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JMR shipping RAID desktop and rackmount workstations for Mac mini

JMR, which produces scalable storage solutions for M&E, has made available its latest Thunderbolt 2-certified desktop and rackmount workstation for the Apple Mac mini.

The JMR Lightning model LTNG-XD-8-MMDT is a new desktop/DI cart workstation. The Mac mini installs via a slide-in sled from the rear, and the Lightning desktop provides front-panel USB 3.0, audio I-O and media card reader, while the rear panel provides all other Mac connections.

An internal Thunderbolt 2 controller and two-slot PCIe (x8 full-height slots) expander with an internal 6Gb SAS RAID controller are standard, as well as eight 3.5-inch hot-swappable disk drive bays providing up to 64TB of native disk storage capacity (RAID-0/1/4/5/6/40/50/60).

The desktop/cart unit will have an optional 9-inch LCD flip-up monitor (available in late November), which connects to the Mac mini and may be added or removed in the field without tools — this makes it well suited for ingest and dailies.

The Lightning desktop is portable and quiet, cooled by a low-speed centrifugal blower in a removable module. The unit also has a ventilated and hinged front door, with a Kensington lock slot to prevent accidental disk drive removal or theft.

Measuring 7” H x 11” W x 16” D, the new Lightning desktop for Mac mini starts at $3,999, including the internal ExpressSAS RAID controller.

The JMR Lightning model LTNG-XD-8-MM2U is a new 2U rackmount workstation suited for DI carts or machine room operations. The Mac mini installs after removing the slide-off top cover, and the Lightning rackmount provides front-panel I/O connections for USB 3.0, audio, GigE and HDMI, as well as a media card reader, while the rear panel provides all other Mac mini connections.

The Mac mini’s on/off power switch is remotely operated from the front panel. An internal Thunderbolt controller and two-slot PCIe (x8 full-height slots) expander with an internal 6Gb SAS RAID controller are standard, as well as eight 2.5-inch hot-swappable disk drive bays to provide up to 32TB of native SSD disk storage capacity (RAID 0/1/4/5/6/10/40/50/60).

Five internal cooling fans keep everything cool, with very low noise levels; at only 19-inches deep it fits any mobile or stationary rack providing 20-inch mounting depth. Pricing starts at $3,299, including an internal ExpressSAS RAID controller.

Both products are fully Thunderbolt Certified after exhaustive testing by the Intel-Apple Thunderbolt engineering group.

ATTO ships ThunderLink for 40GigE connectivity to Thunderbolt 3  

ATTO Technology has the introduced ThunderLink 3401 ( $1,595) and 3402 ($1,995) devices, which allow 40GigE connectivity from new Thunderbolt 3 enabled platforms to networks and storage while also providing backwards compatibility to Thunderbolt 2 devices and 10GigE infrastructures.

With single- and dual-output options and speeds that double that of Thunderbolt 2, the new ThunderLink devices provide enough bandwidth for 4K video workflows via a single cable. ATTO’s Thunderbolt 3 devices allow for higher performance and large bandwidth-intensive transfers via all major Ethernet protocols.

ATTO’s ThunderLink features proprietary Advanced Data Streaming (ADS) technology for smooth data transfers, eliminating dropped frames and providing consistent time-to-data for high-performance applications or mobile workstation users.

LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 upgraded with Seagate hard drives for 4K

LaCie, a Seagate brand, has made updates to its 5big Thunderbolt 2 pro five-disk storage solution. Now featuring Seagate’s 8TB enterprise class hard disks, the new LaCie 5big provides more capacity (40TB), reliability and an extended warranty. This product is targeting 4K video workflows. The LaCie 5big Thunderbolt 2 featuring these hard disks will be available this quarter in 40TB capacity for $3,999.

With Seagate’s new 8TB hard disks, the LaCie 5big offers a 33 percent capacity increase. These hard disks are designed to operate 24/7— versus 8/5 operations for traditional hard drives — and can support 8,760 hours of operation per year.

The LaCie 5big with Enterprise Class drives comes with a five-year warranty that covers the drives, enclosure and spare parts. The enterprise class drives feature 256MB cache, 7200RPM and rack environment optimization, offering the ideal solution for handling aggressive workloads.

