A couple days ago I rented a Canon EOS 7D + 28-70 F/2.8L lens, which I used to capture some footage of the house on a frozen and windy night.
The camera can shoot full-on HD video – 1080p at 30 fps. 5 minutes of footage fills a 4 GB flash card. It’s compressed quite a bit by Youtube, but the actual color rendition is as close as I’ve ever seen. Audio is the same as you’d hear if you visited in person.
This next picture is the physical incarnation of an idea my wife had. She wanted snowflakes on the house. Lots of ’em.
So we sketched up a family of flakes in the CAD program, then emailed the DXF files to the metal shop that’s just up the road. The shop tightly arrayed the flakes on a 4′ x 10′ piece of aluminum stock, then cut them out on the laser table.
The large flake shown here measures 23″ from tip to top and contains 83 RGB nodes on ~ 1.5″ centers. 83 nodes equals 249 channels of DMX and/or Art-Net. So 2 per universe.
Since we left ‘practical’ behind several months ago, such a massive channel count poses no problem at all.
The video clip below shows it running a simple – yet frantic – test pattern. It’s really, really bright.
With any luck, we’ll have a whole flock of these mounted on the house after Christmas. They’ll run through January & hopefully counteract the cold grey winter.
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