HP Announces New Z1 G3 Workstation and RGS Software for the Mac Community…

 
So here I am in Las Vegas for NABShow. So much going on it’s hard to soak it all in.  Last night I attended an HP and Nvidia Sponsored event for VR with The Foundry. Wow VR is coming and it’s going to be pretty amazing. Within the past couple of weeks HP has made some announcements. You can check out my post on the new HP VR Workstations. Give it a read to learn more.

Today HP announced the update to the Z1 all in one workstation. This may not seem like a new concept…certainly apple has had their iMac which has had more refreshes than we’ve seen the MacPro. You can read my thoughts on the MacPro

When you start to look at the machines from Apple and HP you might see a trend. HP continues to innovate and bring to market more features under the hood as a direct result of listening to their customers(which some in recent years on the Apple side have not felt the same experience-can’t speak mac users in general but I myself was frustrated with the focus on iDevices over their Pro Apps and Computers. I’ve since moved my workflow over to HP in my lab…and yes my Macbook Pro is still around…possibly more useful now with the RGS coming to Mac). We saw that with the first gen HP Z1. Tool less so you can swap parts, make upgrades and so on. This is possible on a iMac but it’s not as straight forward imo. Also the graphics, ecc memory, turbo drives, and more all add up to me a very powerful stand alone workstation. If you’re looking for an all in one I think you’ll be really excited to see the latest update. More info below from the new release.

The other area that has been an issue for facility and end users is working in an environment where macs exist. Many artist are on Mac. We are starting to see a lot more over to bigger faster and more capable workstations like the HP Z Workstation but at the end of the day not everyone is ready to make a change or in some cases artist are happy to work on their laptop or macbook pro. So up to now remote graphics software that is available for HP Workstations with windows, now Mac users can dive in and also take advantage remotely. What does that mean. Well their are artist that might work or want to work from home to avoid traffic and having to go back and forth when they could just stay at home and work on a Mac but actually utilizing the horespower of much more capable and powerful Workstations. So today HP has once again brought more flexibility to the end user and larger facilities that already have HP Z Workstations in place. Up till now they other end had to be another windows machine. No longer. Now the artist will be able to in install the software on their mac and connect just like I would on my HP Elitebook or ZBook etc. I can just stay at home and work just like I was at the facility. This is very welcome news…and I wouldn’t be surprised if more users start this way and eventually consider moving over to an HP.

So year after year…HP continues to bring solutions for the large facilities as well as the end user artist. How cool would that be to just log in from home on my Macbook Pro or anywhere and continue to keep the project moving forward.

These two announcements I think are really great. A more compact sleep HP Z1 Workstations that’s easily serviceable and software that brings the Mac User into the same workflow. So you really have more options than ever..!

Jeff Wood HP VP of Workstation and Thin Clients in the NABShow Secret Suite talking HP Z1..!

Also Jeff Wood talks about the new RGS(Remote Graphics Software)coming soon to Mac..!

Below is the new release:

HP Inc. Packs Power and Performance into World’s First Workstation All-in-One

Unveils software to enhance performance for Mac users

PALO ALTO, Calif., April 18, 2016 – HP Inc. today announced a bold evolution and a series of updates to the world’s first workstation all-in-one1 — the new HP Z1 G3 Workstation – combining the simplicity of an All-in-One design with performance typically found in traditional tower workstations.

Built for demanding users, the third generation HP Z1 Workstation is smaller, thinner and lighter delivering screaming performance at a great value.

·        47 percent smaller, 51percent lighter and 21 percent less expensive than the previous generation.

·        23.6 inch diagonal anti-glare UHD 4K display for the outstanding visual clarity when working on graphic intensive projects.

·        Intel® Xeon® processor options for powerful workstation-class processing technology for the most demanding applications.

HP also detailed its new receiver software for Apple® Mac® OS X. Using HP Remote Graphics Software (RGS),2 the receiver is designed to give Mac users access to their high-end HP Z Workstations. HP RGS allows engineers, animators and scientists to securely use the performance, files and applications on their HP Workstation, even when they are away from that workstation.

“We took our groundbreaking, and most innovative workstation- the original Z1-and reinvented it by listening to our customers to create a new smaller, lighter and lower cost model,” said Jeff Wood, vice president and general manager, Workstations and Thin Clients, HP Inc. “The new Z1 will introduce more new customers to workstation power and reliability, while HP RGS with a Mac Receiver will open doors to more Apple customers wanting to integrate our powerful Z Workstations.”

HP Z1 G3 Built for Engineers, Artists and Education

The HP Z1 G3 continues to offer professionals the ability to bundle all the features of a workstation in a compelling AiO form factor. New functionalities and technologies in the next generation bring accelerated performance and greater reliability to the all-in-one workstation class.

“We are blessed to have one of the best, most well-equipped labs in the country,” says Howard Cook, assistant professor, C/T at the Digital Animation Center. “HP Z1 Workstations are speedy, robust machines. And we like the compact form factor.”

The HP Z1 is designed leveraging 30 years of HP Z DNA with extensive ISV certifications and a minimum of 115,000 hours of testing in HP’s Total Test Process. The Z1 features:

·        A 23.6 inch diagonal anti-glare UHD 4K display for outstanding visual clarity.

·        Intel® Xeon® quad-core3, 64 GB ECC memory.4,5

·        NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics.

·        Dual PCIe HP Z Turbo Drives6 for speedy boot up, calculation, and response times for large files. Users can maximize storage by adding up to two additional 2.5″ SATA SSDs or HDDs.4

·        Multiple ports to quickly and easily transfer data and connect devices including side access dual Thunderbolt 3 with USB 3.1, USB charging port, media card reader, DisplayPort, and more.

HP RGS Receiver for Mac Deepens Integration for Workstation Customers

Mac users can experience maximum performance by multi-tasking between native Mac OS apps and super-charged Windows or Linux workstation applications through HP RGS. With HP RGS, users of Mac or MacBook® products can:

·        Connect seamlessly across the office or world to a Windows or Linux workstation session for joint development, interactive edits and design reviews.

·        Access business-critical, high-performance 2D, 3D, video and media-rich applications.

·        View graphics rich content on a single display or on multi-monitor setups.

·        Connect to a fully loaded HP Z840 Workstation – it is like upgrading your Mac with up to 9x the processing cores, 30x the memory and adding professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics.

·        Accomplish render time and editing of ultra-high res video content and FX at exponentially faster speeds.

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 computers and workflows. The HP Workstation technical and research and development teams have worked closely with partners in industry’s such as animation, special FX, product design, research facilities and universities making this transition to provide innovative workflow optimizations – like the ability to quickly swap the Windows button with the Apple Command key on the keyboard.

HP Z Workstation software and tools are 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 automobiles to block-buster movies.

Pricing and Availability

The HP Z1 G3 is expected to be available in May starting at $1498.
HP Remote Graphics Software is available now for HP Z Desktop and ZBook Mobile Workstations as a free download for existing HP Z Workstation customers. The Mac receiver is free for HP RGS users and is coming soon. HP RGS sender licenses can also be purchased for use on supported, non-HP hardware.

About HP Inc.

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. (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

Legal Disclaimers

1.       IDC Q4’15 WW WS Historical Tracker 02.10.16

2.       HP RGS requires a Windows, Linux or OS X 10.10 and newer operating system and network access.

3.       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.

4.       Intel® Xeon® E3 can support either ECC or non-ECC memory.   Intel® Core™ i3/i5/i7 processors only support non-ECC memory.

5.       Sold separately or as an optional feature.

6.       Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.

7.       For hard drives, 1 GB = 1 billion bytes. 1 TB = 1 trillion bytes. Actual formatted capacity is less. Up to 30 GB (for Windows 10) of disk space is reserved for the system recovery software.

© 2016 HP Inc. 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.

 

CTRL+Console Official Broadcast Partner with Adobe..!

Today I caught up with both Jeff Chow and Mandy Godown Founders of CTRL+Console! We discussed the new Broadcast Partnership with Adobe. Mandy says “The partnership solidifies a supportive relationship that began in CTRL+Console’s Kickstarter days and highlights how valuable intuitive interfaces are for creative software companies and the people who use them.”

