ShotPut Pro V3 by Imagine Products, Inc.
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ShotPut Pro 3 is a handy utility that safely offloads solid-state media cards -- P2 cards, SxS cards, CompactFlash cards, what have you -- to your Mac or PC. Of course, you don't need Shotput Pro to offload your cards. To do that, just mount the card(s) on your computer, and drag their footage files to a hard drive. But Shotput Pro offers a more secure and refined approach to that standard drag-and-drop method. That's why I use Shotput regularly (since version 2), and recommend the new 3.0 to anyone looking to improve their solid-state workflow. The basics of Shotput are simple. Once you launch the app, just select any mounted cards you want to copy, select the destination volumes they'll copy to (one or multiple drives in case you're making an instant backup), and then click the big Begin button. Shotput responds by moving the files from the card to the destinations, showing you its progress -- file by file -- in a pop-up window.
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One of the essential features of Shotput is that it verifies the files as it copies, making sure that the copied files match the original files on your cards. This is something that neither the Mac nor PC operating systems do as extensively (if at all) during a straight operating system copy. In fact, Shotput lets you choose between light and heavy levels of verification while it copies files. The default setting is called "File Size Comparison", where Shotput confirms that each copied file is the same size as the original file on your card. That verification has a minor impact on copy speed: for instance, I used my Mac's Finder to copy a 64GB P2 card (mounted in a fast PCD-35 reader) to an internal raid on my Mac Pro, and the copy took 10 minutes flat. Copying the same card using Shotput took 11 minutes, 53 seconds, which is a little slower than the Finder copy, but not appreciably.
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The second, heavy-duty verification that Shotput offers is called "Byte Verification", which literally compares each byte of data to make sure that your copy exactly matches the original card. Compared to the faster "File Size Comparison" approach, this byte-level verification almost doubles the time needed to copy your card, which is why I never use it. Imagine Products tells me that most people use the faster verification as well, but it's good to know that Shotput can accommodate even the most paranoid among us.