Red's Overpriced "Mini Mag" Cards - The Real Story

  • Published: 17 July 2019
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    Red Digital Cinema has come under fire recently over allegations that their Mini-Mag storage cards are just cheap commodity SSDs in a fancy enclosure. As it turns out, there's some truth to these assertions, but the situation is not quite as simple as it's made out to be. Let's unwrap it.

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  • George A
    George A  7 hours back

    So will it work if I swap out the ssd in there with my own ssd?

    • readme info
      readme info  9 hours back

      I am genuinely impressed by how honest you've remained all this time. Great job. So many other YT chans have clearly signed a deal with the devil. BUT YOU, you are the real deal. Thank you.

      • readme info
        readme info  9 hours back

        Remember those unique chinese made RAID enabled SATA cards that were made up of smaller microSD cards, you reviewed awhile back? I wonder if for redundancy sakes, someone could use a similar adapter that either allows 2 mSATA cards, or simply 2 microSD cards, in RAID 1, and jam it all into a REDX mini mag case, and have built in RAID support :)

        • Jory Ferrell
          Jory Ferrell  10 hours back

          So...moral of the story: stop buying their products until they stop ripping people off.

          • Jo Blo
            Jo Blo  11 hours back

            I really had no idea what the issue was about before, but the explanation was so well articulated and had such a balanced perspective i feel like I should want retribution for all the money on them i never spent.

            • BCGTR
              BCGTR  1 days back

              I looked these up and I was like, how much is that gonna cost, $1000 max, then I looked it up and it was $2350 at B&H which is insane. A used 120gb at adorama was literally over $600. Thats insane

              • XonereX
                XonereX  2 days back

                Red has a super scummy business model. I honestly think buying their overpriced camera was a mistake on Linus' part. A 4k camera wouldve been just as practical and quite a bit cheaper

                • Singled Out Pictures
                  Singled Out Pictures  3 days back

                  Anything to do with cinema production is ridiculously over priced, from the body to the lenses to the accessories. It's a racket!

                  • Johannes Dolch
                    Johannes Dolch  5 days back

                    So, y'all are fine with spending as much on a camcorder as a fully outfitted Mercedes E Class, but then complain that the cards they sell are too expensive? lol. But I agree, they should put the best in there, meaning 2 of the best SSDs they can find in a Raid 1 Configuration. (That would actually also justify putting it all in a cool proprietary cartridge.

                    • RamenGod
                      RamenGod  5 days back

                      Lmao imagine using fat32

                      • joshua41175
                        joshua41175  1 weeks back

                        So when is the red camera water cooler done

                        • BlockArchitech
                          BlockArchitech  1 weeks back

                          Notice: if your going to make a comment saying ‘oh proceeds to show USA markings’ note that he got his before the entire scandal happened

                          • Me 2
                            Me 2  1 weeks back

                            them R&D monies are 100% used to calc how to get the most profit out of nothing fooling people in the unknown.

                            • Liam
                              Liam  1 weeks back

                              You didn't know they were just SSds in an enclosure? Thats what the industry is right now lol we do the same thing in our products.

                              • sprrocket
                                sprrocket  1 weeks back

                                Linus: RED splits the video footage into 4GB files
                                me: wait are they STILL using fat32
                                Linus: it's because they're using fat32


                                • Gabriel I
                                  Gabriel I  1 weeks back

                                  sprrocket hmm fat32 isn’t bad its still a staple around the gaming market like Motherboard os updates

                              • roblax87
                                roblax87  1 weeks back

                                Great job documenting the bots!

                                • nitrxgen
                                  nitrxgen  2 weeks back

                                  1:30 what kind of psychopath uses a screwdriver like THAT WTF

                                  • Titan Gaming
                                    Titan Gaming  2 weeks back

                                    could have said, 'Made on Earth'

                                    • Ionixt E. Bix
                                      Ionixt E. Bix  2 weeks back

                                      im surprised that linus actually tried to protect the company that pretty much scam him

                                      • Solomon Ucko
                                        Solomon Ucko  2 weeks back

                                        The size inconsistency could also be due to unit confusion: 476.8 GiB ≈ 512 GB, 480 GiB ≈ 515.4 GB, 931.3 GiB ≈ 1 TB, 960 GiB ≈ 1.031 TB

                                        • DragonNexus
                                          DragonNexus  2 weeks back

                                          "Red claims this is to protect the user from accidental deletions"
                                          *Off camers scoffing laugh*

                                          • Darian Kimberly
                                            Darian Kimberly  2 weeks back

                                            Welp, never getting a red.

                                            • mirk bir
                                              mirk bir  2 weeks back


                                              • Sonny12681
                                                Sonny12681  2 weeks back

                                                I bet it costs less than $5 to manufacture this camera and it's parts and they jack up the price to a ridiculous about. That company is committing a scam.

                                                • MISC BITS
                                                  MISC BITS  3 weeks back

                                                  Msata is still a thing?

