Fascinating! But the Cinealtas are cheaper... Would love to see that comparison
I'd have a look at a Thunderbolt solution for your computer, the ASUS ThunderboltEX II/DUAL is less than 100$ and will open you up to serious RAID solutions. I run a Pegasus R8 via thunderbolt and have edited up to 8k at full res with no lag (though it was a simple time line) I was rather impressed. Don't forget how much more secure a RAID system is when it's a config RAID 5. USB 3 is ok for most things but it really pales next to a thunderbolt RAID system.
Let's not forget that unless the shot is 'face to cam' it doesn't work either. Profile is impossible and three quarters is unusable. The facial recognition is rather primitive.
I'm guessing you're on a 0$ budget? I think there are two options...
Forget the Lights, generator, location and find somewhere you can shoot at either sunset or sunrise. It'll be naturally beautiful and save a fortune.
Option two is spend the budget on a camera that shoots raw and shoot under the natural sodium lights and correct in grading. In any case you'll have to deal with them at some point if you're planning to shoot when they're turned on. And even though the colour is a bit horrible they go well with the theme of Hip-Hop and street dancing. Maybe try and shoot with an anamorphic lens/adaptor to get some of those sexy horizontal flares.
Who's going to start the "Why MiniDV is better than ProRes (and a lot better than RAW)" thread? We need to know the truth.
Here in France the Amira is actually more expensive than the old Alexa!
Even so I'm renting a couple to shoot a Doc at the end of the month, so I'll stick up a little post about how it went when the time comes!!