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Amazon Black Friday Deals for the Motion Picture Maker

Those working in the motion picture industry, be it film, television or content creators, often try to scoop a deal on Black Friday - sometimes putting off purchases for weeks, with the hope that Amazon might offer a deal too good to turn down. So, in an effort to do some of the heavy lifting, motionpicturemaker.com looked at what Amazon had to offer this Black Friday, and picked out a few items we thought might be of interest. Here's what we came up with:

ADATA SE880 1TB USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 USB-C External Portable SSD

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The ADATA SE880 Portable SSD

The Elite SE880 is made for productivity on the go. It supports USB 3.2 Gen2 x2 for fast transmissions, is equipped with a Type-C port, and delivers performance of up to 2000MB/s. This is all packed into a compact form factor with a volume of just 28cc, which is smaller than an Airpods case. These attributes make it perfect for productivity and creativity on the go.

The Elite SE880 supports USB 3.2 Gen2 x2, capable of reaching transmission speeds of 20Gb/s. This is twice as fast as USB 3.2 Gen 2x1 and 4 times faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1x1. This allows you to directly perform intensive task right on the SE880, whether is A/V editing or other applications.


Our Thoughts

These new external SSD drives are tiny and very fast! They're perfect for transferring large media files between facilities, or on-set DMT/DIT jobs requiring multiple backups, shuttle services, etc.. While it is true that most computers won't be able to utilize the blazing 20 Gb/s transfer speeds these drives are capable of, 10 Gb/s is still a good speed, and the drives do offer some future-proofing by offering USB 3.2 Gen 2x2… now if they could just go back to simple numbers, like USB 1, 2, 3…

For the most part, the reviews are very good, but there are a few talking about slower transfer rates, corrupt data, inability to mount after some use, and the usual "based on this, I think this will happen down the road, but perhaps it won't…". As with many internet reviews however, some are for similar products, like SE800 drives, and some are for products that have nothing to do with ADATA SSD drives. We haven't done an MPM review for these yet, but based on the specs, and the, mostly positive reviews, we think this is a good Black Friday deal.


ECOFLOW DELTA 2 Max Portable Power Station

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The EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max

DELTA Max powers almost all the devices you need with a large 2400W AC output. Plus, with X-Boost proprietary technology, run appliances with an output of up to 3400W. Compared with other power stations, DELTA 2 Max can power more devices, while still preventing overloading and overheating.

Power your essential appliances with a hefty 2400W AC output by connecting DELTA 2 Max (2kWh) and up to two Smart Extra Batteries (6kWh) with your home's transfer switch for partial home backup. With a plug-and-play design, it's easier than ever to prepare for blackouts.

A generous 2048Wh capacity makes DELTA 2 Max ideal for home backup, running your essentials for hours. Using your transfer switch, or plugged in directly, keep your 120W fridge on and stop food from spoiling for up to 14 hours. With its lightweight design, DELTA 2 Max is portable enough to grab and go on the next camping trip.


Our Thoughts

We usually use the EcoFlow DELTA Max to power lights whenever we want portability, or have no access to mains. It's also great for recharging all kinds of production gear batteries, like those used in gimbals, cameras, drones, lav mics, or even phones. The new DELTA 2 Max offers several advantages over the original DELTA Max with a 10-year long-lasting LFP battery, and the ability to "daisy chain" up to two EcoFlow Smart Extra Batteries for an awesome 2400W AC 6kWh output! So, if you're finding yourself needing production power when there's none to be had, or even something like, say, powering your portable office when you're stuck at your daughter's 3 day, 15 hours per day, swim meet… it might be good to grab a deal on an EcoFlow Portable Power Station whenever one comes up?


Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

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The Logitech M720 Triathlon Mouse

Meet the high-precision mouse that’s built for ultimate comfort, endurance, and versatility. With extra controls, a dual-mode scrolling, and adjustable dpi tracking, M720 gives you the power to tackle any task. Two ways to connect and multi-device capabilities keep you in your flow, even when working between two or three computers.The sculpted shape and up to 2 years of battery life ensures that you can keep doing the precise, high performance work you do - all day long.

The full-sized, contoured shape follows the natural curve of your hand, providing perfect palm support, so you can stay productive longer. This right-handed design also features soft rubber coating so you can work comfortably for long hours — at home or at work.

Scroll better, track better, and get more done. The dual-mode scrolling lets you switch between speed and precision, so you can fly through long webpages, or go line-by-line with a switch of a button. You can also scroll horizontally with the tilt-wheel—perfect for large spreadsheets, big images, and web pages. High-precision tracking gives you superior cursor control on almost any surface with adjustable dpi.


Our Thoughts

While we haven't used the Logitech M720 Triathalon Mouse yet, we felt the ERGO M575 Wireless Trackball was an excellent device, and generally like using Logitech peripherals. Much like the M575, the M720 offers the user to connect using Bluetooth wireless technology or the wireless Logitech Unifying receiver, and multi-device capabilities compatible with computers, laptops and tablets, using Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, Linux, and iPadOS. The M720 also has programmable buttons using LOGI OPTIONS+ (except with Linux), which we found very useful on the M575. Anything that allows a content creator to speed up their workflow and move between devices easily is worth a look in our opinion.


