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
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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