I thought it might be beneficial to some folks that are newly tasked with creating Graduation Video USBs to answer a few common miss-steps in regards to USB production.
When you’re getting ready to produce a USB project here are some key items to keep in mind:
1. Actual Size vs Marketed Size – Actual size is always smaller due to Gigabytes vs Gibibytes
2. Format Concerns: Most drives are preformatted Fat32 which limits continguous file size to under 4GB. ExFat and NTFS allow for larger file sizes but are a bit more limited in their universal adoption.
3, Speed Concerns – Read/Write speeds will be a key factor in projects that run directly from the drive. If you intend to playback 4K footage directly from the drive you may want to invest in USB 3 drives rather than USB 2.
4. Spoilage – 2-4% spoilage of Promotional grade USB flash drive is not unheard of. Buy a few extra so you are not scrambling last minute to fill your gaps at walmart or bestbuy.
These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when your gathering information or starting to think about utilizing flash drives for content delivery.
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