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With this Thunderbolt 2 technology, the LaCie 5big offers sustained speeds of up to 1050MB/s. This is enough bandwidth to edit several video streams in native 4K resolution. This kind of speed allows those working in Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere to get maximum quality from footage and see native 4K edits in realtime.

The LaCie 5big offers a range of RAID modes that allow users to tailor the product to their needs. Its hardware RAID delivers sustained performance, better flexibility and the ability to connect the product to another computer while keeping the RAID configuration.

RAID modes 5 and 6 provide complete data protection against disk failure, while still providing speed and capacity needed for pro workflows. This feature helps users who want to use a single storage product for both video editing and backup. In protected RAID modes, even in the case of disk failure, the LaCie 5big’s hot-swappable disks mean zero data loss or downtime.

The LaCie 5big features two Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining. Pros can daisy chain up to six Thunderbolt devices to a computer via a single cable (included). Thunderbolt 2 is also backward compatible, using the same cables and connectors as first-gen Thunderbolt devices and computers. This allows pros to create a plug and play 4K video editing environment with increased capacity and speed.

The LaCie 5big’s cooling system consists of three key components: a heat-dissipating aluminum casing, a Noctua cooling fan and jumbo heat exhausts. The ultra-quiet Noctua NF-P12 fan pulls heat away from the internal components while producing little noise.

IBC: G-Tech adds four new products to Evolution Series

G-Technology has added four new products to its Evolution (ev) Series, an ecosystem of docking stations and interchangeable and expandable external hard drives and accessories. The new products include the G-Speed Studio XL with two ev Series bay adapters, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition, the G-Dock ev Solo and the ev Series FireWire adapter.

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The G-Speed Studio XL (pictured right) with two ev Series bay adapters is an eight-bay Thunderbolt 2 storage solution that comes with six enterprise-class hard drives and two integrated ev Series bay adapters for greater capacity and performance. The integrated ev Series bay adapters accommodate all ev Series drive modules, enabling cross-functionality with other products in the Evolution Series. Configurable in RAID-0, -1, -5, -6 and -10, it supports multistream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1,200 MB/sec and the ability to daisy chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports.

Designed to optimize a Red camera workflow, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition uses high-performance connectivity for fast Red footage transfers and backup. Users can transfer content quickly from a Red Mini-Mag media card onto any G-dock ev docking station or G-Speed Studio XL with ev Series bay adapters. The ev Series all-terrain case, which is watertight, adds protection when shooting on the go.

For those who already have several G-Drive ev modules, the G-Dock ev Solo (pictured below) is a USB 3.0 docking solution for shared environments, including studios, labs and classrooms. Users can transfer, edit and back up an existing Evolution Series hard drive module by inserting it into the G-Dock ev Solo. When paired with the G-Drive ev, G-Drive ev Raw, G-Drive ev 220 or G-Drive ev SSD, the G-Dock ev Solo can store up to 2TB of data and transfer content at rates up to 400MB/sec.

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Finally, the new ev Series FireWire adapter attaches to an ev Series drive, allowing connection to an existing FireWire 800 port. Users can connect a G-Drive ev Raw, G-Drive ev, G-Drive ev 220 or G-Drive ev SSD to a computer via one of two FireWire 800 ports or daisy chain them.

The G-Speed Studio XL with two ev Series bay adapters, the ev Series Reader Red Mini-Mag edition and the G-Dock ev Solo will be available in October. The ev Series FireWire adapter is available now.

Promise offering new Thunderbolt 2 storage, connection devices

Promise Technology’s Pegasus2 R2+ and SANLink2 16G FC are both now available through the company’s network of distributors and value-added resellers.

Pegasus2 R2+ is a Thunderbolt 2 hardware RAID-0 and RAID-1 storage solution with USB 3.0 that includes two hot-swappable hard disk drives, a media bay, and CF/SD reader pod. An optional SSD reader pod and HDD pod are available for convenient data exchange. Each pod comes with USB 3.0 Micro-B for independent access, allowing users to take a pod and work off site.

Pegasus2 R2+’s (pictured) price point makes it ideal for creative professionals looking for entry-level storage that offers Thunderbolt 2 speeds and unmatched versatility. Among the product’s highlights are the ability to connect to non-Thunderbolt systems via USB 3.0 and dual -Thunderbolt ports to daisy chain up to six devices.

