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High-efficiency Collaboration between Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Users

QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS helps you save time yet accomplish more

Designed to meet the storage needs of media creators and creative professionals, QNAP Thunderbolt™ 3 NAS features ultra-high transfer speeds with expandable data storage to tackle today's challenges in fast-paced multi-workstation environments. The newly-added SMB protocol in Apple Final Cut Pro X 10.3 makes collaboration between Mac and Windows users faster and simpler, greatly increasing productivity.

QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS helps you save time yet accomplish more

Ultra-high Speed Transfer

QNAP NAS with Thunderbolt 3 provides blazing-fast bandwidth (double the transfer speed of the previous generation) and enables an unprecedented high-speed connection with Thunderbolt 3 devices (including the new MacBook Pro). QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS is also backward compatible with USB 3.1 storage, increasing its workability with non-Thunderbolt USB devices.

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1. Directly connecting a QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS to a computer establishes a peer-to-peer (P2P) network and enables 20GbE connectivity.
2. Mac OS 10.11.5 (and later) enables SMB signing by default, which may impact the connection speed to the NAS. To improve the connection speed, users can disable SMB signing or use Qfinder Pro to connect to the NAS.

High Availability with USB Type-C

The usage of USB Type-C by Thunderbolt 3 provides a universal connection from QNAP NAS to Thunderbolt devices as well as countless USB Type-C devices through a single cable, allowing file sharing and centralized data storage without the hassle of stringing multiple cables. The reversible Type-C connector makes it even simpler to connect external storage devices to NAS.

Note: QNAP Thunderbolt 3 NAS is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt 2 devices (requires a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter - sold separately). Please note that some adapters may have compatibility issues when connecting with some Windows PC.

High Availability with USB Type-C

Thunderbolt™ 3 Certified Cable

Next-generation Thunderbolt™ 3 delivers bi-directional 20Gbps speed. Use a certified Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gbps cable (with the Thunderbolt icon and “3”) and an SLC/MLC SSD RAID5 configuration to enjoy the highest possible performance and the best storage allocation for your NAS.

*Please ensure your cable is Thunderbolt™ 3 certified and plug it into the USB-C Thunderbolt™ 3 port

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Test Environment:
NAS: TVS-1282T3
Intel® Core™ i7-7700 3.60GHz CPU, 32GB RAM, Intel SSDSC2BB240G4 (SATA) x 12, RAID5

Host: Macbook Pro
Intel® Core™ i7 2.9GHz CPU, macOS Sierra Version 10.12.3, 16GB 2133MHz LPDDR3

Host: MSI gaming NB (Turbo mode)
Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ 2.60GHz CPU, Windows 10 64-bit, 32GB RAM

Tested in QNAP Labs. Figures may vary by environment.

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Boosted Productivity with Smooth Workflows

By supporting the SMB protocol, Final Cut Pro X 10.3 allows users to create a library on a NAS volume and use it as if it were on a local storage device. This simple-yet-important change allows users of Final Cut Pro X 10.3 (Mac users) and users of Adobe Premiere Pro (Windows users) to centrally store their video materials in the same shared folder on the NAS, greatly improves productivity for highly-collaborative projects in multi-workstation environments.

Boosted Productivity with Smooth Workflows

Collaborative Video Editing

Simultaneous online editing by multiple users is made possible as the newly-added SMB protocol on QNAP NAS runs faster and more stable than the NFS protocol used in previous versions. Multiple Final Cut Pro users can edit different events and projects for the same media files simultaneously and combine each piece later to speed up the editing process, making it especially ideal for fast-moving media environments. Collaboration is also highly simplified now that Mac and Windows users can share files through SMB networks for separate steps of production work.

Collaborative Video Editing

Thunderbolt to Ethernet (T2E) Converter

As Apple computers do not natively support 10 Gigabit Ethernet, Mac users previously needed to purchase a Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapter to connect to high-speed 10GbE networks. The innovative T2E Converter bridges Thunderbolt and Ethernet networks, allowing Thunderbolt-enabled computers to connect to these networks via their Thunderbolt connection to the QNAP Thunderbolt NAS. This saves a 10GbE port and eliminates the need for Thunderbolt-to-Ethernet adapters.

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Qfinder Pro Enables Quick Access to NAS

QNAP Qfinder Pro allows users to quickly find and easily access the QNAP NAS that are located on the same LAN. You can mount your NAS through Qfinder Pro for direct access to specific shared folders. You can also configure basic Thunderbolt to Ethernet (T2E) settings with Qfinder Pro to make the most of available network resources. Qfinder Pro makes setup a one-time effort by memorizing your connection information, so you don’t need to repeat the set-up process.

Qfinder Pro Enables Quick Access to NAS

Expandable Storage for Massive 4K Files

4K files can easily take up storage space very quickly. QNAP Thunderbolt expansion enclosures allow you to easily increase storage space to accommodate a large amount of high-resolution files.

Thunderbolt 3 NAS Expansion Enclosure *
TVS-1282T3 Up to 6 NAS expansion enclosure TX-800P
TVS-882ST3 Up to 6 NAS expansion enclosure TX-800P 
TVS-1582TU Up to 6 NAS expansion enclosure TX-800P 

*Requires Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapter when connecting through Thunderbolt 3 ports of the NAS.


How do Windows and Mac computers connect to Thunderbolt NAS via Thunderbolt?
  • Thunderbolt 3 NAS requires a USB-C Thunderbolt port. These ports are common on new Windows PC and Mac computers.
  • Thunderbolt 2 NAS requires a Thunderbolt 2 port. These ports are uncommon on Windows PC. Older Mac computers feature Thunderbolt 2 ports but they are uncommon on the latest Mac computers.
Can I use a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter?
  • Yes
  • The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter supports bi-directional connections. However, it may have compatibility issues when used with some Windows PC.
Can I chain my computer to Thunderbolt 3 NAS to build a Thunderbolt DAS?
  • No, it is not a typical Thunderbolt DAS (Direct Attached Storage). It is rather a Direct Access Storage or Thunderbolt Share Access.
  • You can directly connect a Mac with the Thunderbolt NAS but IP configuration is required. Qfinder Pro can be used to assign an IP address.
Should I install an SSD in my Thunderbolt NAS?
  • Installing an SSD can boost all-round system performance and enables Qtier auto-tiering technology for optimizing file access speeds.
  • An SLC or MLC SSD is recommended when constantly transferring large files.
Does Thunderbolt NAS provide 10GbE connectivity?
  • Yes.
  • An adapter is required to connect a Mac to 10GbE networks.
Can four people simultaneously use a Thunderbolt NAS?
  • Yes*. For example, the TVS-1282T3 provides four Thunderbolt ports, 2x 10GbE and 4x Gigabit network ports, allowing you to build a storage base for 6-10 users.*The numbers of users who can work simultaneously varies by model and the total number of ports.
Can I directly edit videos saved on my Thunderbolt NAS via Thunderbolt?
  • Both Mac and Windows users can connect to the Thunderbolt NAS using Thunderbolt to access files and use their preferred video editing software (e.g. Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere) to directly edit videos.
Should I use SMB or NFS?
  • Final Cut Pro X 10.3 version supports SMB to make file transfer and sharing easier. You are not required to continue using NFS.

QNAP Thunderbolt™ 3 Certified 40Gbps Cable

Thunderbolt™ 3 certified 40Gbps cables can also be purchased on the Apple Store.