If you’re looking to seriously speed up your on-location photo and video workflow without carrying around a laptop, the new Gnarbox 2.0 SSD should probably be at the top of your gear wishlist.
Debuted earlier through crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, Gnarbox 2.0 SSD allows you to backup your photos and video in the field, review and rough-cut footage, cull and edit images, showcase selects, and seamlessly transition all of this into your professional workflow once you’re back in the studio.
Gnarbox does so much it’s kind of hard to describe, but the video above and Gnarbox’s own description from the Kickstarter campaign below do a pretty good job.
GNARBOX 2.0 SSD is a rugged backup device for content creators who prefer to travel without a laptop. Unlike other portable hard drives, we have assembled an ecosystem of mobile applications that serve the professional workflow from the field to the studio.
With single-step backup, dedicated workspaces for photographers and videographers, and integrated access to professional editing software, GNARBOX will save you time and make you a more reliable creator.
The Gnarbox 1.0—which we actually recommended in last year’s holiday gift guide—provided a compelling solution for photographers and videographers who do a lot of work on-location. And everything 1.0 could do, the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD can do better and faster.
Inside the newest build you’ll find a 2.4 GHz Intel Quad Core processor, 4GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of NVMe SSD storage; photos and video can be uploaded to the device using either the SD card slot or one of the two USB-C ports; and the whole thing is powered by a replaceable battery that promises enough juice to back up 36,000 photos, review up to 10 hours of 4K video, and transfer one full TB of data.
All of that hardware works together with a set of dedicated apps—Safekeep, Selects, Sequence, and Showcase—that allow this little computer-in-a-box to do all of the things mentioned above.
Safekeep: The most complete field backup experience, with tailored file/folder organization and sleek tools to manage file transfers across your devices.
Selects: Provides super-fast RAW image preview and easy-to-use tools to mark your selects, manage metadata, and save time preparing your shots for edit.
Sequence: Has the tools you need to review footage, start rough cuts in the field, and seamlessly transition your video project to the studio.
Showcase: Lets you view your photos and videos in high resolution on any HDMI-enabled screen.
As we said at the top, this is a pretty compelling solution for on-location photographers and videographers who don’t want to carry a laptop. And apparently, we’re not the only ones who think so: it only took 39 minutes for the new Gnarbox 2.0 to breeze past its Kickstarter funding goal.
As of this writing, with 59 days to go, the company has already raised nearly $200,000, which makes us pretty confident they’ll deliver product come December.
To learn more about the Gnarbox 2.0 SSD or order one for yourself—pledges start at $300 for a 128GB version and max out at $700 for the largest 1TB build—head over to the Kickstarter campaign. If you’re quick, you might even snag one of the very last Early Bird deals still available when we hit Publish.