Wednesday, October 18, 2017

HP pulls curtain on ZBook x2 at Adobe Max in Las Vegas...

HP brings to Market a sick n slick uber powerful detachable PC that's designed to solve the performance issue with mobility that aritst have been accustomed to with the previous offerings that have come to market. Not only is this new mobile PC powerful it's also very stylish.

A close up look at the beautifully designed ZBook x2...

LAS VEGAS, NV – October 18, 2017 |
Today at Adobe® MAX, HP will showcase the world’s most powerful detachable PC1 designed to solve the performance and mobility needs of artists, designers and digital imaging professionals who need to push Adobe Creative Cloud® and other professional applications to the limit. The performance of the HP ZBook x2, the world’s first detachable workstation,15 increases productivity and allows digital creators and storytellers the freedom to work when and where inspiration strikes. 

HP’s reinvention of detachable PCs began earlier this year with the introduction of the HP Spectre x2 and the HP Elite x2. Today’s introduction of the HP ZBook x2 completes HP’s trifecta with its most powerful detachable solution targeted for the creative community. With this new offering, HP is extending its PC leadership by pioneering a new era for detachable PCs that offer superb performance, elegance and efficiency. 

“As the world’s most powerful and first detachable PC workstation, there is no device better suited to turn the vision of artists and designers into reality,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “With the HP ZBook x2, we are delivering the perfect tool to accelerate the creative process – with unprecedented power, performance and natural ease-of-use. This device will make it easier than ever for creators to do what they do best – bring inspiring new ideas to life and enrich the world around us.” 

Liberating Digital Creativity 
The HP ZBook x2 allows designers to effortlessly create with quad-core Intel® Core™ processors2, twice the memory of any other detachable PC3 and NVIDIA® Quadro® Graphics that deliver 73 percent higher graphics performance compared to the Surface Pro4. A quiet, dual-fan active cooling system is designed to dissipate heat from the powerful graphics card and processor. To better meet the needs of the creative community, including Adobe users, HP also developed customizable, application-aware HP Quick Keys, to provide artists with 18 time-saving shortcuts. 
"At Adobe, our goal is to accelerate creativity. Creative Cloud is the platform that enables us to deliver powerful innovation in our apps and cloud-based services supported by Adobe Sensei with artificial intelligence at the heart of every customer experience,” said Mala Sharma, vice president and general manager, Creative Cloud Product, Marketing and Community. “Adobe is thrilled with our collaboration with HP, which we know will further fuel creativity and give Creative Cloud members more power and freedom to create wherever inspiration strikes.” 
Today, many creative professionals use multiple devices such as a MacBook Pro plus an iPad to accomplish the same tasks that can be done on the HP ZBook x2. Knowing that ultimate mobility is important, HP created a single device that delivers the same performance capabilities from inking to docked mode. 

HP’s most versatile detachable to date, the HP ZBook x2 operates in four modes: laptop, detached, docked and tablet. 

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In laptop mode, the HP ZBook x2 is a powerful mobile workstation with a keyboard leveraged from the HP ZBook Studio. 

·  In detached mode, it allows users to create on the tablet with HP’s most accurate and expressive pen while still having full access to all of their shortcut keys with the Bluetooth®-enabled keyboard off to the side. 
· In docked mode, the HP ZBook x2 can power two additional 4K displays or five total displays. 
·  In tablet mode, it maintains full graphics performance allowing users to capture ideas with powerful NVIDIA 3D graphics. 

Using HP’s most natural pen with the HP ZBook x2, users can create without interruption as the pen never needs to be charged. The battery-less, HP-designed pen based on Wacom EMR technology, responds instantly to every nuance of the artist’s hand for natural motion. The HP ZBook x2 offers 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity with multi-directional tilt capabilities and includes a dedicated eraser. 

As a member of the world’s most secure and manageable mobile workstation family10, the HP ZBook x2 features HP Sure Start Gen311 for BIOS protection, TPM 2.0 for hardware-based encryption to secure credentials, secure authentication methods through the Smart Card Reader and HP’s Client Security Suite Gen312 to protect data, device and identity, including facial recognition and fingerprint reader. 

HP ZBook x2 Highlights 
The HP ZBook x2 embodies the intersection of mobility and performance in a fully-machined, aluminum and die-cast magnesium body starting at just 3.64 pounds5 and 14.6 mm thin when in tablet mode, and 4.78 pounds5 and 20.3 mm in laptop mode. The HP ZBook x2 has a stunning 14-inch diagonal, 4K multi-touch display with an optional 10-bit, one-billion color6 HP DreamColor display calibrated to 100 percent of Adobe RGB. The HP ZBook x2 has the world’s most advanced detachable PC display16 and includes an anti-glare touchscreen allowing users to immerse themselves while working in any lighting condition. At the desk, it can power dual 4K displays from the HP ZBook Dock with Thunderbolt™ 37. 

This detachable PC has up to 10 hours of battery life13 for maximum productivity and ultra-fast recharge (50 percent in just 30 minutes8). The HP ZBook x2 offers up to 4.2 GHz of Intel®Turbo Boost, 32 GB RAM over dual channels for more responsiveness under heavier workloads like complex layering in Photoshop. The model’s HP Z Turbo Drive storage is up to 6X faster than SATA SSD and up to 21X faster than traditional HDD storage. The HP ZBook x2 offers up to 2 TB9 of local PCIe storage and incorporates a full-sized SD card slot, perfect for professional photographers. Using the dock or Thunderbolt 3 ports on the HP ZBook x2, it can transfer large files from cameras, external storage, phones and other peripherals. 
Designed to go anywhere and handle the toughest workloads, the HP ZBook x2 mobile workstation is designed to pass MIL-STD 810G testing14. The HP ZBook x2 also undergoes dozens of tests for certification and optimized performance with the industry’s leading software providers like Adobe and Autodesk. 

