As a wedding photographer, the ability to upload multiple cards at one time has always been intriguing for me. The problem has always been that the price for these multi-card readers have always been a little steep in price. But with this DIY enclosure, it seems to be a little easier and cheaper than I thought.
In the video, we are shown how to create a single box that can house a fast hard drive system that is capable of being used for current working projects. The benefit here is that the system also has three SD card readers that can be uploaded at the same time. Because the hard drives are set to RAID 0 and everything is USB 3, the upload speeds should be pretty impressive.
What I like about the walkthrough of the system is that after seeing it, it’s easy to start thinking about other ways to tailor this box to your specific needs. For example, you can have a larger box that incorporates your backup drive. If/when I build one, I will also have four card slots instead of three because after a wedding I almost always have four cards to upload. All this plus the ability to customize the look of the enclosure for around $100 is pretty hard to beat.
For a list of parts, or to see more from the creator of this video, check out DSLR Video Shooter.
Is this something you might give a try? Do you currently have a multi-card reader? What do you use?