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Chris Lambert
Thunderbolt on BMC
on Apr 15, 2013 at 2:39:10 pm

Hi everyone

I think If I recall there was some mention of being able to record to mac via the thunderbolt cable on the BMPC at NAB.

Does this mean that we can use the Camera as a dock to transfer footage to HDD's? I thought on the original BMC this was not possible does anyone know if this is something that they are addressing via firmware?

Would be a fantastic feature addition as that is going to be a huge bottleneck for transferring footage for us mac owners who have thunderbolt but missed usb 3


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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Thunderbolt on BMC
on Apr 15, 2013 at 5:28:43 pm

[Chris Lambert] "... Does this mean that we can use the Camera as a dock to transfer [SSD] footage to HDD's? I thought on the original BMC this was not possible does anyone know if this is something that they are addressing via firmware? ..."

Nothing like this has been announced by BMD for their new or existing cameras. That's not to say that it'll never happen, perhaps via a firmware update. We don't know if the hardware is even capable of it.

But don't buy a camera based on what may or may not ever happen via a firmware update. Buy it for what it can do out of the box, on day one.

Relatively inexpensive T-Bolt drive docks/cradles are available for use with MBP computers. Pull the SSD out of the camera, put it in a dock attached to the computer, and transfer the files quickly. A dock is also required to format the SSD before use in BMD cameras.

On a related note, my 3 yr. old MBP 17" doesn't have T-Bolt or USB-3, but it does have an ExpressCard34 slot. I use a eSATA-3 card and external eSATA-2 drive dock (actually a small, empty, bus-powered, 2.5" drive enclosure) to transfer files from SSDs. Not as fast as T-Bolt, but works great, and can be used in locations without AC power.

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Chris Lambert
Re: Thunderbolt on BMC
on Apr 15, 2013 at 5:37:25 pm

I can't recall exactly which interview it was but recording in HD from thunderbolt was def mentioned, was a bit unsure as to whether that meant full SSD access as I'd rather avoid ejecting and inserting where I can on something that may gradually wear down.

Absolutely agree on buying based on the specs at time.


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Peter J. DeCrescenzo
Re: Thunderbolt on BMC
on Apr 16, 2013 at 12:16:33 am

[Chris Lambert] "I can't recall exactly which interview it was but recording in HD from thunderbolt was def mentioned, was a bit unsure as to whether that meant full SSD access as I'd rather avoid ejecting and inserting where I can on something that may gradually wear down. ..."

The current BMCC can record 1080p HD direct from the camera to Media Express via T-Bolt. I expect the new BMPC-4K to be able to do the same.

Whether the new cam will also be able to record 4K to an external computer via T-Bolt remains to be seen. I may have missed it, but i don't see it mentioned in the tech specs.

And yes I strongly agree it would be great if the full 2.5K or 4K capabilities of each of these cams could be transferred out of the cam via T-Bolt w/o removing the SSD. It would definitely save wear & tear on the SSD drive & camera contacts. Hopefully BMD will see the wisdom in this -- if the hardware can actually be made to work this way via a firmware update!

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Chris Lambert
Re: Thunderbolt on BMC
on Apr 17, 2013 at 12:50:02 pm

Thanks Peter that does sound about right. cheers


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