Why am I excited..?! It puts CTRL+Console a creative new startup into a closer working relationship with Adobe one of the largest leading creative software companies in the World now boasting over a Million Creative Cloud Users. With CTRL+Console’s Premiere Pro CC Editor you now have an intuitive iPad touch interface with gestures instead of just relying on your mouse and keyboard. I’ve personally been playing around with the Premiere Pro CC Editor with the buttons and gestures and it’s a no brainer it’s nothing less than a huge time saver. Any time I can get my hands on a control surface over a mouse and keyboard I welcome it. In time you will become so much faster like using keyboard shortcuts but using gestures is like being hands free to fly all over the iPad. I highly encourage you take a closer look and if you want more control over your edit I definitely recommend it. It will save you so much time and the cost is really very affordable. I see so much potential for future products based around this touch technology. I can’t wait to get my hands and gestures all over it..! 🙂

ps: Here is the link to the coverage at NABShow 2014 Supermeet..!

Startup Gets Adobe’s Attention with Cutting-Edge iPad Editing App
New Adobe Partner Makes Creative Software Intuitive with iPad Interfaces

Press Release:

CTRL+Consolejoins the ranks of Blackmagic Design, Dell, ATOMOS, and RED as an Adobe Broadcast Partner. The Boulder, Colorado startup has released an app that builds better interfaces for creative software, including Adobe’s Premiere Pro for video editing. The CTRL+Console App brings smart design and touchscreen technology together to simplify user experience, speed up workflow, and give people a more intuitive way to create.

Computer programs are designed around the limited functionality of the keyboard and rely heavily on hundreds of keyboard shortcuts to improve speed of use (photoshop has 1,069 shortcuts). The development of touchscreens offers new ways to interact with computers. However, few products address this leap in design to improve user control of the complex software modern creatives use on a daily basis.

In response, CTRL+Console turns the iPad into a powerful and versatile control surface. The app is designed to give novice and pro users a modern alternative to the slow mouse and cumbersome keyboard shortcuts.

Instead of expensive hardware that only works with one program, the CTRL+Console app brings iPads into the workflow as an intuitive touchscreen for many programs (including the Adobe Creative Suite) and incorporates a cutting-edge Gesture Control System that allows creatives to edit faster, all while keeping their eyes on their work.

“Worth buying an iPad just for this software if you are an editor …the gesture control is fantastic… Will make a lot of editors very happy!” ~ racgordon | Via iTunes

“Best editing companion EVER!!!” ~Adam Reber | Via iTunes

“Every day we use CTRL-Consoles for controlling our timelines for both our editing and motion graphics suites. We even unplugged our $1,000 Mackie after I got CTRL+Console because the app is more responsive! ” ~Arthur Bell | Dreamlike Pictures

CTRL+Console was born after photographer, videographer, and inventor Jeff Chow became frustrated with how difficult it is to learn and use many creative programs. He knew he was on to something when his 2012 Kickstarter campaign surpassed its goal by nearly 20%.

“iPads aren’t just for watching YouTube, they’re an elegant way to seamlessly integrate touchscreen control into our work. There’s a huge opportunity to make life better for people by improving the way we interact with computers and software. That’s what’s really exciting about CTRL+Console. That’s what keeps us innovating and thinking creatively about next-gen interfaces.” Said Jeff Chow, CTRL+Console Founder and Chief Creative.

The startup has enjoyed a supportive relationship with Adobe. In 2013 Adobe was so impressed with the Kickstarter concept that they invited CTRL+Console to demo their Premiere Pro prototype in the Adobe booth at NAB. “The folks at Adobe have been amazing! They build world-class software and our consoles make those programs easier to use. It’s a great relationship.” said Jeff Chow.

Today, the app has thousands of users around the world and maintains a 4 star ranking on iTunes. Current consoles include Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere Pro, and Quicktime (free). Additional programs will be added on an ongoing basis to their expanding console “library.”

Additional Links Below:

CTRL+Console Video:
Touchscreen Gestures Video:
About Jeff Chow: LinkedIn-JeffChow


PR Contact:
Mandy Godown
Brand Builder & Creative | Co-Founder

Apple 2013 MacPro..!

So it’s finally here…the new Apple MacPro..! Wow they’ve done it again…a total redesign…it almost looks like a kitchen appliance. But all jokes aside it certainly boast some really interesting specs and concept..!

