Gnarbox 2.0 Offers Video Shooters Easier Field Downloads

Credit: Gnarbox
With verision 2, Gnarbox hopes video shooters will take the cue from still photographers for easy backups.

As packages get smaller and smaller, it often feels like the largest piece of kit we are dragging with us to set is our (2015 or earlier) Macbook Pro for downloading/culling/backup in the field. Gnarbox was originally introduced for both video and stills but seems to have taken off mostly with photographers so far. It's a simple hard drive unit with an SD slot for downloading and backing up your images in the field. SD cards are cheap enough you probably won't fill them up in the field, but having only a single backup makes most of us nervous, and Gnarbox let you get a second copy without the hassle of dragging your laptop into the field with you.

The best part was that the original Gnarbox let you connect to the device via wifi for basic editing, organizing, and culling. Gnarbox is now back with the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD, and on top of its still photographer functionality, this version has added a bunch of tools that make this something a lot of filmmakers might consider. 

One positive upgrade is a size increase the size all the way up to a 1TB SSD. An added on-unit display and buttons have been added to make navigating the system easier even when not connected via wifi. There's also an upgrade to USB C which should make the device function with new machines into the future while still being only an adapter away from working with your old computers.

As other products move into the space Gnarbox initially pioneered (standalone download units), the company is pursuing a strategy not only of powerful hardware but also the widest array of integrations to keep their product viable. Gnarbox has also announced a partnership with Luma Fusion to provide full professional level iOs editing for iPhone or iPad in conjunction with Gnarbox media. This will allow users in the field to quickly edit and post their footage without the need of a full computer, working just off an IPad or even their phone, to turn their images into posts as quickly as possible.


Credit: MyGnar
While clearly targeted at use during production, we're excited about the possibilities of using the Gnarbox in post; keeping a version of projects synced on it so, if a client needs tweaks while we're on a trip, we can easily make them and free ourselves of the need to bring the full-size Pro laptop with us wherever we go. Of course, the easier it is to tweak projects the more clients will expect us to do so, but that's not Gnarbox's fault. Gnarbox 2.0 will also integrate full with Adobe Premiere, Lightroom, and Dropbox.

For now, it remains an SD card-based device, so it's great for backups on your X-H1 and GH-5S and EVA1 shoots, but won't provide a great solution on a RED job. You can connect to CFast or CF cards via USB, but that might be a hair slow on the bigger formats. Of course, on that RED job, you'll be taking out enough kit that a laptop won't seem like a hassle. But for mirrorless, DSLR, drone, and other run-and-gun type shooters the Gnarbox could potentially be a real life saver.

Head on over to the Gnarbox page for details on the Kickstarter for Gnarbox 2.0

Tech Specs

  • Intel Quad Core, 2.40GHZ CPU
  • 4 Core Intel HD Graphics GPU
  • 867mbps 802.11 ac/b/g/n WiFi
  • 4GB RAM
  • NVMe SSD up to 1TB
  • SD Card Backup: 100MB/sec write speeds
  • USB-C Backup: 500MB/sec read/write speeds
  • USB-C Computer Connect: 500MB/sec read/write speeds
  • USB-C x2, SD & miniHDMI ports
  • 4-hour continuous use
  • 3200mAh 7.4v removable lithium ion battery
  • IP67 – Waterproof to 1m for 30minutes
  • Dimension - 6” x 3” x 1.16” / ~1lb

Your Comment


$300 to $700 (128-1T) ...seriously? ...neat gadget but it doesn't solve a problem that I can see. I'll just take my MacBook Pro with me thanks.

April 3, 2018 at 1:09PM


I agree. Solid idea. But price point is way too high. I already own a laptop. Plus storage options aren't that great either.

April 3, 2018 at 1:18PM

Corey Machado
Video Editor

Does it support transfers from an XQD card reader?

April 3, 2018 at 1:25PM, Edited April 3, 1:25PM


yes it supports usbc card readers that have xQD, and in the article they incorrectly state that it wouldn't be for red, usb-c to red mini mag card reader would have very fast speeds 450 MB/s

April 4, 2018 at 11:34AM


Neat idea, but Nexto Di have been offloading data of mine since the launch of the HVX200 from Panasonic back in 2006... Sure there are no fancy CPU, Pro-Res conversion of nice little App, but it is fast, reliable, and you can put whatever SSD or HDD you want in it.

Now, sure I would love to convert files in ProRess like his on the go, but usually when I work a full day I have something like 200 to 400GB of files (Videos)... First not sure how fast this product will be able to convert in ProRes and second, 1TB is REALLY not enough!

April 3, 2018 at 4:08PM


Ok Gonzague, but the product you mentioned is $1500 USD (NVS2801-Plus 1T) ...

April 4, 2018 at 5:28AM


the gnarbox 2.0 is epic, so nice being free of the restrictions of mains power and being on the grid to backup and get selects out, fast and easy
so stoked !

April 4, 2018 at 11:35AM


April 4, 2018 at 11:38AM


Curious how this differs from the WD My Passport Wireless Pro other than the app functionality?

April 4, 2018 at 12:09PM


I invested in the first Gnarbox. While it worked decently, the app was buggy, never updated, the hardware sometimes would take forever to connect. And the Gnarbox team were never great on keeping the community updated. I would be hesitant to fund another one, while I am happy to see they are trying again.

April 4, 2018 at 3:46PM

Aaron P-F

They must be clueless or sarcastic when they ask themselves why filmmakers haven't jumped on board. Seriously, why didn't they build in a Cfast, or SSD reader? Also, where's the 1/4" mounting holes and HDMI/SDI in/out? Do they even film?

This is still just a tool for photographers and YouTube vloggers shooting on DSLR's and it's too expensive.

April 10, 2018 at 2:33AM


Guys its just a tool to do quick painless backups on the go so you can keep shooting and not whip out a laptop every time you want to review if you need to. I cant begin to say how much this type of tool is going to benefit 1 man band shoots when quick turnarounds are needed and or clients are present to make selects on the go mid shoot. Thats all this product is for. Skeleton crew easy, quick, reliable backups and viewing on the go with a few more goodies tossed in the bag. NO MORE HATE!

April 12, 2018 at 1:42PM, Edited April 12, 1:42PM

Christian Flook
Production Specialist

XferMax is alternative solution. XQD/CFast card slots are built-in. No external card reader required. 140MB/s copying speed. 3.4 LCD screen allows to preview JPEG and some RAW format. Small and compact. Same producer of HyperDrive UDMA products.

November 18, 2018 at 11:23PM