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March 09, 2009

Table of Contents

Strictly Business: Marketing With Social Networking Sites
The Nonlinear Editor: The Price You Pay
New Sachtler FSB4 Fluid Head
Blackmagic Design Releases Exciting New Software Update to Support Adobe Creative Suite 4
Blastwave FX Releases Sound Effects Libraries on USB Flash Drives
Von Wedding Films Embraces Shooting With Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAMs
Band Pro Announces Band Pro Financial Services
Avid Delivers Native RED Support
OWC Announces Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles with FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and E-SATA Interfaces

Strictly Business: Marketing With Social Networking Sites

A few years back, who could have predicted that adult conversation would be laced with words such as Twitter, Tweets, Facebook, Ning, and Plurk? Social networking websites are, many event videographers say, the newest and greatest thing. Here's how some of your colleagues are using them to their advantage.

For writer, photographer, and video producer David Chandler-Gick, Facebook is a practical tool. "On a recent cross-country excursion to work with Cathy Steffan of Parallel Media Productions, Facebook served as a central hub to keep me in contact with friends and colleagues," he writes. "Accessing Facebook kept me in touch with what was going on, last-minute changes, and more."

Don Lawler (www.donlawlerfilms.com) is currently working on a Ning (www.ning.com) site for his local PVA. (Ning is a social networking site that lets users create their own social network around a common theme, hobby, or industry.) "We're hoping to tie it into the existing website and give us a place to chat with brides, give helpful tips, invite them to our educational seminars, and provide the association with a forum and blog," he says.

One big advantage we have as videographers is that we're visual artists. In the social networking world, visuals rock! Ning plays to this common interest. The site states, "Our two most popular features in terms of usage across the social networks on Ning are photos and videos ... For a professional network, add video tutorials and blog posts with photos to make it visually interesting. Share these items via email as well as pop the embeddable video player and photo slideshows throughout the web, including on your MySpace or Facebook profiles." Do you see the opportunity here to generate additional income streams and offer value-added services?

Aaron Deckrow (www.capturedproductions.com), a Michigan-based wedding videographer, found a client through Facebook who was so excited about her upcoming wedding that she shared her experience with all her "friends" on the social networking site. In addition to shooting the wedding, Deckrow provided a Facebook trailer and a prerelease video. These, in turn, brought more publicity. Says Deckrow, "Once the bride posted her Facebook trailer, she got two comments right away and then a client inquiry within 24 hours, which ended up in a booking with no sales needed. Since then I have been able to network like this with other brides who can post, share, and talk about our work for many listening ears."

Popular event videographers Jason Magbanua (www.jasonmagbanua.com) and Steve Bailey (www.memoriesforevervideo.com) use similar methods to get their messages out. When Magbanua posts videos on his social networking sites, he expects them to be shared. "Some people have no way to reach your blog/site," he says. "Through these social networking applications, videos you make for their friends become available to them. Getting an audience and a following is key."

Bailey recommends using Facebook groups to build an opt-in list of people who are interested in you and your business. Once you've created a Facebook group for your business, he notes, post an update on your wall asking all of your Facebook friends to join the group. "Every time we publish a video on our blog, we also publish it on our Facebook group and, by doing so, all our subscribers to the Facebook group get to see the video," Bailey says.

Using social networking sites requires discipline. And for those who prefer face-to-face contact, it can seem a bit impersonal. There's also the puzzle of keeping your business life separate from your personal life. A good rule of thumb is to note the advice now given to young people looking for jobs: Don't post anything that you wouldn't want your parents/future employer/potential client to see.

As Ed Tworek (www.corpvid.com) says, "I don't want my business associates learning about my family relationships. Do you want your clients or prospects to know the names of your friends and relatives? I don't want to hear from family members that some guy wants to sell them the ‘widget' I just did a product launch video for."

