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Old February 28th, 2008, 04:40 PM   #1
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EX-1 and Macprobook

what, if any, would be the minimum add ons to a macprobook to insure compatability with the Sony EX-1?
thanks i don't know much about mac in general
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:05 PM   #2
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I'm using an EX1 and a MacBook Pro; it is a remarkably amazing combination with no accessories necessary.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:32 PM   #3
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thats great news!
so a 15"/2.4GHz/200GB bottom of the line model will do the job.
do you edit on your laptop? FCP?
thanks for your help
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Old February 28th, 2008, 05:47 PM   #4
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thats great news!
so a 15"/2.4GHz/200GB bottom of the line model will do the job.
I'll be shooting an hour-long PBS special in Germany this spring. I plan to do shoot it with the EX1 and edit on my MacBook Pro (last year's model) with a Western Digital 250gig Passport drive attached. I won't need my larger machine until I do the color correction pass and need two monitors.

I've been testing for the last month and have no reservations about this workflow. This setup is truly unbelievable. My last show was done with a JVC HD100, and I thought IT was amazing- but there's no comparison between it and the EX1.
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Old February 28th, 2008, 06:52 PM   #5
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thank you Steven
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Old February 29th, 2008, 03:21 AM   #6
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I use a plain vanilla MacBook and even that works fine.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 09:54 AM   #7
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I use a plain vanilla MacBook and even that works fine.
But only the Macbook Pro has the Express card slot for direct offload.

By the way, new models were released a couple of days ago, now with updated cpu's and multi-touch. No Blue-ray though, so it looks as though I'll have to go for the external burner.

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Old February 29th, 2008, 10:06 AM   #8
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But only the Macbook Pro has the Express card slot for direct offload.

By the way, new models were released a couple of days ago, now with updated cpu's and multi-touch. No Blue-ray though, so it looks as though I'll have to go for the external burner.

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IS there an external Blu-ray burner compatible with the Mac? Will DVD Studio Pro ever support the Blu-ray format?
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Old February 29th, 2008, 12:28 PM   #9
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Not only is there an external Blu ray drive that is compatible with Mac, you can even have a slot loading Blu ray drive installed on your Macbook pro! Of course that means you have to ship your computer off for a couple days...which I hate to do.

However, DVD Studio Pro is NOT compatible with Blu ray yet. So you can get the drive, but you have to use Toast 8 or Adobe's Encore or something like that.
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Old February 29th, 2008, 01:06 PM   #10
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If you intend to edit with it I would consider getting external Sata drives and a Sata to expresscard adapter. They're faster
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Old February 29th, 2008, 03:27 PM   #11
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"you can even have a slot loading Blu ray drive installed on your Macbook pro!"

apple does this and the sata adapter is also from them?

do i add these things on when i order from the apple store?

thanks everyone for the feedback and please post any other add ons that would make the workflow smoother.

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Old February 29th, 2008, 10:59 PM   #12
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I'll be shooting an hour-long PBS special in Germany this spring. I plan to do shoot it with the EX1 and edit on my MacBook Pro (last year's model) with a Western Digital 250gig Passport drive attached. .
sdm-

is the passport usb2 or fw?

will u be leaving your original footage and edit on the macbook pro's hd?

aren't u concerned about backing up all of your footage beyond the passport drive?

i'm a novice looking to learn so these questions are intended in that spirit.

thanks in advance for any and all thoughts anyone cares to share

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Old March 1st, 2008, 12:36 AM   #13
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"you can even have a slot loading Blu ray drive installed on your Macbook pro!"

apple does this and the sata adapter is also from them?

do i add these things on when i order from the apple store?

thanks everyone for the feedback and please post any other add ons that would make the workflow smoother.

tito
No, Apple does NOT do this. This is a third party add on, which is why I was mentioning that you have to send your laptop away AFTER you get it from Apple. Here's one company that offers it:

http://fastmac.com:16080/slim_bluray.php
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Old March 1st, 2008, 04:16 AM   #14
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is the passport usb2 or fw?
will u be leaving your original footage and edit on the macbook pro's hd?
aren't u concerned about backing up all of your footage beyond the passport drive?
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It's USB self-powered. No, I don't have enough extra space on my local HD, so yes, I'm concerned about data loss, but will copy everything to another HD as soon as I hit the ground back home.
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Old March 1st, 2008, 05:46 PM   #15
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According to this article, a Blu-Ray drive should hopefully be out this year.
http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...ok_drives.html

So I guess the true reason that Apple doesnít offer it is because it isnít perfect yet.
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