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    Article ID 1256
    Summary Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire Compatability
    Problem I recently purchased an Apple MacBook Pro and there is no Firewire Port to tether my Digital Back.



    Solution

    Apple has recently released a new line of computers that include a communication interface called Thunderbolt.

    The interface allows for a great amount of flexibility as a number of adaptors can be used in conjunction with several different hardware's. As the new Apple Laptops (Macbook Pro and Macbook Air) do not have a Firewire communication ports, the Thunderbolt to Firewire Adaptor made by Apple is recommended to tether your Phase One or Leaf Credo Digital Back.




    The adaptor has been tested and found to work adequetly for tethered capture with certain Phase One and Leaf digital backs. However, there are some workflow concerns to consider when using the Adaptor;

  • Due to the additional "translation" of the Firewire communication through the Thunderbolt Terminal, capture speed will suffer some performance.

  • Due to the loss of capture speed performance, it is possible to fill the buffer of the IQ, Credo and P+ backs much faster than with a standard Firewire Connection. Discretion when shooting quickly is suggested.

  • Due to Power Consumption with this setup it is recommended to have additional batteries as well as have the Apple system connected to a power source.

  • Firmware updates are not supported when using the Thunderbolt adapter. The update itself will fail, but the back can be recovered by updating the firmware on another computer with a direct firewire connection. For IQ backs we recommend updating via USB or CF card.




    P+ Backs/P backs exc. P20 and P25
  • The Thunderbolt Terminal does not have the same Power Output as a standard Firewire Port (400 or 800) so it is recommended that the back used be set to "Battery" as the main power source to avoid communication failure.




    IQ and Credo
  • With IQ and Credo backs, there is an option to charge the internal battery whilst shooting tethered. It is recommended that this option be turned OFF due to the limitations listed above.










    For Leaf Aptus II-backs a Leaf repeater is required:


    For Phase One H series backs and P20, P25 -backs a Phase One repeater is required:




  • Last updated july 31, 2013
    This article applies to the following categories
    Operating System:

    Mac OS 10.7.x Lion
    Mac OS 10.8.x Mountain Lion

    Software:

    Capture One 6.x DB
    Capture One 6.x PRO

    Digital Back:

    Credo 40
    Credo 60
    Credo 80
    H 10
    H 10 11 Mpixel
    H 10 6 Mpixel
    H 101
    H 20
    H 25
    H 5
    IQ140
    IQ160
    IQ180
    LightPhase
    P 20
    P 20+
    P 21
    P 21+
    P 25
    P 25+
    P 30
    P 30+
    P 40+
    P 45
    P 45+
    P 65+

    Accessories:

    Adapter
    Cables
    Power Conditioner / Repeater


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