Personally, I use different sites for different purposes. I've used MySpace for about 3 years. A lot of bands and musicians use the site to communicate with fans and peers, so it's where I hang my blues musician hat. I'm also on LinkedIn, which I find a static, businesslike place. And yes, I'm on Facebook. It's fun. It makes it easy to keep in touch and to let my tribe know when I have something new and exciting for them. I also use Twitter, but I'm not impressed by the unceasing efforts of thinly disguised salespeople who call your attention to their next "brand-new great moneymaking resource" every 10 minutes.

There are a number of resources available to help you navigate the whys, hows, and wheres of social networking sites. One that I recommend is www.whyfacebook.com, run by Mari Smith, author of Facebook for Professionals. She writes primarily about Facebook and Twitter, but the information she provides applies to other sites as well.

Some of you will choose to incorporate social networking sites into your marketing strategy; others will not. But I highly recommend that you not discount this newest phenomenon without first exploring the possibilities.

Steve Yankee (syankee at opinmarketing.com) has more than 35 years of video production and marketing experience and is the founder of The Video Business Advisor in East Lansing, Mich.

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The Nonlinear Editor: The Price You Pay

A recession economy takes its toll here, there, and everywhere. Independent video studios and other small business owners know this as well as anyone. When your customers feel the pinch, so do you. "Free" trade magazines experience the ebb and flow of the economy too; as the vendor advertising budgets that support us get smaller, so do the magazines. This is happening in virtually all industries these days, ours included. Some of the advertising money is moving to the web, but a good portion of it just disappears.

Some magazines give up the ghost; others go online only. You've probably noticed this happening with the other video magazines you get. It's happened to some of my favorites. When it happens, you spin it as best you can, but no magazine wants to go out of print, and it's a loss to the industry whenever it happens.

There's way too much happening in the world of event filmmaking that EventDV covers for your magazine to shrink or retreat, and so far we've held the line. Whatever the financial impact of our struggling economy, in terms of innovations and new trends, this industry has never been more exciting to cover.

As event videographers shuck off the negative images of the past, master new production tools, pioneer new looks and techniques, and retool old business models for the changing economy, magazines such as EventDV need to examine our business models as well. We have, and we've concluded that our old advertising-based business model-adopted by EventDV predecessor EMedia in the late '90s when we were all riding the same wave-wasn't made for these times.

Gone are the days when it makes sense to put our readers and the content we're able to offer them at the mercy of equipment vendors' shrinking advertising and marketing budgets. Especially when the companies at the heart of our industry--stalwarts like Sony and Panasonic--are laying off upwards of 15,000 employees each, it's not hard to understand why the print-ad budgets dwindle.

Instead of relying on the big-ticket investments of a small pool of vendors to underwrite our efforts, we will now look to the people we produce this magazine for-our readership-and ask you to commit the much smaller sum of $15.95 annually to your magazine and the resources it provides you to build and sustain your business.

Do you have $1.33 to invest in your own professional development each month? We believe you do, and rather than follow the shrinking (or disappearing) magazine trend that's sweeping the trade publishing world these days--or join such hallowed news media as The New York Times and put everything, including the front cover, up for sale--our plan is to rededicate our efforts to the readers who value EventDV most and position ourselves to offer more.

One way is by staying in print and continuing to deliver the tangible magazine-reading experience that our readers have come to expect. Another way we're offering more is via tie-ins to the cutting-edge video content we're now delivering on EventDV-TV--pieces that work in tandem with the articles we offer in print and that help a video magazine to do what a video magazine should. These connections will only increase over time as we develop more ways to add a video dimension to the print articles on which we've built our reputation.

Joining these print-video hybrid articles are monthly video series by some of the most exciting videographers in the business. These shows, all exclusive to EventDV-TV, extend the message and the value of the print magazine that we will continue to deliver to you as the recession runs its course. Visit EventDV-TV.com for details.

With a healthy paid circulation, our new and ongoing efforts will thrive and flourish and will continue to reflect the innovation, creativity, and persistence that drive this industry. One good thing about working in an industry with so much room for growth is that continuing public awareness of event videography and what event videographers do gives us all reason to be optimistic, downward market trends be damned.
Just to be clear, this change will not affect all readers immediately. Your subscription will continue through the April issue, to give you a month to consider what we're offering and whether it's worth a small (and, in most cases, tax-deductible) investment to keep having EventDV delivered to your door throughout the year, and to keep it at the ready as a resource dedicated to your business and your growth in this field.