SANLink2 16G FC is a compact device that boosts a user’s portable and desktop Thunderbolt interfaces to 16G speeds by connecting them seamlessly to the Fibre Channel SAN, doubling the speed of the previous generation 8Gb FC. SANLink2 16G FC comes standard with dual Thunderbolt 2 ports and dual 16Gb FC ports ideal for creative professionals who deal with large data transfers on a daily basis. SANLink2 16G FC supports OS X and the entire Promise VTrak series family of products.

Sonnet adds to Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion line

The Echo Express SE I is the latest addition to Sonnet’s Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems. Like the other members of the Echo Express line, the SE I enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac or Windows computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new single-slot model supports nearly every Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card on the market, including double-width cards (PCIe card plus daughter card).

The Echo Express SE I features Thunderbolt 2 technology, which provides ample bandwidth for many of the most demanding, highest performance PCIe cards, and incorporates support for the DisplayPort 1.2 protocol, which enables video streaming to a 4K video monitor.

The new expansion chassis is suited for use with a wide variety of pro video capture, audio interface, SAS or SATA HBA, 16Gb or 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, and RAID controller PCIe cards, allowing them to connect with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air and MacBook Pro computers, as well as Mac Pro computers that lack PCIe expansion slots. Plus, the Echo Express SE I’s dual-Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers as well as full backward compatibility with 10Gbps Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

The Echo Express SE I was designed for users needing a simple way to connect a single adapter card to their computers, and it supports all but the longest (full-length) Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing 2.6 pounds and measuring in at 5.6 inches wide by 8.6 inches deep by 3.5 inches tall, the SE I is compact and lightweight, but features a rugged aluminum case.

The new chassis supports half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards, and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. In the SE I, the daughter card occupies an adjacent space without filling a slot. The list of compatible PCIe cards is available on Sonnet’s Website and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

The Echo Express SE I features an ultraquiet, temperature-controlled fan that automatically speeds up as necessary to cool the installed card when it’s hot, slows down when it’s cool, and quietly and efficiently cools the card at all times, even during peak operation.

The Echo Express SE I ships with an 80-watt external power adapter, keeping the system’s energy usage low. The SE I also conserves energy by automatically powering off when the computer powers off or sleeps. In the package, Sonnet includes a Thunderbolt cable to connect the SE I to a user’s computer and a lock mechanism to secure the cable to the chassis. Sonnet’s new ThunderLok Thunderbolt Connector Retainer Clip screws into the Echo chassis to prevent accidental cable disconnects. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SE I is designed and built by Sonnet in California.

Along with the release of the Echo Express SE I, Sonnet has refreshed its smaller sibling, the Echo Express SEL. The SEL shares the same overall features and design as the Echo Express SE I, but is even smaller and purpose-built to accommodate a single low-profile card. Along with its new black finish, the SEL includes the ThunderLok Thunderbolt connector retainer clip and has been reduced in price.

The Echo Express SE I is available now for $349. The updated Echo Express SEL is available now for $329.

LaCie Thunderbolt offerings now compatible with Windows 7/8

Four of LaCie’s Thunderbolt 2 products — the 8big Rack Thunderbolt 2, 5big Thunderbolt 2, 2big Thunderbolt 2 and d2 Thunderbolt 2 — are now compatible with Windows 7 and 8. The Thunderbolt drivers can be downloaded immediately from the LaCie website.

LaCie says they made it a priority to ensure their Thunderbolt 2 solutions work with any Thunderbolt-enabled computer. “This way, PC and Mac users alike can benefit from Thunderbolt’s extraordinary speed for high-bandwidth applications, such as video editing and backup. Plus, cross-platform compatibility means that storage can easily be shared between PC and Mac at optimum speeds,” says Erwan Girard, Business Unit Manager, LaCie.

LaCie offers a range of certified Thunderbolt products for PC and Mac. In addition to the Thunderbolt 2 products mentioned above, they offer the Rugged Thunderbolt as well as first-generation desktop Thunderbolt products.

Review: HP Z1G2 All-in-One Workstation

By Brady Betzel

In today’s broadcast post environments you typically see only a handful of workstations. This is usually because there are only a few vendors that are truly certified to work with products from companies such as Adobe, Avid and Autodesk — ISVs (Independent Software Vendors).

