With the wisdom of his six years on the road and an array of WD storage products at his disposal, Eshleman has developed a three-tier system that lets him work almost anywhere and simultaneously add layers of protection as he does so:
- If he has a robust setup, say a table and a power outlet, he will break out his My Book Pro and upload the data from the My Passport Pro drives. The video is stored on the internal WD Black drives — each capable of holding more than 5 terabytes of data — in “a really precise folder structure” that enables quick access to a precise moment from almost any of the band’s shows.
- If he’s got the luxury of an internet connection and a bit of time, he can send everything on the My Book Pro to a server containing 12 6-terabyte WD Red internal drives in his home office in Ohio.
- If he’s on the move, he relies on the My Passports that he carries in a backpack to store the footage as he shoots.
Thunderbolt compatibility with the WD devices makes the whole process faster and easier. He drags and drops from one drive to another with considerably increased transfer speeds.
“If you want to grab a 2 gigabyte file and just throw it onto another drive, it’s done in seconds,” Eshleman says.
The whole point of this fail-safe arrangement is not just to free him from nightmares but to allow him to concentrate on the creative and fun parts of his job. That, in turn, enables him to crank out more of the sort of music videos that have helped earn him — and Twenty One Pilots — considerable acclaim.
The confidence that he has in his system and equipment, and the fact that he’s adding additional videographers to the team for the band’s upcoming 40-show Emotional Roadshow tour concluding with back-to-back shows at New York’s Madison Square Garden, may even allow him to take a rare moment to appreciate how far they’ve all come from Columbus.