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Archive: Apr 2015

  1. Transferring SD Cards with Problems

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    SD cards are in almost everything, including most digital cameras, audio recorders, and even cell phones. They store images, videos, and more. They are so popular, because they are affordable. Because of this, they are also not very reliable. This means you’ll get card errors, corrupted data, lost and partial files, and other issues from time to time.  Here’s my guide for what to do when you can’t get data off of your SD card.

    If you need to recover data from your SD card and you can’t get in on to your computer, the first thing to try is changing the way you read the card. You should be using a modern card reader that supports SDXC cards and USB 3.0. You can get them for just a few bucks from stores like Amazon. Many older card readers (SD and SDHC) won’t read or recognize newer SDXC cards. You’ll also get the benefit of much faster transfer times with a new reader that supports USB 3.0 and UHS transfers.

    Make sure your reader isn’t using a USB extension cable or a hub. These can sometimes cause problems with data transfers. You should be plugging the reader directly into the computer. If you’re still having problems, try a different USB port. Sometimes USB ports fail, or get unreliable for large file transfers.

    Make sure your operating system supports the file format the card is using. SDXC cards use exFAT, which means you’ll need OSX 10.6.5 or later if you’re on a Mac. On Windows, as long as you are running XP or newer, you should be just fine.

    If you’re still having problems reading your card, you may want to try using a completely different computer. This can eliminate many variables at once.

    If you are able to see your files on the disk, but unable to play them, there is probably corruption of the data on the card. I’ve had about a dozen corrupt MOV files on Canon DSLRs, and for all but one of them, I was able to recover at least some of the video using Grau’s Video Repair software. Unfortunately, it’s not free. Corrupt JPG and RAW files are nearly impossible to recover, because of the way the data is encoded.

    If you still can’t read your files, your card may have failed, or it may have a corrupted file table. This could be a memory controller or other failure. Your options at this point are limited and expensive. If it’s worth a few hundred dollars to recover the files, you can contact a company like DriveSavers or Datatech Labs to attempt to save your files. Typically, they will perform “surgery” on your card, swapping failed components out for working ones. This is obviously a tedious and delicate process, and one you can’t do at home. These companies usually have excellent save rates, and can usually give you an estimate before you even send your SD card in for repair.

    If you accidentally deleted files from a card or formatted the card, you can try a free program like Recuva for Windows to restore them. The first thing you should do is STOP using the card for anything else. You risk overwriting the files. A file recovery program may be able to recover some, or even all, of the files, as long as you haven’t overwritten them with new ones.

    If you rented the device and SD card from us, we would be happy to attempt to transfer and recover any files for you, for a $49 fee. You will also need to provide an external drive with adequate space. If we are unable to recover any files, we will refund the fee and refer you to a data recovery company.

    Want a more reliable workflow for your video camera? We suggest either a dual-recording solution, or using media like SxS or P2 cards. These are more durable and have built-in error correction cababilities.

    Posted by Jon Kline

     
  2. Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 EF Ultrawide Lens

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    The Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 lens fits all Canon digital cameras and anything else with an EF or EF-S mount. 14mm is a great length for dramatic wide angles. This is the widest fullframe lens Rokinon offers.  It’s also a very useful wide on smaller sensors like APS-C, as well as smaller sensors like on Blackmagic and Panasonic cameras.

    It’s not particularly fisheyed, but there is some mustache distortion, which can be addressed in post processing. The lens is manual focus only, but focusing on the fly isn’t much of an issue with a lens this wide.

    This is the photo version of the lens, with a clicking aperture ring and no focus gears. We also have the cinema version, for video shooters. The lens hood is fixed, so round filters aren’t an option.

    This lens is our most popular ultrawide lens rental for photographers.

    Rental Prices

    $29 for 1 day
    $58 for up to 3 days
    $87 for up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    Canon DSLR

  3. Shure Beta 58A Microphone

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    The Shure Beta 58A is a supercardioid dynamic handheld microphone that’s one of our most popular rentals. Get the classic “Shure sound” that cuts through the mix, with bright midrange and moderate low-frequency rolloff for proximity effect control.   The mic is great at controlling feedback, with highly directional sensitivity.  Signal output is relatively high, making the mic a great choice for stage, or any time you need to run a long cable.

    Discounts are available for rentals with multiple microphones.

    Rental Prices

    $19 for 1 day
    $38 up to 3 days
    $57 up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    XLR Cable
    Audio Recorder
    Mic Stand

  4. Pro Stage Mic

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    The Blue Encore 200 handheld microphone is a dynamic capsule that’s engineered to deliver natural vocals with balanced highs and clear details, and exceptionally high gain for exceptionally low noise, even over long cable runs. The Encore 200 is a very popular renter for live performances, and it works well for studio and broadcast, as well. The mic requires phantom power.

    Rental Prices

    $19 for 1 day
    $38 up to 3 days
    $57 up to 7 days
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:

    XLR Cable
    Audio Recorder
    Mic Stand

  5. Time Machine

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    Fix problems you didn’t see coming, and create new paradoxes with this time machine rental. We actually wrote this description next year, but it’s just as relevant today. Dazzle your friends, witness your own birth, and then realize that things were perfect before you traveled back in time to fix them.

    This time machine uses subatomic wormhole recombination to facilitate large-object time travel. Objects with as much as 300Kg of mass can pass through with only a few hundred petajoules of energy. Of course, time travel is dangerous, and should only be attempted by trained personnel. Side effects include headaches and spontaneous molecular distortion.

    Please use with caution. We require insurance for this rental. Protective eyewear is recommended.

    Rental Prices

    $7995 for 1 day
    $10995 up to 700 years
    $795 return before rental starts
    Call or email for availability.

    Suggested accessories:
    Large Hadron Collider
    Speedbooster
    Aspirin

     

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