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If you're been following some of my social network profiles, i've been showing off my new Blackmagic Production 4K Camera. The problem I immediately ran into though was none of my Solid State drives (which worked fine for the BMCC 2.5K version) failed to work properly when shooting RAW. When shooting ProRes you'll be fine, but when shooting RAW this camera really requires a higher quality Solid State Drive.

So I'm super excited about this ONE DAY Sale on the Sandisk Extreme 'Pro' Series (keyword PRO) Solid State Drives. I have one 480GB Pro version tested with my BlackMagic Production 4K camera and all seems to be working well. I planned to grab another one so this sale comes just in time, in fact the price is so nice I may just have to pick up a few extras.

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120GB SSD = only 5 Minutes of 4K Raw in BMP4K Camera

Even if you're unsure if you need one or not, you may want to order one just to take advantage of the sale, and then return it if you don't need it. It may not be necessary, but you guys looking to get an Atomos Shogun external 4K recorder could use a good SSD too. I highly recommend that you take a look and consider how you can take advantage of these 'Pro' series SSD drives (1 day sale found here).

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Even if you don't shoot with a BMPC4K, this is a HUGE savings on these drives. Upgrade your laptop or use them as external editing drives with an inexpensive Thunderbolt adapter.

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Working on the new MacBook Pro with fixed hard disk space, pretty much forces me to handle bigger projects with external drives. I often work with a slim external USB 3.0 SATA Drive, and for larger files where I need more performance I can work with Solid State drives, and for the fastest speeds I switch to a portable SSD Thunderbolt adapter.

The problem with always working with external drives is having the drive dangling around. I was searching for a simple (non-permanent) way to mount a drive to the back of my laptop screen, and came up with a new use for these cheap Super Sticky Dash Mats

Here are a few images below using my 'corny' dash mat mount. Obviously you want to work with a lightweight portable drive like the Seagate Slim (found here), but these mats are sticky enough to carry my Seagate Portable Thunderbolt adapter for true performance editing (found here).

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Slim Seagate USB 3.0 Hard Drive Mounted with Dash Mat

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Need Speed? My portable Thunderbolt Adapter for SSD Drives

Check out the holding power of these dash mats. That's a 5 pound weight (not even using full surface area) held vertically. That would be the equivalent of mounting 15 of my solid state drives together. [A Canon 5D DSLR weighs under 2 pounds] Definitely more than enough super strong holding power for just one drive.

These dash mats can probably be found at your local hardware or office store, but you'll find them cheapest on Amazon (click here).

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