Well things have been moving along well with the website revamp on schedule although not much in terms of visual progress, still dealing with the preliminary issues like….
Moving To High Definition Video (AVCHD)
I am planning on purchasing a really nice semi-professional video camera like the Panasonic HC-X900 which is not just for Ricmedia Guitar, there are other projects I have on-the-go that require a camera of this caliber. It also records in 1080p (progressive rather than 1080i interlaced) and AVCHD/h.264 (and even in 3D if I want to purchase a special lens, not likely though). Another reason I want this particular camera is that it has a 3CMOS sensor system so that each color (RGB) has it’s own dedicated sensor. In a nutshell it’s a damn fine camera with all the quality and features I am after, plus I am a bit of a Panasonic die-hard.
This is all fine and dandy until it comes time to edit the HD video on my 6 year old computer….
Building a New Computer for High Definition Video Editing
So way back in 2006 I sold a business (musical instrument accessories with my own brand imported from OS) and managed to get enough to buy a power-house PC to enter into my new life as a web developer, and also create Ricmedia Guitar which is what you see on the homepage and all the other pages. Believe it or not, that computer is still running strong but unfortunately nowhere near strong enough to edit AVCHD video, so I am upgrading to a new PC, and once again designing and building it myself, saving thousands. Let’s go through the specs of old and new just for kicks 🙂
My Old PC Circa 2006
- ASUS P5LD2-DELUXE Motherboard
- Intel Pentium D 930 Dual Core 3.0GHz CPU
- Corsair 4GB DDR2-667MHz RAM Memory
- 3 x Samsung SATA-II 320GB hard drives in a RAID-0 config
- 1 x 1TB Seagate SATA-II hard drive
- Top notch PSU, case, DVDRW, etc
- Windows 7 Pro (Win XP Pro originally)
My New PC
- Intel DX79SR Motherboard (upgradable to 64GB RAM)
- Intel Core i7 3820 Quad Core CPU with 8 threads
- G.Skill 16GB DDR3-1866MHz RAM Memory
- 2 x Samsung 830 128GB SATA-III SSD’s in a RAID-0 config
- 4 x 320GB Samsung SATA-II hard drives in RAID-5
- LG Blu-Ray burner & DVDRW optical drive
- Corsair case, Ocz PSU, liquid cooled CPU etc
- 8 Terrabyte NAS server running FreeNAS in RAID-Z
- TP-Link Gigabit switch
- Gigabit network for speedy backups on the NAS server
So as you can see, it is a whopper of an upgrade! Needless to say I am over-the-moon in excitement especially as I am building the whole lot myself (after doing a test install and setup of FreeNAS with brilliant results!).
I am hoping this will keep me running for another 6 years with some upgrades along the way and I know 8 Terrabytes sounds like a lot, but considering HD-1080p video is plowing 24MB per second onto the hard drive it won’t take too long to fill it. Each ten minute video is about 15 Gigabytes, plus editing and conversions it works out about 40GB per lesson, and I plan on doing a lot of lessons 🙂