Gnarbox 2.0

I recently picked up a Gnarbox 2.0 SSD 512GB for use with my DJI Mavic Pro Platinum and DJI Osmo Action. One of the big motivators for getting one is that I use my 2018 iPad Pro as my primary editing platform along with the Lumafusion app. The Gnarbox has a special integration with Lumafusion that allows you to select portions of a video clip and only that portion of the clip is transferred to the iPad, potentially saving a lot of iPad storage space. The 2.0 version of the Gnarbox is also USB-C based and has a special mode that makes it appear to be a USB-C Ethernet adapter allowing for much faster video playback and transfer compared to connecting over Wifi.

I’m still experimenting with workflows to see what fits my style best. So far the MicroSD card to Gnarbox import is going well. I have preset setup for both the drone and Osmo Action as I find it easier to find footage based on what device captured it.

One of the things that isn’t currently documented very well is what USB-C hubs have supported Ethernet adapters and can pass through power. I bought a few on Amazon to test.

Working (ethernet and Power):

Aukey Link PD Pro USB-C Hub

Anker USB-C Ethernet Adapter

Uni USB-C Ethernet Adapter

Partially working:

Not Working:

Feature Wishlist:

Full Gnarbox backup to 2nd storage device: a way to setup a preset to backup the Gnarbox 2.0 to a USB hard drive while preserving the on device file structure. I like flattening the folders when importing files from SD cards to the Gnarbox but when backing up the Gnarbox to a USB hard drive I want to keep the file structure as it has project folders and such.

Full Gnarbox backup to home NAS: The same backup system would be nice to setup for home mode so when I get back from a trip I can switch it to home mode, connect to my home wifi, connect to my NAS, and backup the Gnarbox file structure to a folder on my NAS all from the Gnarbox directly.

Allow creation of video preview files from a preset: allow for creating video preview files after the copy and verify to prepare for editing in Lumafusion. Even a separate preset to prepare the video previews I could do later when done filming for the day would be helpful.

Startup in other modes: The Gnarbox has a number of modes (field, home, USB-C Ethernet, Mass Storage) that allow for various specialized function. Currently, it will always boot up into field mode and then require you to reboot it into another mode, which is inconvenient at best. Having a way to boot up directly into the mode you want to use without have to do 2 boot ups would be a real time saver.

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