HP Powers Avid Everywhere with High Performance Computing Solutions for Media

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Avid and HP have been working together for over 20 years and we’re excited about what the future holds for our two companies. HP Z Workstations are rigorously tested and certified with Avid software, ensuring that Avid customers get maximum performance and reliability when choosing a Z Workstation. Most recently, in addition to the Z840, Z440, Z230 desktop workstations and the ZBook 15 and 17 Mobile Workstations, Avid has expanded certification of Media Composer to the HP Z640 mid-range Desktop Workstation. This helps broaden the choice and possible configurations that facilities can have when choosing a workstation from HP.

As Avid Everywhere continues to deliver a unified experience and common services across multiple platforms such as web, mobile, and desktop, access to high-performance computing power from these endpoints is more important than ever. Not only do you need access to content for managing and viewing, but creating content at the point of inspiration, collaborating across facilities, or editing on the go has become more important than ever. HP recognized this need and introduced Remote Graphics Software, aka RGS, which is ideally suited to helping Avid Artist Suite users access and create content everywhere. HP Z Workstations such as the Z440, Z640, Z840, and all ZBook Mobile Workstations come with RGS, and as long as you have network access to your workstation, you can use RGS to log on and use your favorite Avid software to access your data, just as if you were sitting at your actual workstation. HP RGS also allows broadcasters to securely collaborate across studios anywhere in the world because the system sends encrypted pixels, which means your data and applications stay safe at the office.

Another important factor when collaborating across facilities is ensuring that you see the same image characteristics on your display as other collaborators. HP DreamColor Professional Displays recently won an Academy Award in the Scientific and Engineering category (Academy Plaque) specifically for democratizing color critical displays. By making color accurate monitors affordable to the masses, HP DreamColor displays are finding their way across the entire production pipeline, eliminating confusion and unnecessary edits when providing remote feedback on issues related to color.

Finally, from content creation, to transcoding and distribution, HP Moonshot is also changing the way broadcasters do business. With support for up to 45 server cartridges, Moonshot helps you consume less power, less space, and significantly reduces complexity. This is achieved by sharing power, cooling, and cabling across all of these server cartridges. HP Moonshot management software also assists with workload provisioning and health and power monitoring. With the growing adoption of ultra-high definition 4k and 8k, HP Moonshot delivers more video streams per rack unit and supports this massive strain on existing transcoding infrastructures. Ideal for the Avid Media Suite, HP Moonshot enables much greater capacity for media management, real-time collaboration, and automated workflows for high-volume content delivery. Join our live panel, HP: Powering Avid Everywhere, at Avid Connect 2015 to learn more about the technologies discussed in this article.

HP: Powering Avid Everywhere

Saturday, April 11, 2015
4:45pm – 5:30pm

As Avid continues to deliver a unified experience across multiple platforms such as web, mobile, and desktop, access to high performance computing from these endpoints is more important than ever. Join this live panel to learn how HP is helping power Avid Everywhere through remote computing, consistent color across the content production pipeline, and achieving significantly greater efficiency in transcoding and content distribution. Technologies discussed include HP Z Workstations, Remote Graphics Software, HP DreamColor technology, and HP Moonshot.

  • Jeff Wood, VP of Worldwide Product Management, Workstations & Thin Clients, HP
  • Dr. Tom Bradicich, VP Server Engineering, HP
  • Christian Jones, Product Manager for Remote Graphics Software, HP
  • Greg Staten, HP DreamColor Architect, HP
  • Moderator: Rick Champagne, Worldwide Segment Manager, Media & Entertainment, Workstations & Thin Clients, HP


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As Worldwide Segment Manager for Media & Entertainment for HP Z Workstations and Thin Clients, Rick leads Customer Advisory Councils, guides product and solution strategy, and manages Partner Marketing for the Film/TV/Broadcast and Games industries. With a long history of managing products such as Autodesk Mudbox, Softimage, and the 3ds Max and Maya Entertainment Creation Suites, Rick has been in the service of Artists and other Creative Professionals for nearly two decades. Follow Rick on Twitter @Rick_Champagne.