Raymond Singer

"It just does its thing. Quickly. Quietly. Dependably. What more would you want from a work drive?", states Raymond Singer from Cut to the Story Films while using the AKiTiO ThunderGo.

“OK, $950 for a 1TB SSD drive that does Thunderbolt 2 and USB3? Seems like a lot of dough. What if I said, you actually get more than you paid for?”

“We all know SSD drives are fast, so it’s no news that the Akitio ThunderGo is fast. Actually, the little guy is blazingly fast. That’s nice when it comes to copying a stack of camera cards, editing and rendering a few streams of HD content on your NLE, or just plain reading and writing a slew of material. But how does it hold up when you take it out in the field, use it day in and day out on a heavy documentary shoot in all kinds of weather? When it’s constantly with you, copying camera cards or editing on your laptop in Hilo, Hawaii, Cameroon, Africa, or on an airplane in- between those or some other locations? What happens when you grabbed your camera from the bag but inadvertently left the drive behind in your car with the windows closed? I’ll tell you what happens. Nothing. That drive just takes a licking and keeps on ticking. Except it doesn’t tick. Or tock. Or hum. Or spin. It just sits there. A smug little brick full of information that is easily and quickly accessible and SAFE from all the vague but deadly things other hard drives are afraid of for very good reason.”

Thunderbolt Storage

AKiTiO is the official storage solutions provider for The Southwest Film. As a gear sponsor for this project with its massive files from 4K and 6K footage, we recommended our fastest storage solutions with multiple drive bays and the lightning fast Thunderbolt™ 2 interface. This provides both the speed that is needed to move the data and the option to RAID the drives for extra performance or redundancy. As with all the important data, it's always important to backup and back it up again.

“This may all sound a bit extreme, but for a film its what we have to do to protect the footage. Remember that this also applies to your personal data. Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Again make sure you have multiple copies in multiple locations. Ask a friend to join together and give each other hard drive copies so that you both are backed up.”, states Chad Lancaster from The Southwest team.

Nick Jensen

“The Thunder2 Quad is amazing with GH4 4K scrubbing. Insane speed.”, states Nick Jensen from Floline Media while using the AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad.

“The AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad is solid build quality and crazy fast. Being a PC based video editor, fast external RAID options are not readily available. The Thunder2Quad was easy to setup on my MSI WS60 laptop in Windows 8.1. AKiTiO's website and drivers were easy to navigate and use.”

“The AKiTiO Thunder2 Quad handles my Panasonic GH4 4K footage with ease in Adobe Premiere CC. Being able to scrub clips with minimal dropped frames has been a blessing. It also handled 3 days of capturing a live event from a Blackmagic Intensity Thunderbolt interface, daisy chained in uncompressed HD without any problems. I am currently running 4 - 1TB Western Digital Black, 7200rpm's and getting peaks just above 600mb/s. I love having the option of a future SSD upgrade. The AKiTiO was one of the best purchases I made for my 4K workflow.”

Jacek Milaszewski

We are always interested and also just a little proud to see our products in use by our customers. It helps us to learn what we have done right, see what can be improved and gives us fresh ideas for new products. If you don't mind sharing how your own workspace looks like, please send us a picture of your setup with a few details about the equipment that is used. Of course, any comments, positive or negative, are welcome too.

In this article, Jacek, a mixing engineer has installed a Pro Tools HD Native PCIE card in the AKiTiO Thunder2 PCIe Box, saying "HD Native PCIe works great in Akitio Thunderbolt enclosure connected to 2013 iMac"

Raymond Singer

"This little guy ACTUALLY WORKS THE WAY YOU EXPECT IT TO!", states Raymond Singer from Cut to the Story Films while using the AKiTiO Thunder Dock.

“Just like you probably were, I was pretty stoked to add a nifty iMac to my editing suite. Even more excited to plug in a first generation Mac Pro. What a screamer. And Thunderbolt? Wow, love that Promise RAID! But holy catfish, Batman, what to do with my trusty SATA RAIDs?! Are they on their way to a garage sale? Paperweights maybe? How do I get all my files over to the new Thunderbolt RAID?! Then there’s the material that’s coming in from clients on USB3 drives. I’m running out of ports! And don’t even get me started on those FireWire 800 drives that are on the shelf or that clients bring their footage on.”

“OK, no problem. There are a few Thunderbolt hubs that give you USB ports, maybe a FireWire 800, too. Some give you an audio and Ethernet port. (If you know why you’d actually need those ports, please share your thoughts with me.) I tried ‘em. All. Each one’s a little different, but they do seem to share one thing in common. In my experience, they all fail. They burn out. They have weak power supplies. Some are actually noisy. (I don’t know how a hub can be noisy, but there you are.) Bottom line — they’re unreliable. The last thing I need in my edit suite is an unreliable piece of gear.”