Configuring your workstation


HP Takes Z240 to 4.2 GHz; Makes Entire Workstation Line More Mac Friendly

One of the reasons I favor HP workstations is because HP practices the Japanese art of kaizen, or continuous small improvements. A great example is the recent update to HP’s entry level desktop tower, the Z240 (on the left, click to see full rez pi...

Choosing a Workstation for Editing, Encoding, or Analysis? Check out the HP Z840

Though cameras get most of the hype and headlines for video producers, workstations are where the rubber meets the road, helping us meet our deadlines and get our work done during normal (or mostly normal) business hours. Recently, I put the new HP Z...

Much Video Processing Performance Boost Do the Latest PC Processors Deliver?

Back in 2009, when HP shipped new workstations powered by the Nehalem line of CPUs, the performance boost was so significant that they instantly rendered obsolete workstations based upon previous architectures. Now that Intel has launched Ivy Bridge-based CPUs that triple the core count of early Nehalem-based workstations from four to 12, can we expect similar performance gains? That’s what I’ll explore in this article, which compares the performance of a 12-core (24 with HTT) HP Z800 against a 24/48 core HP Z820 in both editing and streaming encoding functions.

HP Releases New Z1

On January 6, 2014, HP announced a new version of their Z1 all-in-one workstation. I love the first version because it's beautiful, powerful and field upgradeable; but it lacked high-speed external connectivity, so your capture options for live produ...

Buyer's Guide: Windows Production Stations

If you’re an editor or a compressionist, your livelihood depends upon the stability and throughput of your production station. If you plan to buy a new Windows workstation in 2012, here are some thoughts to consider when choosing and configuring your system.

Buyer's Guide: Windows Production Stations

From the operating system to the graphics card, here is all you need to know to buy the best workstation for your budget.

I'm Rosie's Dad (on the power of video)

I'm at a conference in Las Vegas visiting with the HP workstation group. Great folks, nice hotel, fun meetings, Cirque de Soleil tonight. So all the workstation VPs make their sweep of the dining room last night, saying hello, getting some face tim...

HP EliteBook 8760W - the Ideal Mobile CS 5.5 Workstation

Depending upon the project type, rendering with GPU-acceleration in Creative Suite 5.5 can reduce rendering time by up to 92% over CPU-only rendering. Since NVIDIA's CUDA technology is the only GPU that currently accelerates rendering in the Adobe Media Encoder and Premiere Pro, buying a notebook without NVIDIA hardware for CS5.5 production is a huge mistake.

If you're in the market for such a notebook, the HP 8760w is a dream machine that performs as well or better than a single CPU desktop workstation. If you need an external eSATA drive for production work, the Akitio Taurus Mini Super-S LCM should be on your short list.

What Makes a Workstation a Workstation - My visit to HP

hp logo.pngHP invited a bunch of journalists, myself included, out to visit their facility in Fort Collins, CO, the headquarters for workstation design, support and marketing. Beyond the desire to meet and greet friends old and new, I had one goal – to learn what makes a computer a workstation.

If you click over the the main story, you'll see that I learned a whole lot more.

Apple Mac Pro - How Much Memory is Enough?

In the first edition of this month’s Affordable HD enewsletter, we keep the focus on the Apple Mac Pro, specifically analyzing the optimal memory configurations for editing and encoding with Apple Final Cut Studio, Adobe Creative Suite 4, and Telestream Episode Engine. I looked at several scenarios.