by Olaf von Voss | 11th January 2017
grapicAt this year’s CES, Razer Inc. unveiled Project Valerie, a concept laptop that contains three self-unfolding 4K screens complete with all the horsepower needed to drive the resulting heap of pixels. Razer Project Valerie What is the definition of a professional-grade laptop? Is tagging a Pro label at the end of the model name sufficient? What about not just one, but three 17″ 4K screens, for a total of 11.520 x 2.160 pixels? Razer’s Project Valerie is exactly that. Although still a prototype, this beast seems to be capable of some serious GPU work. Have a look at the teaser from Razer below to get the idea: The whole thing is based on the existing Razer Blade range of laptops. Yes, the main focus of their products is gaming applications, but the one thing that gaming, video editing and especially color grading have in common is the need for high-end GPU performance. The Project Valerie device has the potential of making all three types of users happy. The machine is fuelled by a top-of-the-line Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 graphics card with 8GB RAM, accompanied by an Intel Core i7 Skylake CPU and 32GB RAM as a foundation. It seems to be all about graphics power, and since Razer has a reputation of building high end gaming laptops, Project Valerie is certainly no exception. self-unfolding and self-aligning screens. Since these two extra 17″ 4K displays need some extra space, the unit is somewhat thick in comparison to the paper-thin laptops of today and is not exactly lightweight either. But for what it is, it’s pretty impressive. Maybe we’re witnessing the appearance of a mobile DaVinci Resolve workstation without the need for any extra screens, and from that perspective, it’s pretty compact indeed! As a party trick, the outrigger screens have fancy LED underlighting. Not really necessary, but this is a because-we-can prototype, so who am I to blame Razer? Since it’s a Windows machine, Mac users won’t be invited to the party. But then again: DaVinci Resolve is available for both, Windows and Mac OS and so is Adobe Premiere CC. Pricing and Availability No word on pricing, yet. No word on availability, either. And since it’s a prototype we’re speaking of, the Project Valerie could remain a sweet dream forever. If it does become available, it won’t be cheap, that’s for sure. The existing Razer Blade Pro, which is the base system for Project Valerie, is $3,999. Read all about it: Razorzone.comRead more
by Tim Fok | 18th November 2014
Here’s a neat little product for laptop users. The Basepro is an all-in-one laptop stand, USB 3.0 hub and external hard drive. Check out their IndieGoGo campaign. The philosophy of the breakout station to add peripherals to your laptop is becoming fairly common. With laptop specs on the rise and competency versus a desktop system growing, it’s only natural that more are turning to the more portable solution. As a sole laptop user myself, maxing out my ports with an abundance of external drives, hubs and cables is a very common affair. The Basepro looks to simplify your workflow by adding a USB 3.0 hub and USB 3.0 external hard drive into a laptop stand. Whilst the aesthetics of the stand on its own won’t win any design awards, once a MacBook is mounted it appears consistent with Apples design; leaving space at the back to allow heat to disperse is a nice touch. The Basepro offers a type B USB 3.0 port on one side connecting to an external bus-powered hard drive. The stand can support up to 4TB capacity hard drives, and you can decide whether the Basepro ships with a drive or is empty to insert your own. On the opposite side of the Basepro is a 4-port USB 3.0 hub, which is great for plugging in accessories such as a mouse, keyboard, USB stick etc. As the Basepro dictates the specific positioning of the laptop, the cable geek inside of me thinks that it would therefore be nice to have some custom length, short USB 3.0 cables included, not the horrifyingly (for a cable geek) coiled off-the-shelf examples used in the video. You’ll get a lot more peripherals out of current Thunderbolt competitors, but will lose the real estate you gain on your desk with the cohesive stand/hub/hard drive design of the Basepro. The starting price is also very affordable, currently $69 without a drive for IndieGoGo backers.Read more
by Sebastian Wöber | 14th September 2011
Blackmagic Design announced a new capture device that uses the Apple Thunderbolt Interface. At 209€ ($300) this external capture card for Macs is a very affordable and strong editing and capturing solution. Blackmagic is proud to bring the first product of its kind that uses the Thunderbolt interface to the market. As everything else, it’s not compatible with Final Cut Pro X (or is it the other way around?). It captures 10bit Full HD uncompressed, the ProRes formats or DPX (you’d use the latter to go into Avid, there’s no direct DNxHD for Avid users). If you own a Thunderbolt laptop like a Macbook Pro you can capture 10bit directly from the hdmi feed of a camera for very little money. The Blackmagic Intensity Extreme will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011 and cost 209€ ($300). Now all we need is a camera that we can use this device with. If you need HD-SDI connection you should check out the UltraStudio 3D. As a side effect it will also make you 3D ready. This one will be available shortly and will set you back by $945 (670€). Get it here. You can now find more info on these devices on the Blackmagic Website. B&H has provided these exclusive phone numbers for you if you have questions or require assistance: US: +1 877 502 5839 and INTERNATIONAL: +1 212 465 0114Read more
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