Abbey Road editor enhances performance with switch to HP

Abbey Road editor enhances performance with switch to HP
Case study
Abbey Road editor enhances
performance with switch to HP
My Little Eye moves from Apple™ Mac Pro to
HP Workstations to cut time and boost productivity
Industry
Media
Objective
Upgrade aging software and hardware to improve
productivity and maintain industry leadership
Approach
Consulted with Adobe™, advised to switch to
HP Workstations to best support modern
software requirements
IT matters
•Enabled smooth rendering of graphics and
real-time playback of multiple content feeds,
improving production times
•Minimal crash incidents – from up to 10 per day,
helping increase productivity and decrease
stress levels
Business matters
•Improved mobility, using HP Z1, allows editing to
be done on-site, brings production team closer
together
•Faster production times allows for more new
projects to be taken on
“In the three months I’ve been using the HP machines I’ve
dramatically reduced downtime, I used to face up to 10
crashes a day on the Mac Pro. It’s saving me an hour a
day during busy production days – and that makes life a
lot less stressful.”
– Jon Walton, owner, My Little Eye
HP Workstations create production efficiencies
My Little Eye is an independent, broadcast post-production
company, specialising in music content. It has worked with
high profile artists including The Killers, David Bowie, Alt-J,
Kings of Leon and Paul Weller. To work effectively the editors
require hardware capable of supporting high performance
editing software. It needs processing speeds to allow for
fast render times, instant playback and multiple streams
of content.
Case study | Media
Challenge
Solution
Live music, time pressures
My Little Eye is an independent, broadcast
post-production company, based in Surrey
and established in 2007. In that time it has
edited show reels, short films, interviews,
documentaries, trailers and cut corporate
films for global phone companies, cinema
chains and charities.
Alternative hardware required
For the first four series of Live From Abbey
Road, the production team had used Final
Cut Pro running on Mac Pros. “By series four
the kit was starting to struggle,” says Walton.
“It was effectively four years old. My Mac Pro
was crashing up to 10 times day, and every
time I needed to use an affect it was taking an
age to render.”
Its specialism is music. Jon Walton, the
company’s founder, spent seven years
working for Abbey Road Studios; My Little
Eye has since worked with high profile artists
including The Killers, David Bowie, Alt-J, Kings
of Leon and Paul Weller.
One of its biggest projects is the Abbey Road
Studios: In Session with VW Beetle series,
(previously known as Live From Abbey Road),
now in its sixth season and broadcast on
Channel 4. The series features live music
performances and interviews, filmed with
as many as five cameras. Walton’s job is
to edit this content down to a 30-minute
programme. The shows are then broadcast
within a week of filming.
To work effectively Walton requires hardware
capable of supporting high performance
editing software. He needs processing
speeds to allow for fast render times, instant
playback and multiple streams of content.
The solution, he says, was to speak to Adobe
about its Creative Suite software. “Despite
Avid still dominating the very high-end of the
market such as Hollywood feature films, for
me, the best option is now Adobe Creative
Suite 6 Premiere Pro. Adobe’s advice was that
we could still run its software on the Mac Pro,
but performance would be comprised. They
suggested HP Workstations.”
As the primary editing suite Jon is using
two HP Z820s, each of these machines is
configured with dual Intel Xeon E5-2680
processors, a 256GB primary SSD with three
300GB SAS drives configured with RAID
5, 64GB RAM and a NVIDIA Quadro 6000
Graphics card. The DIT workstation doubling
as the Assistant Edit machine is the HP Z1,
running an Intel Xeon E3-1245 processor, a
single 1TB SATA HDD, 32GB RAM and a
NVIDIA Quadro 4000m Graphics Card. Walton, a long time Apple user, says he
had no issues with switching to HP. There
have been no problems switching from
Final Cut Pro to Adobe, all previous content
has transferred across, with minimal
software walkarounds.
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Case study | Media
Benefits
Customer at a glance
More productive, faster turnaround times
It means Walton is now able to handle realtime playback, with five or more streams of
HD content and render graphics quickly:
“At this end of the market you need 30GB of
RAM to get through the work. In the three
months I’ve been using the HP machines,
I’ve increased productivity. It’s saving me an
hour a day during busy production days –
and that makes life a lot less stressful.”
Hardware
•HP Z820
- Intel Dual Xeon E5-2680 processors - 256GB primary SSD
- 3x 300GB SAS drives
- RAID 5
- 64GB RAM
- NVIDIA Quadro 6000 Graphics
•HP Z1
- Intel Xeon E3-1245 processor
- 1TB HDD
- 32GB RAM
- NVIDIA Quadro 4000M Graphics
“In the three months I’ve
been using the HP machines
I’ve dramatically reduced
downtime, I used to face up
to 10 crashes a day on the
Mac Pro. It’s saving
me an hour a day during
busy production days –
and that makes life a lot
less stressful.”
Episode One of the latest series, a 45-minute
special featuring Paul Weller, was filmed
on the Friday with the edit complete by the
Monday. It was broadcast on the Wednesday.
“We’ll work ‘til 4am if necessary, but we have
to know the kit can handle the workload.
The HP machines can,” says Walton.
If the HP Z820 is Walton’s new workhorse,
the HP Z1 has proved to the biggest
revelation. “It has the performance and the
mobility; I can use it in the edit suite or take it
with me,” says Walton. “It means I can work
on-site, which has been great for business.
I can edit while the production team is
filming and show live feedback of shots. The
director appreciates it, the camera operators
appreciate it and it generally helps us work
better as team.
“Without the right kit, we can’t run the
company. With HP Workstations, we now
have the right tools.”
Learn more at
hp.co.uk/workstations
– Jon Walton, owner, My Little Eye
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