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Offload: The New Software From Red Giant Makes Back-Ups A Joy

By Kishore Sawh on October 21st 2014

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Whichever level of photographer you are in or pursue, there are aspects of the process that make us all feel the same. I think its fair to say that one such point is the moment we remove the memory card from it’s home in the camera, and then into another device or directly to the computer for transfer and back-up. No matter what I’m shooting, if it’s a casual day at the aquarium or a hired test shoot or head shots, there’s always that bit of trepidation that comes when I’m about to transfer the files, hoping against hope the card hasn’t corrupted and that the transfer process won’t muck anything up.

[REWIND: The ‘Virtually Unbreakable’ SD Card Line]

It’s also tedious sometimes if you have a filing system in place, as many of us do. Typically the whole process is a series of manual drag-and-drop transfers to where we want our files and their copies sent to, and then checking to make sure that after it’s all done nothing was amiss. A new software from Red Giant, the same company that brought us BulletProof, aims to be the solution for managing the storage process of the mountains of of megapixels we generate on our shoots.

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Offload, in essence, is simple. It’s sole aim is to take your images from the card, and safely, elegantly, and super easily copy them to your chosen destinations, while doing the checks required to make sure there is no loss of data. It actually takes the checksum-verified copy technology from BulletProof which ensures that each file copied/transferred is precisely the same as the original in camera, and it’s all shown visually.

Speaking of visually, the interface appears to be for those of an octoganerian persuasion – everything is big, bold, clean, with as few buttons and options to interfere, clutter, and confuse as possible. The colors, gold and blue, are your indicators that tell you when a process is underway (gold), or finished, (blue), so you’ll know where your process stands at all times.

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Nicely, backing up to another secondary source is also simple, and your card can be removed after the first copy.

If your’e wondering about the differences between BulletProof and Offload, it’s rather simple. While BulletProof will also initiate with the copying of your files, it’s a bit of a more complex, and industrious beast. The copying process is sort of where the similarities begin and end. BulletProof is really like Lightroom in that they are media database management tools.

On the other end is Offload, which is a one trick pony, so-to-speak, but it does what it does really really well. It’s simple. In a way, if you have BulletProof, and you understand it and have use for all of it, then it would appear you would not need Offload. If, however, BulletProof is a bit more than you want or need, then Offload may be just the tool for you. I think it may be for me, especially for peace of mind at $49.

You can get a free trial offer for Offload here.

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A photographer and writer based in Miami, he can often be found at dog parks, and airports in London and Toronto. He is also a tremendous fan of flossing and the happiest guy around when the company’s good.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. MARTIN MIANO

    Nice presentation ….Going to give the trial a try then give my verdict

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  2. Kayode Olorunfemi

    What happened to good old copy and paste, do I really need a $49 software to do that? I must be missing something.

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    • Bill Bentley

      C&P is a waste of time, plus you may actually miss files or forget to do it. Copying files to your working drive AND to an external drive at the time of import is far more efficient and safe imo.

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    • Kayode Olorunfemi

      @Bill – I guess if it works for you then the $49 is worth the expense. I’ve shot wedding video with 3 shooters using multiple CF cards while copy & pasting on the go. Also done corporate shoots with interviewing over 20 people for a single job (obviously loads of retakes), never lost a shot dues to copy and paste. Not to mention countless personal projects etc. I learnt early on that you never overwrite a card in the field and backup as soon as you have the time to. Now that I do quite a bit of photography its even easier to backup than video. BTW, software can fail so its not foolproof… Again if it works for you fine, I will keep my $49.

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  3. Leslie Troyer

    Personally – I have lots of data other than just raw & jpg source files I want backed up. This includes the “processing” in lightroom, source code, board schematics, word documents…… I want a backup solution that works for all of these seamlessly, not have unique solutions for each workflow type. I probably go overboard, but I let lightroom make backup copies to an external hard drive, in addition to copying them to the local disk store, I use time-machine for true local backups, and crashplan for offsite remote cloud based backups.

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