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If you are currently unable to work as a result of the global pandemic, then you need to make sure that your Li-Ion camera batteries are in good health when it becomes possible to return to work.

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Batteries naturally self-discharge over time. If their state-of-charge is less than 10% before an extended period of inactivity, they could become difficult for you to recover.

It is also undesirable for batteries to be 100% charged for storage as this can damage the cells and lead to a shorter overall life.

PAG recommends that you charge your Li-Ion batteries to 50% (anywhere between 20% and 80% is desirable) prior to long term storage of more than 2 weeks. PAGlink batteries should also be in an unlinked state during this period.

 

PAGlink Sleep Mode for Storage

PAGlink Batteries can be put into Sleep Mode for long term storage, using the battery display menu system. It shuts down the internal electronics and greatly reduces battery self-discharge. The battery can be woken-up with 2 presses of the display button.

Please refer to Section 6 of the User Guide for PAGlink Batteries via the links below:

PAGlink V-Mount Sleep Mode Instructions

PAGlink Gold Mount Sleep Mode Instructions

PAGlink Gold Mount Batteries have an automatic sleep mode feature that initiates after 2 weeks of inactivity.

To maintain good battery capacity, it is beneficial to cycle batteries every 6 weeks (discharge followed by a full-charge).

The PAG team wishes you all good health and a safe return to work when that day finally arrives.

 

Learn more about PAG!

 

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If you are currently unable to work as a result of the global pandemic, then you need to make sure that your Li-Ion camera batteries are in good health when it becomes possible to return to work.

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We are all facing unprecedented challenges and now more than ever it’s important to work together.

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Following the guidelines of the WHO/RIVM, we are comitted to take all neccesary precautions to help contain the spread of COVID-19.

During this uncertain time, our main priorities are safeguarding the health of our employees, supporting our customers in the best way we can and keeping the supply chain running as smoothly as possible.

To do so, most of our employees are working from home and we have a minimal crew at the office and warehouse, to make sure your orders can be processed.

When you need support, information or if you want to place an order, please reach out to your regular contact person via e-mail. This is the best and fastest way to guarantee proper handling of your requests.

As the situation is changing rapidly, we are monitoring the status on a daily basis and we will inform you on any changes we feel are necessary to make.

We wish you good health and hope to hear from you soon!

The Aspectra team

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This year Rotterdam has the honour to welcome Filmapalooza, the World Final of the 48 Hour Film Project. We’re proud to support this festival which helps filmmakers from all over the world connect with each other.

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The 48 Hours Film Project is characterized to be a wild and sleepless weekend in which you and a team make a movie - write, shoot, and edit - in just 48 hours. Mark Ruppert, who initiated this project in 2001,  opened the Filmapalooza last Tuesday night. Followed by a speech from Said Kasmi, city councillor of education, culture and tourism in Rotterdam.

Kasmi tells the story of Abraham Icek Tuschinski, known to be the first real business tycoon in Rotterdam, who started an empire of Cinemas for everyone and anyone. His vision was that if you work hard and treat everyone with respect, you’re able to create great things. Ruppert emphasized that this certainly applies to the filmmaking teams of this film project too. With this great message the 19th edition of the festival is off to a good start.

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Said Kasmi, city councillor of education, culture and tourism in Rotterdam

After editions in Los Angeles, Seattle, Paris and Orlando, it is Rotterdam's turn to welcome more than 400 international filmmakers. All these creative teams won a local edition of the 48 Hour Film Project somewhere in the world in the previous year.

To honour these winners and to choose the best 48 Hour film of the year, the World Final is organized under the title Filmapalooza. Every year editions of the event take place in 130 cities spread out over all continents. The competition produces more than 4500 short films annually, 130 of which therefore win a local edition.

During this five-day festival, participants of the winning teams come together to meet each other, watch all films, attend workshops, celebrate and of course find out who made the best film of the year. We wish all filmmakers a good time exploring Rotterdam and connecting with other filmmakers!

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Hans Groenendijk & the winners of the Filmapalooza quiz: 3 continents

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This year Rotterdam has the honour to welcome Filmapalooza, the World Final of the 48 Hour Film Project. We’re proud to support this festival which helps filmmakers from all over the world connect with each other.

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    [title] => Crystal clear video quality with the ultra-fast CVW wireless video transmitters
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Uncompressed transmission ensures you can transmit your footage with the best possible quality. Crystal Video Wireless (CVW) has developed its unique and cutting edge technology and used this for their Pro-Series.

