Thunderbolt is the future of editing, add this to one of the new sexy 27″ iMacs and you’re ready to go. My editing setup today is two 24″ OLED Apple monitors, 6 core MacPro with a Black Magic Intensity Pro card, 24 TB of drive space run with Sonnett EP4 E-sata cards and drive bays running FCPX 10.0.6.
I hope to get away from my MacPro setup, it’s not fast enough for today’s software and not upgradable to Thunderbolt. The Pegasus R6 is a cracking way forward with 2 Thunderbolt ports on the back and space for 18TB of storage it’s a no brainer.
Along side the Pegasus R6 you can have Black Magic’s Ultra Studio Express I/O Thunderbolt device with HDMI monitoring and HD SDI input and a breakout cable for analogue devices, it also comes with Media Express a cracking ingest software for older analogue camcorders like Betacam etc.
The cost…For the setup as shown above you are looking at £6,400 and that does not take into account the highest spec 27″ iMac configuration as there are no prices yet on the Apple store.
This will run FCPX 10.0.6 plus Motion 5 admirably, miles ahead of any present MacPro configuration seen today. During the “MacPro lull” I have had time to reflect on both my edit suite and my need for heavy bulky slow towers. FCPX has come on leaps and bounds since version one and I am now glad it’s my choice of editing platform …once again.
NOTE : I had a Drobo D5 in the graphic above but I have been told it’s not up to scratch for HD video editing.