Innovate camera media storage maker Angelbird Technologies has announced the addition of CFexpress cards to their camera storage portfolio. The Angelbird CFexpress cards have been designed to satisfy the latest cinematography requirements for data intensive 4K, 6K, and 8K capture including Raw by offering rock-solid and dependable storage and blazing-fast speeds 3.5x faster than traditional CFast media.
Available under two variants – the AV PRO CFX and AV PRO CFX XT, the new Angelbird CFexpress Type B cards will be backwards compatible with XQD compatible cameras with relevant firmware updates. Both AV PRO CFX and AV PRO CFX XT offer read/write speeds up to 1700 MB/s and 1400 MB/s, with the XT offering higher sustained write speeds.
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The Angelbird AV PRO CFX is best suited for productions that shoot 4K 10bit compressed XF-AVC or XAVC, ProRes etc, that requires a minimum guaranteed write speed of 550 MB/s, which is still a recording speed well above the current XQD-400 standard of 400 MB/sec.
Compressed RAW 4K and 6K applications will still be able to shoot on the AV PRO CFX cards, which will be available in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB capacities.
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The AV PRO CFX XT is the best rock-solid option for optimal sustained write performance with its 1 GB/s sustained write speeds cinematographers will be able to capture 4K, 6K, and 8K resolutions as well as uncompressed RAW. The AV PRO CFX XT cards will have capacities starting from 80GB, going to 120GB, 320GB up to 640 GB.
In order to accompany the new CFexpress cards, Angelbird will also be releasing a dedicated CFexpress Card Reader performs at speeds in tandem with the AV PRO CFX and AV PRO CFX XT cards and stacks as a modular system with Angelbird’s CFast 2.0 and SD card readers.
The CFexpress Card Reader includes a 50cm long Type-C to Type-C cable and active USB-A to USB-C adapter, along with non-slip rubber pads for added stability during operation and Velcro binding for easy portability.
The recessed Solid Connect™ (USB 3.1 Gen 2, 10 Gb/s) connection port helps to provide a secure connection point and minimize wear and tear. The reader also gets a “Write Protect” function; this has been a result of customer feedback resulting in Angelbird installing it into all of their card readers. By enabling this switch, the user can feel secure to not delete or erase anything by mistake. This feature is supported for Mac, Windows, Linux and Android.
No word on pricing yet, but the new Angelbird CFexpress cards and CFexpress card reader will ship later in 2019 following the already announced Canon C500 mark II camera, which uses CFexpress and other yet-to-be announced cameras from major manufacturers at IBC 2019.
To learn more about Angelbird and their memory cards and accessories head over to their website here, and if you are headed to Amsterdam for IBC 2019, check them out in Hall 7, Stand A55.