Half Cut Visuals – Fast and Reliable

16707208_1368480973217712_5076795690344822399_oCompany Name:

  • Half Cut Visuals

Recommended Models:

  • Stardom DR2-TB2
  • Stardom iTank i310-SB3


Recommended Features:

  • Fast, Thunderbolt 2 Connection
  • Small and  Versatile – easy to travel with
  • Plug and play, with support for RAID 1





“We need something that is space friendly, sturdy, and portable if the need arises. We also require a high level of Reliability and Redundancy.” – Taylor Wilson, Chief Videographer, Half Cut Visuals.

The company:

Half Cut Visuals focus in Photography and Videography for Nightclubs, Music Festivals, Events, and Product Branding. Although reasonably new on the scene, they have contributed and in most cases edited for premier New Zealand music events such as Our:House 15th Birthday Extravaganza, Hidden Valley 2016, and Rhythm and Vines 2016. Some of their clients Include Remix Magazine, Resident Clothing, and Our:House.



Taylor, Equipped with his Sony A7s, Canon EF 17-40mm Lens, and Zhiyun 3-axis Gimbal at Rhythm and Vines 2016  (Image courtesy of Peter Peterson)

The Challenge:

Half Cut Visuals latest project was filming and photographing at Rhythm and Vines 2016/17 over the New Year. Being a music festival, this was very different from shooting in a studio or on set, so it was not practical to take a laptop and storage setup on-site as there were few secure locations to store the gear. Instead, the laptops and storage gear had to be kept off-site.

The Solution:

After speaking with the sales team at VST (NZ) Ltd, the Half Cut Visuals team were confident the Stardom DR2-TB2 and i310-SB3 was a great fit for them. A 2 Bay thunderbolt 2 storage unit supporting RAID 0 and 1, with a carry handle and small form factor to make it more portable, it was the ideal solution for main storage, while the single bay iTank was a great enclosure to use for back-up.

The Results:
Since the team were staying off-site, the 2 bay DR2-TB2 unit was used for backups, and to make redundant all of the footage and photos (~500GB Total) There was a 2nd Copy of all data stored on the Stardom iTank i310-SB3 1 Bay Enclosure, fitted with a 2TB WD Red NAS Drive. This enabled the team to minimize the memory card usage over the course of the music festival, and also reduce the risk of catastrophic data loss. The units took up minimal desk space, and the Thunderbolt 2 Connection also made it possible to start editing while away from home, without having to worry about capacity on the laptop.

Overall, the Half Cut Visuals team were impressed with the reliability and cost effectiveness of the products, and would recommend the product range to Photographers, Videographers, and anyone else in the Media Industry.




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