitor Recorders. We’re looking forward to see these world class films October 9th – 12th. If you’re in the area, tickets are on sale at the sjsff website. See our Press Release for more information.

Keeping Your Cool – What Makes SSDs Industrial Grade

Brands will throw the words semi-industrial, durable, and high-performing on anything to gain your business. But when it comes to electrical components, much of the stuff on shelves is no more “industrial” than an extra-strength Tylenol. Sure much like most automobiles, the basic mechanics of two separate SSDs are the same; but expecting a consumer-grade solid state drive to handle the demands of a complex networked environment is a lot like sending an off-the-lot truck to do the job of a semi: it only works in commercials and with safety crews standing by.

Choosing an SSD that will meet the rigorous demands of your operation doesn’t need to be difficult, but you should understand how the SSD will react to the specific challenges of your network environment, including extreme temperatures or disruptive vibrations.

Despite rapidly decreasing SSD costs in comparison with the nearly-nonexistant rate of innovation in traditional magnetic drives, the investment still needs to suit your needs. We’ll show you what to look for when comparing different SSDs to ensure your drive is fast, durable, and reliable enough to get the job done.

An Industrial Strength SSD Works As Hard As You
Consumer electronics are specified for use in the 0 to 70°C temperature range, unsuitable for those in the aerospace, military, oil and gas exploration, or even the automotive industries. Industrial applications that demand SSDs operate outside of the recommended conditions could be as simple as communication devices used in exploration where rapid cooling is not possible, or operating under the high pressure conditions in avionics.

When it’s vital that your solid state drive be extreme temperature resistant, save yourself time by limiting your search to industrial strength drives. These robust and durable solid state drives are built with the technology to withstand temperatures ranging from minus 45 to 85°C, reducing costly downtime and frequent replacements.

Know What Your SSD is Made Of
The DIGISTOR blog has been pretty vocal about the importance of concerning yourself with the list of components that comprise the larger products you purchase, otherwise known as the bill of materials (BoM) and we’re excited to see a recent Think Tank article promote our voice when exploring the complex issue that is BoM inconsistency.

We continue to speak about the importance of consistency, as some manufacturers aren’t using the same components across their products. A problem which can cause issues with a product’s “completeness or correctness” and affecting not only its performance but the drive’s compatibility with your network.

It’s important to look past flashy advertisements and glorified promotional specs to understand the relationship a product’s various components have with the whole: Many manufacturers, especially those that pursue low cost strategy, have shown an inability to use the same components or control their manufacturing process., which is yet another reason for prospective SSD customers should be especially vigilant of consistency in manufacturing when selecting a solution.

Pledging Consistency
As solid state drives become a more popular cost-effective solution, the demand for regularity and transparency is met by manufacturers of quality solid state drives with locked BoMs to ensure their quality.

A locked BoM is a promise of identical components used in the five most critical items of your SSD: Connector, PCB, Flash Controller, Flash Component and Firmware. This not only ensures that the components of a SSD meet the recommended operating conditions that you require, consistency is important when your established network calls for exact components when successfully integrating additional equipment.

As an end-user, it’s important to trouble yourself with the details to ensure a drive’s performance and reliability. Accurate, uniform manufacturing standards create the foundation of a brand’s ability to deliver on their promise, and ultimately, a product’s ability to meet your expectations.