Ever since I got my XDCAM F350 that shout on the XDCAM Professional Discs I have been in love with the format. Robust as hell. Never had any problems and feel like they are built to last forever.
Then I got the EX1 and archiving ever since has been a pain in the backside. I have tried all sorts of solutions. But what I really wanted was to use my USB XDCAM drive the PDW-U1 and copy the files onto them and archive them that way. But it only became writable for the Mac earlier this year and everything needed transcoding which took forever.
It’s been out for PCs for a little bit now but I have just received the new Mac firmware for the PDW-U1 that lets me write data to the pro discs via the U1. A great long term way to archive my footage. Not just from my EX1 and 3 but from my 5dmk2 and my GH1. Hell you can even stick your photos on there if you want!
The firmware will be available on the Sony site and day now and I will install it tomorrow myself.
The Pro Disc comes in two sizes, the 23gb version and the 50gb version. The U1 itself is pretty cheap compared to a proper XDCAM deck.