HP ZBook x2 is scheduled for availability in December starting at $1,749. The datasheet is available here. 

©Copyright 2017 HP Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. 

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

HP Z Series Workstation Family is here..!

Insanely Fast...but more importantly upgradeable. This means that the screaming fast machine today will still be equally fast if you decide to upgrade cpu's, gpu's, ram etc. over time. Why is this so awesome and why should this buy a computer for your needs today right. True but you also have to consider realistically how many years can you get outta your initial long will it keep up to the ever demanding market with 8K, 360, VR, AR and so on.   HP Z-Class Workstations are nothing new...they've been around for awhile. I myself have been using them for about 5 plus years. I was a Mac Guy previously. You can check out some of my older post if you're considering the switch. So that being said. The HP Workstations are truly a well designed and build machine. They have a good track record of building solid workstations that meet not just todays demanding needs but into the future. I've continued to upgrade my Z840 the past several year where with my Macs that became less and less these new Z's are looking pretty amazing to give you so much flexibility over time.

To give you some specs that might get you excited to see how fast it can crunch your work. The new Z8 on the top-end features 24 RAM slots and up to 3TB of RAM, dual Xeon CPUs(up to 56 cores), dual M.2 SSDs as well as dual NVIDIA Quadro Pro graphics cards. Apps like Fusion, Davinci Resolve, 3D applications, and any other app that can tap into these incredible hardware specs.

On the Mainboard your going to find 10 USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports, dual Gig-E ports, seven full-length full height PCIe slot(up to nine total). TBv3 add-in. Also to keep up with today's demanding power requirement especially if you max GPU's they've upgraded the Power Supply from 1125w to 1700w with invective ducting. Speaking of GPU's...setup your machine with a pair of NVIDIA 24GB P6000 Quadros, a couple Intel Platinum 8180M 28 cores and your well over $30k.

Comparing to previous gen3 Z840 I currently own some of the major differences are the Chassis is improved to house the power supply on the side leaving more room above for expansion like PCIe cards. The more powerful power supply makes it better for running GPU's that require more power than the Quadro's for example. Also you'll notice internally the plugs are now 6+2 for 8pin GPU's. This will really keep the machine cleaner not having to get adapters that can restrict airflow or just get in your way with upgrades. Since the design is updated you get more slots and you are now allowed to put Zdrives above on the additional slots where the previous gen thunderbolt cards had to go on a certain slot, or turbo drives had to be dedicated slot which could interfere with your build...especially for me since I typically ran dual Titans.

I'll have to admit I'm less familiar with the Z4 and Z6 flavor of workstations...I've always ran a top of the line Mac and when I switched that didn't change with HP. That being said these are even more flexible than previous gen models. You'll still get a lot of bang for your buck here. The Z4 base is $1239. The Z6 is $1919 and then you'll add your graphics, memory, well as some smaller items for finish your build.

The only item left now is your Monitor. HP also brought to market a pretty cool new 38" curved display. Immerse yourself in the 21:9 aspect ratio, 4K 3840 x 1600 resolution display with optimized pixel density so icons and text are ideal sizes leaving you more time to be creative.

To learn more go to www.hp.com

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HP Debuts Worlds Most Powerful Wearable VR PC..!

I had the opportunity to see what HP is bringing to market in the realm of Virtual Reality at the Technicolor Experience Center in LA. Some of the highlights were the new HP Z Backpack as well as various workstations VR Ready, VR Desktop, and something they call Project Mars.

Having an opportunity to see an early prototype of the backpack...I really liked what I saw today with their new VR Backpack they just announced. The overall design was more streamlined compared to the earlier version I saw. The upper and lower straps were able to hold the computer on your back comfortably while feeling solid with a gap between you and the computer to reduce heat. The fins along the sides allow the air to pass out and it's rather quite compared to similar backpacks. The computer itself will quick disconnect from the vest to allow you to dock it like a desktop when it's not being worn on your back. The batteries have a nice quick locking disconnect that are hot swappable. There is also a battery internally that can continue to power the computer if both batteries go you enough time to swap them for some fully charged batteries and still continue to have the VR experience but in a throttled state. I was told that the batteries in their charger would get them from discharged to 80% charged in one hour or about 2 hours for 100%. There is also a way to strap the goggles onto the front strap to allow you to remove the goggles but still have it attached to the backpack. When docked this can serve a desktop VR machine with multiple I/O so this can be a versatile machine both on the desktop and as a wearable. Also a first the GPU inside is powered by the latest mobile Nvidia Quadro P5200(speed is on par with a desktop Nvidia 1080). The CPU inside is the latest 7th generation Intel i7 core V-Pro so nothing should slow you down. Overall this is a very well designed VR backpack surely to find itself on a lot of desktops and of course on user backs.

More info below from HP.