While many people will brush over the word workstation, it really is not a term to take lightly. HP in particular spends a tremendous amount of time and resources to make sure that if you buy a workstation-class system from them, it is going to work. If it doesn’t, it is going to be relatively easy to fix to get up and running with very little down time. Workstation-class computers are expensive (no matter the brand), so it’s not a decision to take lightly.

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Review: Sonnet Fusion QR 8TB External RAID

By Brady Betzel

We all know that Thunderbolt 2 has been the talk of the town in terms of storage and I/O devices for the last six months or so. Unfortunately if you don’t own a Mac Pro (2014 model), a high-end PC workstation like the latest HP z840, or have the DIY knowledge to build your Intel X99 architecture-based computer with Thunderbolt capabilities, you are kind of out of luck.

Some people, like me, still need access to “legacy” interfaces such as FireWire 800, eSATA and USB 3.0 — which is sort of on its way to be considered “legacy,” even though I use it as my primary connection. Luckily for us, Sonnet Technologies still provides outstanding external RAID devices like the Fusion QR.

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Thunderbolt 2 sightings at NAB 2014

By Tom Coughlin

Thunderbolt 2.0 has emerged not just as a direct connect interface with many products on display at the 2014 NAB show, but also as a possible networking technology.

Thunderbolt 2 raised the data rate of this active interconnect technology from 10Gbps to 20Gbps of raw data rate. Thunderbolt 2, developed by Intel, was introduced in September 2013. Earlier in this year there was talk of networking capability for Thunderbolt 2, but at the 2014 NAB show Intel clarified their intentions — Thunderbolt as a network architecture.

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Sonnet ships Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion chassis

Irvine, California — Sonnet has added to its Echo Express line of Thunderbolt 2-to-PCIe expansion systems with the Echo Express SEL. Like the other members of the Echo Express line, the SEL enables the use of a wide variety of high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) cards — originally designed for use in desktop computers — with any Mac computer with a Thunderbolt port. The new model is the smallest and quietest Echo chassis yet, and supports one low-profile PCIe card. The Echo Express SEL is now available for $399.

The Sonnet Echo Express SEL incorporates ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the bandwidth of Thunderbolt and provides sufficient throughput to support many of the highest-performing and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis is ideally suited for use with high-bandwidth networking cards, host bus adapters, and storage interface cards, allowing them to connect with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers, as well as Mac Pro computers that lack PCIe expansion slots. Plus, the Echo Express SEL’s dual Thunderbolt 2 ports not only support full-bandwidth connectivity with 20 Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, but provide full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and support daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

The Echo Express SEL supports low-profile, single-width PCIe 2.0 x8 cards. The majority of the most popular Thunderbolt-compatible 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA host bus adapters, and RAID controller cards fall into this category, making the SEL a perfect match for users needing a discrete, quiet, and yet very fast PCIe chassis to connect one of these specialized interface cards to their computers. Thunderbolt 2 technology is essential for enabling many high-performance cards, such as 10 Gigabit Ethernet, to yield optimal performance over Thunderbolt. For example, in a test using Small Tree Communications’ dual-port 10 Gigabit Ethernet CAT6 Network Adapter with the Echo Express SEL, performance increased by 40 percent compared to the same card tested in a standard 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-to-PCIe chassis. The list of compatible PCIe cards is available on Sonnet’s website, and is continually expanding as more cards are tested and certified.

Measuring 4 inches wide by 8.4 inches long by 2.8 inches tall and weighing 1.75 pounds, the Echo Express SEL is compact and lightweight, yet its rugged aluminum case provides great protection for the installed card. The SEL features an ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled fan to help keep even warm cards cool. When not needed, the fan slows down to a whisper. The SEL is Sonnet’s quietest expansion chassis yet.

The Echo Express SEL ships with an 80W external power adapter, keeping the system’s energy usage low. The SEL also conserves energy by automatically powering on whenever the connected computer powers on or wakes, or powering off when the computer powers off or sleeps. Sonnet includes a cable locking mechanism that secures the Thunderbolt connectors and prevents accidental cable disconnects. Like the other models in the Echo Express family, the Echo Express SEL was designed, engineered, and built by Sonnet in California.

