The Lexar Professional Workflow hub, the HR2, is quite possibly the product editors and DITs have been looking for for years.
The HR2 hub is designed for complete customization, with four open bays accommodating a variety of card readers and storage drives. This allows the user to offload and backup footage and other files from multiple memory cards at once. While the HR2 was designed primarily for a home or office desktop workstation, the individual readers and drives can all still be used independently of the hub for maximum portability whether in the field, or on set. Because there aren’t any software or drivers to accompany the HR2, the system will have no problem integrating into your workflow already in place, including industry standard software like Silverstack and ShotPut Pro.
The HR2 utilizes Thunderbolt 2 technology, and allows for concurrent transfers from all four bays for quick transfer speeds. The readers and drives themselves all feature USB 3.0 for stand-alone usage, utilizing USB type B ports for their large and robust connectors that allow the modules to be inserted into the bay without worry of damaging contacts. The hub itself features a USB 3.0 port as well as two Thunderbolt 2 ports so that you can daisy-chain the other components of your system together. Thankfully, the unit is also backwards compatible with both Thunderbolt and USB 2.0.
This hub will easily find a permanent home at your workstation. By utilizing the bay structure, you can eliminate a large amount of cable and clutter, allowing you to stay organized. Unfortunately, the device is not bus powered and includes an AC power supply, however, the two cables needed for this system can free you up from the web of cables typically required by multiple readers and storage drives. The modular design allows for ultimate flexibility in offloading media – whether you find yourself capturing XQD media from an FS7 one day, or handling the CFast 2.0 card from an AMIRA the next day, you’ll always be well equipped for the job. This modularity also future-proofs the system, as Lexar adds new card formats and readers to their offerings, you’ll be able to swap in the new components and continue working.
To learn more about Lexar’s HR2, visit their Professional Workflow products FAQ page.