When I started my studio project I had no idea I’d become “the IT guy.” Everything is digital. Nothing is analog… except me.
The good news is I like this stuff, but this is way deeper in than I’ve ever been. I’ve got servers and a bunch of other single purpose computers, like my switcher and the modem that allows me to send HD video over the Internet.
Nearly every device is sharing with every other device. Files need to be available no matter where I am or they are.
I poked holes in my firewall and forwarded ports to allow the outside world to communicate directly with some of my gear. It’s not without danger. Miscreants are robotically probing for weaknesses in systems like mine 24/7.
In the analog days video and audio were like water flowing through pipes. You could cut the pipe at any point and split it or meter it.
The flow is more orderly and intensely complex. Data doesn’t flow, it’s routed. As you might imagine, 1080i video consumes lots of data. Every hour my studio is feeding it sends around 5Gb of data.
Packets are flying through my network at breakneck speed, but it’s still the bottleneck of my system… of most complex networks. Optimization is everything. I’m working with vendors’ experts who know their systems to tweak every last bit of performance.
This isn’t a never ending project, is it?
“Take Doppler to piddle, but stop in the garage before you come upstairs.” Helaine wanted me to see what she’d accomplished while I was gone.
Holy crap. It’s a studio!
It took lots of work on her part preparing and painting the wall. The electrician removed an outlet right in the middle. Helaine patched and sanded before applying two coats of Behr Sparkling Apple.
It looks amazing. She’s amazing.
Two backlights are overhead. The key lights are on stands. They’ll be held in place with sandbags. That’s how it’s done in real studios.
There are mounts and power for monitors and a clock hung from a beam.
Cox came and installed service. I’m told I need 6-8 mbps for high quality, low latency, HD video. I’ve got triple that.
Most of the equipment is still enroute. I’d like to set it up next weekend, if possible. I’m itching to get started.
Little things keep popping up. We’re starting from scratch. I ordered a charger, 8 AA NiMh batteries, a few 25 foot HDMI cables and light meter, tonight.
In a few weeks my garage will be a chroma key driven sound stage. It’s for work. It’s a toy. This is a very cool project.