Hedge for Mac, a new transfer management software was released today. I had a chance to review it and also compare to existing other solutions on the market. Let’s be frank, dealing with data isn’t the sexiest thing to talk about, and most people do drag-and-drop transfers of their footage in the Finder (or Windows Explorer) and assume everything is safe when it’s done. Well, let’s put it this way – first of all, you should never rely on one copy of your data, be it on a normal hard drive or RAID, three is the standard to ensure a proper level of safety backup if things go wrong. Secondly, I am aware that this can be a huge effort simply because of the fact that you have to drag-and-drop one by one and wait until one transfer is done before you can start copying onto the second and then the third drive, because if you did it simultaneously from the same source, it can stall completely and introduce errors into the whole process. Last but not least, you never know if every bit of your data is correctly transferred when using the normal Finder / Explorer copy function. Other transfer management solutions on the market This is exactly where data or transfer management software comes in. Until recently, there weren’t many feasible software solutions available. I have been using ShotPut Pro for a long time now, and I like it. It’s a relatively easy to use software package that enables you to do transfers from one source to up to 5 destinations at once, verified, without clogging up the transfers. The downside of it, at $99, it’s not super cheap for a relatively straightforward tool—and that’s only a single CPU license. Red Giant’s Offload is another simple transfer management tool, too, but it only supports transfers to up to two drives. Offload also does verification and gives you previews of your transferred files. It’s $99 as a standalone product, but also comes as part of the Red Giant Shooter Suite which contains also Pluraleyes, Instant 4K, and Frames. A much more advanced type of transfer management app is Pomfort’s Silverstack, the de-facto standard for digital intermediate technicians on sets, adding much more functionality for organising large amounts of transfers from multiple sources, and now even adding color grading functionality to create preview looks for batches. At $399 for the annual subscription, it’s also the priciest option I know of. The starting screen of Hedge for Mac Hedge for Mac – the new kid on the block In comes Hedge for Mac, a new transfer management software. Hedge for Max version 1.0 was released today, and I had a chance to check it out and try it before its release. It’s by far the simplest tool on the market and it’s extremely intuitive. The interface is very graphical and minimalistic, and that’s a good thing—the last thing you want to deal with on set is a sophisticated interface that confuses you or makes you feel unsure as to whether data has been safely transferred or not. Like the other solutions, Hedge can transfer to multiple destinations at once, but it does that in a very visual way. It shows you progress bars for each transfer. This is very reassuring. Everything is cross-referenced with the original file (checksum verification) too, of course. For extendable workflows, it also has functionality to auto-launch AppleScripts and the like—that makes it extendable and integrable into existing workflows if required (note: I did not test this feature). Reassuring: you always see the status of all your transfers at once. Conclusion There’s not much to say about Hedge for Mac other than it does exactly what it is supposed to, and it works. The interface is its biggest drawing point, especially compared to ShotPut Pro which takes a bit of time of to get used to when you first pick it up (however it’s quite straightforward once you have figured out how it works). Its simplicity is similar to Red Giant Offload, with one big difference: if you only need two destinations, Hedge can be used absolutely free, forever, and that’s pretty nice. Of course nothing prevents you from doing a third and fourth transfer the second time around. However, once you start paying for licensing for Hedge for Mac (to allow for more than two destinations at once), at $15/€15 per month or $150/€150 per year, it’s quite pricey. I honestly also think that a subscription based model works better for a much more complex product like Silverstack, which gains a lot of functionality with every update. I’d rather pay a one-time fee of $50 or $99 for a simple tool like Hedge to get its full functionality permanently, and I’m sure many readers will agree. UPDATE: The people behind Hedge for Mac have heard our (and our reader’s) concerns about their subscription model and they have reacted! It’s now a one-time purchase for €99, but they are offering an introductory price of €59 for cinema5D readers. [Disclaimer: this is not an affiliate link, we do not benefit from any transaction.] Nevertheless, it’s a nice tool and I will use it more frequently on shoots in the future. Its simplicity means that you can explain it to an assistant within minutes and he or she will be able to initiate media offloads on set without creating havoc or losing data—and that’s what matters.Read more
