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Lacie fuelLaCie is bringing the thunder with two new drives: the 4K-ready Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2 and the $200 1TB Wi-Fi Hotspot Fuel drive. The new Little Big Disk makes it one of the only Thunderbolt 2 capable drives on the market right now, making it really appealing for filmmakers who are making the leap to 4K this year. Read on for the full specs and details on availability. More »

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Digital Imaging Technician Harddrives [Photo by Christian Dressler]

This is part three of a 3-part series on the evolving role and responsibilities of the contemporary Digital Imaging Technician. Nofilmschool interviewed 4 working DITs from New York and L.A. to help contextualize the role they play and offer insights into the business. Part 1 went into misconceptions about DITs, part 2 offers information about getting hired — now this one is for the gear-head in all of us. Read on for a look into some tools and practices behind the job. More »

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Video thumbnail for youtube video Mac Pro Theatrical Teaser Alleges Release Date, While Early Benchmarks Emerge - nofilmschool“The New Mac Pro” was originally announced at the 2013 Worldwide Developers Conference, where Apple unveiled it to be unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can’t exactly get under the hood, but it’s still not playing around with up to 12 cores, dual workstation GPUs, and 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports for things such as triple 4K (or beyond?) monitoring. Aside from so-so early CPU benchmarks, we haven’t heard too much in the meantime, but more details are coming into focus. For one thing, Windows benchmarks are shedding new light on the MP’s 12 core Xeon processor. For another, it looks like Apple just set itself a hard deadline for when you may purchase The New Mac Pro — spelled out in teasers screening in cinemas nationwide. More »

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Apple OS X 10-9 Mavericks WallpaperIntentional or not, Apple’s new software releases often hint at what may be coming down the line. When they revealed their newly redesigned Mac Pro and their new desktop release, OS X 10.9, which they are calling Mavericks (since they seem to be running out of feline-related names), they also posted a promotional wallpaper to their website which just so happens to be double the horizontal and vertical resolution of current Mac displays — leading to speculation that they are preparing Retina models. More »

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Thunderbolt 2-picIntel has finally made Thunderbolt 2 official after talking about the new spec at NAB 2013. While adoption hasn’t been nearly as high for Thunderbolt as it has been for USB 3.0, that hasn’t stopped Intel from pushing development forward to much faster data rates. Originally a 10Gbps format, the new Thunderbolt 2 doubles the bandwidth to 20Gbps, or 2.5 Gigabytes per second. This will also mean good things for those trying to work with 4K video, as the newer format is made to support the viewing of 4K material. More »

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usb 3 thunderboltBoth USB 3 and Thunderbolt leave the transfer rates of yesteryear in the dust, with doubled speed in the works for USB 3.0 for a current-Thunderbolt equivalent 10Gb/s and doubled speed coming for 20Gb/s Thunderbolt rates. But in the meantime, the question stands: how does USB 3.0 compare in actual performance to Thunderbolt, and should you be in a rush to upgrade? Thanks to the guys over at Macworld, we now have some practical benchmark tests pitting the protocols against each other. Click below to see how USB 3 measured up. More »

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Apple is steadily abandoning its own FireWire standard, continuously simplifying the ports on its machines, and pushing for the growing acceptance of FireWire’s successor — the Thunderbolt protocol. Given all this, Mac users find themselves in a bizarre transitional phase. It may be frustrating, because while Apple surges forward, peripherals’ acceptance of Thunderbolt has been lackluster at best. Much to the relief of perennial Mac users finding themselves unable to blend their legacy gear with, say, their fresh iMac or MacBook Pro, Matrox has finally released it’s DS1 Thunderbolt docking station — the first solution of its kind — which looks to seamlessly marry almost everything you could want between the old and the new. More »

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As expected, Apple today released Mac OS X Lion on the Mac App Store for $29.99. Also debuting are new Sandy Bridge MacBook Airs, which are said to be “up to” twice as fast as the previous generation (on which I’m typing this), and now include high-speed Thunderbolt ports, Bluetooth 4.0, and backlit keyboards. The Mac Mini also received a refresh, dropping its optical drive and adding a Thunderbolt port, and Apple also released a new 27″ Thunderbolt display. For filmmakers, Lion and Thunderbolt are the main stories. More »

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Perhaps overshadowed by the controversy surrounding the release of Final Cut Pro X is the fact that Apple’s other video editing-friendly technology, Thunderbolt, is finally here. While the port has been shipping on the latest Mac computers, until now there were no currently-shipping RAID storage products compatible with the speedy new interface. On the official Apple store, four products from manufacturer Promise are now available. Priced between $1k-2k, here are the four available options: More »

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Reports are surfacing that Apple’s much-ballyhooed 64-bit editing application Final Cut Pro X will be released in the Mac App Store next week. AppleInsider has further confirmed the application will be released “in the next 10 days.” No word on whether this release also includes Motion, Color, Soundtrack Pro, or any other applications that may make up a professional content-creation suite, but the reports also mention that we should expect additional releases alongside the software: More »

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Apple today released four new iMacs with the usual slew of processor/graphics upgrades, including new Intel Sandy Bridge quad-core processors, AMD Radeon HD graphics processors, FaceTime HD camera, and a new port around back (two of them, in fact) that should be a boon for video editors: Thunderbolt. Marking the first time Thunderbolt ports are available on a desktop computer, the new 10Gbps standard is up to 12 times faster than Firewire 800, making for faster video transfers from compatible devices. The new iMacs start at $1199 and claim to be up to 70% faster than the previous generation. More »

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Apple (finally) demonstrated the new version of Final Cut Pro to industry insiders this week, and because everyone who saw it is under a Non Disclosure Agreement, we won’t be hearing any details about it soon (until sometime around NAB, I’m guessing — though Apple is not listed as an exhibitor, they will likely stage their own event). Without going into specifics, however, the new FCP is being called “the biggest overhaul to Final Cut Pro since the original version was created over 10 years ago,” and more simply, “jaw-dropping.” More on the new FCP in a second. Apple also released new MacBook Pros this week, which, along with the usual slew of processor and graphics updates, debuted a brand new 10Gbps (read: ridiculously fast) interface — Thunderbolt. Apple Pro is back. More »