I know this is an old thread …
Same question here … for a bare bones static two video source into mimoLive setup (no transitions) does i7 make a difference? We will obviously try to buy the best machines we can mid-2012 or later. I am preferring 11" for easiest transport.
We are considering buying up to 5 more MacBook Airs for mimoLive production so cost is an issue. We see lots of 2012 or later i5’s but not so many cost-effective i7’s on eBay.
- i5 vs i7? The most common and east expensive 2012 sytems are i5 Ivy-Bridge 1.7GHZ.
- memory … most systems are 4GB, which is lower than current requirements - but we are using a static MimoLive set up so I think we can get by with 4GB.
- obviousely newer graphics cards are better … most of what we are seeing is Intel HD Graphics 4000 sharing memory with the system.
- we’ll be using external flash drives for produced MiMolive video storage
We’ve been asked to support a conference event with up to 7 simultaneous break outs and we want to produce videos from all 7. We normally support up to 3 breakouts and we have good hardware for that.
In this case we will equip each room with two Macbook Air’s … one on the podium with PPT/Keynote with HDMI extender/splitter to the projector and back to the second Air for mimoLive production computer where mimoLive will have two video inputs from two HDMI-USB frame grabbers - one from the camera and one a duplicate of the projector’s feed.
We expect most of these sessons to not be manned by technical folks so we’ll set mimoLive up with picture in picture and leave it be. Volunteers might adjust audio volume or move the camera but that’s it.
We will post-event edit presentor full screen in favor of PIP as we always capture the full-screen presentor and mixed audio on the camera’s flash card.