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The evolution of technology has allowed us to speed up post-production over the years. We have seen edit suites shrink in size and turn around times get faster. One piece technology that has really helped this along are computer connections, from USB, to FireWire, to E-Sata, to Thunderbolt. Connections have been getting progressively faster.

Transfer Speeds

  • USB 1.0 – 1.5 Mbit/s (Low-Bandwidth) and 12 Mbit/s (Full-Bandwidth)
  • USB 2.0 –  393.216 Mbit/s (60 MB/s)
  • FireWire 400 – 400 Mbit/s
  • FireWire 800 – 786.432 Mbit/s
  • E-Sata – 3000 Mbit/s (300MB/s)
  • USB 3.0 – 5 Gbit/s (640 MB/s),
  • Thunderbolt – 10 Gb/s

These connections have gotten faster and faster. I have been using USB 3.0 on my PC and it’s great. It transfer 1080p video files much faster than any other other connection before it. They also support really fantastic external drives such as the ioSafe Solo Pro.

On the other hand my MacBook Pro uses Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt provides me with blazing fast transferspeeds for larger files. Along with 3rd party support like BlackMagic Design’s UltraStudio 3D. I can now transfer 4k images with easily, and all on laptop. That’s unbelivablely fast.

Thunderbolt has show me just how much faster transfer speeds can be. The only downside is the lack of PC support yet. The first PC to support Thunderbolt is the new Sony Vaio Z. I am sure as time processes we will see other PC manufactures support Thunderbolt in order to stay competitive. They will either adapt Thunderbolt or USB 3.0, only time will tell. I would like to see more Thunderbolt support as it’s transfer speeds easily out gun USB 3.0.

PC connections have gotten faster and faster and continue to help speed up time in the edit suite. As more manufactures support them more and more consumers will benefit from the latest offerings.


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