 

AJA ships Io 4K for Thunderbolt 2 devices, including new Mac Pro

Grass Valley, California — AJA Video Systems has made available the Io 4K for pro video I/O, updated and customized for Thunderbolt 2 technology and the latest 4K workflows.

AJA (www.aja.com) Io 4K connects to any Thunderbolt 2-enabled device such as the new Mac Pro, and offers an additional Thunderbolt 2 port for daisy-chaining other peripherals in supported workflows. Io 4K is now available via AJA’s global network of resellers at for $1,995.

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Sonnet ships Echo Express line with 20Gb/s Thunderbolt 2 interfaces

Irvine, California — Sonnet Technologies’ Echo Express III-D (desktop), Echo Express III-R (rackmount), and Echo Express SE II (desktop) Thunderbolt-to-PCI Express (PCIe) card expansion chassis are one of the first devices of their kind to ship with 20Gb/sec Thunderbolt 2 interfaces.

These models, which began shipping this week, are the newest members of Sonnet’s Echo Express (www.sonnettech.com) family of expansion products that enable any Mac computer equipped with Thunderbolt 2 or Thunderbolt ports to interface with a wide variety of high-performance PCIe cards originally designed only for use in desktop computers.

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The Echo Express III-D, Echo Express III-R, and Echo Express SE II incorporate ultra-fast Thunderbolt 2 technology, which delivers twice the throughput of 10Gb/sec Thunderbolt and provides sufficient bandwidth to support many of the highest performance and most demanding PCIe cards. The new expansion chassis support every kind of Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe card available — enabling the use of professional video capture, audio interface, 16Gb and 8Gb Fibre Channel, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, SAS and SATA HBA, and RAID controller cards with Thunderbolt-enabled iMac, Mac mini, Mac Pro, MacBook Air, and MacBook Pro computers. Plus, the Sonnet systems’ dual Thunderbolt 2 ports support full-bandwidth connectivity with Thunderbolt 2-equipped host computers, full backward compatibility with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt-equipped computers and devices, and daisy-chaining of other Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt devices.

Designed for users needing an optimum solution for connecting three PCIe cards to their computers, both the Echo Express III-D and Echo Express III-R provide one x16 and two x8 PCIe slots to support three full-length, full-height, single-width PCIe cards. Both chassis feature a built-in universal 300W power supply with a 75W auxiliary power connector to support PCIe cards with higher power requirements. In addition, the systems integrate two large ultra-quiet, temperature-controlled cooling fans to enable their use in noise-sensitive environments. The companion Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit enables users to install one or two mobile rack-form-factor devices inside the Echo Express III-R chassis. Peripherals such as LTO tape drives, 2.5-inch SSD or HDD drives, 3.5-inch drives, Blu-ray™ burners, and memory card readers can be installed into the kit and connected to the PCIe cards installed in the chassis, saving rack space for other equipment.

The Echo Express SE II was designed for users needing a simple way to connect two adapter cards to their computers, and it supports all but long Thunderbolt-compatible PCIe cards. Weighing 3.7 pounds and measuring only 6.5 inches wide by 11 inches long by 4.6 inches tall, the Echo Express SE II is compact and lightweight, and its rugged aluminum case provides excellent protection for the cards. The new chassis supports two half-length (up to 7.75 inches long), full-height PCIe 2.0 x8 cards and provides an additional space for a daughter card. Some specialty cards, such as RME’s HDSPe MADI FX card, Blackmagic Design’s DeckLink 4K Extreme, and the Lynx Studio Technology AES16e-50, include a daughter card that mates with and provides additional external connections to the main card. The Echo Express SE II provides the slot space and mounting support for an adjacent daughter card without sacrificing an entire PCIe slot.

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Until now, the Echo Express III-D, III-R, and SE II have been equipped with 10 Gb/sec Thunderbolt technology. Customers who have purchased these Echo Express systems received an in-box coupon for a free upgrade to Thunderbolt 2. These customers will be able to claim their Thunderbolt 2 upgrade from Feb. 3 to March 31, and more information can be found at www.sonnettech.com/thunderbolt2upgrade.

The Echo Express III-D (part number ECHO-EXP3F-D) has a suggested retail price of $979. The Echo Express III-R (part number ECHO-EXP3F-R) has a suggested retail price of $1,199. The Echo Express III-R Mobile Rack Kit (part number ECHO-EXP3FR-MRM) has a suggested retail price of $199. The Echo Express SE II (part number ECHO-EXP-SE2) has a suggested retail price of $499.

 

Apple releasing redesigned Mac Pro

After much anticipation, Apple’s all-new Mac Pro will be available to order starting December 19, through the Apple Online Store, Apple’s retail stores and select Apple authorized resellers. Here is the official release:

CUPERTINO, California―December 18, 2013―Apple® today announced the all-new Mac Pro® will be available to order starting Thursday, December 19. Redesigned from the inside out, the all-new Mac Pro features the latest Intel Xeon processors, dual workstation-class GPUs, PCIe-based flash storage and ultra-fast ECC memory.

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Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K now offers Thunderbolt 2 technology

FREMONT, CA — Blackmagic Design is offering a new model of UltraStudio 4K, which now includes super fast Thunderbolt 2 technology. The new UltraStudio 4K replaces the previous model and is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers for $995.

The UltraStudio 4K, is a rack mount capture and playback device based on Thunderbolt 2 technology and featuring a machined aluminum front panel with an integrated color LCD as well as video and audio input buttons designed to make things move faster. According to the company, the rear panel includes virtually every type of video and audio connection that exists, including 6G-SDI, HDMI 4K, analog component/s-video/composite, as well as balanced analog and AES/EBU digital audio. That means customers can connect to all decks, cameras, monitors and more.

Now with the 20Gb/s speed of Thunderbolt 2, UltraStudio 4K has more bandwidth to work with higher quality video and frame rates. Customers will be able to capture and playback Ultra HD 4K YUV video at 60 frames per second and Ultra HD 4K RGB video at 30 frames per second via the advanced 6G-SDI video connections.

UltraStudio 4K handles television formats, featuring 6G-SDI connections that instantly switch between SD, HD, Ultra HD and 4K making it a solution for post production and broadcast users when working on design, editing, paint, color correction and visual effects tasks. UltraStudio 4K is also useful for 3D workflow as it features both interleaved/side by side and dual stream capture and playback. Interleaved 3D allows the left and right eye to be interleaved as fields into a single video connection and file, so customers can edit using current editing software.

UltraStudio 4K customers will be able to take advantage of the forthcoming Desktop Video 10 release. The new Desktop Video 10 driver architecture is a major new software update designed from the ground up to be optimized for high speed computers and the new emerging Ultra HD television formats that require massive data speeds. DaVinci Resolve 10 customers will benefit from the simultaneous capture and playback support that lets them capture direct from cameras on set and grade the live video with multiple nodes of color correction for live on-set monitoring. This makes lighting a film set easier, and allows DPs, directors and colorists to work together to optimize the film’s look on set.

UltraStudio 4K key features
• Single Link 6G-SDI, Dual Link 3G-SDI connections, supports SD, HD up to1080p60 and 4K DCI.
• Compatible with Mac OS X computers with Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt.
• SDI inputs include full SDI re-clocking for capture from poor quality SDI sources.
• HDMI in and out, supports SD and HD formats up to 1080p60, frame packing 3D and 4K.
• Component analog in and out.
• Component analog switches to s-video and composite.
• 2 channel balanced analog audio in and out. Additional RCA HiFi audio in.
• 2 channel AES/EBU unbalanced audio in and out.
• Timecode in and out on XLR connectors
• Genlock/tri-sync input.
• Sony™ compatible RS-422 deck control.
• Supports uncompressed 8/10 bit and compressed video capture and playback.
• Supports Ultra HD and 4K DCI capture and playback using new Single Link 6G-SDI or Dual Link 3G-SDI connections and HDMI.
• Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and frame packing 3D via HDMI.
• Capture/playback of side by side, line by line, top and bottom and dual stream 3D via SDI.
• Includes hardware up down and cross conversion on playback.
• Includes hardware SD and HD keying.
• Supports Final Cut Pro X , Avid Media Composer 7 Adobe Premiere Pro CC6, Adobe Photoshop CC6, Adobe After Effects CC6 , DaVinci Resolve and more.
• Includes free developer SDK.
• Supports free DaVinci Resolve Lite software.