When the super fast Thunderbolt connection for Apple Macs was announced, there was a lot of fanfare around it. With bi-directional 10Gbps speed, it caught the eye of filmmakers and editors everywhere, offering the promise of high-speed file transfers and external input and output devices. However, Apple released Thunderbolt to the world well before the different Thunderbolt devices were available. The first MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt was announced in February 2011, and it wasn’t until this year that we’ve really seen accessories start to ship.
Apple’s new MacBook Pro has two Thunderbolt ports and an HDMI output – now Thunderbolt can truly be taken full advantage of. The HDMI output means that an external display won’t have to share the Thunderbolt port like it has in the past. Some Thunderbolt devices do not offer outputs to loop through, and having two ports will help a lot with those situations. With all of that in mind, I wanted to round up the Thunderbolt accessories that filmmakers and editors everywhere will find useful. Check out my post below and look for some custom computer packages that use these new Thunderbolt tools from AbelCine in the future.
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