Double Time Your Offloads with Sonnet's New SF3 Series RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader

Sonnet SF3 Series Red Mini Mag Pro Card Reader
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Would you like to cut your footage offload time in half? 

Whether you're shooting in 8K, at a higher frame rate, or just eager to get offloading done at the end of a long shoot day, faster is better.

A lightning fast professional media reader is key for RED camera users in particular.  

Typical RED MINI-MAG card readers are single-slot, taking one MINI-MAG at a time. This, combined with USB speeds, can lead to relatively long offload times. 

Sonnet announced a Professional Dual-Slot RED MINI-MAG® Thunderbolt™ 3 Card Reader that ingests footage from two RED MINI-MAGs at the same time at their maximum speeds, 1,060 MB/s. By nature of their being two ports, this cuts offload time in half.

It's fast.

And it's stackable.

Sonnet SF3 Red Mini Mag Card Reader
Credit: Sonnet

The aluminum enclosures with dual Thunderbolt 3 ports allow you to stack and connect up to six readers in a daisy chain to a computer through a single cable. You could potentially ingest footage from four, six, or more cards simultaneously. 

Tech Specs

  • Dual-Slot RED MINI-MAG reader
  • Compatible with Mac® Windows®, and Linux® computers with Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • Built with rugged aluminum enclosures and dual Thunderbolt 3 ports.
  • Compatible with older Macs with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports when used with the bidirectional Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter and a Thunderbolt cable.
  • Include threaded mounting holes to support installation in a standard rack shelf, enabling side-by-side mounting of two readers in 1U of rack space.

The SF3 Series – RED MINI-MAG Pro Card Reader is available July 15 priced at $299.

DITs and RED enthusiasts weigh in: Are you going to add the new SF3 Series to your workflow? If you're already using a Sonnet reader, how's its reliability been for you? Let us know in the comments below.     

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your bottle neck will still be your drive speeds. Doesnt matter if you have usb3 or c with slow drives its not going to do anything.

July 13, 2019 at 6:31PM, Edited July 13, 6:34PM