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

  • Published on Jul 17, 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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Comments • 7 093

  • Ruben Garcia Jr
    Ruben Garcia Jr Day ago

    I see RED has been disliking this video

  • Cameron Stevens
    Cameron Stevens Day ago

    Love your channel, and your passion for this. RED is a premium product and when high-brow claims are made that their media is special erodes the trust and value of the brand. It's a shame.

  • Wool Verigne
    Wool Verigne 2 days ago

    12:03 Fuck that thing.

  • Leadfoot2112
    Leadfoot2112 3 days ago

    ok ok call me a cheapskate but if it costs 6500 for a camera Red better send down some blowjobby models for me to film and learn the system

  • Arka Chanda
    Arka Chanda 5 days ago

    People doesn't really take you seriously. 😂😂

  • Alex Fiala
    Alex Fiala 5 days ago

    I'm sorry Linus, but Red's markup on these is nonsense. I don't care if they're being called out by a competitor. It's just shady bullshit to charge so much for an f'ing ssd, especially when they market it as "super special extra cool".

  • Chad Stambaugh
    Chad Stambaugh 6 days ago

    All hardware today is a commodity. People and businesses buy the solution it provides, not the hardware.

  • technoway
    technoway 6 days ago

    This is one of my favorite RU-clip channels. I'm an electrical engineer, but today, these people know more about modern hardware than I do, and I come here to learn.
    In honor of this channel, these are the best ten anagrams of "Linus Tech Tips".
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  • Jtzkb
    Jtzkb 7 days ago

    Today on Linus Tech Tea

  • Beyond Gravity FPV
    Beyond Gravity FPV 7 days ago

    Don't know if there is a competition to red out there but with these policies if another player comes around people will jump ships In no time.

  • Billy Wang
    Billy Wang 7 days ago

    Is this angry Linus ?

  • Monty Thibault
    Monty Thibault 7 days ago

    "Spent millions of dollars on storage R&D"
    Millions are necessary to do anything in large corporations, even the simple enclosure and the little proprietary pin connector.

  • Monty Thibault
    Monty Thibault 7 days ago

    Not a big fan of these "corporate callout" videos. Of course RED has fat profit margins and proprietary hardware; that should be obvious.

  • Daniel Beavers
    Daniel Beavers 7 days ago

    So red is doing what Apple does and ripping people off and makeing the machine only recognize its products. These companies are ran like cults

  • Zoe Mendez
    Zoe Mendez 7 days ago

    This kinda reminds of the the PSP and their proprietary, expensive storage.
    Instead of an SD card, its a Sony Memory Stick that doesn't really offer any benefits.
    One of the reasons the PSP line failed.

    • Khav
      Khav Day ago

      its sony. but that's not a good example. look at the Vita, which flopped due to the proprietary storage cards. Memory Sticks have been used in camcorders from Sony as well so it wasn't an absolute fail for the PSP.

  • Duncan Whitted
    Duncan Whitted 8 days ago +1

    Gotta love it whenever you've been complaining about a problem for years and everyone just now catches on

  • rufioh
    rufioh 9 days ago

    Remember when corridor made a video saying you were wrong about RED a couple of years ago. That video aged bad and it seems the edited a bit out about the SSDs

  • DJ Alex Parker
    DJ Alex Parker 10 days ago

    red is basically apple for cameras

  • Remilia
    Remilia 10 days ago

    red is the apple of cameras

  • Joseph Smock
    Joseph Smock 10 days ago

    the true genius that brings viewers here in the first place in FULL FORCE

  • F Squanchy
    F Squanchy 10 days ago +3

    Got, I'll keep all this in mind when I am looking to purchase a 50 thousand dollar camera.

  • Roset03
    Roset03 11 days ago +2

    8:38 Judo throw!
    12:03 Judo Chop!!

  • Zycklacon
    Zycklacon 12 days ago

    I don’t know what any of this means

  • Марк Шагал
    Марк Шагал 12 days ago

    It was so strange to me, to realize that most people didn't know that. So RED killed a dragon and became a dragon. Sad story. For RED.

  • Fellzer
    Fellzer 13 days ago +1

    As a barely accredited film school graduate, RED cameras are the best because they are expensive. That's just science.

  • TheGameMakeGuy
    TheGameMakeGuy 14 days ago

    Wow the only thing special about their firmware is about refusing third-party product's damn what a great move they don't deserve any defending for bullshitting everyone by selling shit at a trillion times what it's actually worth just like apple fuckin brand's they always suck ass

  • Bleezy Monkey
    Bleezy Monkey 14 days ago +1

    getting a simple aliminium, puttingyour brand on it, and sell it 5 billion time more than it worth. reminds me an another company

  • Nick Gwinner
    Nick Gwinner 14 days ago

    **makes video featuring product you shouldn't buy** "consider checking out where to buy the stuff we featured-"

  • Peter Marshall
    Peter Marshall 16 days ago

    You skipped step 3

  • Sometimes Cynical
    Sometimes Cynical 16 days ago

    You got it twisted there at the bit where you said "nobody is forcing me to buy it". There are many examples where you would be forced to buy it, such as a company requirement. Even so, you are being mislead, and you only know the product once you have it/fiddle with it. You usually need to buy it before you even try it. So in a sense, it's still bad and that particular argument is very very weak. Good video though.