New VR portfolio, including the world’s first professional wearable VR PC, makes HP the partner of choice for immersive customer experiences

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 1, 2017 – HP today announced a unified approach and commercial solutions for virtual reality (VR), positioning itself as the partner of choice for businesses looking to reduce concept to production cycle times, improve training procedures and deliver fully immersive customer experiences. As part of this strategy, the company is unveiling the world’s first professional wearable VR PC1 - the new HP Z VR Backpack. Crafted to bring the full potential of VR to-life, it is the world’s most secure and manageable wearable VR PC2 ever created.

“Virtual reality is changing the way people learn, communicate and create,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Making the most of this technology requires a collaborative relationship between customers and partners. As a leader in technology, HP is uniting powerful commercial VR solutions, including new products like the HP Z VR Backpack, with customer needs to empower VR experiences our customers can use today to reinvent the future.”

The opportunities for commercial VR are limitless for businesses in product design, architecture, healthcare, first responder training, automotive and entertainment. Emerging technologies like VR create breakthrough experiences for customers – from reinventing the buying experience in automotive showrooms to changing the way hospitals train their staff.

HP’s Winning Approach to VR

HP’s approach to virtual reality is founded upon its rich history of product innovation and deeply rooted customer relationships. HP works as an extension of its customers’ businesses, which enables it to deliver the most immersive technologies that help businesses lead their industries. HP technology not only provides commercial-grade reliability, but also established world-class partnerships that bring together the complete VR ecosystem with Intel, NVIDIA, Technicolor, HTC Vive and others.

The company is investing in immersive virtual and augmented reality technologies to give customers and partners superb tools for commercial VR use cases. This effort solidifies HP’s long-term commitment to VR and helping customers use VR to reinvigorate their business. Thirteen immersion centers will open later this year in Palo Alto, Houston, Boise, Fort Collins, Stockholm, London, Paris, Barcelona, Boeblingen, Beijing, Sydney, Tokyo and Singapore, and have been designed so customers can have an immersive experience using HP VR technology and receive consulting and learn how to best deploy VR devices within their business to streamline workflows.

The Mobility to Transform – HP Z VR Backpack

*Josh Peterson shows the hot swap locking batteries on the new HP Z VR Backpack above.

The HP Z VR Backpack solution provides the freedom to move and maintain total immersion with high-octane visual performance and docking capabilities that transform it into a manageable, powerful desktop PC experience. The HP Z VR Backpack is a catalyst for more powerful VR experiences across many enterprises and businesses including the following use case examples:

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• Businesses can use VR to deliver safe and effective simulated training in dangerous environments, in medical training or for heavy/large equipment operations. In all these environments costly mistakes can be avoided with effective VR training solutions using the HP Z VR Backpack.
• In architectural building development, virtual walkthroughs at scale for client reviews can help quickly close the deal.
• In product development where product concepts are reviewed, executive agreement and sign off for new product styling can be done in virtual product showrooms.
• In commercial entertainment, new location-based entertainment centers featuring exhilarating virtual reality experiences can now be realized with the HP Z VR Backpack.

With the workstation-class HP Z VR Backpack, the full potential of VR is brought to-life. HP’s fully immersive and untethered VR Backpack is light with an ergonomic backpack design and hot swappable batteries to provide unrestricted freedom within an immersive experience. It has high-end processing power and the latest high-fidelity graphic solution to help prevent disruptive dropped frames so users can work in VR for as long as needed. The Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processor provides the power to process applications quickly and includes the vPro chipset. The HP Z VR Backpack is the first wearable VR PC in the market with the NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200 with a huge 16GB video memory3. Finally, its docking solution lets digital creators quickly transition back and forth between high powered desktop for content design and wearable VR PC to validate creations. The HTC Vive™ Business Edition HMD (sold separately) is part of the HP VR portfolio. HP Z VR Backpack is scheduled to be available in September starting at $3,299 USD. The datasheet is available here.

The HP VR Product Portfolio

HP’s versatile, high-powered devices empower customers to create and consume VR content. HP’s commercial grade products are designed for mission critical business applications that require high levels of security, manageability, reliabilty and ISV certified applications.

The HP ZBook 17 Mobile Workstation delivers ultimate power and performance and can be configured with the optimal horsepower and graphics solutions to bring VR content to-life in an ultra-smooth 90 FPS VR experience.

HP Z Desktop Workstations are designed to create visually stimulating, accurate and compelling VR content. HP Z Workstations desktops feature the latest processors and graphics cards and are built to stay quiet, cool and reliable for graphic-intensive tasks.

The HP EliteDesk 800 G3 Tower, a VR-certified PC, features high performance and expandability in a stylishly redesigned 26 percent smaller chassis for the modern workplace. It is ideal for companies wanting to future-proof their technology and deliver state-of-the-art capabilities.

The OMEN X Compact Desktop brings gamers an immersive experience. The factory-overclocked GPU from NVIDIA and versatile form factor means it can dock and undock quickly for gaming anywhere or can be used as a backpack for an untethered consumer VR gaming experience.

Project Mars
HP also announced HP Mars Home Planet, a project in partnership with NVIDIA, Technicolor, Fusion, Autodesk®, Unreal, Launch Forth and Vive. The collaboration will create a global online co-creation community to reinvent life on Mars for one million humans, in virtual reality.

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products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be
construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. 

