LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt w/ SSD Hits 635MB/s

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt SSD

LaCie has announced the latest model to join its Little Big Disk Thunderbolt Series. Built for video professionals, the LaCie Little Big Disk now includes SATA III SSDs that boast speeds up to 635MB/s read speeds – a 33 percent increase from the previous model. For comparison, I got 231MB/s read speeds out of the WD Thunderbolt Duo drive (still very fast).

The Little Big Disk 1TB SSD dips below $1.00 per gigabyte (pretty solid for an external SSD drive) and includes a Thunderbolt cable. [Read more...]

Sony Sound Forge Pro Finally Comes to Mac

Sound Forge Pro Mac

As Mac pro video users are scratching their heads on where to move for audio editing solutions after the demise of Soundtrack Pro, Sony has finally made Sound Forge Pro available on the Mac.

Sony redesigned the interface specifically for OS X and offers the ability to use legacy Sound Forge event-based editing as well.  It offers 64-bit/192kHz maximum quality and up to 32 channels simultaneous recording.

Sound Forge Pro Mac 1.0 starts at $269 and has a free trial available on Sony’s website.

Adobe Prelude CS6 Now Available as a Standalone Product

Prelude CS6

Adobe Prelude CS6,  which is software for ingesting and logging of file-based footage workflows, is now available as a standalone product. Prelude CS6 was introduced in April 2012 as a part of the CS6 Master Collection, CS6 Production Premium and Creative Cloud.

Prelude CS6 is now available as a standalone product exclusively from Adobe.com for $399 for a perpetual license.  As noted, Creative Cloud users get this with their membership.

MacBook Air Editing 4K RED Footage

The above video shows off some of the real world potential of Thunderbolt.  With the combination of a RED Rocket card and a Sonnet PCIe expansion chassis, even a little MacBook Air can chew through 4K RED footage at full resolution.

It was good to see some Thunderbolt products at CES 2012 finally starting to trickle into the market.  See coverage for LaCie, G-Tech and Western Digital for other Thunderbolt devices.