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What’s Inside Our RV Technology Cabinet? Geek Tech!

What’s Inside Our RV Technology Cabinet? Geek Tech!

As working-age full-time RVers running our business online, our technology needs might be a bit higher than most. But plenty of our gear would be useful for anyone. Come along for a tour as we share our Geek Tech!

John is our resident technology guru, so he’s giving the video tour (with a gracious introduction by Peter). Since tech changes so rapidly, it probably goes without saying that our 11-year-old motorhome has undergone some high-end mods to get where it is today. And because tech continues to advance every year, you can bet that our set-up will look different a few years from now, too.

If we were retired (or part-timers), all this tech would either be pure luxury, or more likely, we’d do without a fair amount of it. That adds yet another positive aspect to working full-time on the road — we can justify the expense of keeping our gear pretty cutting-edge because it’s all stuff we need for work (pay no attention to the Apple TV behind the curtain). ????


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Rob Carey

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Hi Guys Always helpful videos and info. You have to have a ton of video you have to keep and organize. I’m sure you use some type of software to edit your videos - can you let us in on what software that is? How about organizing your footage? You seem to easily pull up a piece from years ago to interlace in a current video - what kind of software do you use to help you manage all your video and how do you store it? Thanks so much Rob C.

TheRVgeeks

Wednesday 21st of March 2018

Thanks, Rob! Glad you like 'em! We do, indeed, have a ton of video footage to store (hence the mondo capacity of our QNAP NAS drive!). We use Final Cut Pro X (FCPX) as our editing software... but started out using iMovie since it was easy-to-use and came free on our MacBook! Honestly, iMovie did about 95% of what we wanted to do for many years. It's only been the last few that we have needed the greater power & flexibility of Final Cut. Luckily... Apple had changed iMovie's interface to be much more like FCPX, so the transition was fairly straightforward.

As far as organizing... we don't use any particular software. We store all of our footage in folders named for what the project was (and we have some "catch-all" folders for non-project-related footage like driving scenes, etc). We keep multiple copies of new footage that's waiting to be edited into a video (2 separate external drives plus a backup copy on the QNAP) so it's easily accessible (and portable). But as far as finding it goes... we rely on Peter's (almost-creepy) memory for anything he's shot. Seriously... he's like the Encyclopedia Photographica. If he shot it... he remembers it. And since it's organized by subject name and/or date, we can find it easily even when he can't immediately pull it up from memory. Both of us thinking the same way about most things, and being pretty anal-retentive, doesn't hurt either! LOL!

Randy Wyrick

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Hi Guys, You two have been a great help. The APC Uninterruptible Power Supply as described as having a small inverter beside the battery backup. What model number is the unit, Thank You

TheRVgeeks

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

Hey Randy! Thanks! It's always nice to hear! The APC unit we're using is available at Amazon here. There are larger units (with more battery power to either power more devices OR keep them powered for longer), but since all we really needed was to ensure our QNAP NAS drive had time to gracefully power down (it's connected via the USB cable to the UPC so it gets alerted when power goes off and initiates a shut-down procedure), this one was sufficient. Hope that helps!

Christopher Poirier

Thursday 13th of July 2017

I cannot tell you guys how helpful your videos are. I noticed in your tech cabinet video you have a QNap. Would you mind doing a video focusd on the Qnap? Such as how you personally use yours (movie storage, camera footage, home media server, etc) out of all the qnap devices how you arrived at this one to suit your needs and so on. I would love to know how you guys use yours and so on. Thank you very much.

TheRVgeeks

Thursday 13th of July 2017

Thanks so much for the kind words, Christopher! It's always nice to hear that people find our videos helpful!

We've talked about doing another video about the QNAP itself, but figured it would be such a bore (and not of interest to a large segment of our viewers) that we've backburnered it. May have to add it back to the list of future videos if more people care.

In a nutshell... we pretty much use our QNAP for everything you mentioned: movie storage (both home movies & ripped copies of DVDs we own), photo storage (backups of all our photos taken or digitized), video storage (for footage and Final Cut Pro X projects from our YouTube videos) and backup (both Time Machine for our Mac laptops and an extra backup of our website client files). We chose the one we have because of it's capacity (6 bays with 4TB means 24TB of total storage) and because, when we bought it, it was one of the few devices that was capable of working with Time Machine (that's likely changed now).

Some more nitty-gritty - we have the 6 drives broken up into two groups:

One pair of drives is configured as a RAID1 array and serves as a 4TB Time Machine drive for both of our laptops. Since most of our important files sync between our laptops, and we run regular bootable clones of each laptop to a portable drive, this is just an extra precaution. Plus, the ability to roll back a change to a file through Time Machine can be invaluable at times. ;) The remaining 4 drives are set up as a RAID5 array, which we then partitioned into several separate "drives" for storing various file types - one partition for each of the following: client file backups, YouTube Video backups, photos, and videos (home & ripped movies).

QNAP has a fairly well-stocked app library to choose from, which we used to install the Plex Server onto the system. Plex allows us to browse our library of videos from any device connected to our network on the RV. We use a 4th Generation Apple TV to allow us to watch the Plex content on the big TV up front.

For the most part, we don't even think about the QNAP (other than shutting it down before we move the RV to avoid having the drives spinning while we're on the road) - it just does what it does, making all of our files available to us on any device we want.

Hope this helps... and that it didn't put you to sleep! LOL!

Kerry Myers

Monday 30th of January 2017

I love your videos and recommend them to other RVera all the time. Can you tell me what fan you use to cool your tech cabinet and where you got it?

TheRVgeeks

Monday 30th of January 2017

Hi Kerry,

Thanks so much for your kind words and for spreading the word! We really appreciate it!

The fan we use in our Tech Cabinet is a Noctua 12V computer fan that we bought on Amazon... you can get it here: http://amzn.to/2jPP072 We jury-rigged a connection to an existing 110V-to-12V power adapter that we had lying around, so that we could plug it in to the power strip in the compartment. We could've wired it right into the 12V power from the RV, but figured the only time we need the fan running is when all of that equipment is powered up... which all requires 110V, anyway.

Hope this helps!

Pat and Rita

Friday 26th of August 2016

WOW and in English that means....Lol. Great video John and Peter

TheRVgeeks

Friday 26th of August 2016

LOL! Thanks ladies! The English translation? Stick with your VCR! ?

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