Does anyone know if Sony Vegas Pro 12 can output video through a Lenovo W541 in thunderbolt portage? I may be thunderbolting into a Motu HDX-SDI (PCIe). I would like a knowledgeable response as this is something i have never tried, but from what i have gathered from various places on the net, the Motu is compatible with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premier Pro CS6.
If you mean "print" video thru a device conduit like firewire, then Thunderbolt would be a no go AFAIK. The only other known device to monitor video would be thru assorted devices as set up by BlackMagic Design hardware. Usually that can be done by HDMI or analog component.
Thunderbolt is a transport connection that can take any data streams ( read that as video data) from harddrive to some other location as in file transfer. You would have to be lucky enough if you want this in a PC OS environs to be on a compatible PC motherboard of which there are very very few.
I'm guessing the answer is No since the Motu HDX-SDI docs say that it specifically supports Premier Pro on a PC. Vegas has no support for thunderbolt devices which are common in a Mac but quite rare on a PC.
I've just built a machine using a Gigabyte GA-Z170-HD3P mainboard and it should support Thunderbolt, however it requires an additional PCIe card and it'sproving difficult to get proper documentation on how this should be set up, or indeed to find a supplier of the PCIe card. Windows 10 does support Thunderbolt 3 officially, but it's hard to find equipment manufacturers yet who actually have working devices on the market.
So all still a little bit too bleeding-edge for me at the moment, but hopefully that mainboard is a future-proof choice.
For the short term Thunderbolt seems to be more for laptops than desktops. Plus if the cable is more than 16" long it drops down to T2 or T1, which is still fast. USB 3.1 is equivalent to Thunderbolt 1 at 10gbs per second which is still quite fast for using external drives. Razor is coming out with a Thunderbolt 3 gpu system for laptops for high end gaming. Good luck on finding a pcie card, haven't been able to find one myself.
When I did my last system build in 2010, there was a version of my chosen motherboard (ASUS P8Z77-Pro) that was equipped with Thunderbolt. I thought about buying it long and hard before choosing to save $50 and the power that it takes to run the hardware for the four-year service life of the system.
My decision came down to the usage model for the interface. I didn't anticipate adding specialized outboard appliances for video and/or audio (or anything else for that matter). As an interface to external and removable storage we have other options that work fine, USB3, removable disk enclosures that attach to SATA interfaces or even gigabit ethernet for more pedestrian I/O.
I realize that systems such as the Mac Pro require an interface such as Thunderbolt because of the design decisions that Apple made in packaging the system. For me, I've managed to live without it on the Windows platform for four years.
Pro: I'm going downstairs and brag to my wife about how intuitive I am about hardware and how much money I saved.
Con: I love to tinker with hardware so I missed an opportunity to go down a different path.
I know this doesn't answer the original question, but hey!