The Tech Museum - Inside Microchips - 01





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Published on Aug 26, 2010

PROJECT: Inside Microchips
PRODUCED BY: Created entirely by Gary Backus.
PRODUCED FOR: The Tech Virtual Museum Workshop
VIDEO NOTES: A bit more technical and formal than the 2nd one.
PROJECT PAGE: http://thetechvirtual.org/blog/projec...

DESCRIPTION: The result of this project is a presentation-style video about the inside of a microchip, then it showcases the inside of a CPU while mentioning some details of what a CPU is and how it works. I've decided to create two videos with identical animations but somewhat different narration approaches; this one is a bit more technical, the other much less so. The goal of this presentation is to have the viewer gain a sense of the small size yet complex workings of a microchip and CPU (as an example of an advanced microchip), without getting too technical, but I do throw some terms out there, and explain what I'm talking about. I didn't show any layers of semiconducting materials inside the microchip (2nd scene of the video) in order to represent the whole in a more interesting and fluid way. Also, the CPU seen in the video was not modeled to any exact architecture or common design for copyright and accuracy reasons; it's a generic model for demonstration purposes. Thank you for taking the time to view this video. Source animation clips created for this video, along with the video itself, are available for use in any way by The Tech Virtual Museum Workshop. This video may be featured in a playlist of other short videos about microchips at "The Tech Museum" in San Jose, California. The exhibit is called "The Tech Silicon Valley Innovation Gallery".

The "02" version of this video is basically the same video, with just a slightly less formal use of words. If you want to see it anyway, it is unlisted, here:

YouTube: MKV container, 1280x720 at 29.970 fps, MPEG4-AVC Main at 3.8 Mbps, 192k 2-channel audio.
Source: MPG container, 1280x720 at 29.970 fps, MPEG2 High at 19.8 Mbps, 320k 2-channel audio.

Autodesk Maya: For all 3D and 2D content creation.
Autodesk Toxik: For compositing rendered sequences.
Sony Vegas: For editing the video, and rendering to MPEG2.
x264, ffmpeg, mkvmerge: CLI tools used to convert MPG to MKV.

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