Transcend has released an SSD upgrade kit for a selection of Apple MacBooks, providing up 960G of storage and offering maximum speeds of up to 530MB/s read and 440MB/s write. The Transcend JetDrive presents a very similar package to the current OWC upgrades; a larger, faster SSD with a sleek mac-like caddy for installation and extended use of the previous SSD. Transcend has put together a simple tutorial video on putting their product to use: You simply mount the JetDrive into the supplied caddy, start your MacBook in Boot Recovery mode and clone your current SSD to the new JetDrive. Then remove the SSD from your Mac, insert the JetDrive and you’re good to go. What you’re left with is the caddy and old SSD, which you can combine to make an external USB 3.0 hard drive. The advantage of this over the current OWC products is the additional storage. The Transcend JetDrives are capable of storage up to 960G; considerably more than the maximum 480G drives by OWC. Transcend has also released JetDriveToolbox monitoring software, which is designed to analyze the health of your hard drive, and “Additionally enable TRIM support for your JetDrive in OS X®, maintaining optimum write speeds and maximizing the lifetime of your SSD.” There is currently only support for the MacBook Air, MacBook Pro Retina 13″ and some previous MacBook models, a full compatibility list found here, and you can identify your Mac model here. Hopefully we’ll see support for the 15″ retina soon also. Prices are dependant on MacBook model and hard drive size, starting from $189 for 240G drives, and up to $599 for 960G drives.Read more
Edit up to four streams of uncompressed 8-bit 1080p HD video. I didn’t think I’d post about the Apple keynote that was held today, but they just announced and released the ultimate editing machine, a laptop that trashes most desktop PC’s, presented in a video that is brainwash-grade well made and heavily targets the indie filmmaker and all kinds of HDSLR shooters. I must admit I can’t stand to hear “the best … we’ve ever built” anymore. Anyway here are the most interesting specs: – 15″ LED Retina Display Resolution: 2880×1800 px – Fast 500GB flash hardddrive (500MBps) – 2 Thunderbolt, 2 USB 3.0 connectors – Fast GPU (Graphics) & CPU – can add 2 additional 2560×1600 screens – hdmi connector – lighter and thinner than the 13″ MBP With a very strong emphasis on video editing Apple shows off that their new Macbook Pro is really powerful while at the same time being extremely portable. The possibility to edit at Full HD resolution on a 15″ screen and still have room for the timeline and other windows in Final Cut is not only intriguing, it opens up a new kind of convenience for the editors among us, freeing us from our editing cage, provided you have accepted iMovie Pro of course. I’m sure Premiere will do just as good though. When I see these Apple product ads I’m always surprised about how well they work. I think any commercial filmmaker can learn something here, not by imitating it (like I did once), but by seeing how they created a wonderfully simplistic video around an Apple product by establishing strong and clear limits and rules to their creation and how they drive this style to perfection, just like the Apple products themselves. What do you think about these videos as a source of inspiration? Even though they’ve long overdone it I think they do a very good job at getting these ads right and making a great, enjoyable sales pitch. Talking about the sales pitch, yes you can already buy the new MacBook Pro. B&H confirmed it will start shipping in the next couple of days. It’s $2200: There’s a version with more storage and more CPU power for $2800Read more
When we had our first 1 day no-budget Scarlet-X shoot two weeks ago (see short and field report here) we bumped into one major problem: Backing up the data on this MacBook Pro via FW800 just took too long (30 minutes for a 64GB card) and we ended up not having a second backup (!). This is a situation you simply can’t have. If that backup dies the work (and money) that went into that shooting day dies with it. Read on for the solution to this problem:Read more
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