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  • Final delivery on thumb drive ???

    Posted by Frank Miller on December 6, 2023 at 5:42 pm

    I’ve just finished making a family video for a client, and they’d like me to put it onto thumb drives to give to the kids.

    Can anyone give me advice about the best way to do this that is the most ‘universal’ ????

    I’d like for them to be able to plug the drive into pretty much anything and be able to watch the video. I’m in a Mac environment, but I’m not sure they are.



    Patrick Donegan replied 5 months, 2 weeks ago 7 Members · 7 Replies
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  • Joseph Owens

    December 6, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    Depending on the final file size, you could probably get away with formatting the thumb drives in FAT32, which would likely be universally readable. You will have to optimize the data density so that the bitrate can be sustained by whatever player system they are likely to use — directly off the drive into a smart TV, AirPlay from a laptop, or something else. I’d start with one of the Delivery pre-sets suitable for YouTube, Vimeo…

  • Tom Watson

    December 6, 2023 at 6:39 pm

    exFAT is what I use, as it will work on both Windows and Mac.

  • Tom Morton

    December 7, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Export in a couple of different formats to ensure at least one version will work on the device it’s currently plugged into. I’d recommend H.264 and MPEG-4 versions

  • David Kaltenbach

    December 7, 2023 at 11:06 am

    I always 1st export a ProRez file, then work from there.

  • Eric Santiago

    December 7, 2023 at 11:31 pm

    I work with digital signage of mix medium.

    Hate the thumb-drive route but I get the requests.

    Creating multiple versions means capacity will be an issue.

    Provide multiple USB drives if you are going that route.

    Of late Ive been pushing for Cloud but yea you get get clients that still rely on thumb-drives.

    ExFat is safe and I haven’t had issues.

    Now there are some displays with specific format and restrictions.

    Not all will play a straight forward h264.

    And some are still stuck in the old ways like 8.3 naming convention.

    Maddening to deal with 😛

  • Frank Miller

    December 11, 2023 at 8:13 pm


    Thanks for all of the replies – this is exactly the info that I needed!


  • Patrick Donegan

    January 6, 2024 at 9:39 pm

    exFAT does don’t work on my Vizio TV for some reason.

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