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Registered: ‎12-29-2013
Message 1 of 10 (1,012 Views)

Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

Looking at upping my recording capacity and I'm not clear as to the difference between the Series-D and Series-E SxS cards (other than about $500 more for the Series-E)  

 

I see the descriptions but how does it translate to real-world?

 

https://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-recmedia/cat-recmediaxdcamex/product-SBP256D/

https://pro.sony.com/bbsc/ssr/cat-recmedia/cat-recmediaxdcamex/product-SBP256E/

 

thanks!

Brian

Brian Young
www.FlacaProductions.com
Los Angeles
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Registered: ‎05-15-2015
Message 2 of 10 (923 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

E have got faster Write speed. If you are on latest firmware and want to ba able to record all formats including new high bitrate one you will need those more expensive cards. 

 

Series E are:

 

Read speed 3.5Gbps (=440MB/s)

Write Speed 3.2Gbps (=400MB/s)

 

While as you can see D are:

 

  • Max. Read Speed: 3.5Gbps
  • Max. Write Speed: 2.8Gbps

 

Hope it helps!

Rafal Tyslewicz
Colourist, Editor, Camera
www.raf.guru
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Registered: ‎08-21-2013
Message 3 of 10 (891 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

Raf, I can use my series B cards with all xavc formats including in class 480 so what you state is not correct.

 

In the Sony XAVC White Paper they state that SxS Pro + (2013) have sustained Data recording rate of 1.3Gbps and max read out speed of 1.6Gbps

 

The new cards may give faster data transfer rates but I have not tested.

www.nickgordonsmith.com
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Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

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Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

The C and D cards are quicker to download, BUT you need the newer US30 SxS reader or the Sonnet SxS thunderbolt reader AND a fast enough drive to transfer to. I use a twin SSD in RAID1. Two copies of 128GB in about 5mins.
Jack
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digiteyes.com.au
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Message 6 of 10 (826 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

Yes, you are right. Looks like the E series just speed up transfer times but read speed is the same so shouldn't make any difference really... Maybe sony is going to introduce new camera and cards will be ready for 8k xavc codec =]

Rafal Tyslewicz
Colourist, Editor, Camera
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Registered: ‎08-21-2013
Message 7 of 10 (817 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

It does seem the reason the SxS cards are being updated is to improve the transfer speed. They state that the E cards will transfer twice as fast as the B cards and that they are 50% more optimised for 4K HFR. ( Again I have no idea what they mean by being more optimised !)

 

What new camera Sony will bring out in the future is a mystery to me. I don't think I will ever need an 8K Xavc format ! What would be useful is to implement higher frame speeds on the Class 480 xavc and have an option to go 444 or up the bitrate.

 

And maybe X-ocn codec could be implemented as an onboard format....

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Registered: ‎04-30-2013
Message 8 of 10 (804 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

My Sonnet Thunderbolt reader doesn't seem to work any more... Mac OSX, I'm wondering if it's a driver issue, although I couldn't find any newer drivers from Sonnet...

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Registered: ‎12-29-2013
Message 9 of 10 (778 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

Great info guys - thank you.  

Brian Young
www.FlacaProductions.com
Los Angeles
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Registered: ‎06-12-2013
Message 10 of 10 (731 Views)

Re: Real World SxS Pro+ D-Series vs. E-Series

Mt sonnet reader still works  with Mac OS 10.11.16.. with the old software driver.. maybe the reader has bust..? or cable..

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