Cinematographer Uses Sonnet Solo10G To Speed Up Postproduction

Wildlife cinematographer Steve Lumpkin has chosen Sonnet’s Solo10G Thunderbolt 3 Edition 10GbE adapter to accelerate and streamline postproduction workflows for his Endless Treasures of Botswana project. 

Sonnet's Solo10G played a role in Lumpkin's just-released mini-documentary, "Speed Kills: Kalahari Cheetah Family.” The documentary is a non-profit project to create both still images and films that showcase the country's success in protecting its diverse and protected wildlife population.

Lumpkin spent 65 days taking still photographs and filming video in the bush, with much of the video shot in 4K. Until recently, Lumpkin was struggling in postproduction with a large performance lag while trying to transfer 4K video files from his QNAP TVS-882T NAS storage system to his iMac Pro.

He was only getting read times of about 100 Mb/sec from Thunderbolt, which made editing the 4K footage difficult. On the recommendation of an engineering consultant, Lumpkin installed the Solo10G adapter, which uses the 10GBASE-T standard and Ethernet cables. It sped up transfers dramatically.

"Instantly after I connected the Solo10G, I jumped to a transfer rate of more than 880 megabytes per second, a nearly tenfold throughput increase. And now the system just screams – the Solo10G has accelerated every piece of my workflow, from ingest to 4K editing to rendering and output,” Lumpkin said. 

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