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1. Based on wearable VR PCs as of July 20, 2017. Based on backpack VR PCs with Intel® vPro™, TPM 2.0 and Windows 10 Pro OS as of July 20, 2017. Multicore is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance. Some functionality of vPRo technology, such as Intel Active management technology and Intel Virtualization technology, requires additional 3rd party software in order to run. Availability of future "virtual appliances" applications for Intel vPro technology is dependant on 3rd party software providers. Compatibility with future "virtual appliances" is yet to be determined.
2. Based on HP’s unique and comprehensive security capabilities at no additional cost and HP’s Manageability Integration Kit’s management of every aspect of a PC including hardware, BIOS and software management using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager among VR Backpack vendors as of May 2017 on the HP Z VR Backpack with 7th Gen Intel® Processors.
3. First PC on the market with an NVIDIA® Quadro® P5200. First as of July 20, 2017.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation HP Z2 Mini...

Today Hp announced a whole new workstation in the most compact form yet..! It's being called the first mini workstation designed for users of apps like CAD and other compute-intensive software. This machine is likely not for everyone but for many just dealing with a large box or even a small cylinder takes up space. This small computer could literally be mounted to the back or your computer monitor depending on your setup. So it's very small and versatile but not by compromising it's capabilities. The HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a very tiny package. Most mini computers in this tiny of a form factor don't have such components and specs. So to me this is a nice smaller form factor solution. I Think on the desk it looks great, can in some cases be mounted directed to the back of your monitor, or even use this as a nice portable onsite workstation. I'm sure users will come up with many ways to utilize this beautifully designed mini Workstation. More details below from the New Release.

more info @hp

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HP Unveils Industry’s First-ever Mini Workstation
HP Z2 Mini delivers server-grade power in a 2.3 by 8.5 inch package

Las Vegas, NV., November 15, 2016 — Today at Autodesk University, HP Inc. unveiled the world’s first mini workstation1 designed for users in CAD and other compute-intensive industries. The stylish, new HP Z2 Mini Workstation delivers breakthrough power and versatility and at only 2.3” high is 90% smaller than a traditional business-class tower2. 

With this new offering, HP is positioned to extend its workstation leadership by delivering a new category of workstation that offers superb performance, elegance and efficiency.

HP Z Workstation products have become the industry standard for customers demanding a full performance workstation. Building off the success of the HP Z240 SFF, the HP Z2 Mini Workstation is twice as powerful as any commercial mini PC on the market today3 and has the ability to support six displays right out of the box. The HP Z2 Mini was designed for the millions of CAD users demanding smaller hardware without compromising acoustics and performance and mission-critical reliability.

“When designing some of the most technically complex architectural forms the need for cutting edge technology is essential,” said Daniel Libeskind, a world-renowned architect and founder of Studio Libeskind.4 “The speed in which we create, and the complexity of projects have become more intense over the years, but computers like HP Workstations are helping quickly bring the visions of my designers to life.”

Shorter than a cup of espresso, the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation is capable of designing anything from state-of-the-art electronics to home and office buildings. The workstation, running Windows 10 Pro or Linux, comes equipped with next generation Intel® Xeon® processors5, NVIDIA® professional graphics and the availability of HP Z Turbo Drive for handling large files remarkably fast. 

“The HP Z2 Mini, the world’s first mini workstation, delivers breakthrough power and versatility in a small, iconic design,” said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “HP redefined the workstation in 2009 with the introduction of the HP Z series, and now once again is disrupting the category with the new HP Z2 Mini Workstation - the ultimate combination of space efficiency, elegance and power for our customers and partners.”
HP Z2 Mini designed for the workspace of the future .

As workplaces become more space constrained, there’s a greater business need for the smaller workstations like the HP Z2 Mini. The incredibly compact form factor resembles more a super computer from the future than a PC of today. The octagon form of the HP Z2 Mini is the most uniquely designed HP Workstation in HP’s 35 years of workstation history, and incorporates HP Z DNA throughout the product including extensive ISV certification and 368,000 hours of quality testing.

The ultra-compact and aesthetically pleasing workstation provides users with numerous versatility options: on/under the desk, behind an HP Z display, or on a wall6. HP engineers created custom designed fans and a cooling system for whisper-quiet acoustics (63 percent quieter than an HP business-class mini PC) for workstation customers that need mission-critical reliability. The HP Z2 Mini design and engineering ingenuity will transform the way people think about workstations and workspaces.

Pricing and Availability7:
HP Z2 Mini Workstation is expected to be available worldwide in December starting at $699.00USD.
HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through 
our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences 
that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at

(1)     Based on publicly available information of workstation competitors as of October 3, 2016 with volume of at least 1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 having < 3 litres volume, professional graphics, Intel® Xeon® quad core processor, ISV certified applications, ECC memory.
(2)     Based on business-class towers with >1 million units annually as of October 3, 2016 with performance measured by processor clock speed and ViewPerf12 rating, having 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(3)     Based on Ultra Small Desktop category of vendors shipping >1M units annually as of October 3, 2016 based on watts, with 4th or 6th Gen Intel processors or AMD Pro processors, integrated VESA mount, VGA, 6 USB Ports, Windows Pro OS and TPM.
(4)     HP provided Studio Libeskind with early HP Z2 Mini workstations.
(5)     Multi-Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering is not a measurement of higher performance
(6)     Mounting bracket sold separately.
(7)     Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Visiting Chapman/Leonard and Tour from Asst. Marketing Manager Nichole Huenergardt...

