The cost of media you record onto is sometimes overlooked when you pick your camera, which is particularly important when you get one that uses CFast 2.0, that can be easily called the new standard for 4K recording. An interesting project just came up at Kickstarter – it’s called C Box and it’s basically a dual SSD bay plugged directly into CFast ports.
Let’s have a look at the promo video for C Box:
One thing is that the cost of SSDs is smaller than that of CFast cards, but C Box has other advantages too: SSDs have faster data transfer rates, you can use any SSD that you like, and additionally you’ll generally have longer record times available (e.g. a 1TB SSD instead of a 25GB CFast)
There are some drawbacks too. The design looks absolutely non-weather proof, so outdoor use will be very limited – SSDs are only halfway inside the C BOX, plus you’ll need to have your media bay opened on your camera. There’s also the issue that you’ll have to find some space to mount the C BOX. The SSDs will require some powering too, this is what the Kickstarter page says on this matter:
Draw Powered From Your Anton Bauer, V-Lock, or Wall-Mount Power Supply! The C-Box system comes equipped with a standard 2.1mm x 5.5mm DC female power port. Use this with any 5V 2A power supply and you’re ready to go. We recommend using at least 2 amps of power in order to ensure proper powering of device and all connected drives.
If the C BOX in the video looks amateurish too you, that may be due to the fact that it’s been 3D printed – the final product is promised to have a better looking case with a little more space between the drives to keep the cool. According to the information, the C BOX will cost $499.95. At the moment of writing this, the C BOX has nearly half the funds with more than 20 days of campaigning to go. Find out more about the C BOX in its Kickstarter campaign page here.