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Established in 2010, Crystal video Wireless (CVW) has invested heavily in developing and manufacturing state of the art wireless video systems. Over the years, CVW has developed its unique and cutting edge technology in various markets such as professional video production, medical, education and many others. Their long distance wireless transmitters provide you with pristine video quality.

 

Fast uncompressed transmission
The Pro-Series consisting of: the Pro 200 kit, the Pro 300Plus kit, the Pro 800 kit and the Pro 800Plus kit are designed to transmit your video footage in real time, without latency. This makes it an ideal solution for live broadcasting. The uncompressed transmission ensures you can transmit your footage with the best possible quality.

The video transmitting ranges vary from 200 metres (655ft) with the Pro 200 kit, up to 800 metres (2625ft) with the Pro 800 kit & Pro 800Plus kit.

 CVW CONCERT IN VIETNAM PRO200 4

 

Compatibility & portability 
The wireless video transmitters all have plugins for HDMI, SDI, DC and mini USB. There is also an option for a V-mount connection. With the tough yet lightweight design, the transmitters are easy to take with you, everywhere you want.

 

Smart cooling fans & advanced options
One of the outstanding features is the built-in fan. This smart fan, protecting the device against overheating, turns off automatically during camera activity to guarantee noise free shooting.

The Pro 800Plus kit is equipped with some advanced options like an intercom and tally. There is an audio in/output, MIC input and a tally in/output.

 

 CVW PRO200 KIT 5

 

Complete solution
CVW offers complete solutions, everything combined in one kit. Every kit comes with a hardcase so you can store your transmitter solution, cables, antennas and adapters all in one place. The Pro-Series seamlessly integrates with all popular professional cameras. To attach the wireless transmitter/receiver easily to your camera, every kit has a hot shoe stand and an optional V-mount plate.

CVW's products work in multiple frequency bands ranging from hundreds of MHz to 60GHz using the best in class protocols. The company is committed to continue to develop and manufacture the best possible wireless products to the benefit of their customers.

Learn more about CVW!

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Uncompressed transmission ensures you can transmit your footage with the best possible quality. Crystal Video Wireless (CVW) has developed its unique and cutting edge technology and used this for their Pro-Series.

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Crystal clear video quality with the ultra-fast CVW wireless video transmitters
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Working with a lot of different customers he knows their daily challenges in this rapid changing industry.

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Stefan Czich has been working for more than 20 years in the production side of the broadcast and television industry and more recently in post-production. As an international Sales manager he worked for different broadcast and manufacturing companies. Working with a lot of different customers he knows their daily challenges in this rapid changing industry.

‘During the years I had the opportunity to work with a lot of great people and it has been real fun.’ About the question, why he chose this field of work, he gave a short answer:

‘To be honest with you… I needed a job. A company local to me, a broadcast distributor, selling Fujinon lenses at the time, was looking for a technical sales-person. I was originally trained as an electronics engineer.' 

 

‘Photography was my hobby for a very long time. As a lens reseller I fitted the bill quite nicely.’ 

 

‘At the time I thought: It pays okay, the company car is dreadful, it is a job that I will do for about 3 months and then I’ll find something that I enjoy more. The very first week that I was there, we ended up fitting infrared cameras on top of the main studio cameras, at the big ITV studios in London. The idea was to film a game show that was set in the dark. It was lit only with infrared. That was quite novel technology at the time.’

‘It was hosted by Julian Clary, who is tremendous fun, but quite risky. The show never did well as a program within UK. But internationally in particular places like Italy and Australia, it ran for many series and it was very popular.’

‘Partway through rigging the cameras onto the lenses, I bumped into the producer. He was walking through the studios with a big box of rubber earwigs and spiders, things like that. I thought: what on earth are those for? He said: Well they are for the audience. At some point while the audience is sitting there in complete darkness, they ask a question: What would it be like if a creepy crawly fell on your head? Then they release these things from the lighting gantry.’ 

 

'Absolute pandemonium. I thought at that stage, it could be quite fun working in this industry and so I have stayed.’

 

The importance of monitor support
For Stefan it all began in the production side of the industry, more recently he worked in the post-production side of the industry. What stayed the same for him is advising customers about the best monitor for their needs.

 

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                                                                       F-10A : 10’’ Full HD HDR field monitor with HDMI 2.0 & HDCP 2.2

 

What most people don’t notice when buying a monitor or any product, are the things that aren’t in the box.’

