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Ingesting Media off of Sony PMW EX1 / EX3

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There are various ways to ingest media from your Sony EX camera. There is no difference in performance when using the camera vs a card reader, the only difference is the availability of the camera and the speed of transfer. With tape based cameras we tend to avoid ingesting from the camera, to protect the camera. File based cameras are not nearly as sensitive to this, because there is not the same kind of wear and tear. The actual rate of transfer will be the same when connected to a card reader or the camera. To increase transfer speed you can take the SxS card from the camera and insert it into the PCI slot of your laptop, and dramatically improve the ingest time. 

During a recent test of a full 8gb SxS card, 28 minutes of footage, there were significant differences in the transfer time. The fastest was by far using the PCI slot of a laptop. The media was being transferred to an external hard drive from the PCI slot via Firewire 800, and took 2 minutes. When transferring to the the same hard drive via Firewire 800 when connected to the camera's USB port, the transfer took 9 minutes. When connected to the camera's USB port and transferring to the same hard drive, but this time via USB 2.0 the transfer took 12 minutes.

The new 17" MacBook Pro has the required PCI slot for inserting your SXS cards for your fastest transfer rates. The latest models of the MacBook Pro 13" and 15" will require you to use the USB plug on the camera or some other form of transfer hardware.
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