by Kevin Alexander | 12th June 2015
Apple announced the new version of OSX on Monday and it will significantly boost Adobe Creative Cloud graphics performance. The announcement of El Capitan at the Worldwide Developers Conference promises to be a significant boost for those editing on Macs. One of the new features is increased graphics performance that promises to significantly reduce rendering times for video applications. Basically it combines OpenCL and OpenGL into a unified API called Metal for Mac. Metal was originally introduced with iOS 8, allowing developers to have better access to GPU hardware. Now that enhanced GPU processing power will be available on the Mac. And since Adobe has announced it will adopt Metal, this means a significant boost in Creative Cloud graphics performance. When Adobe tested Metal on After Effects they noticed a boost of 8x in rendering performance. As graphically intensive as After Effects is, one can only surmise that this will be a serious boost for other Adobe CC apps as well. El Capitan will be released later this year as a free upgrade. There are plenty of other performance enhancements that Mac users will enjoy, so be sure to check this video from Gizmodo that highlights the new features.Read more
OWC, known to manufacture affordable Mac hardware, just announced that they managed to break the speed record for affordable external thunderbolt RAID storage. [UPDATE]: We’ve received numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. The title of this article has been updated accordingly. Especially filmmakers and editors have been waiting for affordable and fast thunderbolt based storage solutions, a few of which we’ve finally seen hitting the market last year. Just a few months ago OWC introduced their ThunderBay line of 4-drive external RAID-ready storage solutions, recently refreshing it with Thunderbolt 2 connections. It is available in configurations from 4TB up to 16TB and also offered as a diskless enclosure that goes for $429. Mac Pro’s 6 Thunderbolt 2 ports boost speed Several of the OWC drives can be chained together using a combination of the two Thunderbolt 2 ports it has. However the great speeds described can only be achieved using a Mac Pro that sports 6 separate thunderbolt connections. This is how OWC achieved speeds of nearly 4,000MB/s. The benchmark testing showed 3,990MB/s read and 3,802MB/s write speeds, running an HDD array of 3x 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives. They achieved similar numbers running SSD drives. [UPDATE]: numerous e-mails with claims that the benchmarks by OWC are incorrect. In different benchmark tests the maximum speed that could be achieved with the method described here would be 1902 MB/s. The 12TB OWC ThunderBay 4 drives used cost $939 each, making this the most affordable ultra-fast storage solution available. OWC says: The Mac Pro has a total of six Thunderbolt 2 ports connecting to three separate Thunderbolt 2 busses, with two ports to each bus. We connected one ThunderBay 4 to one of the two ports available for each bus to get the maximum performance. Those three ThunderBay 4 enclosures were made into a single RAID-0 array using the built-in software RAID-0 in OS X. We then fired up the benchmarking tools and watched in awe at the performance the ThunderBay 4 enclosures achieved. This combination of performance and storage comes at a fraction of the price of rack-based storage. The ThunderBay 4 enclosures generally got very good reviews. Other, less affordable, but proven solutions include the new G-technology external RAID drives and the Promise Pegasus RAID, both of which are now also compatible with Apple’s new Thunderbolt 2 standard. image via macsalesRead 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
via Macrumors: Final Cut Pro X must be in late testing as even more screenshots from the upcoming release have been leaked to the internet. Twitter user @MortGoldman2 has posted a sequence of screenshots said to be from the upcoming Final Cut Pro X. The series of over 30 shots shows grabs of various tools/views including histogram, color balance, exposure, color grading and more. Final Cut Pro X is a new version of Final Cut Pro by Apple and said to be a complete rewrite of the Software. Some of it’s features include 64-bit, an architecture that will allow it to use all your cores for rendering, intelligent media organizer, compatible with DSLR and up to 4k footage, remove rolling shutter, clean audio and a lot more neat stuff. See a list of all features here. At NAB 2011 in April Apple announced that Final Cut Pro X would be released in the Apple App Store by June and cost $299.Read more
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