Hardware - PC recommendation. Zotac? To compliment a Mac.
I'm putting together a budget for my next project, which will integrate use of the ROKOKO Smartsuit, as well as multiple projectors / screens / panels. I am looking at working with another software alongside Isadora, probably Unreal Engine, for realtime elements complimented by Isadora running interactive VFX, and EOS Lighting control. I hope to get a Vive Tracker system to eliminate drift, which along with the Rokoko software will have to run on the PC (it's PC exclusive).
The eventual show - FOR R&D this next year - will use multiple projectors, including vertical and horizontal projection, LED panels, IR, Rokoko suit control and live generated VR avatars / characters created in Isadora and in - probably - Unreal Engine. I expect to need a couple of networked show computers: a PC and Mac, with possibly a third mini pc to relay IR cam stuff. The Rokoko system now supports 2 networked engines simultaneously. I am keen to see Mark's feedback on the new MacBook Pro M1 MAX. And would prefer to stay in Mac universe, as its more my ball park and they finally seem to be stepping up. Though I may need to submit my funding application before that can be expected.
So if I was able to at optimal stretch afford a M1 Max, I would also need a decent spec PC. I have been recommended the Zotac mini PC, with 3 or 4 HDMI ports. Though apparently the Zotac is not compatible with Windows 11. Does this matter?
Anyone got any tips on set up? A recommended alternative to Zotac? Or if Zotac, which set up to go for?
*I am not a computer builder so off the shelf much preferred!
Many thanks in advance
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The Intel NUC in my signature works very well. Has 2 x HDMI and 2 x MiniDP outputs. My current show runs with 3 x projector and the computer monitor. I have mine kitted out with 32Gb RAM and 2 x NVme SSDs. It's not a current model but still seems to be available for purchase here in the UK, and plenty on eBay.
It's probably fundamentally similar to that Zotac.
Windows 11 not necessary: Windows 10 will be with us for a long time yet...
Mark (not that Mark)
Hi this Mark!
+ thanks for this! PC illiterati that I am. I have only briefly looked into NUC's as potentially a 3rd smaller scale unit for specific networked functions, so I am interested to see it scales up well, I will check that spec out. Thanks.
Also good to know re Windows. Kinda figures, but always worrying given the built in obscelescence of them all.
Hey Mark... So looking at the latest NUC after all. The latest NUC spec looks great - extreme 11 beast canyon (you basically can't get more macho in a name, I thought they could maybe have added - grenade / obliterate / helmet but hey ho!).
I see you are in Salford some of the time, I am in Stretford. Maybe grab a chat sometime. I may also be working at Lowry some on next project.