I just read an article about Red in the April issue of the American Cinematographer.
There is a quote from Stuart English regarding ways to store all the recorded media :
This sounds interesting, 400GB would be enough to copy a full 320GB RedDrive to one tape, and Sony anounces about 24MB/s native transfer rates. There are compact 3.5-inch drives. And it looks affordable."AIT-5 uses 8mm tape media in a compact drive. For about $60, you get a 400 GB tape with an approximately real-time transfer rate for 24P 4K RedCode RAW footage. We're on the lookout for a model with an eSATA or Ethernet interface to allow us to more efficiently move all that data."
Here is one for example :
But as always, it's SCSI, which is not very handy to use in the field on a laptop...
Is there a chance that Red will make a custom portable archiving system, maybe using these tapes, that would be easily usable in the field, with just a laptop (or even better, a standalone system, so you would just plug your RedDrive and it would start recording to the tape) ? And maybe a software that would help manage backups, and log everything you recorded onto each tape, making it easier to later find a shot you're looking for...
Did anyone find an AIT drive that has eSATA or Ethernet connections ?
I think storing and backuping all the footage we'll shoot with this camera will be one of the biggest issues in the upcoming years. Having an easy and reliable solution would be great. Tape still seems to be the cheapest and most reliable solution for now, isn't it ?