    GETH_ _COMMANDS_ 17 days ago

    its just a fucken product , your not a regulatory body

  • LeafBucket
    LeafBucket 18 days ago

    And this is why you buy blackmagic design kids :)

  • Rita Baumann
    Rita Baumann 18 days ago

    I’m thinking RED threatened to sue Ginnimag, and rather than taking it lying down, they decided to spill the tea, beauty guru style.

  • HappyChappy
    HappyChappy 18 days ago


  • Despicably Irascible Rapscallion

    Apple has been doing this for years with their Mac.
    Using stock PC components, and then crippling them with a dongle OS X 'needs' to work, is hardly innovative.

  • Kenny Shem
    Kenny Shem 19 days ago

    Blackmagic suddenly feels like a better company for my $. At least they allow us to use ordinary SSD as advertised. Maybe RED is making good money from their recovery service. Why kill the golden goose.

  • MKUltra
    MKUltra 19 days ago

    Linus chopped the head off that damn SSD!!!!

  • James Willison
    James Willison 19 days ago

    The Jury would like to call Linus Sebastian to the stand

  • laurence wemple
    laurence wemple 19 days ago

    this man has bin hurt

  • Jake Yaboi
    Jake Yaboi 19 days ago

    A quick explanation of what red is, who they are, and what they do would’ve been very helpful.

  • Rillean
    Rillean 20 days ago

    Can we get a comparison between RED and Blackmagic Design?

  • Saj Ayyy
    Saj Ayyy 20 days ago

    Man why is every Jared I know a piece of trash?

  • chris fuentes
    chris fuentes 21 day ago


  • Maya Posch
    Maya Posch 21 day ago

    As far as redundancy goes, I like the way Nikon DSLRs handle it: having two SD slots, which can be used as a RAID 1 configuration, as well as overflow or having both RAW and JPEG on their own card.

  • Honglu Zhang
    Honglu Zhang 21 day ago

    Apple:I should’ve done that

  • FILMTOOLS Filmproduction & Filmservices

    Hey Linus, this is a good video bro. You have all points covered well. I would be soooo pissed off if I had to pay that premium for generic a$$ SSD. I think RED users should get a big discount for next brains to compensate for these lies. I would love to see RED go down after this because I have been following them for years. They lie all the time.

  • 3utch
    3utch 22 days ago

    Ninja skills in action today!

  • fellpower
    fellpower 22 days ago

    As i said before years. RED is faking u like Apple....thats it. U bought massively overpriced products.....

  • Conrad Dierchen
    Conrad Dierchen 22 days ago

    Excuse me what the actual fuck?
    1.5k$ for 480GB of storage??

  • Lepi22
    Lepi22 23 days ago

    Fun Fact RED Fired 50 people on July 1st and is looking to sell off their company to focus on their phone. Jared wants to get rid of RED.

  • dawson gamblin
    dawson gamblin 24 days ago

    yes, red is absolutly gonna spend their money on being able to build ssds. how freaking stupid would you have to be ? like really ? why would they do that when they can just buy ssds

  • StarStalker
    StarStalker 24 days ago +1

    have no interest in red but watched the whole video anyways. unbiased review done right

  • SteeVeeDee
    SteeVeeDee 24 days ago

    WHAT HAPPENED TO STEP 3??? Linus counts steps 1, 2 then 4 and then says 'and whatever step we are on'. So now we know he bascially can't count past 2. He later goes on to karate chop the product in two at 12:04. This explains much...

  • SuperCookieGaming
    SuperCookieGaming 24 days ago +1

    i thought everybody new this. you've talked about it in the past. But red really should have done a better job.

  • Andi dubya
    Andi dubya 26 days ago

    Well that's one on the 'do not buy' list - ouch

  • Ultrathemeus
    Ultrathemeus 26 days ago +1

    The only sponsorships Id care about would be gaming stuff...

  • Logan Mortimer
    Logan Mortimer 26 days ago


  • ssuuppeerrbbooyy
    ssuuppeerrbbooyy 27 days ago

    3:07 Can you honestly call it a knockoff mag? Is EKWB cooler a knockoff product? Is compatible RAM for your macpro a knockoff product? No, its a 3rd party product. A knockoff would be some guy putting even cheaper SSDs in shabby cases that look like original RED design.
    12:18 Oh really. It doesn't bother you that you're buying something that has been marked up by a factor of 10, when the seller is making false claims for why its worth it? Its the legal definition of fraud.

  • Peter Davies-Crandley
    Peter Davies-Crandley 27 days ago +2

    Its kind of sexy watching Linus get angery

  • lapierre002
    lapierre002 27 days ago

    Had me in stitches at the end. Linus, you aggressive S.O.B. xD