Commit to your business and your ongoing professional development as we have committed to this industry, and we'll weather this recession together. When the economy bounces back, you will be the ones still standing, and so will we.

Stephen Nathans-Kelly (stephen.nathans at infotoday.com) is editor-in-chief of EventDV.

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New Sachtler FSB4 Fluid Head

Sachtler, a Vitec Group brand introduces the new FSB4 fluid head. With a payload ranging from 0-8.8 lbs (0-4 kg), the FSB4 is ideal for users of (H)DV cameras. This professional head offers Sachtler's renowned features such as aluminum housing, three-step damping, and five-step counterbalance. In addition, the FSB4 incorporates Sachtler's proven SPEEDBALANCE technology, enabling fast and precise balancing.

The FSB4 is the newest head in the Sachtler range that includes the FSB 2 and FSB 6. The new head is specially designed for compact cameras fully equipped with professional accessories. "Its payload of up to 8.8 lbs (4 kg) provides camera support for almost every (H)DV camera", says Ali Ahmadi, product manager for Sachtler. "What's more, the new head perfectly meets our clients' expectations regarding robustness, reliability and durability." The FSB 4 has an integrated flat base fitting, and interfaces with tripods with 75mm bowls. With three horizontal and three vertical steps of damping, as well as a five-step counterbalance, the FSB4 allows the camera operator to perform smooth movements under any conditions.

The FSB 4 may also be paired with Sachtler's SOOM multifunctional tripod system that offers height from 8-inches to 8-feet (20cm to 250cm). Another accessory that enhances FSB4 functionality is the FSB CELL power supply. This 7.2 V battery with a storage capacity of 10.5 Ah, mounts directly between the camera and the FSB4.

www.sachtler.us

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Blackmagic Design Releases Exciting New Software Update to Support Adobe Creative Suite 4

Today, Blackmagic Design Inc. released a new Windows based software update of its full range of video editing products, including all Multibridge, DeckLink and Intensity models. This new Blackmagic Design version 7.0 software update adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 4. This is a major software update, and is available today from the Blackmagic Design website at no charge.

Version 7.0 software update for Blackmagic Design DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity products adds support for Adobe Creative Suite 4 Production Premium as well as Premiere Pro 4.0.1 for Windows XP, Windows XP x64, Windows Vista and Windows Vista 64 platforms.

When using Blackmagic Design's new v7.0 software update and Premiere Pro 4.0.1, users will enjoy a new simplified workflow with better broadcast quality video support as well as tighter integration between Premiere Pro, After Effects and Photoshop.

Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 support also includes Blackmagic Design's custom RS422 support for Insert and Assemble-to-tape so that customers can output their projects back to professional broadcast VTRs with frame accurate precision.

"This is a huge update for Blackmagic Design customers working with Adobe products on Windows based systems. CS4 has a much more simplified workflow with greater integration been Premiere, After Effects and Photoshop," said Matt Dowling, Senior Product Manager, Blackmagic Design.

Some of the exciting new features include:

• Enhanced RT Effects in SD and HD in Premiere Pro
• DV 4:3 and 16:9 capture and playback support
• All new Edit To Tape interface in Premiere Pro
• After Effects realtime preview up to 2K 4:4:4 resolutions
• Photoshop export support up to 2K 4:4:4 resolutions

Blackmagic Design's DeckLink, Multibridge and Intensity products take full advantage of Premiere Pro's comprehensive range of workflows for DV, HDV and HD. Blackmagic Design video capture product also support multiple file formats such as uncompressed 8 bit, uncompressed 10 bit, AVI, QuickTime, MJPEG, HDV and DV all on the same timeline and in the same project file.

Availability and Price
DeckLink v7, Multibridge v7 and Intensity v3 downloads are available now for all registered customers free of charge from the Blackmagic Design website at www.blackmagic-design.com.

