NEXTO DI Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System

NEXTO DI Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System

NEXTO DI Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System

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Product Highlights

  • Expandable Mobile Data Backup Device
  • Interchangeable Memory Card Modules
  • 5" TFT-LCD 800 x 400 Touchscreen
  • HDMI/Stereo Audio Out, Internal Speaker
  • Playback 2K and Preview 4K
  • Simultaneously Back Up to Three Drives
  • Make Copies On-Location without A Laptop
  • Generates Log Files
  • Copy a 4GB or Larger File
  • Supports exFAT, FAT32, UDF, and HFS+
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NEXTO DI NESV-NSB25 overview

  • 1Description

The Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System from NEXTO DI is a mobile and expandable data backup device that features USB 3.0 connectivity and is designed for videographers, photographers, and those who are working in the field with large amounts of imaging data. The NSB-25 will allow users to create a backup from almost every type of memory card through the use of an interchangeable memory card module. The optional memory card modules support SxS, XQD, AXSM, P2, express P2, AJA QUAD, CFast, REDMAG, and 2.5" HDD/SSDs. The NSB-25 supports exFAT, FAT32, UDF, and HFS+, allowing it to work with files 4GB and larger and also has two fixed memory card slots for CompactFlash and SD cards.

The NSB-25 supports several backup options through its MCopy function, allowing users to simultaneously back up on up to three drives. After you have finished shooting footage, remove the memory card from your camera and insert it into a card slot on the NSB-25. You can then securely create up to three backups (two hard drive modules and one external drive) simultaneously. This backup process will allow you to create a copy for archiving, a copy for editing, and a master backup. For example, your data can be archived to HDD 1 on the NSB-25, which has the same data that was copied and verified bit-by-bit from the cards. Data backed up to HDD 2 can be delivered for editing and the NSB-25 can also be synched with a RAID drive to create a master backup while on location. The NSB-25 also supports incremental backup, meaning that only files that have changed since the last backup will be copied. This will help backups to be completed more quickly and consume a minimum amount of storage space.

The NSB-25 is also able to playback 2K footage or preview 4K footage on its 5" TFT-LCD 800 x 480 touchscreen monitor, which also includes an internal speaker, a stereo audio out jack, and an HDMI out to an external monitor. 2K Playback supports MPEG2 up to 50 Mb/s as well as AVCHD, H.264, ProRes, and DNxHD. 2K Preview supports AVC-Intra and XAVC, while 4K Preview supports Cinema DNG through a firmware upgrade.

The NSB-25 includes an AC power adapter, a USB 3.0 cable, a car charger cable, a hand strap, and rubber bumpers.

USB 3.0 Connectivity
The NSB-25 attaches to your computer via the USB 3.0 interface. Once connected, you can browse, edit, or transfer contents of internal hard drive modules to your computer. The removable internal hard drive modules also feature USB 3.0 connectivity
Copy All Files to Another Drive (Sync)
You can quickly and easily copy all files from an internal hard drive module of the NSB-25 to another drive. Only those files that have changed since the last sync will be copied, to perform faster and save space
Export Folders
You can select multiple folders and move them from an internal hard drive module to another drive. The selected folders must be located on the same drive
Display Previous Backup Status
The NSB-25 automatically shuts down if it detects inactivity after the XCopy, MCopy, or Verify process. When the device is switched back on again, it displays the previous backup status; either "Success" or "Failed". You can check details in the LOG file for that drive when the Success message is displayed
Naming A Drive and Folder
When you backup from the card, a folder is automatically created. The folder is named according to the file's most recent date (ex. 20140401.000). Folders are numbered in the order they are copied. For multiple users, the NSB-25 does not change the drive name during the hard drive format. Set your preferred drive name at the computer to differentiate your drives
Log File
The NSB-25 generates a LOG file (CRC-protected) to keep track of usage by the user and then saves it on each drive attached to it. The Log file provides information about XCopy, Sync, computer connectivity etc
In the Box
NEXTO DI Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System
  • AC Power Adapter
  • USB 3.0 Cable
  • Car Charger Cable
  • Hand Strap
  • Rubber Bumpers
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    NEXTO DI NESV-NSB25 specs

