Gabriel Dusil • Information Technology • 3 • Oak Case Mod™

16.Jul.3 - Prague · Oak Case Mod™ (office desk, 2, smaller)

 20 minutes 5 seconds

• Creativity Inspiring Technology

  • This corporate server is the main workstation for Euro Tech Startups s.r.o. It’s mainly used to render client projects for 3D Motion Graphics. All data is completely mirrored, to ensure high -availability, and uses the motherboard’s RAID controller for improved data throughput performance. This computer is also used in photo restoration services. Restored photos are saved in uncompressed TIFF, and the process is recorded with video capture software.

• Build

  • The first day was focused mainly on preparing the workspace. Then I cut the side panels and fill the router grooves from a previous HiFi project. Next was routing grooves (6mm) needed for the rails that would hold the 20x 1TB hard drives.
  • The second day focused on drilling dowel holes, sanding the case, beveling the edges, and oiling the case. A Dremel was used to carve my signature into the front panel.
  • The third day was spent mounting the components, tie wrapping the cables, and general fixes. For example, I had mistakenly mounted the power supply upside down. So that needed to be fixed. Then the PC was booted for the first time.

• Snags

  • The first attempt at booting the case ran into a macro panic attack. As I turned on the power there was a spark and a zap from the motherboard! A seminal WTF moment for an IT geek! Dread set-in as a burning plastic filled the air, and I watched as a hint of smoke left my motherboard. Sweat ran down, “WTF did I do wrong?!” I wasn’t sure what had burnt-out, but I had seen the general location of the spark around the PCI-e slots. In any case, the PC still booted successfully. But over a series of future boots the PC would POST, but it wouldn’t make it past the Windows 10 spinning dots in the OS boot process. I tried countless restore points as well as switching my operating system SSD with my backup. Nothing worked. After six hours of no success I was exhausted and decided to call it a night.
  • As many PC geeks know too well – we hate going to bed when our PC’s aren’t working. But I thought maybe some rest may clear my mind and give me some new ideas. That night I actually dreamt of a few solutions; strip the whole PC to it’s bare components; buy a new video card; or start all over again and buy a new motherboard, CPU and RAM. That last option I was hoping to avoid since it meant scrapping a perfectly good Intel 4770 processor and 32GB of Corsair RAM, unless I could source a similar Z87 motherboard.
  • As I woke the next day I had the sinking realization of unfinished business with my PC broken. Rather than going through the arduous effort of striping the whole computer, I decided to start with the easiest step: the video card. The Asus Z87 Deluxe has built in video, so I removed the nVidia card and booted the machine using it’s onboard video. Success -Wow! I then closely examined the PCI-e 90 degree 16x 2U Riser and finally saw the culprit – a burnt capacitor!  In the end a $3 component was my problem. The boot process was getting stuck because it couldn’t communicate with the video card successfully, when it was trying to draw more data as it entered a higher graphics state.

16.May.11 - Prague · PC Case Oak Mod (90° Graphics riser card, 5, smaller)

 

• Inventory

  • 1x Motherboard • Asus Z87 Deluxe
  • 2x RAM 8GB Corsair Vengeance
  • 2x RAM 8GB Corsair Dominator
  • 1x CPU Intel i7-4770K processor
  • 1x CPU closed-loop water cooler Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100i GTX
  • 1x Graphics car•  Gigabyte Windforce nVidia GTX770
  • 1x PCI-x 16x Riser 90⁰ 2U (to turn the graphics card 90° degrees, so that it is oriented flat against the case)
  • 1x Power Supply • Corsair HX1000i
  • 4x SATA controllers HighPoint Rocket 620
  • 20x Hard Drive fans Scythe Ita Kaze
  • 1x Hard Drive Samsung 1TB 850 Evo SSD (for the operating system)
  • 1x Hard Drive Western Digital Green WD60EZRX, 6TB, 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s, 3.5″, 7200 RPM (for 3D motion graphics)
  • 19x Hard Drive Seagate 1TB, 3.5″ Internal SATA Hard Drive, 6.0Gb/s, 64MB Cache, 7200 RPM. These are refurbished drives to keep the price low and to test the overall concept of the multi-drive design goal (used for client projects, mirrored backups, and personal files)
  • 2x Wood Panels 50cm x 50cm x 4cm Oak
  • 5x Wood Brackets 42mm diameter x 18cm Indonesian Tamarind
  • 160x brass spacers 6mm diameter x 10mm (for spacing the hard drives between the wooden panels)
  • 80x brass washers 15mm diameter (between the brass spacers)

Oak Case Mod™

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Gabriel Dusil • Information Technology • 2 • Oak Case Mod™

16.May.7 - Prague · Oak Case Mod™ (2, smaller)

 

• Design • Form

• For years I struggled with integrating traditional PC cases. I never had enough room at the back to plug my devices. Under my desk the tower was cramped, and every time I needed to service a component my heart sank, contemplating going back there. I usually couldn’t move the PC because of the abundance of cables prevented any rotating or tilting. I hated plugging in SATA drives or USB devices when I couldn’t see the port and I needed to guess it’s orientation.

• Design • Function

• A compact design was important. In consumer and industrial PC cases it’s rare to find a case that holds more than 8 hard drives. This case needed to hold 20 hard drives within the confines of a standard PC tower. Also, the case would only accommodate modern components. So no need for a DVD or BluRay drive.

• No screws were used in the core construction of the Oak Case Mod™. The main structural dowels are hidden from view, and the only hole necessary is for routing cables. I was inspired by the design principles of wood craftsmen that built their art such that the structure holds together by the design itself. In this way it could easily be taken apart without an tools.

• All ports needed to be easily accessible, including USB, SATA, Ethernet, audio cables, power, and internal cabling, hard drives, and motherboard. For this reason, the entire motherboard orientation is rotated 180⁰ from traditional case designs, so that all ports face the front.

• Design • Quiet

• The case design needed to be silent and cool.  With a measured room temperature of 22°C all component temperatures are continually measured using Corsair Link:

  1. Hard drive •  This open concept allows all components to ‘breath’. Each hard drive has their own fan – a Scythe Ita Kaze, spinning at 1,000rpm (rated at 14.5 dBA). Temperatures range between 30°C – 44°C. 
  2. Graphics Processor Unit (GPU) • a Gigabyte Windforce GTX 770 video card is used, with fans spinning at 700 rpm to 800 rpm and maintaining a GPU temperature of 28°C – 40°C. During Cinema 4D rendering, the GPU fan spins at 1,200rpm to 1,400rpm with temperatures between 50°C – 52°C.
  3. Power supply • a Corsair HX1000i is the PSU, and it’s completely silent. The fan does not spin under standard working conditions,. Nor does it spin when the CPU is running at 100% utilization, when encoding 3D motion graphics or videos.
  4. Motherboard • Temperatures range between 26°C – 40°C.  Under 100% load the motherboard ranges between 28°C – 60°C
  5. CPU cooling • This design accommodates a double length 280mm long CPU closed-loop water cooling radiator, ensuring that CPU cooling is maximized (without venturing into custom water-cooling territory).  The Corsair Cooling Hydro Series H100i GTX is a CPU water cooler with its fans spinning between 1,000rpm and 1,300rpm. They maintain a CPU temperature between 36°C – 40°C (between all 4 cores) under normal working conditions. Under 100% load, CPU load temperatures range between  58°C and 64°C with the Hydro fan speeds from 1,100rpm to 2,000rpm.

• Design • Beautiful

• The reason for choosing Oak as a base material was inspired by my new company Euro Tech Startups where our motto is Creatively Inspiring Technology. I wanted to combine beauty and technological excellence in this Oak Case Mod™. The case also aesthetically matches my office desk, built out of 4cm thick solid walnut, and follows the same design principles. It’s all about merging art and technology.

