What kind of thumb drive should I use in the One Button Studio?

Our One Button Studio’s generate a 1920×1080 H.264 file in an .mov container, compatible with both Mac and Windows PC’s.

We recommend using a USB 3 thumb drive (also known as a flash drive) in the One Button Studio, as it will give you a much faster file transfer at the end of your recording. It will also save you time when you go to offload your video file onto your PC. USB 3 thumb drives are a bit more expensive than their USB 2 counterparts, but worth the extra cost when you are working with video files that can be several gigabytes in size.

The typical thumb drive comes factory formatted as FAT32. This is a file system architecture that is compatible with both Mac and Windows PC’s, but it has a 4GB file size limit. What that means, is that your One Button Studio recording is limited to 25 minutes. If your recording goes longer, and your file exceeds the 4GB file size, it will become corrupted when the system tries to transfer your file to the thumb drive. If this happens to you, don’t worry. The file that is recorded to the hard drive is unaffected and still available to retrieve.

The good news is that if you need longer recording times, you can format your thumb drive as exFAT. This will allow you to record for an hour or more, limited only by the capacity of your thumb drive. I have successfully tested 40 and 60 minute recordings. exFAT can be read by both Mac and Windows PC’s, so compatibility is not a problem.

Here is a 64GB USB 3 flash drive that will work great with the One Button Studio: Samsung 64GB USB 3