[PD] Hardware suggestions for museum installation
Frank Ekeberg H.
frankh at notam02.no
Thu May 4 18:06:55 CEST 2006
I need to put together a computer system for a multimedia
installation at a museum. The system needs to play back two
simultaneous, full-screen, 60 minute video projections (video format
not decided yet) with a four-channel, 60 minute sound track (source
is 24-bit/48kHz). This piece will run continuously six days a week
for four months. I am thinking pd could be up for the task. I have
used pd for audio work, but never for video, so I need some advice -
particularly hardware ideas for now, as I am building the computer
Can anyone advise on minimum CPU speed for this kind of playback.
Will a dual-CPU system be an advantage when playing back several
media streams simultaneously (if I need to run more than one
instance of pd)? Perhaps harddrive speed (and number of harddrives)
is more crucial?
I have a dual-head Matrox G400 graphics card. Would this be capable
of playing back two different full-screen videos? If not, any other
The system will be running Linux with only the minimum of necessary
software to run the installation. Of practical reasons, the computer
needs to be rack mounted. I am thinking a 4U cabinet to ensure air
flow without too much noise. I will probably use a Delta 1010 sound
card, since the breakout box can be easily rack mounted and it is
well supported on Linux.
Any input is greatly appreciated!
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