So I'll start by saying I'm pretty darn tech savvy, but I'm just trying to figure out a somewhat cost effective/fast in the field solution to dumping CFast 2.0 cards in the field.
As I assume you all know, a C200 writes data at an insane rate, filling a 256gb CFast 2.0 card in 30 minutes. Those cards are also insanely expensive. Now the question becomes what is the most realistic way to only have to carry a couple/few of those cards in the field yet still be able to dump them?
Depending on the shoot I may go relatively bare and just bring my 2017 MBP with a thunderbolt cfast reader and a couple 1tb SSD's. Pull the memory card, plug into the laptop and transfer through the laptop to an SSD. This will be pretty darn fast and wont require any additional power other than the computer itself. Seemingly a decent idea other than no redundancy.
My thought is maybe a RAID enclosure or NAS, full of standard HDD's (something like a 4-5 drive setup) in RAID5 or something similar. This would accomplish redundancy but would require power which often wont be an issue, not only does my truck have a power inverter but I also often bring a generator.
Larger shoots I utilize my 38' fifth wheel for everything, plenty of room for actors/changing/photo gear/lunch etc. At that point we have it plugged into generators with redundant power coming from an auto transfer switch and larger power inverter with (4) large batteries. More or less my generators can be off for an entire day or two while I run a full size fridge, TV's and more.
So, what's the best solution? I need extremely fast offload speeds, we're talking about recording a half of a terabyte per hour, I can't be waiting 45 minutes to unload a card. It essentially has to be at thunderbolt speeds to possibly offload faster than you're creating footage etc.
I'm kinda wondering if one of the Thunderbolt 3 NAS devices can hook directly to a CFast 2.0 card reader and be controlled by a computer to automate an import? Something like that should eliminate bottlenecks.
Thanks for your input!