Nick Newbie here. I want to set up six LED strips (two each of 12, 16 and 20 feet) and be able to control them individually, in pairs, and in two sets of three. I'll have 900 pixels to control overall in sections of 108, 150, and 192 pixels. I could reduce that by a third if I opt for 3 LEDs per pixel but I'd prefer the fidelity of the individual pixels if possible.
How feasible is this? I'm pretty much a newb with arduino and the last programming I did was for a Fortran class in the '80s that used punch cards to load the program but I'm game for that challenge. Power isn't an issue and my soldering skills are above average. Plus I know how to follow a schematic and how to troubleshoot. My real question is how well can the arduino hardware handle this type project? Would multiple boards be more suited to having responsive system? Would I use a single control line for all six strips or two lines controlling three each, or would it work better to have six separate control lines (maybe using a Mega)? What hardware would best handle the processing load? Anything I should be looking at to enhance the stability and capability of the system? What are going to be my main problem areas?
I guess what I'm looking for is a good starting place that I can easily build on rather than going through a bunch of painful trial and error. I'm building a house and need to plan for wiring and such in my walls so I'm trying to get ahead of any problems before I cover everything up. I figure I'm going to have to learn a bunch of programming as well so the whole thing is gonna take time. I plan on buying some extra boards and stuff for side projects and experimenting to bring up my basic skills.
I appreciate any and all insight from anyone that's worked through similar projects.