January 25, 2012

Editing RED video on a MacBook Air (!)

This strikes me as a bit like jamming a V8 into a Miata, but it’s impressive: Adobe’s Dave Helmly beefs up a wee MacBook Air via the power of its Thunderbolt connection, using it to edit full-res RED video footage in Premiere Pro:

Posted by John Nack at 8:45 AM on January 25, 2012


  • Phil Brown — 11:12 PM on January 25, 2012

    Appropos of nothing – Happy Australia Day, John :-)


    You get honourary citizenship for being a good bloke and for giving a shit :-)

  • Joe Langenfeld — 11:35 AM on January 29, 2012

    Love the Air. Why did you choose to edit in Windows? Is there a problem with Premiere running on Lion?

  • Dave Helmly — 3:11 PM on January 29, 2012

    Joe – Gizmodo asked the same question. Here was my response:


    Update: Dave Helmly of above video fame was kind enough to write in regarding his choice of operating system. Good news!

    No real reason I chose to show it running under Windows 7 other than I’ve been surprised that we haven’t seen any demos of Windows running TB before now. It actually works pretty good in it’s current beta state. That said the Mac OS kicks @ss running the same config. Please keep in mind that half the battle is getting alpha/beta Windows 7 64bit drivers for each TB device. All TB devices need drivers at some level. All necessary Mac OS driver are already shipping.

    The Mac + TB is really last years news and we all want more TB peripherals to start shipping and to start showing Intel and PC makers that there is lots of interest on both sides and it will benefit all TB users. I have no preference on OS and use both everyday.

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