Sponsors

DEEP THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS

We approached companies with products and services we believe in, in the hope of forging with each a symbiotic relationship.

This page is dedicated to highlighting these good companies and the products they produce and/or services they offer. In short order, we will be rolling out overviews and our experiences of the goods and services our sponsors have provided to our project.

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Our last production trip was, by an order of magnitude, the biggest financial and logistical undertaking NonFiction Media have ever committed. We spent a LOT of time and a LOT of money in order to go to Nepal and shoot. And we’re not going to go to all the trouble to get there, and then not shoot a ton. We calculated we would need upwards of 12TB to be safe in the field.

And even more important than quantity, we need quality. We MUST have reliable, high quality hard disk drives. Especially now that we don’t shoot on tape anymore, but use memory cards (we cannot go back to the original, in a box on the shelf, if a drive crashes. Gulp).

The need for reliability is especially acute when conditions are rugged and power is sketchy–which describes Nepal to a T.

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You can see two LaCie D2 Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drives in the center of this panorama from inside our Field HQ (the tent below, left), running on solar and working overtime, operating flawlessly.

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 That’s the gear tent on the left, just behind the solar panels.

We received a package with four D2 Thunderbolt/USB 3.0 drives in it shortly before we left. As always, LaCie’s stuff is solid–the construction bespeaks quality and attention to detail that are often not part of the package with more economical drives. Confidence inspiring.

On the advice of our workflow ninja, Dartanyon Race, we tested the drives with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, and they showed high, consistent speeds and no signs of failure. We were go!

The drives survived the long trip to Kathmandu, and then the even longer, more grueling journey to the village, where they spun up and performed perfectly. The Thunderbolt was fast–super important to us as we were running off of limited power, constantly working against time. The drives’ ruggedness, capacity, speed and consistency honestly formed the basis of our workflow in the field.

Simply put: It’s good to feel confident in your hard disk drives.

The big drives continue to hold all our footage, and continue chugging along–two are active and the other two are sitting safely offsite as backups. I did find myself wishing these devices had two Thunderbolt ports each, for daisy-chaining connectivity. We worked around this by using the USB3 port on our MacBook Pro, and it worked out fine. In the future, we will likely go for this LaCie eSATA/Thunderbolt hub, which should solve that problem handily.

LaCie also squared us away with two of the small-form-factor 1TB Rugged Triple Interface USB 3.0/FW800 (7200rpm) drives, and these little guys are just about the best thing since sliced bread. They run on bus power, they spin fast enough to edit video on, and as far as I can tell they are in fact indestructible. They were CONSTANTLY in use (so much so I don’t have any pictures of them). These little guys were–and still are–our main means of transferring huge piles of video files to our translators.

They plug in and work great with Macs and PCs and with the good looking (I’m a sucker for orange) and practical bumper and the internal shock mounts, I have nothing but praise for these bombproof little drives. Great value for traveling or local work you have to move around a lot of data.

 Our sincerest thanks to LaCie for the support.

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Makalu Adventure Travel

Thamel Eco Resort

Genus

Xume

http://www.sonicstudios.com

Lightpress

Brunton

FloLight

Zylight

Morningstar MPPT solar charge controller

Living Building Solutions (Charles Girard)

http://www.nepalsolarenergy.webs.com

Canon Professional Services (loan, not a sponsorship per se, but…)