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|Posted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 1:22 am Post subject: Lincoln Schatz: Random Access Portraits
|Lincoln Schatz: Random Access Portraits
The Cube relies on Macs from top to bottom. 24 Mac minis collect footage from each DV camera and store the data as QuickTime files. The Mac minis are connected to a Mac Pro server, and another Mac Pro serves as a display machine.
“The minis are running the capture side of my software,” Schatz explains. “They capture video based on movement and create QuickTime files, which are all stored on the individual minis. When the portrait is done, I execute a script that brings all those QuickTime files across the network back to the server. The size of the files varies, depending on the cameras and how much the person moved — it could be as little as 50 GB, or as much as 175. Once it’s collected on the server, the data is moved to the display machine, and the software starts to harvest and display it. It’s just real-time manipulation of those videos onscreen.”
The Mac minis are a key component in the Cube project, he adds. “It’s a great, low-cost, small machine. I like their economy — both of cost and of size. They’re highly reliable and incredibly stable. I have about 30 of them in the studio right now.”