ThunderPack AJA, your dual cam Video Assist all-rounder
ThunderPack combines the flexibility of a system designed to work outdoors and the endurance of datacenter class storage in the modern digital cinema production. ThunderPack AJA provides you with the ability to share data and perform on-set tasks when working outdoors by connecting and using computers and/or tablets. It has an integrated AJA™ io-4K Thunderbolt 2™ card that allows the operation of video assist software like Q-take in a dual camera setup. The high performance array of the system allows concurrent recording and playing from two cameras or even recording dual link RAW images. It includes a Thunderbolt to Gigabit Ethernet adapter and two additional full-power USB-3 ports sharing the same Thunderbolt device chain, an integrated Gigabit Ethernet switch (two external/one internal port), a sophisticated dual band WiFi router/access point (2.5GHz/5GHz) with DHCP server and load balancing.
An integrated ultra fast RAID array based on an ARECA™ controller utilizing Thunderbolt™ 2 technology (upgradable to Thunderbolt™ 3), populated with 24 removable 2.5” drives, capable of reaching the vast capacity of up to 96TB (RAID-0) or 88TB (RAID-6). Due to the number of disks used, the maximum Τhunderbolt™ 2 interface data transfer rate of >1300MB/s is achieved, even when using low cost hard disks. The 12G/s SAS3 port with power to operate up to two optional external LTO-7 devices is crucial for long form productions.
Thunderbolt™ 2 technology (upgradable to Thunderbolt 3)Rugged, shock resistant design – IP67 caseGigabit Thunderbolt™ 2 technology adapter for Mac 3 port Gigabit Ethernet switch Secure WiFi access point and router AJA io-4k Video I/O Dual HD-SDI 3G inputs, REF, 1x HD-SDI, 1x HDMI and 1x stereo analogue Audio output High speed data transfer rate (>1300MB/s) with hardware RAID-6 controller Storage capacity up to 96TB (24 4TB 2.5″ 12G/s SAS3 6G/s SATA3 hot-swappable disks) Optional external LTO-7 SAS2 backup device with integrated power supply 6-hour autonomy (Li-ion battery UPS) 250W, 12/24V output power; charge MacBook™ computers and USB devices TSA friendly and carry-on capable
Uncompromised Production Endurance and Speed
ThunderPack’s combination of 24-drive and RAID-6 capabilities is the cornerstone of its design. By storing its valuable data on such an advanced array, a Digital Film Production enjoys peace of mind due to high grade resilience and sustained performance: stored data are preserved even if two hard disks fail concurrently, whereas at the same time operating at highly sustained performance (read/write) all the way to the last terabyte.By utilizing 24 2.5” drives ThunderPack can store a large amount of data in a small space, as opposed to competing jumbo rack-mount systems packed with a bulky UPS and a generator, in need of a van and a driver that result to an expensive if not prohibitive on-set “out in the wilds” operation.
Powerful Video I/O
ThunderPack AJA carries an AJA io-4k with two HD-SDI and one external genlock input, HD-SDI and HDMI outs, along with two-channel audio. The two AJA HD inputs allow dual camera real time video assist applications like Q-Take to run in addition to other high-end apps.
Novel workflows and user interaction with extended connectivity
The capability to use tablets and smartphones has become imperative in the modern digital film production set. ThunderPack provides users with the ability to access stored data and proxies thereby enabling the use of new workflows and on-site user interaction models, via wireless and Gigabit Ethernet connectivity. Combined with the appropriate Video Assist software and wireless camera video recording over IP hardware novel workflows can be implemented on-set. An editor on location may also work by having access to shared rushes or proxies using a secondary MacBook Pro through Gigabit wire speed. All networking hardware are integrated in the system, which is ready to accept connections in less than a minute after power-on.
Enjoying power autonomy
The innovative integrated Li-Ion Power Management System (Li-PMS) allows ThunderPack to secure a longer than 6-hour run time. It bares six 98Wh Li-ion extra lightweight hot-swappable batteries of 588Wh total capacity, weighing less than 2.2Kg (4.9lb). Li-PMS can supply more than 320W of raw power to all devices installed, leaving more than 200W available to other external devices/accessories. Using the optional Power Distribution Module (PWRD-Module) you can connect up to two 15” Retina MacBook Pro™ computers (19V) and fast-charge tablets and smartphones via USB (5V-2A), leaving enough 24V or 12V power available to other devices such as two 40W LitePanels™ LED lights, equivalent to 2x200W HMI lights. ThunderPack can operate with a MacBook Pro™ computer, an LTO-6 and two light panels for at least 3.5 hours. The hot-swap battery capability and the ability to connect an up to 160W 12V solar panel to charge the batteries and supply power to the devices ensure ThunderPack’s flexibility when shooting outdoors even in the most remote areas.
Use it On-Set and in Studio
ThunderPack can operate almost everywhere: on a camera cart, in a vehicle, in a helicopter, in direct contact with the ground, or in even up to 37cm (14.6 inches) of water, mud or sand. It can be carried as a backpack and you can even cross a river swimming, since it floats when hermetically closed! You only need to carry the card readers for the corresponding camera system you use. ThunderPack can also compliment more complex setups with iMac™ and MacBook Pro™ computers. By using it in studio, it eliminates the need to move filmed materials to a faster storage system, because it carries one of the fastest RAID-6 disk arrays available. Moreover, ThunderPacks’ open architecture allows you to utilize any ARECA™ controller connected to a drive cage in your studio. You may simply move the disks from ThunderPack to the drive cage and the controller will immediately recognize them.All trademarks used in this document belong to their respective owners and are registered in the U.S. and/or other countries. Thunderbolt 2 is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries. Apple, iMac, Macintosh, MacBook Pro and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Blackmagic is a trademark of Blackmagic Design Pty. Ltd., AJA is a trademark of AJA Video Systems, Inc, ARECA is a trademark of ARECA Technology, Corp. Pelican is trademark of Pelican Products, Inc. Litepanels is a trademark of Litepanels, Inc.