SanDisk Professional PRO-Reader CFexpress Type B Card Reader

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The SanDisk Professional CFexpress Type B Card Reader

Plug into performance with the SanDisk® Professional PRO-READER CFexpress® Type B card reader. The aluminum enclosure helps keep your CFexpress card cool to sustain performance for accelerated offloading to minimize downtime. With a USB-C™ (10Gbps) port that enables super-fast data transfers, this reader plays well with compatible USB Type-C™ iPad devices, G-RAID™ drives, and computers.

Created for CFexpress® Type B Cards
Built specifically for CFexpress® Type B cards, the SanDisk® Professional PRO-READER CFexpress card reader is designed to optimize your card’s offload performance.

Cool Outside, Blazing-Fast Inside
The premium aluminum enclosure helps prevent your CFexpress® Type B card from overheating while you transfer your media.

USB-C™ Ready
With the included USB-C cable, you’ll be able to connect directly to an iPad Pro, a G-RAID™ drive, or your computer1to offload and transfer your media fast.

Flip the Switch
Your media is critical. That’s why there’s an integrated write-protect lock switch to help prevent you from accidentally overwriting your existing footage or images.


Our Thoughts

There's not much to say about this one really. Many different camera manufacturers are choosing CFexpress Type B media for their cameras these days. CFexpress is a proven format - it's fast and reliable, and we don't see it going anywhere anytime soon, so it might be worth jumping on this Black Friday deal!


SAMSUNG T7 Shield 4TB USB 3.2 Gen2 Portable SSD

A product image for the Samsung T7 Shield Portable SSD, showing it enveloped in sand and water.
The Samsung T7 Shield Portable SSD

Tough, fast, and compact. The new T7 Shield gives you superb performance on the go, even in challenging environmental conditions. Super-speed inside with durable protection outside keeps work flowing, ready to hand off to a client or for hands-on editing at home.

Transfer large files instantly. USB 3.2 Gen 2 and PCIe® NVMe™ achieve soaring sequential read/write speeds of 1,050/1,000MB/s for lag-free editing direct from the drive. The high-tech rubber exterior with Dynamic Thermal Guard controls heat to maintain steady performance for even giant projects.


Our Thoughts

Samsung T7 and T7 Shield SSD drives are well known in the motion picture industry. Much like the aforementioned ADATA SE880 drive, these can be used in DMT/DIT workflows on-set, or for anyone needing to transfer large files around quickly. We use them frequently to transfer media between workstations and post facilities. At the time of writing this article, the 4TB Samsung T7 Shield had 9,118 ratings and 4.5 stars. I went through the first 5 pages of reviews before I could find anything below 4 stars, and it was really just a "what if?" kind of thing. We like the Samsung T7 drives, and recommend them to anyone in the motion picture industry.


Samsung 980 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive

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The Samsung 980 PRO NVMe Drive

Next-level SSD performance. Unleash the power of the Samsung PCIe 4.0 NVMe SSD 980 PRO for your next-level computing experience. Leveraging the PCIe 4.0 interface, the 980 PRO delivers double the data transfer rate of PCIe 3.0 while being backward compatible for PCIe 3.0 for added versatility.

Powered by Samsung custom Elpis Controller for PCIe 4.0 SSD, the 980 PRO is optimized for speed. It delivers read speeds up to 7,000 MB/s, making it 2 times faster than PCIe 3.0 SSDs and 12.7 times faster than Samsung SATA SSDs. The 980 PRO achieves max speeds on PCIe 4.0 and may vary in other environments.

Designed with hardcore gamers and tech-savvy users in mind, the 980 PRO offers high-performance bandwidth and throughput for heavy-duty applications in gaming, graphics, data analytics, and more. It's fast at loading games so you can play more and wait less.


Our Thoughts

We used a Samsung 970 Pro NVMe SSD drive in our Frankenstation custom workstation build for Davinci Resolve, and often use Samsung NVMe SSD drives in the OWC Express 4M2 NVMe RAID or Envoy Express - they've always proved to be fast reliable, and the 980 Pro should be no exception. Currently, on Amazon Canada, the 980 Pro 1TB has a 5 star rating, with 34,821 reviews… I see no reason to argue.


Different Amazon stores have different Black Friday deals, but we've listed what deals we could find for Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom in the table below, to help our readers source deals locally. Although there might not be a fantastic deal in the run-up to Black Friday, that could very well change on the day itself, or perhaps on Cyber Monday? Have a look and see what's out there.


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GEAR LIST
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ADATA SE880 1TB (CDN) / 2TB (USD) USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Portable SSD
ECOFLOW DELTA 2 Max Portable Power Station
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SanDisk Professional PRO-Reader CFexpress Type B Card Reader
SAMSUNG T7 Shield 4TB USB 3.2 Gen2 Portable Solid State Drive
Samsung 980 PRO 1TB M.2 NVMe Solid State Drive
Logitech M720 Triathlon Multi-Device Wireless Bluetooth Mouse

Rob Neilson

Rob Neilson began working in motion pictures over 30 years ago. His credits span numerous departments, currently working mainly as a colorist, editor and producer in Canada, in and around the Vancouver area.

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