About Blackmagic Design Inc.
Blackmagic Design Inc. manufactures the world's highest quality video editing
products, converters and routers for the post-production and television broadcast
industries. The Multibridge, DeckLink and Intensity family of products have revolutionized
the post production industry and made HDTV and film editing more affordable.
Founded by the world's leading editors and engineers from the post production
industry, this knowledge is constantly fed back into our products. Blackmagic
Design has operations in the USA, United Kingdom, Japan, Singapore, and Australia.

Blackmagic Design Worldwide Press Contact
Victoria Battison - Phone: +1 (408) 779 4476 or email: victoriab@blackmagic-design.com.

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Blastwave FX Releases Sound Effects Libraries on USB Flash Drives

Blastwave FX (www.blastwavefx.com), the HD sound effects label, today announced the release of 20 sound effects libraries on USB Flash Drive. The libraries currently available on USB Flash Drive include:

Ambience I, Animals I, Cartoon I, Emergency I, Fire I , Foley I, Horror I, Household I, Humans I, Impact I, Industry I, Musical I, Office I, Science Fiction I, Sports I, Technology I, Transportation I, Warfare I, Water I, and Weather I.

Each library is delivered on a 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB USB Flash Drive depending on the format selected. Available formats include 16/44.1, 24/28, and 24/96 broadcast .wav files.

Blastwave FX libraries delivered on USB Flash Drives feature:

• USB 2.0 (56mm x 16mm x 9mm)
• MAC/PC compatibility
• 100% HD Sound Effects (24/96 native recorded)
• Multiple Formats: 16/44.1, 24/28, and 24/96 broadcast .wav files
• Embedded Metadata for Search
• Royalty-Free

"Blastwave FX is committed to pushing the envelope in sonic quality, selection, format, metadata and delivery," said Ric Viers of Blastwave FX. "The release of 20 Blastwave FX libraries on USB Flash Drives is an industry first and underscores our commitment to innovation and excellence."

All libraries are available with mp3 demos and track listings at:
http://www.blastwavefx.com/all_prodcats.php

Blastwave FX Releases Sound Effects Libraries on USB Flash Drives

20 Libraries Now Available in Multiple Formats on USB Flash Drives

Detroit, Michigan, March 2, 2009 - Blastwave FX (www.blastwavefx.com), the HD sound effects label, today announced the release of 20 sound effects libraries on USB Flash Drive. The libraries currently available on USB Flash Drive include:

Ambience I, Animals I, Cartoon I, Emergency I, Fire I , Foley I, Horror I, Household I, Humans I, Impact I, Industry I, Musical I, Office I, Science Fiction I, Sports I, Technology I, Transportation I, Warfare I, Water I, and Weather I.

Each library is delivered on a 2 GB, 4 GB, 8 GB or 16 GB USB Flash Drive depending on the format selected. Available formats include 16/44.1, 24/28, and 24/96 broadcast .wav files.

Blastwave FX libraries delivered on USB Flash Drives feature:

• USB 2.0 (56mm x 16mm x 9mm)
• MAC/PC compatibility
• 100% HD Sound Effects (24/96 native recorded)
• Multiple Formats: 16/44.1, 24/28, and 24/96 broadcast .wav files
• Embedded Metadata for Search
• Royalty-Free

"Blastwave FX is committed to pushing the envelope in sonic quality, selection, format, metadata and delivery," said Ric Viers of Blastwave FX. "The release of 20 Blastwave FX libraries on USB Flash Drives is an industry first and underscores our commitment to innovation and excellence."

All libraries are available with mp3 demos and track listings at:
http://www.blastwavefx.com/all_prodcats.php

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Von Wedding Films Embraces Shooting With Panasonic AG-HMC150 AVCCAMs

Celebrated event cinematographer Mark Von Lanken, who runs Tulsa, OK-based wedding video studio Von Wedding Films with his wife, Trisha, has embraced shooting with Panasonic's new AG-HMC150 professional handheld AVCCAM camcorder.

Having recently shot two weddings and a Life Story treatment with the HMC150, Von Lanken will soon take delivery of three of the professional AVCHD handhelds. For the full story on the Von Lankens' experience with the HMC150 (including the first 2 of 5 video clips produced exclusively to EventDV-TV), click here.

