Don’t skimp on drives to save a few cents: The use of unsupported drives to save a little money per GB has a poor cost-benefit ratio when what is at stake is generally the recording of an extremely costly production. Make a backup recording. Even if it’s just to the in-camera recording card.
If a shoot is important, always have a backup plan. Cinedeck currently supports all models of Samsung Drives, specifically:
- Samsung 840 Pro series (excellent price/capacity)
- Samsung 850 Pro series (highest performance, longest warranty)
- Samsung 840 OR 850 EVO (best price/capacity)
You may use other SSDs with your Cinedeck recorders, but we may not be able to provide technical support should you have any issues due to non-approved SSDs. The Cinedeck development team can absolutely confirm, not all SSDs are created equal and SSD specifications as advertised by manufacturers can be extremely misleading. Real-time video recording, especially multistream, is unlike any other use-case for SSDs and in general, most SSD drives are not optimized for best performance in this very specific case. Also, some drives have appalling failure rates. For instance, Cinedeck had drives provided from a manufacturer for testing which had a 100% failure rate within 6 months. This does not mean they all necessarily completely stopped working but they could no longer reliably record video.