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Header image for article At the Bench: mLogic mTape LTO-6 System

At the Bench: mLogic mTape LTO-6 System

Data archiving is not something most of us want to think about, but it's a reality that all filmmakers have to face today. The demand for lower compression and higher resolution material is increasing, meaning that we all eat through hard drives much faster. On the bright side, archiving is getting easier and more affordable all the time. The LTO tape format has become the standard for data archiving in our business, and the new LTFS (Linear Tape File System) makes it easy to use. One downside of an LTO deck setup is that it is usually tied to a full computer workstation. That's where mLogic's mTape comes in.

The mTape is a portable Thunderbolt-based LTO system that can easily be mounted to any laptop or desktop (with a Thunderbolt or SAS interface). It comes with free software for mounting your LTO tape directly to your computer, enabling quick archiving of any material. With this system, you could easily walk away from many shoots with a backed up and secure archive of your material. We recommend using a software like Shot Put Pro to make verified copies of your media, and using PreRollPost to copy data to the LTO with a solid archive record. Watch my video above to learn more about the mLogic mTape.

To learn even more about managing your media, make sure to check out our On-Set Media Management Series coming up next month!

Andy Shipsides
Chief Technology Officer / Camera Tech Specialist, AbelCine LA

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