"There isn't another camera on the market that offers the affordability of solid-state recording to SDHC cards, light weight, excellent low light performance and features like XLR audio at this price point," said Von Lanken. "I've fallen in love with how the HMC150 feels and how it helps me do my job."

Three-time EventDV 25 honorees and WEVA Hall of Famers, the Von Lankens are regular speakers at WEVA Expo and winners of numerous WEVA Creative Excellence Awards (CEA). Several times each year, the Von Lankens offer intensive two-day workshops at their Tulsa studio and train fellow videographers from across the country.

Earlier this winter, Von Lanken used the HMC150 on wedding shoots in Gainesville, GA and Oklahoma City, OK and a Life Story production in Shreveport, LA, an eight-minute video capturing a moment in time in the life of a young family. One of the weddings was a one-camera shoot, and the second was a four-camera production, with the HMC150 as primary camera.

"Previously, I've been loyal to other manufacturers' cameras and had no experience shooting with Panasonic DV or HD models," said Von Lanken. "To be sure, I'd read all about the ‘Panasonic mojo' on the user forums, but was a skeptic about how good the image quality could really be. No more: I'm a convert. The colors truly are different, and you have the ability with the scene files to achieve a much more organic look, less like video and more like film. It's very pleasing."

"In terms of operation, the HMC150 is very user-intuitive," Von Lanken continued. "I adapted to the camera quickly, and especially appreciate its light weight (3.7 pounds) and perfect balance, which translates to shooting long events with no fatigue. It is so well suited to continuous Glidecam shots: whereas I could typically shoot for about a minute with my previous camera of choice (a Sony Z1) on a Glidecam, I was able to shoot reception dancing for four - six minutes with the HMC150 mounted to the Glidecam.

"The HMC150 comes equipped with an extremely wide-angle lens (its 13X Leica Dicomar zoom lens system offers a 28mm angle setting), so I don't have to add (or purchase) another lens. That saves money, and when using the camera on a stabilizer device, it saves weight as well."

"The HMC150 excels at low-light shooting, and I'm rarely in the position where I can control all my illumination," Von Lanken noted. "For instance, on the one-camera wedding shoot, the ceremony location was dimly lit, but to make matters worse, the bride's and groom's faces faces were in dark shadows. I shot in 1080/30p, limiting the gain to 9dB and slowing the shutter down to 30 because it was so dark. The image in the LCD was much brighter than what my eyes could see. The second wedding ceremony was well-lit, but the reception was dark, with the lights down. Overall, the HMC150 performs much better in low light than the Z1."

"I always use manual focus, so ease of use of that function is very important to me," he added. "I really liked the feel of the HMC150 focus ring. It flows freely, which makes rolling focus a pleasure. The location of the Focus Assist (expanded focus) button, just behind the zoom ring, is perfect, easy to access no matter how you are holding the camera or how dark it is. Unlike competitive models, the expanded focus works while the camera is recording. Finally, there is an option to have a Frequency Distribution Graph, which tells you that you've maximized the focus.

"In terms of exposure, I've been so impressed with the Dynamic Range Stretch (DRS) feature, which expands the dynamic range, both in bright areas and dark areas. At one of the weddings, the exterior of the church was partially in shade, but DRS brightened the dark areas while preventing clipping of the bright areas. It emulates the dynamic range of film."

"When asked to compare AVCHD recording to HDV, I look at the numbers," Von Lanken added. "One AVCHD manufacturer will tell you that AVCHD at 9Mbps is equal to HDV. AVCCAM's PH mode records even higher than that at 21Mbps with the maximum variable rate at 24Mbps. What's more, the quality of video achieved with different codecs is not a simple bitrate comparison; MPEG-4 compression is far more efficient than MPEG-2. This is a big advantage."

Von Lanken owns an assortment of SDHC cards; he can record up to 90 minutes in the highest quality PH mode on one 16GB SDHC card. He is editing his HMC150 footage on a Grass Valley Edius PRO system.

