In my continuing quest to direct the art of computer case modification towards function as opposed to only form, CinematographHD is an all-in-one, mobile Computing System. It is the evolutionary missing link between Desktop and Laptop machine. A portable system with absolutely Zero compromise in features and performance.
The name Cinemagraph comes from the 1890's device made famous by the LumiÃ¨re Brothers that led to the birth of the world's first motion picture. It was a device that not only was the camera, but also processed the film, and projected the work. Likewise, the CinematographHD is equipped to be taken on location and direct capture, edit, and then output full HD video.
What makes this system special is that It not only houses a full sized ATX motherboard as well as up to 5 3.5" Hard drives, but it also houses 2x 22" LCD displays, 10W stereo speakers, 5.25" optical drive, and even has a storage area to transport its keyboard and mouse. The only thing you will need to find at your new work area is an electrical socket.
The idea for this mod came to me when I was at home for summer vacation. My main computer The Desk is amazing, but even for extended stays moving it is too big a burden. This left me with my Laptop. I was offered a job editing a short video, luckily it was only SD and I was able to accept, but it got me thinking. What if it was HD? Even if I had the patience to deal with a laptop processor struggling to apply effects, and encode video; Even if I had one of those $10,000 top of the line, 20" mega-laptops, what, as someone who works with video, would I be missing? A Raid0 array, necessary for uncompressed HD video. Dual Monitors, because any serious editor simply can't work with only one. Powerful speakers. Full sized Mouse and Keyboard. This is my solution to a problem.
For this project I decided as I began that I would show the construction with a video work log. This isn't your average work log though, you know, decidedly still and slideshow like. No, this work log was shot and HD and shows the process that started with some extra computer parts, and a few pieces of angle iron. Check it out in HD here.
I also have it posted at youtube for those of you that like pixels.
The Components in the machine at the moment are actually hand-me-downs from The Desk!!! They are at least powerful enough to do the job, which includes capturing uncompressed 1080p video via a HDMI capture card and printing them to Blu-Ray disk, but I hope to upgrade that Pentium D soon. The important part is that it was future proof and will be able to hold the best hardware on the market.