So it was 2006 NABShow when I was living in Hollywood my friends and I who were working in the industry said hey let's go to NAB on a whim. It was my first year attending so it was pretty crazy to see it all(or what I was able to take in a day-and a day wasn't enough honestly). If you've never been to NAB basically every major company supporting Broadcast TV, Film, Radio, spanning more than a million net square feet have booths with all their solutions for our industry on display. In recent years we've seen more options on display in booths for indie filmmakers on the show floor ever since the HDSLR revolution I started to see a big shift towards supporting indie filmmakers but back then it was more Broadcast. So I just combed the floors as fast as I could to attempt to soak it all in and ended up running into a companies booth called Chapman/Leonard who supports the biggest productions in the Motion Picture and Television Industry...and for a really long time. Going back to 1945 Nicholes' Great Grandfather started the company(and her Grandfather picked up where he left off-I believe her great grandfather is no longer with us). Just some of the Filmtools they build and support the industry are Telescoping Camera Cranes, Arms, Bases, Stabilized Remote Camera Systems, Dollies, Pedestals, Sports Sideline Vehicles and more. So I was greeted by the very lovely Annette Kiatpiriya-Requena. I must have looked like a very young man at the time cause even today people think I'm much younger for my age. I was looking at one of their dollies which she gladly demo'd and she started to ask me what I do. The conversation left me with some info on the possibility of leasing one or the option for rentals. I found that very cool that even though I was still an up and coming filmmaker she treated me just like anyone else. At that time it wasn't in the cards but after getting a tour yesterday I have to say...I want these filmtools on my productions. Also roaming the booth I met an attractive lady and her equally attractive very young daughter Nichole who caught my attention. She was just a lil girl at the time(and just to let you really don't see kids ever on the show floor-I think like 15 might be the youngest who can attend but don't quote me on that)...but I learned she was the granddaughter of one of the owners. I had a great conversation with her. I was impressed not by just a beautiful young girl there's plenty of eye candy in the booths with demo girls and models sure...I was more impressed with the fact that she was a part of the company. She grew up in this Hollywood La La Land...and her family built these amazing tools. Not that it relates really in any way but I too grew up in my Pops shadow as a photographer so I can identify with being in and around a family business. So we kinda had that connection going on. I ended up following up with her mother via email since her daughter was really too young to get to know at the time about getting a tour I was so impressed with the company and the family. She agreed to give me a tour but unfortunately I ended up moving back up to Portland before that could ever happen. Over the years I'd drop her a line here and there...but never got the tour. Everytime I was back down here I was typically too busy to have time to visit. So a decade later on this trip down for some meetings in Hollywood and also attending Siggraph I reached out to Nichole after realizing she was all grown up and still a part of the company today. I must admit I googled her after meeting her way back because she was telling me about her passion outside of now filmmaking as an Ice Skater(she just completed fer first Doc on it you can learn more on her IMDB). She is Not just the granddaughter hanging out around the shop she's actually a lot more than that. She's a photographer, a social media influencer, a marketer for the company, Filmmaker and an overall expert with all the tools they build. I mean like me she literally grew up in this industry(difference being around my Pops who's a photographer it wasn't till later in high school I got the film bug taking Video Production-I had 0 ties to the Motion Picture Industry...I had to make all these connections myself over the past couple decades). So after many emails and trying to get our schedules aligned yesterday we finally connected.

Arriving at Chapman/Leonard you'll drive through what might not seem like the right place. I drove past a lot of industrial buildings almost thinking I'm lost but then I see the beautiful greenery covering the main office. I pull into the first spot and I'm almost instantly greeted by a gentleman who walks up to me and says hi how can I help you with a like your in the wrong spot lol...I was about to pull into Niki's grandfathers spot. bad. He was totally cool about it though. I was a lil early and walked into the machine shop. The gentleman right at the front I asked for Nichole and he said the office was through the door to my right. I walked in and was again greeted by a nice lady behind the desk answering calls. I told he I'm here to see Nichole and that I was early. I've been doing nothing but driving it seems and 30 miles equals up to an hour and a half like minimum. So I left like 2 hours early so I wouldn't be late. The office has a large stack of industry magazines and a pictures on the wall of awards, movies with their equipment on sets. It instantly felt comfortable.

So Niki arrives(this is what her friends and family call her-so hopefully I can get away with referring to her by her nickname throughout this post). At this point I'm having a back and forth convo with a good friend of mine in Texas via text and didn't notice her till she said Hello Ryan. Wow yup there's Niki...granted it's been like a decade she's all grown up. She greeted me with a big smile. She says ready...let's go. I'm like ok cool. She gets us some safety glasses since the Tour was going to start next door in their Machine Shop. If you follow my Instagram you'll see me refurbishing an old Elemack Spyder dolly and my Pops friend helped me rebuild a missing column. So I've been around his friends machine shop. Their machine shop where they design, build, test, and maintain the equipment they build is second to none. More impressive is everything they build...they build it right there in the USA in the Head Quarters in North Hollywood. Omg...I was blown away by the state of the art Machinery. Niki was so knowledgeable with absolutely everything. She literally took me to every building throughout. Showing me how they've taken gears and now use newer lighter metals, introducing me everyone behind every phase of the process to the guy assembling the guts of their dollies, to a passing engineer he stops and says hello and we have a brief convo. I get to see the big camera trucks you'll see on hit Television shows like Bones, the mini dollies custom built that you'll see on the sideline at the Superbowl, Hydraulic powered Camera Trucks, Massive AirBag suspension to handle the weight but keep the ride smooth, down to the dollies across from their machine shop that house a ton of the dollies you might be familiar seeing behind the scenes of every type of motion picture-just look at the credits as I do and you'll see Chapman/Leonard on tons of them(as you can see in the photo of Niki and me with Chapman/Leonard in the background. Track wheels, track for days, curved track, straigh track, accessories for anything you can think of they have or as she states...we custom build. Our customers come back to us with Feedback and we respond by making updates to build exactly what they want. Again everything is built under one roof here in NoHo...or should I say many roofs. Their Head Quarters spans are very impressive footprint...She must have taken me through half a dozen buildings.

I have to say probably the most impressive guy I met(or at least I had the most time to talk to who is typically working out in their New Orleans Office so I was lucky he happened to be in Hollywood on my tour)was a Gentleman named David Bullard who works with their Remote Systems and is a Technician/Driver an expert with products like the Hydrascope. The Hydrascope is massive(one was on display for me to checkout)...this thing is the Real Deal. It's a very impressive Hydraulic Telescoping Crane but it's unique. One it's running on batteries(24v DC I believe referencing their latest 2016 Catalog)so you don't need a 240v hookup for example. It can be operated both on Land and Actually underwater. This is unique to Chapman/Leonard(the ability to have the camera/head be completely submerged underwater with their own specialty configuration). Of course your camera will need to be protected like any underwater camera system but they have a special head that's waterproof if I understood David correctly(of course you can easily call Chapman/Leonard for exact capabilities and specs)so please refer to them before planning on using any specialty high end equipment like their Hydrascope or any of their other studio equipment offerings.

Finally the last room Niki shows me is housing the really cool MiniScope 5...which gives me hope lol...I mean hopefully I will have this running on the set of my dream film I have in the works. I'll pray that works out. So what's unique is it's small lighter form factor. Till only recently the only cranes where very large and too expensive for the smaller budget indie films or other various tighter budgetrs. Like she states our tools help you achieve shots with such movement and precision just not duplicated compared to all these new filmtools like drones, mini handheld gimbals, micro dollies, and cranes(not saying those are equally valuable but their tools have been tried and true for the Master for Decades...literally Decades-like 7 to be exact. Granted they've really supported the mega hit movies and television shows we all watch and love...but for the smaller budgets and indie films this is the next level for your shots. They have two flavors the Microscope 5 and the 7. They happened to have a 5 on the floor when I was on the tour. If your not familiar with their telescoping cranes what makes this one unique is that it's light and compact(compared to their massive 73' Hydrascope typically seen on Big Productions), comes ready to use due to it's simple quick setup, with three adjustments on post to change back lengths by 0", 5", 10". Miniscope can be setup with your choice of Remote Head(up to 50 lbs.)including Chapmans' CL Head. It can be Electrically or Manually Telescopic. Hand held "Pickle" allows easy control of ramping, speed as well as start and stops. Also built in end stops prevent sudden and adrupt movement so your shots are money. It can be operated by single man/women operation or conventionally. The rear control handle bar allows convenient placement of monitors or remote controls for he head. The Miniscope 5 is Chapmans' smallest telescoping arm so ideal for an indie filmmaker like myself(but they also have it's bigger brother the Miniscope 7 for more reach and abilities). It includes a 30 Volt DC Chapman Battery. Also AC/DC Converter included so your have maximum flexibility. Of course it accepts Standard Mitchell Mounts. It's compact size is ideal for passing through doorways 28" because of it's compact design built for small spaces(but it's Not just for the smaller productions it's for any production really it's just in a lighter compact form factor at a lower to employ cost).
 Lastly I should mention that Chapman/Leonard is Global and is in all the major markets in the United States so they are not just supporting Hollywood California. You can find them trailblazing in booming markets like Texas both in Austin/Atlanta Goergia, New Orleans Louisiana , Albuquerque New Mexico, oversees in London England, as well as their Studios and Production Center in Orlando Florida where they have 3 State of the Art Sound Stages.

I'll leave a link to their website below so you can learn all about Chapman/Leonard and feel free to give them a call for all your Studio Equipment needs. It very much felt like a tight family Network over there. All you have to do is look at their Contact Page and you'll see a lot of familiar last names. For example Annette who I met like a decade ago is still with it was nice to see familiar faces. I can only imagine that warm feeling translates to what pride they take supporting our industry. I have to say it's extremely rare to see family generation after generation taking a company into the future like Niki now all grown up working with family. There's nothing better out there...American made...and great people behind the product equals Priceless and so rare to see today...a real honor to get the Vip Tour..!

Thanks for everything Niki and everyone who was so nice and gracious with their time to talk with me yesterday and show me around..!


Equipment Rental Agency · North Hollywood
Address: 12950 Raymer St, North Hollywood, CA 91605




Photo Credit:
Chapman/Leonard ~ Google
Nichole Huenergardt ~ IMDB

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Meeting Hector Aka: NoelG of The Fast and The Furious...Gangster turned Godster..!

Last night I had the opportunity to meet Noel Guglielmi aka Hector from the Mega Hollywood Fast Franchise or better known The Fast and The Furious at his church Praise Chapel Whittier in Whittier California. NoelG is best known for starring in the Hit Film back in 2001 where he plays Hector who organizes the race between Paul Walker (Brian O'Conner) and Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto) which was later interrupted by police in the scene. It was a first for the genre with Fast cars, Hot women, and around Criminal activities. Speaking of criminal activities...NoelG went on to star in many more films some even as the character Hector portraying similar characters typically as a Gangster or Gang Banger.

As much as I love NoelG work in tons of films as this hardcore gangster type character I find it was more refreshing to hear his story. At the PCWBlast he talks about his past. How fame hit him so big after the Fast and Furious movie he was almost completely how does one deal with all the attention, the money, the girls...but to take it back to his roots on how he actually got into the film industry it all started I guess with a Taco Bell commercial. After years bouncin around since as he said at age 13(or maybe it was 15)his parents put $500 in his hand and said split. He then lived on the streets, parks, sleeping anywhere he could. Couch to couch he met a girl who brought him in. Introduced him to God if I recall. He said he was more concerned to please her and did anything to be able to have a place to stay including as people call it Dirt..! In all this one day he was in an acting class acting up or acting out interrupting the class crackin jokes there happened to be a producer there and liked how funny he was and offered him a chance to be in a taco bell commercial. It ended up on rotation daily for up to a year and he was getting royalty checks. Enough that he was able to support himself. Since he liked the money and thought this is pretty cool...he asked for more opportunities and he got them. He actually talks about being the guy doing like the training videos employees would watch when they get hired. Over time he began doing more roles in films but the big break was The Fast and The Furious which really put him on the map. After that he blew up so to can check out his IMDB and he today has well over a 150 credits mostly portraying again a tough guy, gang related type cast character.

So how does this lead to me getting to meet him at a church in Whittier. Well as he puts it no matter how much money he made(getting his first big ass check-like real money from the first Fast movie)he still felt empty. He felt lost. No VIP parties, money, girls or fame really fulfilled him. He ended up going full circle back to doin dirt. He actually said his needs became so big he and his homies planned a robbery(and this is after he was in a bunch of major hollywood movies)and they pulled it off without getting caught. It's like you can have it all and your still not fulfilled. So basically after years of not feeling fulfilled with having it all...he realized it was because of how he saw himself. He became something he didn't really want to be. I can tell this guy is a good guy behind all the Gangster image. He seemed like he was actually pretty cool and nice...ha...right...geez I hope so right lol. No but seriously. It's not everyday you get to hear the word from the bible from a more colorful gangster type look and spoken word. It's like this guys has something you a really cool persona and the way he talks that gets your attention(nothing like me in Sunday School or in Mass at my Private Catholic School-very dry no real humor a kid my age could relate to from a Priest who's like 70 speaking to us like we live in the last century). I was glued to his every move, the way he paced around the stage speaking gospel, talkin to the youth in such a way that wasn't hey you did this wrong go say a bunch of hail mary's and you'll be cool. This is a whole new generation they are gettin all kinds of stuff filling their smart phones, tablets, at school on the tv they are constantly being fed the images of the let's say the Mtv generation. You know the glitz, the all the rap videos flossin. I mean it dig nice things like anyone else. So he's more or less like yo...that's cool and all but it's not least for him it's wasn't-he's lived it all, had it all and lost it all and came back to have it all again but this time or should I say around 2008...he found Jesus Christ...God. Having access to anything and everything...nothing fulfilling him but God his faith, his wife, his beautiful kid...he began to realize what was really important to him and that now centered around his faith in God which helped him become a better Hector, a better Dad, Husband...overall just loving himself. So much so he's out there sharing his story in churches all over the country and right here in SoCal every Tuesday at the Praise Chapel Whittier. Without going much deeper or acting like I'm trying to push God on any of my readers...the thing is. It's not for everyone...but all I can say is...or he said. His life has been a lot more positive with God in his life than it ever was without. I understand it myself. I grew up myself with many challenges that most people have no clue about. I have my faith that I never push it on anyone but it's there. Don't get me wrong I'm no saint but having something you believe in a higher power than ones self...sometimes it's all anyone needs. I can't tell you how to live your life and maybe NoelG can't either...but if you like the characters he plays or the Fast franchise I say it can't hurt to give the guy a look. He's very entertaining to watch on screen and equally entertaining speaking the word of God. I'd say this guy is One In a Million...No Doubt..!

I'm going to leave some links below that might help you learn more about NoelG and his movement he calls Godsterz which includes a Production Company making Christian Films(it would certainly be a dream to work with him one day if you happen to read this NoelG;), a clothing line with the more street look your used to seeing him play but with phrases like 'Straight Out Godster' or 'Don't Be a Paper Chaser Be a God Chaser'. I dig it...I mean I grew up listening to NWA, Ice Cube, Ice T. The lyrics are not for kids yet I was a kid listening to it. Though the fact I grew up going to Private Catholic School till a tragedy happened to my family and they had to pull me out since they could no longer afford it...silly me I'd change the cuss words into something more appropriate since my mom was against the language and to this day(I have to say my words are a bit more colorful as my tweets etc-I've even had people Stop following me cause of the way I speak or talk-ok only one person and they ended up following me again from a new account(like YO YO YO Wazup...yada I too have my persona but's it's just a reflection of my life...thankfully a lot more guided thanks to my folks who kept me in line)-it's just cause of the environment I grew up near a ghetto for a hot second then my family moved us up by our church which was also my private school as soon as they could afford and it took me years to figure myself out always feeling poor or not good enough compared to the Rich Kids my peers...but my roots are very hood when I was 5...don't laugh...I'm serious(let's just say I was so out there that I actually Failed First grade after being on the wrong side of town-that I'm sure wasn't cool for my folks who were paying a large tuition for me to be there-one example my very first day of Private School all the big kids 8th graders got into a big fight on the playground and for some reason I jumped it was the kind of crazy stuff going on in my hood...I had all these big ass kids lined up outside my 1st grade room and lil ol me...seriously had to sit in the chair in front of the Principal...ya I got in trouble...wasn't a great way to introduce myself to my school-the priest a Vietnamese used to call me Lil Devil...hello...thank God I got out soon enough and got around a completely different lifestyle I'm proud to say I was able to get a good education thanks to my folks who against all odds manged to some how. So for me...yes I thank God my folks worked their ass off to get me into a better life and circles compared to most in my early neighborhood never made it anywhere-no hope for them...they could only see what opportunity was around them and let's just say it wasn't a positive one. My pops followed his dreams to be a professional photographer and I grew up in his shadow working since I was 10 years old with him((we are extremely close and I'm very close to my family)) taught me to value people, money, my beliefs and values. So long of the's cool to connect with a dood who has that gangster image but with his fame can use that to leverage it to get his Godsterz message out.

Go get it..!

NoelG Social Links...




His Clothing Line:

If you'd like to check out where NoelG speaks the word of God please support his movement over at 

Praise Chapel Whittier | PCWBlast

I'm in no way getting anything from NoelG to post this and my faith and my beliefs are my own(in fact it took me three hours to drive in from Malibu where I'm staying and I gave the ministry a few bucks donation because I believe in what they are doing is all)...I am just a passionate guy and I feel this guy is too...I got the opportunity to meet him last night and get my photo taken with a cool celebrity. I just walked right into the church like any of you can and learned about it via his Instagram page. I just happened to be down here for some meetings and an Expo called Siggraph...and saw this as an opportunity to meet him. I'm a fan of his work and only recently learned he was a Godster...I certainly had no idea based on his image and character he plays in roles in Hollywood Films. I will was an honor to meet him and I even ended up on his Facebook page of our photo together and the church instagram started following me after I posted our pic(of course I followed back). I'll leave a couple pics. :)

NoelG speaking to the Youth at his PCWBlast Movement at Whittier Church his family attends
 Above NoelG and Youth after an Ice Bucket challenge at PCWBlast Tuesday Night Worship...
 Above NoelG takes time to talk to everyone and the backdrop is a where you can get a photo...
 Above Ryan Brown Aka: Filmguy & Actor/Godster NoelG in a photo opp after Worship..!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

HP Packs World Class Performance into the Affordable Z240 Workstation...

Under-the-hood improvements deliver reliability, power and remote software linkup to Macs.

News Release:
The HP Z240 has long been a workhorse for power-hungry small and medium businesses, such as design companies, video production studios and architecture firms. But today it gets even more powerful with a double-digit boost to its processing power, memory and the addition of a software receiver to seamlessly link up Apple, Linux and Windows environments.
The third-generation of HP’s desktop tower workstation now packs up 4.2 GHz of processing power into a system about the size of a carry-on suitcase, delivering world-class performance and reliability at the price point of a traditional desktop PC—just under $900 USD.
“HP has the expertise to design a system that runs high-performance components at their maximum while delivering the best reliability possible,” said Josh Peterson, vice president, global product management for workstations.

“The Z240 is ideal for customers in the video editing, product design, architecture, engineering, education, public sector and image-viewing industries.” - Josh Peterson

User-driven features:

Based on feedback from in-the-trenches users, the third-gen Z240 workstation offers a powerful set of features that enable extensive customization and collaboration without compromising capacity, performance and reliability.

Features include:

·    Integrated M.2 slot for expansion cards and connectors, freeing up a PCIe slot to use for HP Z Turbo Drives or other devices like Thunderbolt™.

·    Next generation Intel® processors, NVIDIA® or AMD graphics, memory, and two optional ultra-fast HP Z Turbo Drives.

·    Up to 64 GB DDR4 ECC memory – a 100 percent increase in memory capacity compared to previous generations.

·    Choice of Windows 7, Windows 10 or Linux® operating systems.

There are a couple of other nice touches that lend greater usability, too, including optional dust filters and carrying handles on the back and side of the tower. Though these might seem like small conveniences, these changes can improve performance and lower time spent on maintenance and troubleshooting over the long haul.

The Z240's components are ISV certified, so they are tested and vetted to work with leading professional software applications.

In HP internal tests, the HP Z240 performed 13 percent faster for Autodesk Revit and 12 percent faster for AutoCAD – two key applications for designers and engineers.

“The 368,000 hours of grueling quality testing and ISV certification means the HP Z240 is designed as a long-term budget friendly solution,” Peterson said.

Mac integration:
The Z240 enables breakthrough productivity with a newly-integrated HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS) receiver, which begins shipping next month with all Z Workstations.

The RGS allows users to securely connect Mac or MacBook to a Z Workstation and multitask between native Mac OS apps and super-charged Windows or Linux workstation apps, enabling smoother workflows for joint development, interactive edits and design reviews.

The HP RGS Receiver for Mac is just one of the tools that HP provides to customers looking to increase power and performance by integrating HP Z Workstations with existing IT setups, part of the company’s unwavering commitment to the creative professional.

These products are the technology innovation engines of companies around the globe, designing everything from cars to blockbuster movies.

NASA is using mobile Z Workstations on the International Space Station and DreamWorks leverages Z Workstations for pioneering animated storytelling.

Learn more about the HP Z Workstation family: