pegasus2 available

So when you purchase your new Mac Pro and install Final Cut Pro X 10.1, you are going to want some fast Thunderbolt 2 storage to go with it. The new Promise Pegasus 2 RAIDS are available now. A diskless model and the answer to who bought the RED Mac Pro too.

We have been on the hunt for the Thunderbolt 2 Promise Pegasus RAIDs ever since IBC. Since then, the units have had a makeover to match the dark colour of the Mac Pro and a new 8 drive model has been introduced.

Whilst we are on the topic of Mac Pros, this looks like the lucky man who forked out nearly a million dollars for the special RED model that was auctioned recently.

RED macPro FCPco

Picture courtesy of Kevin Abosch. (Maybe Promise should make a limited edition RED Pegasus to go with it!)


Back to the storage and Promise have announced the new range of Pegasus 2 RAIDs as the first (and only at the moment) storage solution designed to work with the new Thunderbolt 2 equipped Mac Pro.

“Pegasus2 is truly one-of-a-kind, as there has never before been a storage solution that offered such an incredible combination of performance, mobility, and simplicity,” said James Lee, CEO, PROMISE Technology. “We are thrilled that Pegasus2 is the first storage solution available with Thunderbolt 2 - this further illustrates PROMISE’s position as a leader in Thunderbolt technology.”

If you can cast your minds back to when Thunderbolt first appeared on Macs, Promise were there with the original RAID units which have proved to be hugely popular. 

The new models have a maximum throughput of 20Gbps when attached to the new Mac Pro. This is slightly confusing as the limiting factor these days are the spinning disks. We have to thank Mac Otakara for publishing this video of the R8 model which was shown at the recent InterBEE 2013 show in Japan.

It shows a write speed of 850MB/s and read at 750 MB/s.


Four models to choose from. (Well five really, but more of that later)

Taken from the US Apple Store:
Promise Pegasus2 R8 32 TB  $4,599.00
Promise Pegasus2 R8 24 TB  $3,599.00
Promise Pegasus2 R6 12 TB  $2,299.00 
Promise Pegasus2 R4 8 TB   $1,499.00
All are available now.

The fifth model is a 'diskless' 4 bay unit. Priced at $699, it's being marketed as the solution to upgrading from your old Mac Pro. Just drop your disks from your old machine into the bays and you will have full access to your data from your old machine. Very clever. No doubt this can then be repurposed in the future once the data has been moved to a new drive.



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I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. The shows have also been nominated for a 2021 BAFTA.

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.


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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

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I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.


Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

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