                                                  • carphotography101
                                                    carphotography101  3 weeks back

                                                    I hope this was filmed on a RED Cinema camera...

                                                    • Peter Chiung
                                                      Peter Chiung  3 weeks back

                                                      basically RED Ceo wants to profit as much as possible at the expense of customers tricking them that they are getting a far better product.

                                                      • Informed Choice
                                                        Informed Choice  3 weeks back

                                                        Oh, a shitty greedy company overcharging without justification. Red Dead Non-Redemption

                                                        • John Grimes
                                                          John Grimes  3 weeks back

                                                          WTF? Spare area? You mean over provisioning? Come on linus you know better then that. Use proper terms please. Its never good to teach people improper terminology.

                                                          • John Grimes
                                                            John Grimes  3 weeks back

                                                            Maybe dont rip people off and people wont rip off your ideas. Fuck Red. Camera price is understandable but all the peripherals? Insane...

                                                            • Dakota Martin
                                                              Dakota Martin  3 weeks back

                                                              First time I've ever heard a Canadian say "ya'll"

                                                              • Gordon The Train
                                                                Gordon The Train  3 weeks back

                                                                I can't believe it. Linus! Linus! is protecting red. this is weird because he wasn't to happy when he bought it

                                                                • Sun Pak
                                                                  Sun Pak  4 weeks back

                                                                  lmao red also sells a basic SSD reader for $250

                                                                  A 9 foot LITERAL CAT 5 to proprietary fake cat 5 port for $120

                                                                  a "tactical" handle for $150

                                                                  • Kerim Kerim
                                                                    Kerim Kerim  4 weeks back

                                                                    Nobody: I'm about to end this guy's entire career.
                                                                    Not even a single soul: Everybody
                                                                    Me: Wait that's illegal.
                                                                    YouTube's Recommendations: It's free real estate.
                                                                    Am I a joke to you:
                                                                    Also Me:

                                                                    • SOL WOLF
                                                                      SOL WOLF  4 weeks back

                                                                      Linus will go down in history as a legend

                                                                      • The Adventure Biker
                                                                        The Adventure Biker  4 weeks back

                                                                        I am late to the partay. Just.....Wow.

                                                                        • kasa
                                                                          kasa  4 weeks back

                                                                          I think jinn1mag should be called out for their false statements. But I'm glad they are out there and vent viral. Red is still charging obscene amount of money for an adapter. And on top of that they have clearly taken steps to stop user from using third party drives. Even though they are using standard hardware that could be very easily changed if not for manufactured obstructions.
                                                                          Also, it's true that it's ultimately on customer to decide. But it's kind of messed up if customer had to do in depth research on every product they buy to be assured they get real value. I think Jinn1Mag did service to people by bringing awareness to this.

                                                                          Ultimately as far as Red mini mag is concerned, everything about it is designed to take as much money from people as possible. I mean recovery service is just another way justify the price and low quality. You could just as well take it to any other recovery service as the hardware is standard. I wouldn't be surprised at all actually if they used third party service for recovery anyway.
                                                                          Reading worker reviews about red kind of gives me image that Red's management is just bunch of greedy assholes.

                                                                          • TheRealCritique
                                                                            TheRealCritique  4 weeks back

                                                                            F RED. Other companies are catching up to their proprietary BS and offering equivalent quality at 20% of the price. They blew it. Hope they collapse.

                                                                            • Ionixt E. Bix
                                                                              Ionixt E. Bix  4 weeks back

                                                                              why tf is linus defending a money-eating company lol

                                                                              • Masterpj555
                                                                                Masterpj555  4 weeks back

                                                                                Red camera is a scam company who makes lots of claims about inventing things but actually is just a company who repurposes tech > puts it in a different enclosure and then adds lockout chips. Don't support this company

                                                                                • Ariana Hadley
                                                                                  Ariana Hadley  4 weeks back

                                                                                  15 mins of my life I will never get back

                                                                                  • TheImmoralCookie
                                                                                    TheImmoralCookie  4 weeks back

                                                                                    To be fair, you could probably find a few hundred computer engineers that could design their own SSDs like Red's and it be either free or really fucking cheap.

                                                                                    • Ayoub
                                                                                      Ayoub  1 months back

                                                                                      samsung: sells good SSD's for a low price
                                                                                      RED: wait, thats illigal!!

                                                                                      • Gonçalo Alegria
                                                                                        Gonçalo Alegria  1 months back

                                                                                        What a shill

                                                                                        • Rakesh Battula
                                                                                          Rakesh Battula  1 months back

                                                                                          hope they had a better explanation to save their faces

                                                                                          • MinecraftMike
                                                                                            MinecraftMike  1 months back

                                                                                            I was on RED's side until I saw the price for that SSD. What a joke kek

                                                                                            • Robert Wright
                                                                                              Robert Wright  1 months back

                                                                                              Excellent video!

                                                                                              • William Creegan
                                                                                                William Creegan  1 months back

                                                                                                Nice job Linus .