HP (Hewlett Packard) A/V, Workstations, and Display Solutions

Dan Bennett of HP gives us an Awesome Breakdown of the Z1 All In One Workstation..!




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HP Z1 Workstation

HP Z1 - 27 inch display all-in-one workstation


HP Z1 Workstation

Introducing Power
Without the tower.

Introducing the HP Z1, the world’s first all-in-one workstation with a
27” (diagonal) display that snaps open to let you swap out parts and make upgrades. No tools required.1



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No compromises were made on the Z1 — it combines the capabilities of a workstation with the elegance of an all-in-one to meet the demanding visualization and computing needs of our customers.

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See the Z1 in action
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The Making Of
HP Z1 Workstation
Customize your HP Z1 all-in-one, no tools required

Open Possibility.

Experience the simplicity of all-in-one design with the HP Z1 Workstation. Easily add a hard drive, upgrade memory, or access the graphics card by snapping it open. And enjoy the control of easily swapping out parts on your own. Enhance your work with the HD Webcam, SRS Premium Sound processing and whisper-quiet acoustics. And unleash your creativity on a workstation that’s worthy of it.

Quad core Xeon Z1 All in one

Workstation Performance
Without Compromise.

Bring your ideas to life faster with the accelerated performance of the HP Z1 Workstation. The only all-in-one workstation with quad-core Intel® Xeon® processors2, 3. Make renders faster and crashes a thing of the past with professional graphics and ECC memory. Experience the HP Z1 Workstation and stay one step ahead of your imagination.

HP Z1 all-in-one with NVIDIA Quadro graphics

High Performance Graphics.
Incredible from Every Angle.

See your work more clearly on a 27″ (diagonal) LED-backlit display that supports over a billion colors.4 With a wide, 178 degree viewing angle and an IPS panel, the HP Z1 Workstation display is professional any way you look at it. With equally professional NVIDIA Quadro graphics for blazing fast renders and performance, the HP Z1 gives you the time to be your creative best.
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Custom build your HP all-in-one Z1 workstation

Build the Machine You Want to Drive.

Customize the HP Z1 Workstation the way you want to with a variety of I/O options, including USB 3.0 for blazing fast speeds and your choice of optical drives, like the slot-load Blu-ray Writer.6 Choose from a variety of storage types, including 7.2K and 10K SATA, SSD options, optional RAID configurations, optical drives and a media card reader.

Dan Bennett of HP tells us about the exciting new Fusion IO Accelerators..!

HP Fusion-IO NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Fusion-IO NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

The HP IO Accelerators


HP IO Accelerators: Powering Productivity and Creativity

HP IO Accelerators eliminate the I/O bottleneck that is the most common obstacle to entertainment application performance. HP and Fusion-io offer visual entertainment applications incredible read and write bandwidth as well as industry-leading, low-latency IOPS.
HP and Fusion-io benefit the visual entertainment industry in the following ways:

  • Powers performance to improve productivity and enable creativity
  • Improves pipeline efficiency and asset management
  • Safeguards intellectual property with advanced enterprise data protection
  • Enables work without proxies in full resolution at full frame rate, in any resolution and in stereoscopic 3D

Prime Focus Makes Clash of the Titans 3D in Just Eight Weeks with Fusion-io

Under a tight deadline, innovative studio Prime Focus replaces disk arrays on projection systems with Fusion-io technology to greatly improve productivity and system reliability.

“With typical VFX projects, we complete about 20-30 shots per day. The ioDrives scaled our data load capabilities by about twenty times. This improved our productivity about 2-4x.” -Sean Konrad, Project Manager for Stereoscopic Conversion, Prime Focus

Powers Performance to Improve Productivity and Creativity

Fusion-io eliminates the DRAM constraints that plague most entertainment applications. Fusion Powered desktops help:

  • Compositors play back nearly instantly and track as fast as the GPU can process data
  • Editors work at full resolution, without the noise and heat of disk arrays
  • Image and paint artists sort and load high resolution images quickly
  • Encoders/transcoders convert to different formats or resolution in a fraction of the time
  • 3D content creators save “on the fly,” undo/redo, or preview work without the wait

Improves Pipeline Efficiency and Asset Utilization

HP IO Accelerators enhance the project management pipeline by eliminating “backend” slowness that can hold up artists’ work. It also lets studios and artists maximize the utilization and investment on today’s advanced parallel GPU systems.

Protects Intellectual Property

For many artists and studios, digital content literally is the business. Protecting that data is a must. Fusion-io solutions offer advanced enterprise data protection, ensuring failure never compromises data. For more information, see Fusion-io: A New Standard in Enterprise Reliability.

ioFX for HP Workstations

New Fusion ioFX memory tier bridges the gap between creative potential and application performance in the professional production pipeline. ioFX accelerates leading creative applications freeing time for visual artists to explore more ideas, even under today’s tight deadlines.
ioFX is available via the HP 3PO process.  Learn more


Dan Bennett of HP gives us a nice detailed explanation of the benefits their Dreamcolor Display offers..!




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HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display



Gold Standard Color-Critical Displays


HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional DisplayThe gold standard color critical display for creative professionals. The LP2480zx display is used by many of the world’s leading animation studios and visual effects companies as well.

The HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display has the features that color professionals need to excel in their work. This display is ideal for a wide range of color workflows including animation, visual effects, post production, digital photography and digital pre-press.


DreamColor Customers



The DreamColor display Broad Format Support and Broad Frame Rate Support
  Broad Format Support & Broad Frame Rate Support

The DreamColor display has an excellent range of frame formats including: 1080p, 1080i, 720p, NTSC and PAL. Customers working in feature films can work at 2048X1080 at 24 or 48 fps—2K is the current digital cinema standard.

     A major film studio identified the LP2480zx as the only display in class that correctly displays 48 fps material without motion artifacts introduced by the display. Native support for all standard video/film frame rates without frame rate conversion: 23.976p, 24p, 29.97i/p, 30p, 48p, 50i/p, 60i/p.


Out of the Box Productivity Features
You asked for an interface that works well in both high and low light environments without distracting LED backlights. HP Night Vision User Interface is the answer and features convenient on-screen menu tags and LED backlit buttons. After a period of inactivity, the buttons auto-fade to black.

A Wide Range of Inputs
The DreamColor display also includes an 4-way comfort adjust stand with quick release, integrated cable management and 4-port USB hub. Inputs include DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, VGA, Component, Composite and S-Video.

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HP DreamColor Calibration Solution

The studios that use the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional Display take full advantage of custom calibration so that what they see in the screening room matches what they see at their desks and what the audience will see in the theater.

Panel Specs
24” 1920×1200
Panel technology
Panel bit depth per color
10 bits
Gamut – coverage of srgb / adobe / dci
100% / 100% / 98%
Monitor Specs
Displayport, HDMI, DVI, Component, Composite, S-Video
USB Ports
Response time – gtg
6 ms
Backlight technology
Panel Frame Rate support
48, 50, 60 +/-0.5fps
Contrast ratio – typical
Factory Calibrated Presets
sRGB, Adobe, 601, 709, DCI-P3, Full, User
User Calibration Option

HP DreamColor Calibration Solution

Max Brightness – cd/m2, typica
Min White level – cd/m2, typical
Black level – cd/m2, @ min luminance, typ CR
Surface Treatment
Anti-Glare, 25% Haze
User Calibration OS Support

Dan Bennet of HP gives us a breakdown of the HP Red Edition Z820..!





HP Red Edition NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Red Edition NabShow 2013 from Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy on Vimeo.

HP Workstations and Adobe Systems

HP Workstations and Adobe Systems


Adobe Systems

Professional Solutions for Professional Adobe Users

Working together, HP and Adobe® help industry professionals solve tough creative challenges with innovative hardware and software that are tuned and integrated for better performance. HP and Adobe engineers work closely to verify that Adobe® Creative Suite® applications can take full advantage of the performance features of HP Workstations to give pros greater confidence in their production solution.

Why Switch? Upgrade to HP for the full power of Adobe media software. Learn More.

RED Digital Workflows – Optimized Z Workstation

HP, RED®, NVIDIA and Adobe have collaborated to create an editing workstation capable of handling all that you can push to it. With the move to all-digital workflows, the Z820 RED Edition workstation has been optimized to meet the uncompromising demands of today’s digital film and video pros. This team of industry leaders is committed to providing business with a powerful, reliable platform to meet your needs over the long term.

HP Z820 RED edition

What’s Special about the Z820 RED Edition Workstation

The HP Z820 RED Edition Workstation comes equipped with up to 2 custom REDMAG card readers and up to two integrated RED ROCKET acceleration cards. Processing power comes in the form of dual 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors with 16 cores, configurable up to 3.91GHz with Turbo boost. A single SSD boot drive is standard as well as NVIDIA Quadro 5000 graphics, with upgrades available. Systems come standard with 32GB RAM upgradeable to 512GB RAM. Liquid Cooling comes standard, and an optional Blu-Ray burner is available. The system includes Adobe CS6 Production Premium with an optimized Windows 8 image.

