Now that Forcades becoming a lot more popular, many filmmakers are upgrading their cameras to support this higher resolution.
Now, along with all those pixels, you have a lot more data than you need to store and the data needs to be read faster in order to edit smoothly. This is the Thunder before it’s an external enclosure that’s powered by Thunderbolt two and it supports four hard drives. With those drives, you can select different modes.
One of them being read 5, which is my favorite. some software called Soft Raid five. Their newest version.
And it allows you to have really high speed along with data protection at the rating of five. Your data is split up between the drives. This way, if a driver dies, you replace it.
And no data is lost. This specific one is 20 terabytes with 15 terabytes of usable storage in RE5 five mode. Along with the data protection, we have much faster speeds compared to a regular drive.
but drives have much faster seek times.
This storage solution isn’t cheap, but what you’re getting in the package. You have the enclosure, paperwork, power, cable, thunderbolt cable, and the key to the front. The drafts come preprogramed with the rating of five with the rails attached.
So all you have to do is slide in the drives and plug it in. This unit has two Thunderbolt ports.
So if you’re editing on a machine with just one Thunderball output like this MacBook Air, you could still hook up an external display like this beast here and really get your editing on.
One of the reasons for Thunder Bay’s great price compared to the competition. Software raid uses your C.P.U, which some people don’t like.
I tested how much C.P.U power is used and it was between two to eight percent more C.P.E. usage with an average of three percent compared to using the onboard SSD. And this is under full bandwidth usage, so regular users will use less C.P.U power.
So using it on a more powerful computer like a quad-core that most people edit with, they’ll be even less of a C.P.U usage to run the Thunder Bay. I’ve been using it for a while now with my hack and Tausche and it does a fantastic job.
I definitely notice a responsiveness difference compared to editing off of a single drive and it allowed me to Multicam edit for K progress files where a single drive or even dual drives could be too slow to test compatibility.
I pulled out my four internal drives connect to Saeda and plug them into the Thunder Bay and vice versa.
My reader A showed up right away on my Mac book and the drives included with the Thunder Bay showed up on my and Tosh.
Both of those solutions come with a set of drives and that’s the only way you could buy it. If you already have driven, you could buy the Thunder Bay either by itself or with a bundled software for only 80$ more, which is over half off of retail.
The only downside I could think of is this device seems to be noisy if it’s right next to you on your desk.
The sound comes from the drives spinning, not the fan, which is fairly quiet.
So it’s not really a fault of the product, just the way hard drives work. I’d suggest getting a longer cable and placing the Thunder Bay farther away from you to minimize the noise. I’ve been recommending Thunder Bay for over a year now because you’re getting the best mix of everything.
Lots of space, really fast performance, data protection, and a really good price.
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