 

‘If you buy a good product, you will get a nice product in the box and you get it for a reasonable price. But if you buy a really good product, it’s got backing behind it. With a technical product, you always want to ask the question: do you get free software and firmware updates? This way it will always work at peak performance. If there is a problem with the product: what happens? Do you have decent warranty support? These are the sort of things that people, who just buy at a low price, often lose out on.’

 

‘The first and foremost feature to take notice of when buying a monitor, is picture quality.

 

‘A thing to take notice of: Do you have the right resolution and are the colours correct? Does it show the whole picture? Some of the low-cost monitors don’t under scan properly, you actually can’t see the whole picture. That can lead to framing issues or mic poles creeping into shot. That’s one of the key features everyone should keep in mind buying a new monitor.'

'Beyond that, the most important features will depend on what you are doing with a monitor. If you’re working outside, high brightness is important. If you’re working in a grading suite, really accurate colour reproduction is more important.’

 

Shifting customer needs
‘Over the years technology and the needs of customers have changed a lot compered to let’s say 15 years ago,when I started selling TVLogic.The big thing that I noticed was the change to the flat screen. It’s a lot smaller and lighter for any given screen size and much more portable.’

‘Because we moved from CRT technology to LCD, the products are much more stable. You don’t need realignment every time you move them. We moved from standard definition very quickly to HD and UHD is now becoming the standard for production.’

Read Part 2 of this article to find out more about the perfect monitor, trends and what to expect in the future!

Learn more about TVLogic!

 

 

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During this year’s BSC Expo, which is recognized to be a leading event in Europe for the film and TV production industry, we’re looking forward to connecting with filmmakers from all trades to learn about their experiences.

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As an international distributor of professional camera accessories, Aspectra, offers a complete package of products for any camera operator in the business. From protective bags and covers, battery systems, tripods and fluid heads, broadcast and field monitors to LED lights, wireless transmission solutions and portable backup storage devices. We’re always looking for the best professional equipment.

 

 PAG

 

This year Aspectra is showing products from PAG, UK based manufacturer of the PAGlink battery system. Together with a selection of their best powerhubs, chargers and complete battery systems in both Gold and V-mount, we’re showing their new MPL50 battery. This is a mini version of the intelligent linking battery system and is also compatible with the larger version batteries and chargers.

Showing a selection of their most popular tripod systems, Camgear Inc. will also be at the Aspectra booth. Camgear is a developer of high quality fluid heads and tripod systems. A modest selection of the latest Elite series with 3S-Fix Quick Lock tripods, is available for testing.


T
he new patented 3S-FIX system turns setting up and levelling from a pain into a joy
.

 

camgear

 

For any kind of weather and under any kind of circumstances, camRade designed a suitable solution for the protection of your camera and other film and AV-equipment. camRade has a wide range of camera carrying bags, wheeled bags, backpacks, lighting bags, tripod bag and accessory bags.

Besides the complete bag collection, camRade also offers tailor-made camera covers created to accompany you on your adventures, wherever these may take you.

 

A selection of camRades is available to be tried and tested on the spot.

 

At the BSC Expo we also showcase a number of TVLogic’s latest high performance monitors. With their wide range of post-production and field monitors they empower professionals in the broadcast and cinema industry. 

 

TVLogic

 

With extensive experience in video processing and best-in-class picture quality, TVLogic can give you personal advice at the booth.

 

Also shown at the stand; the IS-mini 4K. The IS-mini 4K makes color space conversion easy. Do you want to show what an S-log3 signal will look like in HLG? The IS-mini 4k will make that possible. There is also an HDMI 2.0 output available to connect to 4k consumer TV sets and it can handle custom LUT’s.

Another great piece of equipment on display, is the NextoDI NPS-10 backup portable storage device. With the build in X-Copy technology you can minimize you copying time significantly. For an easy, safe and fast backup, check out the device at the show.

 

CVW

 

The built-in fans turn off automatically during camera activity to guarantee no noise disturbance while shooting.

 

There will also be a demonstration of wireless transmission solutions of our new partner Crystal Video Wireless (CVW). These long distance wireless transmitters provide you with zero latency and uncompressed transmission. Come to the booth to learn all about the great advantages of these solutions!

 

Discover more of our top brands at Booth 619 at the BSC Expo 2020! 

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During this year’s BSC Expo, which is recognized to be a leading event in Europe for the film and TV production industry, we’re looking forward to connecting with filmmakers from all trades to learn about their experiences.

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camRade recently introduced the new travelMate series. This series is created to accompany you on your adventures, wherever these may take you.  

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Taking into account the challenges travellers face going on the road with a camera and accessories, the new line has 5 built-in smart features.