                     Built on HP Z Workstation DNA

The RED Z820 Edition is built on the award winning HP Z

workstation DNA. HP engineers design customized systems and work closely with technology partners to test and optimize components for a better workstation experience. The entire system is designed and tested as one to verify that all components are working together in a tightly integrated manner. Coupled with an intense focus on innovation, performance, and reliability, this philosophy has kept HP at the forefront of the workstation industry for 30 years.

Available through HP Resellers

HP RED Z820 reseller Tekserve HP RED Z820 reseller ProMAX.
Deploying and delivering tools specifically tuned to enhance workflows using the RED Digital Cinema, HP chose to have experts in the field of media and entertainment, ProMax and Tekserve, be the exclusive HP approved sales providers of the RED Z820 Workstation. Located in multiple locations, demos and training are easily available.

 Dan Bennet of HP gives us insight on the Yamaha Nuage Post Production DAW Powered by the Z820..!




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A New Platform for Unprecedented Post-production Productivity


Digital audio workstations, controllers, interfaces: professional post-production capabilities can only be realized when all components work together in perfect harmony. Nuage Integrated Audio Production System brings it all together in a collaboration that defines new standards of quality and workflow efficiency for virtually every aspect of the production process. Yamaha control and interface hardware seamlessly integrates with Steinberg Nuendo DAW software in a purpose-built system that offers unprecedented productivity and flexibility as well as premium audio quality.
Discerning engineers and artists who already depend on the sonic quality and intuitive workflow of Steinberg’s native-processing Nuendo DAW will be pleased to learn that Nuendo 6, included with Nuage, takes that performance to a new level. And for maximum system versatility the dedicated Yamaha control surface and audio interface hardware is modular, so you can easily create a custom configuration that ideally matches your application.

Nuage for mixing, editing, dialog replacement in audio post production applications. Top-class hardware and software in perfect harmony at last.

NUAGE System Components



Nuendo 6, with an all-new mixer window and expanded feature set, is the core of the Nuage Advanced Production System. Nuage includes refined Nuage Fader and Nuage Master control surfaces for intimate access to all Nuendo functions via an abundance of switches and encoders in a clear, comprehensive layout. Add a selection of extraordinary DSP-equipped Nuage I/O audio interfaces that communicate via a Dante digital audio network, plus a PCI-Express standard Dante Accelerator card for ultra low latency audio transmission with high channel counts, and you have the makings of an extremely versatile high-performance audio production system that promises unprecedented efficiency, quality, and productivity. Nuage Fader and Nuage Master units can be freely combined as required, and the three Nuage I/O models can be cascade connected to create systems accommodating a wide range of studio needs and budgets.

Unparalleled Workflow Efficiency



A sleek user interface that combines time-tested elements with thoroughly researched and proven innovations, plus comprehensive visual feedback, give Nuage components intuitive, stress-free operability that significantly enhances productivity.


Superior Production Output Quality



To the client, the only thing that really matters is end product quality, and here’s where Nuage really delivers. In addition to a low-stress working environment for engineers and re-recording mixers, Nuage offers advanced processing capabilities and sublime sonic quality that makes a marked difference in the final sound.


Flexible Modular Architecture Plus Network Audio


With a modular architecture that lets you combine components you need to ideally support your application, plus network audio that allows you to lay out your system to match available infrastructure and installation requirements while maintaining undiminished audio transmission quality throughout, Nuage offers outstanding system flexibility and scalability.

#AMacGuyRocksHP Apple ends 17″ MBP and now MacPro..!

So it’s a new day, new year, and once again another blow to the post community. Apple has been making some interesting or scary moves for us post people. What do I mean by this?! Well for starters users like myself have been using Macs for years! I’ve been using the Apple pro apps for years! Then FCP X was announced…wow that software looks so amazing..! That is what I and many others were thinking at the Supermeet in Las Vegas. At the last minute the typical jam packed schedule with various talent, vendors to share post secrets, their methods it was changed and left wide open for Apple. We were wowed by the next evolution in post production. Well as we all know that didn’t quit play out the way we thought. From go the software was lacking many pro tools we all expected. I will agree now it’s much better and a viable tool but with 2 years to wait for features…who can wait?! Same goes for their hardware. Last year Apple discontinued the MacBook Pro 17″.  
Many say oh it’s no big deal they have other better faster cooler models. No that’s not going to work for me! I love my 17″ MBP. Why cause I just do! I love the larger canvas. Higher Resolution is nice on a smaller one…but I still prefer a larger Mobile!

So for me a mac guy let’s think about a few options. You can now get smaller MBPs, you can get less powerful iMac(compared to MacPro all the additional slots, etc.)…or you can do something crazy..! You can actually look outside of Macs. Oh snap…here comes…wth would I ever consider that..?!