Oak Case Mod™

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Gabriel Dusil • Information Technology • 1 • Oak Case Mod™

16.May.7 - Prague · Oak Case Mod™ (1, smaller)

 

 1 minute 3 seconds

• Introduction

  • I’ve been building custom PC’s for over twenty years. This iteration began back in 2003 as a Home Theatre PC (HTPC) project, and has evolved significantly. It’s now my work computer, home PC, and entertainment center. Over the years all components have been upgraded again and again. Last year I decided to do away with the computer case completely, and layout all components in an open concept. It was mainly to help with accessibility to all components, and to keep them as cool as possible. I found that the constraints of a standard PC tower tended to act as a convection oven, regardless of how well I tweaked the fans. In an open concept the hard drives and motherboard had easy access to the natural flow of ambient air.
  • But it quickly turned into a mess. Cables were everywhere and it was embarrassing to look at. Friends and family would visit and basically ask, “What is that monstrosity?” So I began to look around the Internet for a suitable PC case. One approach was an industrial or rack mount solution. But that added new complications in space, noise and aesthetics. There was nothing practical that accommodated a design that supported at least 20 hard drives – that was my gating factor. So I decided to build one instead. I wanted to demonstrate how far a standard PC and motherboard could go – The ability to accommodate an enterprise level storage system in the size of a desktop tower. Even though I use 1TB hard drives, it was important in this experiment to prove that storage scalability can be built at a consumer level, and still look pretty.

• Production

  • This is the first part in a pair of blog posts that outline my design goals, and the entire process leading to the final product. I hope it inspires other builders with new and innovative designs. Enjoy!
  • In this motion graphic we animated the end-to-end production of the Oak Case Mod™. It demonstrates how motion graphics can not only be used for precision photo realistic 3D modelling, but all elements of the creative process can also be animated in a wicked video.

• Contact Us

  • Do you want a 3D model of your new idea to test your design and validate your specifications?
  • Are you interested in a sensational 3D video to showcase your products?
  • Would you like to use 3D motion graphics to animate the unique design of your product?

If you are interested in creating your own 3D product animation, contact us today for a quote: g@eurostartups.tech.

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Oak Case Mod™

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• Additional Projects

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Motion Graphics • 11 • Logo Reveal • aip.rocks

Logo - AiP (aip.rocks, Element version, enhanced)

This is our second promo video for our brand new escape game company. Check out our website at aip.rocks. We specialize in beta testing escape games. If you want an external opinion to your new escape game, contact us at gabi@aip.rocks.

Promotional Video Production

  • Need to inject some creativity into your company’s marketing materials?
  • Interested 3D and animated graphics to spice up your videos?
  • How about an artistic intro video for your social media channels?

If you’re interested in creating your own company promotional video, contact us today for a quote: g@eurostartups.tech.

Additional Projects

Here are quick links to some of our other motion graphic projects:

Motion Graphics • 10 • Company Promo • Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine

Story 3D Magazine outdoorlifestylemagazine.com (thumbnail)

This is our new magazine promo video for Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine.  This video is a visual example of showcasing a soon-to-be-released publication. This takes print to the web by utilizing various web and social media channels to generate excitement for the next issue.  It also opens new revenue opportunities, since the video can contain different content from the print publication, to promote premium paying advertisers. Enjoy, and feel free to comment below, if you like it!

Production

Customization options in this production include the following:

  • Video could be used in place of the images. For example, a video could stop on the static page, and reveal the featured article.
  • All text elements, images and sidebar can be animated.  For example, page elements can be built progressively, as if being designed by a Desktop Publisher (DTP).
  • Customization also includes changing the a) number of pages, b) theme colors, or c) changing the music. We’re happy to discuss any special requests as well.

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  • This type of video could be used as a “Year in Review” into the past 12 magazine issues, or a future “Special Edition”.
  • Publishers could generate advertising dollars by charging suppliers for ad placements in these videos, different than the print version. This could further highlight premium advertisers featured in these videos.
  • The Cost per impression (CPM) could be correlated and your outreach can be accurately measured through social media likes, Google statistics, YouTube data, blog views, and your own website.

If you are interested in creating your own magazine promotional videos, contact us today for a quote: g@eurostartups.tech.

Additional Projects

Here are quick links to some of our other videos and motion graphics projects:

Motion Graphics • 9 • Logo Reveal • aip.rocks

Logo - AiP (alpha in pajamas, radial wipe version)

Welcome to our latest motion graphics initiative. This service expands our portfolio into an exciting and creative direction. Here is a taste of what we are working on in promotional video production. We hope you like it!

This video was created to promote our new escape game website. We’re a team of gaming enthusiasts that evaluate Escape Games at the alpha, beta and final stages of production. We’re called Alphas in Pajamas, and you can check us out at aip.rocks.