The smallest one of the three, the travelMate 360 is created to carry on board most airplanes and fits the overhead compartment. Its strong but lightweight padding allows this bag to carry cameras with a maximum length of 45 cm/ 17.7 inches.

Suited for professional cameras up to 52 cm/ 20.5 inches, is the travelMate Large. This is an ultra-strong wheeled bag with telescopic trolley handle, as well as a super comfortable backpack. The third bag of the new series is the travelMate XL. This bag provides extreme flexibility in safe transportation of your camera and extended accessory kits (with a maximum length of 75 cm/ 29.5 inches).

CAM TM RANGE WEB NAMES

 

1. Wheels

Making travelling as easy as possible all the new bags in the series have wheels. The travelMate 360 has 4 rotating wheels and an extendable trolley handle. If room is limited, the rotating wheels with a 360° radius can be detached to minimize the outer measurements of the bag. The travelMate Large and XL both have an extendable trolley handle and 2 rugged wheels.

CAM TM 360 7CAM TM LARGE XL WHEELS 2

2. Backpack straps

For flexible transportation at any given moment, the two largest bags come with backpack straps. These padded straps and waist band will give you great carrying comfort and lumbar support. During travels the straps can be safely secured behind the hide away cover.

 CAM TM LARGE 7

 

3. Led light

When you are searching for an item in your bag this feature will come in handy. Every bag is supplied  with a complimentary LED light with motion sensor that lights up as soon as you open up the bag. This light comes in a transparent pouch with zipper, that allows you to place it anywhere inside the bag.

 CAM TM 360 6 landscape

 

4. Removable dividers

One of the smart gimmicks added to these bags are the removable dividers. The soft-padded interior includes removable dividers with extra wide hook and loop fasteners for better adhesion to the fabric. This makes it easy to arrange the main compartment into sections to fit to your personal requirements. The straps on the side of the main compartment flap, prevent it from falling completely open.

CAM TM LARGEPXW FX9CAM TM XL 3

 

5. Material

Carrying you camera and keeping your camera safe can be a challenge. With this challenge in mind the designer choose for water-resistant 1000 denier Cordura® exterior and YKK® zippers. The fabric is strong and has an excellent resistance to abrasion. The soft-padded interior offers protection against scratches.

CAM TM 360 3

 

With these 5 essentials built-in travel hacks we designed a comfortably balanced backpack. We kept the freedom of movement intact so you’ll have your hands free for the necessary activities to create the best shots ever.

Curious which bag suits your camera best? Take a look at the camRade website and find out!

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camRade recently introduced the new travelMate series. This series is created to accompany you on your adventures, wherever these may take you.  

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In part two of my review, I would like to tell you more about operating the NPS-10 and my pros and cons.

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Operating the NPS-10
Every control on the NPS-10 works with one button, which might take some time to get used to. The moment you put a card in the NPS-10, it scans the card directly. It even recognizes whether the data is new or already backed up. Then it will give you the option to copy everything or check if there are new files and only copy those. In the past my backup workflow consisted of formatting to prevent duplicates. Now I can quickly backup data from different cameras and automatically store it in separate folders which update with only newly added files, if you wish so..

For a quick data check on the card or internal SSD you can preview the footage on the screen. Especially if you backed up multiple cards, it gives you an insight into which card it was. You can copy or update four cards at the same time. In combination with the sync option, the NPS-10 can quickly copy from its own internal SSD and update to an external HDD or SSD.

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Pros and cons
The NPS-10 is a small flexible device with a superfast transfer speed. Thanks to the advanced options in terms of updates and syncing with verifications against data corruption, you can safely leave your backup workflow to this ingenious device. It will transfer data from different memory cards with great ease. You can leave your NPS-10 transferring data in your bag while you are doing other things. To determine their lifespan, you can also check your SSDs on bad sectors. This way you know in advance whether you might want to replace a card or a hard drive. 

Unfortunately NPS-10 is not completely weatherproof. The question is whether after longer use the internal mechanism will stay clean if I take it outside a lot. The control knob isn’t that intuitive (but this might change when I’ve owned the device for a while). I also noticed that with compressed codecs such as XAVC and AVCHD the NPS-10 is having a hard time with a frame rate of around 4 to 6fps. With ProRes and DNxHD, the frame rate is higher with 30 to 20 fps.

With the sync option the NPS-10 can copy data from the internal SSD to the extremal HDD/SSD. For ease and speed in the workflow, I can recommend choosing a SSD instead of an HDD. The reason for this is that some of the HDDs do not have their own power source or need phantom power which cannot be delivered from the NPS-10's USB host. 

