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USB MEMORY STICKS


WHAT IS FORMATTING?


Storage devices such as memory sticks (Also known as flash drives) have to be formatted to operate correctly. Different formats make the memory card/usb stick/hard drive file the data in a different way.


There are restrictions on file size especially FAT32. This is limited to 4GB which covers most applications such as Digital cameras both still & movie. It is highly unlikely that you will have a movie take longer than 30 mins. If you do, the take would be split into two files.


However hard drives on Computers formatted in FAT32 due to the small file size, and overall drive size would be problematic hence the development of NTFS format which has an unlimited file size and virtually, the hard drive size.


Recently an additional format has arrived on the scene for USB sticks & memory cards, and that is called EXFAT. FAT32 can only be used on devices up to 32GB. Any USB or memory stick over 32GB in size has to be formatted in EXFAT. It was developed mainly for Movie cameras which film at a high bit rate such as 4K cameras. It also removes the restrictive file sizes for other uses. The max file size is Unlimited.


Therefore Memory sticks/ memory cards up to 32 GB upon purchase usually formatted FAT32. Any size above are formatted EXFAT.


I have found that formatting USB sticks on particular makes to NTFS can cause problems. Although PCs can read them, other equipment does not always have on board the necessary software to handle and usually fail to recognise the stick. I also doubt that they may not recognise USB sticks formatted in EXFAT. Also, within the structure of the stick, there may be a shortfall where the stick cannot behave correctly, and fails to handshake with a playing device properly. Indeed once formatted to NTFS & then reformatted back to FAT32 or EXFAT seems to destroy part of the internal structure of the stick and makes it workable on a PC only.
It is very much a suck it and see exercise on all of these counts. I have found to date that Lexar USB sticks are more forgiving over this.

HOW TO FORMAT YOUR USB STICK TO SHOW CLUB FILMS ie COMPETITIONS
Most club films are short and around 15 to 20 mins max. If you make your film at around 18 megabits per second. 4GB will last about 35 to 40 mins. Any USB stick under 32GB is formatted as FAT. This is the ideal USB sticks.

So therefore leave your stick formatted at its manufacturers setting and you should have no problem. Any USB stick over 32GB such as a 64GB is Formatted using EXFAT on purchase by the maker.. Unfortunately the clubs Media player does not recognise this format and therefore will not play. Do not reformat a 64GB to FAT because it will still not play.

 


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MP3 / FLAC Sound Compression
High Defintion
Part One
Cleaning Hard Drives
Hard Drive Installation
GUIDANCE NOTES ON COMPETITION FILMS
MUSIC COPYRIGHT
BOB'S BASIC EDITING GUIDE
A Novel Camera Support
DOWNLOAD ADOBE PREMIERE 6.5 EDITING GUIDES
Adding Filters
Create a Freeze Frame
Correcting Synch Errors
Change Capture Location