The video above provides an update on this video project's overall status, additional details about its future, and information about the new weekly Bible study teachings to be conducted by my family and me, and posted on this website.
In addition, I explain above how technical limitations discovered during the production of the two Welcome and Introductory Teaching videos require us to acquire new equipment before continuing to produce our full in-depth instructional videos (and our future animated series). Stated another way, the high-quality, graphic-intensive content that I originally described and demonstrated within the Welcome and Introductory Teaching videos are being postponed until we have adequate equipment with which to make them. Therefore, this page also serves as a fund-raiser to continue our content creation and expansion. 😀
For additional information, please continue to read below.
While we indeed thought that we could produce enough full-production videos for this website using our older equipment, it became quickly apparent that we need a new video production workstation to continue developing our in-depth content. After a week of recording video and post-production editing, the 14-minute Welcome video took a day and a half to render on our current system so that we could upload the finished video to our content delivery network (CDN) for you to view. More importantly, the longer Introductory Teaching video took a full week (seven days!) to export for uploading, in addition to the two weeks it took to edit it on slow equipment.
Doing the math, this means that when we create any of our planned video series of 3 to 4 hours of in-depth teaching on various subjects (broken up over several videos, of course), we are talking about as much as a month of constant processing just output them for uploading to our CDN so you and view them. Add in a month for editing these on slow equipment, plus a week for recording, and we are getting close to 2 ½ months to create each video teaching series.
Obviously, that's not going to work for us moving forward. 😯
Acquiring a New Video Production System:
Consequently, we have decided to hold off on creating more in-depth teaching videos until we have raised enough money to purchase a new video production workstation for the task, such as the one represented in the image to the right.
If you have not already done so, click on the video at the top of this page to get a full project update and to learn more about this fund-raising effort.
Of course, we are not going leave our viewers without content to view while we raise the funds for expansion! It is our ongoing plan to post weekly videos (typically, every Saturday) as a kind of casual weekly Bible study. Due to their nature, these will be less in-depth than our full-production teachings, and we will record them in an informal setting — much like you would experience in a home group context. This approach doesn't require post-production processing, so it is quick and easy for us to do regularly as a weekly post. Thus, we plan to continue these even after we have acquired the equipment necessary to begin production of our full in-depth teaching videos.
Again, watch the video above for more information about everything, including these weekly videos. Be sure to register your email to be informed of new content posts when they occur using the subscription feature found in the right sidebar (or if you are using a mobile device, scroll further below to see the subscription feature).
This website is entirely viewer-funded moving forward, and thus, so is this effort to obtain our new equipment. To contribute, please use the PayPal link below or the identical one in the side column of this page.
Donna and I truly appreciate every one of you for your prayers and Spirit-led contributions. 🙂
“Speak to the children of Israel, that they bring Me an offering. From everyone who gives it willingly with his heart you shall take My offering." (Exodus 25:2, NKJV)
For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have. (2 Corinthians 8:12, NKJV)
For those of you who are into the technical aspects, I will provide you the specifications for the system we have planned. For this type of work, we cannot just buy a standard computer off of the shelf from a major retailer or even the typical special-order retailer (e.g., Dell). We must acquire a custom system built specifically for the type of tasks that we need it to perform. After much research, we have selected Puget Systems, Inc. as our vendor of choice. They have an excellent reputation in the industry, and their design/testing of custom solutions configurations is unsurpassed.
Motherboard: ASUS X99-E-10G WS (specifically designed for multi-GPU configurations)
CPU: Intel Core i7 6950X 3.0GHz Ten Core 25MB 140W (the main processor of the system)
RAM: Samsung 128GB DDR4-2400 REG ECC (expandable to 512GB overall)
Video Cards (Graphic Processing Units, or GPUs): Two NVIDIA Titan-X 12GB (expandable up to a total of four GPUs)
Sound Card: Onboard Sound
Primary: Samsung 850 Pro 1TB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD (for the two Operating Systems and all apps)
Secondary: Samsung 850 Pro 2TB SATA 6Gb/s 2.5inch SSD (video scratch disk)
Tertiary: Western Digital Gold 10TB SATA 6Gb/s (general storage of video assets)
CD / DVD: Asus 16x Blu-ray Burner SATA (burns Blu-ray optical disks for storage and mastering)
External Drive: Glyph Studio RAID 16TB (8TB RAID1) (a backup hard drive, to be used in its RAID1 configuration)
Case / Cooling
Case: Fractal Design Define XL R2 Titanium Grey (pictured in the graphic above)
Power Supply: EVGA SuperNOVA 1600W P2 Power Supply
CPU Cooling: Corsair Hydro Series H60 CPU Cooler (Rev. 2)
Additional Cooling: Additional Chassis Fan and Arctic Cooling MX-2 Thermal Compound Upgrade
OS: Windows 10 Pro 64-bit for Adobe Creative Cloud apps (Premiere Pro, After Effects, etc.) and Linux for specialized animation software (using two drive partitions to keep them separated)
Software: Multimedia Cyberlink PowerDVD 16 Ultra OEM
Monitor: Asus PA328Q 32 Inch 4K IPS LCD Monitor w/ 100% sRGB (which provides 4K capability)
Keyboard: Microsoft Wired Desktop 600 (a basic keyboard/mouse for boot systems function)
APC BACK-UPS ES - 1500VA, 865 Watt (backup power supply in case of outage)
Lifetime Labor and Tech Support, 3 Year Parts
The system above includes only the equipment that we will be ordering from Puget Systems, Inc. specifically, and doesn't include the additional software and other input devices (e.g., wireless keyboard and mouse, graphics tablet for illustrating, etc.) that we will be purchasing too.
This particular solution was chosen after much research and considerable technical input from our sales person at Puget Systems. It is expandable in multiple ways, e.g., increasing the RAM, adding additional GPUs (as needed, mostly for animation), and even possible future CPU upgrades. The latter can occur if Intel rolls out a powerful new i7 microprocessor that is compatible with this motherboard's CPU socket (Intel i7 Socket 2011-v3) and chipset (X99), and we feel it is advantageous to justify purchasing the upgrade.
The idea is to have a system that will match our requirements for both video and animation production for at least 3-5 years. Its expandability gives us a very high confidence that this multi-GPU system will indeed be able to get the job done for years to come. Nevertheless, let me note here also that if equipment/component availability changes, or if we determine needs not-yet-identified before we order this system, then we will adjust the configuration accordingly. 😀