Conclusion
For those who can't afford to lose their footage and can’t spare the time to invest in a good backup workflow, the NPS-10 is an ideal solution. It simplifies and reduces the number of actions for making a good backup. It makes it very easy to transfer your data in an organized way. The NPS-10 is not perfect with its limited protection cover. But let’s face it, people don’t toss around their lenses either and people take them everywhere as well. This device can definitely unburden you and gives you a lot of time and focus back on your shooting days.

Regardless of how large your project is, safeguarding your footage is an important part of it. Whether you have a one-man band, a production crew, or a large production house/newsroom, the NPS-10 can help you with a good backup workflow. What this may look like? You can read it in my next article. If you want know more about my first impressions and features you can read the first part of my review.

Sander BW

About the author: working as an editor and post-production assistant, Sander van Iersel has seen a lot of different sides of the media industry. He worked on projects for international tv such as National Geographic and he travelled through Africa, Iceland and the Himalayas as a time lapser and photographer. Currently he works with his crew as a director and producer making media formats about science and nature.

Find out more about the NextoDI NPS-10!

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In part two of my review, I would like to tell you more about operating the NPS-10 and my pros and cons.

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Time is scarce on shooting days. Fortunately, there are solutions such as the NPS-10 that can save a lot of your time. Curious about this backup device? Sander van Iersel shares his review in this article.

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In my previous article I described the most underrated workflow in media production: the backup workflow. I explained why this workflow is often not working properly. The answer: time and effort. Resources which are scarce on shooting days. Fortunately, there are solutions such as the NPS-10. This device automates many steps in the backup process and ensures that some of your gear (and perhaps an extra crewmember) can stay at home.

First impressions
The NPS-10 is the size of a slightly thicker external HDD. Initially it reminded me of an old MP3 player with the small screen and the rotary knob on the side. But after a few test transfers I found out what a small powerhouse this backup hub actually is.

The NPS-10 allows you to copy multiple cards simultaneously at high speed (350MB /s). For example: copying two SD cards, one CFast and one microSD card to an internal disk, HDD or SSD. This ensures that the laptop can stay at home. The smart features in the software will make your backup process powerful and reliable during production.

Construction
To ensure that the NPS-10 can easily be transported, the device is equipped with a light metal housing (200g without SSD). Every unit comes with a rubber protection cover to help reduce the chance of damage during daily use.  

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Each of the sides have been utilized to allow as much IO to be available in such a small unit. For instance on top of the NPS-10 there is a slot for a CF, CFast or XQD/CFexpress memory card with a small protection cover.On the left side there is a control button and on the right side there is a microSD slot and two SD slots. These slots however do not have a protection cover, making them vulnerable for dust and other outdoor conditions.

At the bottom there is a USB slot for connecting a USB external drive or a USB memory card reader. Also at the bottom there is a USB Type-C slot, used to charge the product or connect to a computer (4000mAH, 2 hour usage time). You can also find a standard sized screw hole to attach the NPS-10 to your rigging.

A 2.5 ”HDD or SSD with SATA connection can be installed as internal storage by removing a screw from the back. The HHD/SSD is not standard included with the unit. When used with multiple SSD’s this could allow for an efficient change of storage units. Behind this backplate you can see the circuit of the NPS-10, something to keep in mind when shooting outdoors or non-favorable conditions.

Features
The most important feature for me is the flexibility that this small unit allows. Using an SSD, the NPS-10 reaches a copy speed from 350Mb/s (this is approximately 100GB in 10 minutes at peak performance). This performance decreases with the use of an HHD, so you should choose you storage medium with care. The height of the speed depends on which medium source you use and which version of the NPS-10 you have. There are three versions: the XQD/CFexpress version, the CFast version and the CF version. Each of these options also have two SD slots, one microSD slot, one USB port and one USB-C port.

If you want know more about operating the NPS-10 and my pros and cons, read part two of my review coming next week!

Sander BW

About the author: working as an editor and post-production assistant, Sander van Iersel has seen a lot of different sides of the media industry. He worked on projects for international tv such as National Geographic and he travelled through Africa, Iceland and the Himalayas as a time lapser and photographer. Currently he works with his crew as a director and producer making media formats about science and nature.

Find out more about the NextoDI NPS-10!

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Time is scarce on shooting days. Fortunately, there are solutions such as the NPS-10 that can save a lot of your time. Curious about this backup device? Sander van Iersel shares his review in this article.

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Part 1 Review: The NextoDI NPS-10, a superfast all-in-one on location backup hub

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