One thing I have to tip my hat to Apple is taking a new approach with their new MacPro. It’s just like them to change the game once again.
I won’t bore you with all the Specs…just here to offer some food for thought..!
link to apple macpro:
First off. What’s the deal with ATI GPU. I know it’s a constant back and forth between ATI and Nvidia. One year we are sold on Nvidia Cuda and the next it’s all about ATI. Frankly I’ve felt that Nvidia has been the most dominant in recent years and the likely choice. ATI seems a bit distant and little to no information or very much talk about how well it’s working for the Media and Entertainment industry. My guess is Apple is writing their code around these new GPUs. How that will effect the apps you use outside of Apple Pro Apps is something I guess we’ll just have to wait to be able to start benchmarking it..!
On the topic of GPU. This all in one solution is actually pretty interesting. My first gripe is the GPUs though actually. I feel that the bare minimum these days it’s 2. I’d love to see more like 4. So many apps, plugins, you name it is leaning on the GPUs. So why only one option. I feel like FCPX came on to change the game and it’s yet to really move users over to apple. In fact many have moved away from Apple to Avid or Adobe. In fact I just attended the AEPDX.org user group meeting with some of the folks at Adobe like Steve Forde(who also mentioned that Premiere Pro is now the #1 used NLE)and Paul President/CEO from Maxon. Adobe already utilizes the GPUs heavily(Maxon is looking into adding GPU but for now it’s all CPUs). It seems more and more important these days and to make us choose just one is not the best idea in my opinion. If this was redone I’d love to have a box similar to this but housed my GPUs(or mobile ones that could just slide in and out and be updated over time, allowed me to update the ram(with off the shelf options). The lack of hard drives is fine because I’d just have my root drive/sdd(or card of ram)and an external box for my Raid. Remember hard drives take very little power but GPUs on the other hand…a ton..! And they just keep getting bigger, better, faster, cheaper. 
I think something many don’t consider is how much it cost the manufacturer to adopt Thunderbolt..! I’ve overheard somewhere in the neighborhood of $50k. So what happens with TB v2.0? Is it an additional cost. Don’t forget all the new money you’ll need to spend on the new external hardware. I really never liked the idea of having to attach a host card and cubix expander for anywhere from $2-3k. Remember if your base machine already has internal expansion like my Z820 then that is just a cost I have to spend that I wouldn’t normally have to. So consider even a $1k external expansion box to hold the cards that would typically just plug and play. Are you following me. So if everything is now an external option…that means just that. I have to buy a bunch of new hard drives, raids, i/o, Gpu boxes. So take that into consideration. Basic math can probably give you a ball park number on what this new MacPro might cost…then add all the additional Thunderbold v1 & now v2.
As far as all the other amazing specs. I dig it…bring it…we love the speed and convenience…but just looked how iPhone and iDevices changed the game. So much so it’s has put us Media and Entertainment folks in my opinion on the back burner. My guess is this new box will be a welcome update…but there will be so many different ways to use it that v2 of this new design might need more updates to better suite all our needs. 
Again this is a totally new design and concept. I don’t doubt many other manufactures will adopt similar cause just think about it. It really simplies the system. It’s leaves all these 3rd party companies we must rely on now to build hopefully dependable expansion. Like anything this is all new. Time will only tell how it will all play out…will it completely change the game. Is apple doing us all a favor by doing a total redesign or are they opening up a can of worms..?!
All the i/o is great. I can see this lil box becoming the lil power house portable I could have runnin off battery power, generator etc…even edit out the back of my car. There will indeed be many possibilities. I look forward to seeing how many users attempt to hack this box to more suite their needs(if that is even possible…but trust me if it is they will:)!
For me this is not the machine for me..! I do think it’s innovative and cute…but I’m still down for a true workstaion. Shoot my power supply could easily be the size of this whole box..! That is something to be desired. Will this thing get hot, will it be unstable, or is it the revolution in size vs. cooling and so on.
I also love to hear more products being made in the USA(from apple.com):
Designed and Assembled in the USA..!
With the new Mac Pro, we’re assembling the entire product and machining several of its high-precision components in the United States. By leveraging the innovative power of industry-leading companies in Texas, Florida, Illinois, Kentucky, and over a dozen other states across America, we’re able to build a product that’s impeccably constructed and beautiful in every detail. In other words, exactly as it was envisioned by our designers and engineers in California.

I encourage your feedback and would love to here how you plan on using it..!

Thanks for reading..!

Ryanb. Aka Filmguy

 ps: noticed some people searching guess how much it will cost. off the top of my head I’d say in the neighborhood of $3500 and up based on config. if it’s less certainly welcome but they are packing some pretty impressive specs to say the least…that will cost you..!