For more information about Von Lanken and Von Wedding Films, visit www.vonweddingfilms.com.

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Band Pro Announces Band Pro Financial Services

Band Pro Film & Digital, Inc. proudly announces a new customer-focused financing program. Now Band Pro can offer a number of customized financing options specifically designed for the needs of the broadcast and cinema production industries. Following the existing tradition of excellent service, a team of finance professionals will be available to help secure flexible and competitive financing options for new and existing Band Pro customers.

For 25 years Band Pro has been an industry leader in technology, sales and training. A greater commitment to support and training has always set Band Pro apart from competitors, and the new financing focus goes even further. Aiming to serve customers requesting financing options from 12 to 60 months, with most applicants approved within 24 hours, Band Pro continues to make it easier for professionals to get the equipment they need in their hands and get to work.

www.bandpro.com

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Avid Delivers Native RED Support

Avid Technology, Inc. (NASDAQ: AVID) today announced that Avid® DS now offers native support for the RED R3D file format, delivering customers increased efficiencies in the editorial and finishing process of RED-originated projects.

With native support for RED, Avid customers will benefit from:

* A speedier ingest of RED footage;
* The ability to apply RLX color intent data to the footage in the Avid system; and
* Capabilities to preset project and sequence settings for RED projects at 2k, 3k, and 4k resolutions.

In addition to handling native R3D footage, Avid DS customers will now be able to create HD RGB 4:4:4 proxies from high-resolution RED source material, which will provide real-time program monitoring and result in faster system response time - enabling artists to stay focused on the creative editorial aspects of a project.

Avid will also offer native RED support for the offline editing process via MetaFuze®, a tool that automates the conversion of formats such as RED and DPX to Avid DNxHD® media for HD offline workflows in Avid Media Composer® and HD finishing in SymphonyTM systems. As a result, customers are able to take advantage of the Avid Advanced Conform workflow for RED and seamlessly move their projects from offline to online.

"We are very excited about the new Avid and RED integration," said Ted Schilowitz of RED Digital Cinema. "The ability to use the MetaFuze tool to turn RED files into true native MXF files at the various offline and online resolutions is a very powerful step that will enable a more streamlined workflow for the many RED projects around the world that are cutting on Avid. The DS integration of RED files for online color grading and finishing is another important development on making offline to online very cost-effective. Fewer workflow steps and tape layoffs for finishing with RED files is the most effective and efficient way to deliver projects."

Kirk Arnold, EVP and GM of Customer Operations at Avid said, "We strive to make the technology seamless for customers to allow them to keep focused on unleashing the creative talents that continue to entertain millions. We also understand that our customers want freedom and flexibility to work with whichever format they choose, and our effort to offer native RED support is the latest example of how we continue to evolve our solutions and meet customers' needs."

Native support for R3D files is available in Avid DS version 10.1.1. For customers looking to upgrade, visit the Avid download center.

www.avid.com

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OWC Announces Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles with FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and E-SATA Interfaces

Other World Computing (OWC), a leading Mac and PC technology company, announced today nine new OWC Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles that come complete with the NewerTech Voyager hard drive dock; a high performance, SATA hard drive with options including the most energy efficient operation and/or highest capacity drives available on the market up to 2.0TB; and a $200 retail value disk utility software bundle consisting of Intech SpeedTools/Prosoft Data Backup 3/NovaStor NovaBackup. Priced starting at $109.99, the Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles feature either the NewerTech Voyager Q, the only "Quad Interface" FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, & eSATA hard drive docking station on the market or the NewerTech Voyager S2 USB 2.0/eSATA interface model, for Plug & Play compatibility with both Windows and Macintosh systems.

The OWC Voyager Bundle is a Plug and Play easy to use external hard drive solution that works with both Macs and PCs straight from the box. Simply insert the included 3.5" SATA I/II hard drive (up to 2.0TB) into the NewerTech Voyager compact docking base and select the fastest interface supported by the connected computer to backup and store data; archive multiple smaller drives onto the OWC Voyager hard drive; or even create a bootable clone of the primary hard drive. Because there isn't anything to install or configure, Voyager saves users the time and inconvenience of installing a hard drive into a computer or an external hard drive enclosure, which may have limited interface choices and slower speeds.

Voyager Docking Station Makes Swapping Hard Drives as Convenient as USB Memory Keys
With the combination of a high performance 3.5" SATA I/II hard drive along with a NewerTech Voyager docking station, consumers can enjoy the same type of convenience as a flash memory or USB key, but with the much greater storage capacity offered by a hard drive. Plus, with its custom, stylish design, weighted base and drive eject lever, the NewerTech Voyager makes inserting, using, and removing the included hard drive a safe and effortless procedure.

Drive Options with Most Energy Efficiency & Highest Capacity Available On Market
Voyager Bundles feature hard drives that deliver best-in-class performance, boasting options with the largest capacity hard drives and best energy efficiency on the market. Voyager 1.0TB Bundles feature the Hitachi Deskstar 3.5" hard drive that delivers the best energy efficiency on the market, with up to 43% less idle power consumption over previous generation 1.0TB hard drives. Users with massive storage needs can select the Voyager Bundles that feature the 2.0TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive, the largest capacity, eco-friendly single 3.5" hard drive available on the market.

Real-World Applications for OWC Voyager Bundle:

  • Photographers/Videographers: Keep photos and videos archived and organized by using a separate drive for each volume of work.
  • Small Business: Backup important files at the end of day and keep the drive either off-site or in a fire-proof safe. Keep multiple drive backups from any specific date.
  • Computer Technicians: Easily backup client data to separate disks before working on the computer without the need to utilize a hard drive enclosure.
  • Home Users: Save pictures, financial records, scanned legal documents (such as birth certificates), and other personal documents. Backup data to a separate drive and keep the drive in a safe or safe deposit box.
  • All Users: Have the piece of mind of a complete backup plan. The included software creates a bootable clone of the primary hard drive at regular intervals, so if the computer or power goes down, productivity doesn't go down with it. Boot to another computer and keep on working.

Nine OWC Voyager Hard Drive Docking Bundles available priced starting at $109.99:

Voyager S2 "Dual Interface" (USB 2.0 & eSATA) Bundle Models:

  • OWC Voyager S2 500GB Bundle with Dual Interface: 500GB Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, NewerTech Voyager S2 SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Dual Interface for eSATA and USB 2.0. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $109.99.
  • OWC Voyager S2 1.0TB Bundle with Dual Interface: 1.0TB Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, NewerTech Voyager S2 SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Dual Interface for eSATA and USB 2.0. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $137.99.
  • OWC Voyager S2 1.5TB Bundle with Dual Interface: 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, NewerTech Voyager S2 SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Dual Interface for eSATA and USB 2.0. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $189.99.
  • OWC Voyager S2 2.0TB Bundle with Dual Interface: 2.0TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive, NewerTech Voyager S2 SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Dual Interface for eSATA and USB 2.0. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $339.99.

Voyager Q "Quad Interface" (FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0 & eSATA) Bundle Models:

  • OWC Voyager Q 500GB Bundle with Quad Interface: 500GB Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, NewerTech Voyager Q SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Quad Interface for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $149.99.
  • OWC Voyager Q 750GB Bundle with Quad Interface: 750GB Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, NewerTech Voyager Q SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Quad Interface for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $169.99.
  • OWC Voyager Q 1.0TB Bundle with Quad Interface: 1.0TB Hitachi Deskstar hard drive, NewerTech Voyager Q SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Quad Interface for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $184.99.
  • OWC Voyager Q 1.5TB Bundle with Quad Interface: 1.5TB Seagate Barracuda hard drive, NewerTech Voyager Q SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Quad Interface for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $229.99.
  • OWC Voyager Q 2.0TB Bundle with Quad Interface: 2.0TB Western Digital Caviar Green hard drive, NewerTech Voyager Q SATA I/II hard drive docking station with Quad Interface for FireWire 800, FireWire 400, USB 2.0, and eSATA. Bundle includes all connecting cables and $200 value disk utility software. Priced at $379.99.

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