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.

 

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News Release 

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.

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(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.

Bram Desmet breaks down Flander Scientific Inc. New BoxIO NABShow 2016..!

Great to see all the guys over at Flanders Scientific Inc. This year at NABShow. Bram Desmet CEO & General Manager gives us a great breakdown of their new and exciting BoxIO. They come in several flavors for all levels of support. Without going into too much detail that the video will cover I can say this is a very cool Lut Box.

I am currently upgrading my edit suite with calibration hardware and Calman Studio Software from Spectracal. The boxes I’ll be running are the eeColor(which kinda seems like they are not making these anymore or no updates but one of the least expensive options), and the Aja LUT-Box. So far I’m working on calibrating my Benq W1500 with eeColor and today will start calibrating my HP z27x with Calman Studio, Xrites i1 Display Pro probe and the Aja LUT-box. The BoxIO definitely have some awesome features my current Lut boxes don’t support. Also the DIT cart they showed at NABShow was really awesome. I was fortunate to win the Tangent Element TK panel at the colorist mixer at Nab this year which motivated me to upgrade everything to add proper calibration in my edit suite(also met Jason Bowdach of Cinetic Studios an awesome colorist who also provided me some advice based on his own companies setup-we met in person after Robbie Carman demo’d the Lumetri panel with the Tangent Ripple in the NABShow  Adobe booth-too coo I might add:). I’m going to also look at setting up a similar DIT cart with the hardware and software I have now like Scopebox running on my early 2011 MacBookPro(since Scopebox is OSX Only).

All that being said…I’m looking at following up with a blog post on all this new color hardware and software with Spectracal Calman Studio but in the meantime if your looking for a LUT Box solution for your DIT cart or in your Post workflow these new FSI BoxIO look like the best new option out there(lil bit more pricey compared to what I own-but like everything you get what you pay for…so for the money the Aja box is a great lil box). I’d definitely like to upgrade to one of these boxes as I expand with more capabilities on-location, in my studio, or edit suite.

FSI is a really great company which is equally as important as a great spec product(at times a product is only as good as the follow up and support they provide…and I’ve only heard amazing things…like everyone uses FSI:). I’ve been covering their products for the past several years and have to say it’s been great getting to know some of the guys over there like Bram, Kris, and Adam Patterson came by to visit me and my edit suite before NAB. Below is a photo side by side with a CM250 and my HP DreamColor z27x. Check out those blacks comparing backlit to oled(uber black…blacks)..! 

Below is a video on the NABShow 2016 showfloor with Bram Desmet breaking down BoxIO..!

Additional Details Below of the various FSI BoxIO boxes and options..!

Thanks for checking out my Blog..!

 

Cheers..!

 

Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

Pamela Ann Berry Atomos Product Ninja Demos Flame NABShow 2016…

Caught up with my friend Pamela this year in the Atomos booth. She was kind enough to give us a complete breakdown of all the benefits and robust features the Atomos Flame HDR monitor is capable of in a video below.

 

See how the Flame Series with AtomHDR will redefine the way you shoot with Log

~10-bit Monitor

~AtomHDR

~7” High bright 1500nit

~Build & Power Management

Flame Series Key Features:

• With a Dynamic range to match that of a 10-bit camera LOG footage, AtomHDR monitors   deliver the detail in highlights and shadows usually clipped on traditional monitors.

• A highly advanced field monitor even in non-HDR scenarios with 1500nits brightness for outdoor
  shooting, native full HD resolution and optional calibration to ensure natural LCD colour drift can
  be corrected over time.

• Record direct from the sensor in pristine 4K UHD (up to 30p) or record HFR HD (up to 120p)

• Along with recording the high pixel density of 4K, the Ninja and Shogun Flame also record higher
  resolution 10-bit colour information and more precise yet efficient 4:2:2 colour encoding.

• Recording to Apple ProRes and AVID DNxHR visually lossless edit-ready codecs ensure you
  capture full individual frames like film, providing more flexibility and creativity in post. 
  Can be delivered to any standard – never worry about having your footage technically rejected
  due to the format again.

• Ready for real-word conditions with built-in armour protection, dual battery hot-swappable
  continuous power system to ensure you always have power and a raft of included accessories including a new fast charger and snap-fast sun hood.

• Our patented hot-swappable dual battery system for continuous power is backed up with the
  included power accessories (2 x 4-cell batteries, D-Tap adaptor & blazingly fast battery charger)

• An arsenal of creative weapons including focus and exposure tools, 3D Custom Looks, Waveforms(LUMA and RGB) and Vector Scopes ensure you set the shot up perfectly every time.

• XLR audio via breakout cables for Shogun Flame or 3.5mm line level input with audio delay, level adjustment and dedicated audio meters with channel selection for Ninja Flame.

• We support affordable, readily available SSDs from the world’s most trusted media brands.

Below is a video with Pamela on the NABShow floor in the Atomos booth with the 411 on Flame..!

Atomos Shogun & Ninja Flame – HDR & High Brightness Launch Trailer from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

 

 

More info at:

https://www.atomos.com/flame/

Please view the fill list of resellers here: http://www.atomos.com/where-to-buy/


About Atomos
Atomos exist to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge
products including 4K & HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size Apple ProRes recorder, signal converters & power
management solutions. Each product serves a different need but all share the common benefit of enabling a faster,
higher quality and more affordable production schedule for video professionals.
Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China

Website: www.atomos.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/AtomosGlobal
Twitter: @Atomos_News
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/AtomosVideo
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/atomosvideo


PS: Ian Foster of Atomos pays me a visit rollin the NINJA1 Subaru..!

Cheers..!


Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy