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Wednesday, 18 September, 2013

Two things are now clear. The edit box and the portable box must be separate devices. The two goals are simply incompatible without prohibitive cost. That said, a “gaming laptop” with a smaller form factor, which I don’t believe exists, would be fine for the portable unit, save the “Edison Carter” aspect, especially in the USB 3.0 era.

The edit box requires no fewer than seven hard drives, they need not be especially large, but must be set as two RAID-10 devices with an additional drive for the OS, settings, applications, etc. Having tapped into where the people who are making a living at this are talking about it, I now know, despite earlier impressions, the actual editing and processing of video is entirely processor-based. One still requires a monstrously fast video subsystem (by my standards) just to watch what’s going on. Like the drives, one needs to have a lot of memory sticks even though these need no be especially large. 4x4GB as a minimum, with 8x8GB bring ideal. The edit box would, of course, be overkill for live camming and therefore perfect as long as one is not moving around. Portability is key with what ideas I’ve had over the last year or so. This may effect the actual execution.

I am contemplating the possibility of using another kind of camera than a “webcam”, in hopes of avoiding an inevitably flat image. This is a whole other challenge, and may not be worthwhile. The serious hobbyists are moving toward shooting videos with DSLRs, although I may not be able to withstand the purchase of lenses that actually make this an improvement over a Logitech 920c or GoPro in the final product.

My plan is to store finished video presentations on an external device. Speed is less of an issue here. I intend to outline the essential philosophy of the device over the next few days.

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