    NEXTO Storage Bridge
    Model Number NSB-25
    LCD 5" Color TFT LCD: 800 x 480, 24-bit color
    Memory Support Built-in Slot: CF / SD (SDHC/SDXC with USH-1 support)
    Exchangeable Memory Module Slot: 1 ea (See Bridge Memory Module)
    File System Format: FAT32 / exFAT / UDF / HFS+
    Backup Storage Two removable hard drive slots for Bridge Pellets (sold separately); Formatted using exFAT
    One USB 3.0 host port for any USB 3.0 drive (must be formatted using exFAT)
    Video Support Play 2K : AVCHD / H.264 / MPEG2 (up to 50 Mbps) / ProRes / DNxHD / DV / DVCPRO HD
    Preview (Best effort): XAVC, AVC-Intra, 4K RAW (DNG)
    Supported Video File Format: .mxf / .mov / .mp4 / .mts / .dv / (.avi)
    Video Output Built in LCD or HDMI (v1.4)
    Audio Support LPCM Audio
    Audio Output Built in speaker (mono); Built in audio jack
    Photo Support JPEG (.jpg) / Canon Raw (.cr2) / Nikon Raw (.nef)
    Battery 3.7 V, 13,200 mAh Rechargeable Lithium-polymer battery
    Rechargeable via AC power adapter (6 hrs), USB cable (12 hrs), car charger cable
    3 hour battery life (with two Bridge Pellets connected) with single charge
    Copy 1 TB to two drives simultaneously with single charge
    AC Power Adapter Input: 100-240 VAC
    Output: 12 V, 2 ADC
    Computer I/F USB 3.0 device (5 Gb/s)
    External Device Support USB 3.0 hard drive / RAID
    OS Compatibility Windows 8, 7, Vista, and XP
    Windows XP (SP2 / SP3) requires an exFAT patch update
    Mac OS X 10.6.6 and above
    Linux 2.4.18 and above
    Dimensions 7.0 x 4.0 x 3.8" / 177.8 x 101.6 x 96.5 mm
    Weight 3.3 lb / 1.5 kg (with no HDD and memory module installed)
    Bridge Pelletudtyzaxqby
    Model Number NSB-BP1
    Internal Drives 2.5", 9.5 mm SATA (I, II, III) hard drive or SSD
    Computer Connection USB 3.0 device (5 Gb/s)
    NSB-25 Connection SATA II (3 Gb/s)
    File System Format exFAT
    Power USB Bus powered
    Dimensions 4.8 x 3.0 x 0.6" / 121.9 x 76.2 x 15.2 mm
    Weight 2.8 oz / 80.0 g
    Bridge Memory Module
    Type 1 Sxs / XQD / express P2
    Type 2 RED / CFast / AJA QUAD / 2.5" SSD or HDD
    Type 3 P2
    Type 4 AXSM
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.7 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.764 x 7.559 x 4.961"

    NEXTO DI NESV-NSB25 reviews

    Storage Bridge NSB-25 Modular Memory Card Backup System is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from NEEDS FOLDER MANAGEMENT for true laptop replacement I'll let the other reviewers speak to the technical aspects of this product.As a filmmaker who works with many different camera operators on a given project, I need to be able to organize my backups as they occur. This includes creating a folder structure for my backup destinations.Currently, the NSB-25 only allows you to backup to about 11 arbitrarily pre-named folders (C4150503 etc..). If Nexto truly wants this device to be a fully functional backup device, we need to be able to create & name folders, sub-folders, as well as CUT/PASTE/DELETE folders.Attached is a draft that I created for a UI update on folder management. for a $ device, this functionality should be standard and the touchscreen is well poised for it.
    Date published: 2015-05-08
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Device I've Been Waiting For For years I've been wishing someone would make this device. Operation is incredibly simple. I insert a REDMAG, click Copy and Verify and about 100MB/s later (40 minutes for a 128GB magazine) it both copies it to 2 internal backups and one external client drive and verifies at a bit level that all 4 are identical. I dare say it's so simple that even a PA could do it. This certainly doesn't replace a Digital Loader or DIT for jobs since you still want someone to open the footage, look at it and visually ensure that the camera is running smoothly nor does it replace a DIT's job of helping the camera department with camera specific expertise like onscreen guide configuration and LUTs it does replace the DIT who simply runs a magazine to their laptop and hits Copy/Paste. And it's a dream sent for projects out in the field where there isn't time or space for a laptop and a hydra of attached readers and RAIDs. I am terribly disappointed this wasn't released before my project in Costa Rica where I had no DIT and no room for a laptop setup in a 4x4 bouncing through the jungle. The good: It's very easy to use and so far has been 100% reliable. Great for quickly offloading cards to multiple copies and even having a backup that you can split off and keep separate in case of a car crash or fire. The Bad: Unfortunately this is very much a version 1.0 product. The processor is presumably an ARM processor so there is no RED SDK to preview clips. If you are recording pro-res or DNxHD you can review clips on the 5 display but for RED shooters you have to take it on faith that the clips look good. Another problem is its power situation. The 3hr battery is good enough for comfortably about 384GB - 500GB of REDMags both copied and bit checked. With Dragon 6k that means you can run out of power after only shooting about 75 minutes of footage. With a multi-cam shoot you can easily run out of battery before the end of the day. Unfortunately the battery cannot be charged and run off of AC power at the same time. Thankfully there is a P-Tap power solution supposedly coming next month which will mean that you could run theoretically indefinitely off of bricks while away from civilization and in a car or other situation where a highly portable backup solution is most useful. The charge times are also pretty extreme at 6 hours to charge a 3 hour battery. This is somewhat inverted from what people have come to expect out of laptops which run for 8 hours and often will charge in 2-3. A higher energy density lithium ion battery that doubled its battery life would do wonders for my opinion of this device. Another couple quibbles I would have are relegated to the REDMag reader and storage pellets. Neither of them are particularly impressive in their build quality. It feels like corners were cut particularly on the REDMAG reader which does not very tightly guide the REDMags and can result in you stubbing the card into the reader slot instead of consistently mating smoothly.
    Date published: 2015-01-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nexto Storage Bridge NSB-25 is a perfect solution for many! With full disclosure... I contacted Nexto in 2012 to make a product similar to their other DI products, but one that allowed for use with Red Mags. I wanted this personally, so I helped them design this. Realizing that not everyone shoots Red cameras, I suggested that the Bridge work with just about every camera on the market! They've done just that! I know I'm a bit biased because I did help this product become a reality, but I did so for the betterment of our production community too! (No, I've not been paid to help Nexto... I've done it as a way of giving back to the community that helped me so much over the years). I agree with most of what Gavin has stated... I'll add a few things too... The architecture is Linux based. Red's infrastructure is also Linux based but the two companies didn't realize that fact! It is now very conceivable that the Bridge may indeed be able to play back clips shot with Red cameras. This is being investigated right now. Even still, the check sum/verification is top notch and that should provide some solace that the media was in fact copied bit by bit and sector by sector. I've used Nexto DI products for about 7 years and have NEVER lost a single clip. If it says it's there and has been copied... it's there! As far as the battery: True the internal battery lasts about 3 hours. Depending on the media utilized it can pull more of a draw and run a bit hotter; Sony AXSM and Red Mag Mini pull a bit more power than others. Nexto is making both V-mount and Gold mount battery plates for the Bridge. It would be great if Red Volts came into this fold too! (We're working on that one!) As for use in a car? It COMES with a cigarette adapter as standard equipment! It wasn't DESIGNED to 'replace' DITs. Not every job can AFFORD DITs and often clients have asked that PAs perform those duties! This is a terrific product in those instances! It's very difficult to 'mess up' the backup process with the Bridge! I often take care of the backup duties, even as the DP, on my lower budgeted projects, as it's very quick and easy to start and doesn't need to be monitored! The Good: It's very easy to use. The hardest part is figuring out how to turn it on! Push and HOLD the power button for 3 seconds! The ONLY way to mess up the backup is to remove the media during the transfer! (The Bridge will even alert you that the previous copy failed!) It performs flawlessly! I've personally used it with Epic, F55, Fs7, Alexa, a7S, EX1r, nanoFlash, Pix 240 and Samurai Blade! That's right, you can use it to offload external recorders too! You can play back just about ANY type of clip going right now, with the exception of R3D files. You will be able to CONVERT 4K footage to 2K H.264 in the very near future, without the use of a laptop! The Bridge does it all internally! The user can choose HHDs or SSDs for their storage. You populate it with what ever you like! I use HHDs because they are much cheaper, and this is only a temporary solution until it reaches my RAID and LTO backups. The Bad: It can be tricky to remove the media modules from the main Bridge Unit. Often you have to use a finernail or similar to get a 'hook' on the module to start the removal process! After that? It's easy. I have a video review of the product out there on the web, if you want to see it in action!
    Date published: 2015-04-27
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