Ok so 2012 I was at Nab. I have been holding off like everyone else for the next amazing MacPro nearing two years of no refresh and sitting here in the dark with no answers. Well I happened to talk to someone who was like well go PC. I’m like hmm PC…oh no not that route! I mean no OS X, Windows sucks right?! Blue Screen of Death, too many hardware conflicts, blah blah blah. Hmm is it really true though. That’s a good question?!

So I got a mobile Elitebook 17″ to start messing around with. First off I noticed well it’s big, it’s heavy…after the initial look and feel out of the way I soon figured out that there’s a reason it’s not paper thin. It’s friggin jam packed with power under the hood and also had features my MacBook Pro didn’t even have. One thing I can say about PCs over Macs is that they refresh them more often! The parts can and will be faster in many cases sooner than Macs will. Why is that. Well it’s possibly by design! Apple has been focusing so much energy on iDevices that in truth it feels like us Video Pros and the like have just been left on the back burner! So after the initial um it’s not a Mac Dood! I realized wait this Elitebook 8760w has just as fast a cpu(quad core), it has just as fast of ram, but on top of the basics they offer i/o that exceeds Macs(minus thunderbolt-but that has also been a slow roll out do to it’s cost for manufacturers). My Elitebook has built in Displayport, E-Sata(which actually tested faster than on my MBP when connected to a Caldigit or Sonnet Express card-check out earlier post #AMacGuyRocksHP), ieee(nice if you still capture via firewire), usb 3.0 ports, even an SD-MMC slot. Huge plus for us Photo and Video Pros is the built in DreamColor Display(it’s a value added option). Yes you read that right..! You may have heard all the praise from users like Shane Hurlbut(Elitebook Video w/Shane)how he uses HP Dreamcolor Displays in his workflow both on and off location(Also check video with Shane Hurlbut, Jacob Rosenberg Dir. of Danny Way Doc ‘Waiting For Lightning’ & CTO of Bandito Brothers as well as Doug Cooper VFX Supervisor at Dreamwork Animation talking about how they use them in their workflow(HP Dreamcolor Video). If your not familiar with it’s benefits of wysiwyg then go to HP.com and do your own research. It’s a big welcome plus to the pro market! Another major plus is that the Elitebook has an Nvidia Quadro card(5000m). That works very well with the Adobe Creative Suite of Tools. I myself have nearly left Macs and FCP in the dust these days because I’ve nearly completely switched from using my Macs and FCP Suite or lack there of suite of tools and use the Adobe Production Premium nearly exclusively! If you haven’t noticed there’s been so much buzz not just from Mac users switching to PCs but also the software has taken a turn in my opinion to the worst on the Apple Pro Apps side! They dropped Shake their high end pro app. They eliminated the Suite and brought out Final Cut Pro X and sold Compressor and Motion separate but we’ve never seen a Shake Replacement leaving users to use other apps like Nuke. Again I feel apple let us down…and continues to surprise us like the announcement today that they are discontinuing the MacPro in Europe. Wow really…it’s not like they didn’t see the regulations coming right..?!

So now I am happy to say there is a true replacement to the MacPro..! I am also running an HP Z820. This machine is a beast..! It totally rocks..! Wow where do I start?! First off the most obvious at least to me. It has a ton of slots on the motherboard..! Behind their beautifully designed machine covers for airflow you see lanes and lanes of bandwidth dying to host all your cards! In fact I’ve got mine jammed packed from top to bottom..! There is no way that is ever going to happen with a MacPro(at least no time soon considering they are removing inventory for…well nothing from the sound of it…in Europe anyway-only time will tell if that will change…all I can say is look at how FCPX has progressed-it has taken quit some time…do you have time to wait/waste)?! Take a look at pic below!

As you can see I’m able to run an Nvidia Quadro 5000, Nvidia GeForce 680 4GB(both double wide cards), Red Rocket card(no expander in this setup), Atto R380, Matrox MXO2 pci-e card to MXO2 Mini, and also there’s a blank slot opening on top that has added E-Sata i/o. That is pretty amazing that I can fit it all in one machine! I was super stoked..! My only option on my MacPro would be to pull cards in and out for certain projects or just not be able to fully use my MacPro to it’s full potential in my opinion by design! Not to mention two of the slots are slower compared to multiple high speed pci-e slots(even a legacy pci slot for users who might be running an old Pro Tools card or the like-mine is covered up by the Nvidia Quadro 5000 on second to bottom slot-I don’t use any legacy pci cards so no loss for me). The cpus are fast…real fast up to 3.1 Ghz 8 cores each. Mine has two top of the line intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2687, 3.1 GHz, 20 MB cache, 1600 MHz memory Eight-core. The ram is nearly limitless(up to 512)mine currently has 32GB same as my MacPro. Yet everything is faster..! The machine is superfast. It’s basically the Red Edition minus a cool Red i/o for SSD offloads and a fancy paint job. The system is liquid cooled and very quite(my MacPro is not as quite).

