In my continuing quest to direct the art of computer case modification towards function as opposed to only form, CinematographHD is an all-in-one, mobile Computing System. It is the evolutionary missing link between Desktop and Laptop machine. A portable system with absolutely Zero compromise in features and performance.
The name Cinematograph comes from the 1890′s device made famous by the Lumière Brothers that led to the birth of the world’s first motion picture. It was a device that not only was the camera, but also processed the film, and projected the work. Likewise, the CinematographHD is equipped to be taken on location and direct capture, edit, and then output full HD video.
What makes this system special is that It not only houses a full sized ATX motherboard as well as up to 5 3.5″ Hard drives, but it also houses 2x 22″ LCD displays, 10W stereo speakers, 5.25″ optical drive, and even has a storage area to transport its keyboard and mouse. The only thing you will need to find at your new work area is an electrical socket.
The idea for this mod came to me when I was at home for summer vacation. My main computer “The Desk!!!” is amazing, but even for extended stays moving it is too big a burden, leaving me with just my laptop. During my stay I was offered a job editing a short video. Luckily it was only SD and I was able to accept it, but it got me thinking, what if it was HD? Even if I had the patience to deal with a laptop processor struggling to apply effects, and encode video; Even if I had one of those $10,000 top of the line – 20″ mega-laptops, what, as someone who works with video, would I be missing? A Raid0 array, necessary for uncompressed HD video. Dual Monitors, because any serious editor simply can’t work with only one. Powerful speakers. Full sized Mouse and Keyboard. This is my solution to a problem.
While “The Desk!!!” was technically my first case mod, the CinematographHD was my first case mod knowing that case modding was a thing. One thing I found out that modders do when building their case mods is document the entire process to share with the rest of the world. I thought I would take that idea a step further and ended up with this: