Describing it as “jamming a V8 into a Miata” in his blog post, Adobe’s Dave Helmy/via John Nack set out to see if he could edit full-res 4K RED video footage in the field using a MacBook Air beefed up courtesy of various Thunderbolt solutions. The concept proves with enough RAM and a powerful processor, Thunderbolt could enable smaller Macs to do the work of a Mac Pro. Hard Drives, PCI cards and everything besides the processor and RAM can now be connected via Thunderbolt rather that being built into the box.
Apple could modularize for their Pros. Think about starting with a Mac Mini with a XEON Processor and lots of RAM (OK, the cooling stuff might turn it into a cube).
As for the performance of the 13-inch MacBook Air,…
As you can see in the video above, Dave edits in Premiere Pro running on Windows 7 through Bootcamp. You might be surprised to learn that entire demo, he was also recording using a camera fed to the Blackmagic UltraStudio 3D box into a Promise RAID. Dave explained the setup allowed him to work with Thunderbolt inside the Sonnet Chassis for editing (which is also sending data to the Promise RAID), while also recording live through the Blackmagic box, enabling playback and recording simultaneously.
- DigiTimes: 2880-by-1800 Retina Display rumored to come to 2012 MacBook Pro (9to5mac.com)
- CES 2012: Vertical MacBook Air dock, Griffin’s Twenty amp for AirPlay, D-Link cloud routers, and more (9to5mac.com)
- The MacBook Air Samsung SSD is about to get twice as fast (9to5mac.com)
- MacMall drops Mac desktop prices down to lowest available (9to5mac.com)
- CES 2011: Thunderbolt devices from OCZ, LaCie, Belkin, Elgato and even PCs from Acer and Lenovo (9to5mac.com)