Ok cool so the system has some fancy specs…what does that really mean. In short it means every single task you do is going to be done in less time. For many of you time is money! For me I’ve always had the idea that I’d get the best camera I can afford and also the best fastest computer! Why…well I can’t make a camera lol…and buiding a PC is doable but one big reason I was a Mac Guy is that I wanted to focus more on using my system than tinkering with it! When you go HP you get support, warranty, and you get a company that is there to help you succeed! That is Not going to be the case if you go to Frys and build something! I’ve been there…and let me tell you I’ve had a bad experience in 2007 where I bought $4k in parts, Vista X64 and figured this is going to kill anything out there and I’m saving a ton of $! In reality what happened is the mainboard manufacturer Tyan had support(kinda). Yes they would answer the phone and emails(they got to know me by name-but not in a good way lol)…but when the board seemed to have issues they kept blaming someone else! After 6 months and no usuable computer(they finally RMA’d my board having to go the the top level management to get issue resolved)I went back to the Mac Store and said wth I’m tired of this crap. I want easy..! That was a MacPro! At this point I owned so many macs I was never going to consider a PC, Windows, whatever I was fed up! At that point Apple was bad ass. They kept updating the Video Apps, they seemed very efficient at the time, they were super powerful…and frankly everyone used either Avid MC or Final Cut. So you really felt like you had the best software and hardware. Present day. As I said the landscape has changed! The industry has changed! Better faster hardware(not necessarily cheaper-but in a way it is because it’s so much more powerful)! Cameras are so much more affordable, software vendors have continued to lower prices, plug-in companies like Red Giant have brought out new tools(buying out it’s competition), lowered prices. So for us post people and filmmakers we are in an exciting time with so many options when we actually consider them all..!

I have high confidence now that the future is bright…you just have to adapt to it..! HP is that company to me. They invited me to attend a closed meeting discussing our needs Mac Users(and other users like myself were there). I can confidently tell you that they are serious about supporting and bringing the best tools to the Media and Entertainment Market! For years now big post houses like Bandito Brothers have been using HP Z Workstations and I have to say they are one of the best in the business! Others as I said like Shane Hurlbut have been seen with HP Dreamcolors displays, mobiles, and Z Towers out in the wild and they are able to do anything and everything with HPs!

I’m looking forward to sharing with you more of my experience in the weeks and months to come..!

I welcome feedback about the systems. I’m sure HP will follow my blog and they are really interested in what you like or don’t like about their systems! HP is a company that puts more of their effort into the R&D than just marketing….this means we get the most advanced machines available. They are going to be here in the future with bigger, better, faster machines and releasing them consistently. I think the key for many is to look past Windows. Frankly for me I spend most of my time in the apps I run. I am less concerned about just a slick OS and more concerned one a machine that can house all my hardware, two a company that actually interacts with it’s users like myself, and three a company that is not going to leave us in the dark hoping and praying we won’t be let down..!

I highly recommend you take a closer look at what HP has to offer…I’m confident you won’t be disappointed..! 


Ryanb. Aka: Filmguy

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The Experiment Continues...

Just got the HP Elitebook 8760w in..!

HP Elitebook 8760w smokes 17″ MacBook Pro in E-Sata Test..!

So when this first post launched on my Blog over 5 years ago I was a Mac User. Had a MacPro Tower(the best kind of MacPro for expansion imo), and of course the above MBP early 2011 top of the line. What it didn’t have was a powerful GPU…to this day Apple is putting a 4GB Gpu and this HP Elitebook came with a 5010M 4GB way back when it was launched over 5 years ago. What it didn’t have was Thunderbolt but it was also pretty new and kinda pricey. The other faster option was utilizing the Express port. Looking back at it now I can see the HP had some major advantages like the fact it had a express54 over a 34 speed slot. This gave it the edge because the MBP required a express card adapter to bring the e-sata in.

Unfortunately I uploaded the original test video showing the speed was much faster on the HP over the MBP. What I believe was the Write speeds were closer to the 125MB/s peak it could achieve. I’ve been looking through archives to see if the video exist(the originally link is now dead). So if I do find it will come back here and update the post.

That being said the screen grab of the Aja speed test for the MBP didn’t get removed so you can see how it performed below.