Promotional Video Production

  • Do you want new and exciting visuals that catch the attention of your audience?
  • Are you interested in a breathtaking promo video to launch a new company, service or product?
  • Do you want engaging content for your website, exhibitions, or sales presentations?

If you’re interested in creating your own company promotional video, contact us today for a quote: g@eurostartups.tech.

Input • Items To Get You Started

If you are interested in your own logo reveal video, then here are a few things to consider:

  • Logo • We suggest starting by sending us a vector image of your logo in .ai adobe illustrator, .eps Encapsulated PostScript, or .svg Scalable Vector Graphics. A high resolution bitmap file (.jpg, .tif, .png, or .bmp) is also fine.
  • Images  Send us any photos or videos that you would like to include in the video.
  • Taglines • Does your company use a tagline or slogan that sums up your company’s vision and mission? We could use that in your promo video, if you want.
  • Location • Do you want to include your website or headquarter address in your video? Send us those details and we add them in.
  • Contact • Is there any other contact information you would like us to include such as contact names, job titles, email addresses, or phone numbers?
  • Tags • Do you use any tags (aka. metadata) to promote your company? This is important for Search Engine Optimization (aka. SEO), so that potential clients can find you on the internet. We also offer SEO services as part of our consultation. Let us know if you need help in this area.
  • Hashtags • Do you use any popular #hashtags to promote your web site and your services over social media? We also offer this as part of our service.

Output • What We’ll Deliver to You

  • Theme • Would you like a retro, modern, earthy, technological, animated, abstract, space, romantic, wedding, birthday, new years, movie, night club, or seasonal theme, etc.? You decide.
  • Type • 2D or 3D video? Looping or non-looping version (meaning that the beginning of the video and the end will match perfectly).
  • Length • A logo video is typically 8-20 seconds. But you can decide how long it should be.
  • Format • Do you want an .mp4, .mkv, or .avi container? lossless, H.265, H.264, MPEG4, or MPEG2? Too technical? Don’t worry, we’ll let you know which formats are best, depending on how you will use your video. We can even deliver the video with an alpha channel (meaning that the background is made transparent)?
  • Resolution • Do you want 4K UHD (3840×2160 pixels), HD (1920×1080 or 1280×720). We can even support legacy formats such as PAL (European analog TV standard) or NTSC (the American analog TV standard)? Or you can have all of them, if you wish.
  • Audio • Do you want background music? The tempo and mood would typically match with the theme you have chosen above. You choose.
  • Delivery • Depending on size, the video will be sent by email, or via Dropbox. But if you have a preferred method, then let us know.
  • Turnaround • This depends on the project workload, complexity, and our available resources at the time of your request. Typically we can deliver a logo video to you in four to ten working days.

Contact us Today

  • Interested in your own company promo video to spice up your website?
  • Need a compelling video that can loop continuously at an exhibition, conference, or speaking event?
  • Want to catch the attention of new clients using jaw dropping video effects, while staying within your budget?

If you are interested in creating your own company promotional videos, contact us today for a quote: g@eurotechstartups.com.

Additional Projects

Here are quick links to some of our other videos and motion graphics projects:

Motion Graphics • 8 • Company Promo • Ocular Security

EuroStartups.Tech - Oculus Technologies (Promo, 16.Apr, thumbnail)

Many information technology companies (IT) struggle with creating exciting and engaging presentations. They have content and ideas, but don’t have the internal expertise  or time to create a polished visual product. Many sales and marketing departments continue to rely on tried and tested tools such as PowerPoint. Unfortunately, in the corporate world, such presentations carry a negative stigma of overuse. “Death by PowerPoint” has become a go-to comment.

Why not start on a new canvas? It’s time to take corporate presentations to the next level:

  • Reinvigorate your presentations and make them exciting to watch.
  • Catapult your marketing and sales visuals to include animation, motion graphics, and special effects.
  • Communicate your ideas with captivating videos
  • Differentiate from your competitors, with Hollywood quality video that still fits within your corporate budget.

Promotional Video Production

In this is corporate promo video* we bring Hollywood quality to corporate marketing. The purpose for this video is to accelerate their sales efforts with a punchy and exciting promo. In marketing it is often said that, content is the cake. That would make the presentation its icing. It’s the delivery of the presentation that grabs the audience’s attention. With solid content the audience can be wowed with a backdrop of exciting imagery.

Sometimes the icing is the best part.

A Heads Up Display (aka. HUD) theme was used as the overall theme for this cyber security company’s messaging. It’s a suitable canvas that conveys the highest standard of excellence of their cyber security portfolio. All of the messaging, story-boarding, and elements were agreed with the owner and founder of the company.

*The actual name our client has been changed, to protect their confidentiality.

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  • Do your clients struggle to understand the technical complexities of your products or services?
  • Does your marketing department need help to present your ideas using modern animation and graphics?
  • Do your sales teams need visuals that communicate your services more effectively?

We understand technology. We’ll create stunning visuals so that business decision makers will sign on your bottom line. Contact us today and we will help you translate your portfolio into breathtaking visuals: g@eurostartups.tech.

Additional Projects

Here are quick links to some of our other videos and motion graphics projects:

Motion Graphics • 7 • Montage • Valentine

This video was compiled for a special friend on Valentine’s Day. The montage consists of photographs from the 1980’s. All the images were digitally restored in Adobe Photoshop. Any imperfections such as color, dust, scratches, damage, and composition were corrected to ensure the highest possible video quality. We even removed unwanted objects and people from the photographs to maintain the right focus.

Promotional Video Production

  • Would you like to commemorate a special event?
  • Do you want to  honor someone special?
  • How about celebrate a special occasion with a video montage?

Contact us today, for a consultation on creating your own photo and video montage: g@eurostartups.tech.

Input • Items To Get You Started

If you are interested in your own photo or video montage, then here are a few things to consider:

  • Images  Send us any digital images that you would like to include in your video. We recommend sending high resolution images above 5 mega pixels if possible.
  • Photographs  Normal prints can also be used. We offer a digital scanning service, and photo restoration of all your prints. You can send them to us by registered mail or courier, and we will return them to you by registered mail or courier. Details of our digital photo restoration services can be found here.
  • Videos  Clips from videos could also be used in the montage. Send over your video files (we prefer Dropbox), and specify the time-stamps (start and stop times) that you would like to include in the montage.  We recommend high definition (1920×1080 pixels or 1280×720) for best results.
  • Messaging • Would you like each image to contain a message, speech bubble or tagline? Or maybe you would like us to suggest generic taglines for your photos?
  • Website • Is there a web address – or more than one – you would you like mentioned in the video? Let us know.
  • Names • Will your video be dedicated to a company, club, or association. Maybe it’s for a friend, partner or family member. We can include their details on the video if you want.
  • Tags • Do you want to use tags (metadata) to promote your video montage? These are important for Search Engine Optimization (SEO), so that your video can be discovered on the internet. We also offer this as part of our service, if you need help in this area.
  • Hashtags • Do you want to use any popular #hashtags to promote your montage over social media? If you can’t think of any, we also offer this as part of our service.

Output • What We’ll Deliver to You

  • Theme • Talk to us about the theme you would like your video to use – For example, retro, modern, earthy, technological, animated, abstract, space, romantic, wedding, birthday, anniversary, movie trailer, night club, seasonal, etc.? You decide.
  • Type • 2D or 3D video? And would you like the video to loop – meaning that the beginning of the video and the end will match perfectly?
  • Length • The length of a montage video is typically one to four minutes. This typically depends on the number of images you have. Calculate at least three seconds for each image, and roughly a ten second intro, and ten second outro. That will give you a general idea of the timing. In the end, you decide how long you your video should be.
  • Format • Do you want an .mp4, .mkv, or .avi container? What about H.264, or H.265 encoding? Too technical for you? Don’t worry about that. We’ll make sure your video is compatible with the widest range of players.
  • Audio • Do you want background music? We can match the tempo and mood to the theme you choose.
  • Delivery • Your final video will be sent to you via Dropbox.
  • Turnaround • This depends on the project workload, complexity, and our available resources at the time of your request. Typically we deliver the video in six to sixteen working days.
  • Hosting • You could host your video on YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, or your own chosen hosting site. Then link the video to your website, social media page, or email correspondence.

Contact us Today

If you are interested in creating your own company promotional videos, contact us today for a quote: g@eurostartups.tech.

Additional Projects

Here are quick links to some of our other videos and motion graphics projects: