Videoguys Tech Select HP z Workstations for Professionals
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Videoguys' Tech Select HP Workstations are custom-configured by our technicians to hit some great price points and still provide you with a machine that we strongly recommend. HP uses only the best components, and these workstations come optimized for digital content creation. They are easily expandable and upgradable which means you’ll get a longer useful life out of them.

The new HP z840 is the power users choice, and the best dual Xeon solution on the market. We like the z440 single Xeon machines for professionals who don’t require as much horsepower, but demand the same level of reliability and stability. If you are a power user on a budget, the z640 can be upgraded to a second Xeon processor down the road.

When it comes to stability, reliability and performance HP workstations set the bar by which all others are judged. They are more expensive then a DIY build, but you get what you pay for. These workstations use the highest quality components and are designed for heavy duty editing environments. If you want the best, HP workstations are up for the test. If you’re building a professional post facility, HP z series workstations are the only way to go!

Videoguys' Tech Select machines have all been built for superior performance with Avid, Adobe, Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas NLE software as well as Sorenson Squeeze desktop encoding software and Telestream Wirecast for live production and streaming.

Give our tech’s a call 800-323-2325 for answers to all of your HP workstation questions. They can customize any of these machines with more RAM, better Quadro graphics cards and Xeon processors with more cores.  They are here to help guide you into the best possible HP workstation & NLE solution for your budget.

Now with Windows 10 Pro!

 
HP z440
HP Tech Select
z440 6-Core Workstation

 

Our Z440 tech select is the perfect choice for video editors on a budget who still demand premium performance and components. For just under 3 grand you get a 6-core Xeon processor, 16GB of RAM, 256GB SSD boot drive and the new blazing fast Quadro m2000 graphics card. This system is perfect for video editors looking to cut HD footage.

We recommend this system for Avid, Adobe, Edius, and Vegas. Here’s to more power to you with the HP Z440 Workstation..

$2,999.00

 
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HP Tech Select z640 Octo Core Workstation

 

Our Z640 tech select is designed for editors who require additional performance without breaking the bank. You get a bigger Octo core Xeon processor and 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD boot drive and the new blazing fast Quadro m4000 graphics card. This system can be upgraded to a second Xeon processor down the line. It is perfect for video editors looking to cut HD & 2K footage, as well as more complex timelines with mixed footage, compositing and color correction.

$3,750.00

 
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Now with 512GB SSD!

 

HP Tech Select z840 Dual Octo-Core
Xeon Workstation

Our Z840 tech select is simply the most powerful NLE workstation you can buy for under $5K! You get dual octo core Xeon processors, 32GB of RAM, 512GB SSD boot drive and the new blazing fast Quadro m4000 graphics card. This system is perfect for video editors looking to cut HD, 2K or even 4K footage. With the dual Xeons you'll be able to render your timelines and encode your clips at lightning speed.

$4,999.00

 
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HP Tech Select z840 Dual 10-Core Xeon Workstation

Our Z840 tech select takes your editing to the next level. You're getting dual 10 core Xeons, a whopping 64GB of RAM, 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro boot drive and the ridiculously fast and powerful Quadro m5000 graphics card. This NLE monster is perfect for video editors looking to cut any footage including 4K. With the 16 total cores and the m5000 GPU it's perfect for color grading, After Effects compositing, animation and just about any timeline you can imagine..

$7,499.00

 
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HP z840

New Lower Price!
HP Tech Select z840 Dream Machine! Packed with the Ultimate Components

Our Z840 dream machine tech select beast is simply the most insane machine we could configure that some could still call affordable. You're getting dual 12 core Xeons, a whopping 64GB of RAM, 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro boot drive and the insanely powerful Quadro m6000 graphics card. This NLE dream can cut 4K footage like butter. With the 24 total cores and the m6000 GPU it's the right choice for post houses, color graders, After Effects artists and video editors who demand the very best and can afford to pay for it.

$10,999.00

 
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Hardware that's made for your software.

HP worked directly with partners like Adobe and Avid to create software that’s optimized specifically to take advantage of HP hardware and the NVIDIA CUDA platform to wring even more powerhouse performance out of the GPU.

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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 Cloud applications can take full advantage of the performance features of HP Workstations to give pros greater confidence in their production solution.

Improve Your Workflow

Adobe Creative Creative Cloud software is the high performance toolset with everything you need to create productions for virtually any screen. You’ll experience amazing performance from pre-production to post. Get the entire collection of all the creative pro tools available from Adobe at one unbeatable price. That means you can edit your video, mix the sound, add motion graphics, color grade, and even create promotional materials—all in-house. Do your best work and do it fast with HP Z Desktop or Mobile Workstations with DreamColor display technology offering color space critical presets like Adobe RGB and Rec 709.

Adobe Professional Software Demands Workstation Power

With up to 8 dual core Intel Xeon processors, expanded I/O and massive storage, professional graphics hardware and fast, reliable memory, HP Z Workstations are designed, tested, and built for Adobe users looking for high performance and extreme stability.

Working together, HP & Adobe solve tough creative challenges

The combination of HP Workstation hardware and Adobe software helps solve some of the toughest creative challenges with solutions that are tuned and integrated for better performance. Adobe revolutionizes how the world engages with ideas and information and HP designs and manufactures some of the best performing workstations available today. Together HP and Adobe engineers work closely to help ensure that Adobe applications take full advantage of the performance capabilities of the latest HP Workstations.

Avid MediaCentral Platform

 

Working together, HP and Avid help industry professionals solve tough creative challenges with innovative hardware and software that are tightly integrated for optimized performance. HP and Avid engineers closely collaborate to certify the latest versions of Media Composer, NewsCutter, and Pro Tools on the latest HP Workstations.

Avid creative professionals demand workstation power

HP Workstations are designed for Avid film, video, and audio pros looking for high performance, extreme expandability, and mission-critical reliability. HP Workstations offer up to dual 8-core Intel® Xeon® processors, the latest NVIDIA® Quadro® graphics hardware, up to 512GB of RAM, and a revolutionary tool-free chassis design for easy serviceability.

Use what Avid uses – HP Workstations

HP has a unique relationship with Avid. HP Workstations are the internal desktop standard throughout Avid. This means that Avid chooses HP Workstations to develop, test, and demo their powerful, cutting-edge software and hardware products. Additionally, Avid has chosen HP Workstations for its turnkey solutions, including Avid Media Composer and Avid NewsCutter products. This close relationship gives you the confidence that your solution providers will work together to support your needs for years to come.

Rigorous testing and certification

HP invests in people, equipment, testing, and certification processes to help ensure that Avid applications take full advantage of the performance capabilities of the latest HP Workstations. HP product testing includes application performance, graphics, and comprehensive ISV certification for maximum productivity. Before HP Workstations receive Avid certification, they undergo rigorous testing. You can be confident with your solution investment in HP and Avid. Also, all HP Workstations come with a 3-year parts, 3-year labor and 3-year onsite service (3/3/3) standard limited warranty that is extendable up to 5 years.

 

These pros already made the move from Mac to Z...

 

Rob Legato & Mark Russell
Hollywood blockbusters
Power the impossible

HP Z Workstations transform CGI fantasy into the real thing.

Jonathan Bird
Broadcast TV
Speed up your workflow

Edit, change, do over and start again in minutes – not hours.

Devin Super Tramp
Viral videos
Create anywhere

No need to get back to a studio. Do the work wherever it takes you.

Visual effects supervisors Rob Legato and Mark Russell use HP Z Workstations when they need to turn impractical, unattainable, unthinkable shots into on-screen reality.Rob Legato is a two-time Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor and second unit director of photography. He won his first Academy Award for his work on Titanic, and his second for Hugo. Rob has also been awarded for his work on Apollo 13and the Star Trek franchise.After attending the University of Southern California, Mark began his career in film production in Los Angeles, working on groundbreaking films such as Saving Private Ryan and Minority Report. He now resides in New York, working on both major motion pictures and supervising independent projects and directing short films.Thanks to the incredible processing power of the HP Z8 Workstations, Rob and Mark are able to take on massive workloads, running multiple workstreams simultaneously without ever slowing down. In 1991 Jonathan Bird formed Oceanic Research Group Inc., dedicated to producing educational ocean-related material. Since then he’s produced 13 educational films, published 7 books, and created the award-winning series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, earning him 9 Emmy Awards and 2 CINE Golden Eagle Awards.Jonathan Bird takes the world underwater in his nine-time Emmy award-winning series Jonathan Bird’s Blue World, edited and produced right from his own home studio.Bird and his team chose the HP Z8 Workstations because they’re built to keep up with creativity, packing more memory so you have the freedom to try new things, rearrange and re-do, without having to worry about waiting.“Our Mac was taking twelve hours to render one of these like, ten second little graphics, and with our new Z Workstation, the first one we did, it rendered in two hours – at full resolution.” Devin “Super Tramp” Graham started creating YouTube videos for a friend in college. Since his first video he’s shot to internet superstardom, earning over 300 million views, gaining 1.78 million followers, and directing commercials for brands like Ford, Mountain Dew and Panasonic.Armed with a video camera and an HP ZBook, Devin takes internet viewers on extreme adventures, producing Hollywood-quality videos on location – every week.Creatives like Devin can’t be chained to an office, which is why HP created the ZBook – designed to deliver the same level of heavy-duty production and post production, no matter where you are, without any additional equipment.Devin can seamlessly transition from the road to the studio, transferring all his data via Thunderbolt™ 2.01– the industry’s fastest, most versatile I/O connection. And with the HP DreamColor LP2480zx Professional LCD display, he can see it all play back in one billion active colors.

See the difference between HP Z and the new MacPro

HP Z440
6-CORE XEON
Mac Pro
Basic
ME253LL/A
HP Z640
Octo-CORE XEON

Mac Pro
Upgraded MD878LL
HP Z840
DUAL OCTO-CORE

Mac Pro
Maxed Out
ZOP8
HP Z840
DUAL
24-CORE
$2,999.00 $2,999 $3,750.00 $3,999 $4,999.00 $9,599 10,999.00
Intel Xeon E5 CPU(s) and Total Number of Processing Cores
6-Core Quad-Core Octo-Core Hex-Core Dual Octo-Core 12-Core 24-Core
6 4 8 6 16 12 24
Memory – Videoguys recommends at least 16GB of RAM to achieve the best possible video editing workflows.You can add an additional 16GB RAM for approx $400 to any HP z workstation
16GB 12GB 32GB 16GB 32GB 64GB 64GB
Graphic Processor (GPU) – Adobe Creative Cloud and Avid Media Composer are optimized for NVIDIA CUDA GPU acceleration. They are NOT optimized for AMD processors
NVIDIA Quadro M4000 Dual AMD FirePro D300 NVIDIA Quadro M4000 Dual AMD FirePro D500 NVIDIA Quadro M4000 Dual AMD FirePro D700 NVIDIA Quadro M6000
Included Storage followed by Maximum expandable internal storage.HP Workstations include 4 drive bays that can be filled with a pair of 3TB drives in RAID 0 for under $500or 4 x 3TB drives in RAID5 for 9TB of useable redundant storage for under $1,000.

256GB SSD

256GB PCIe flash 512GB SSD 256GB PCIe flash 512GB SSD 1TB PCIe flash 512GB HP Z Turbo Drive Quad Pro
Blu-ray Disc Burner for high-definition disc authoring & archiving
Yes No Yes No Yes No Yes
Thunderbolt 2 – The HP and Apple systems listed here ALL include Thunderbolt 2 technology – a dual protocol I/O innovation that dramatically increases transfer performance with bi-directional 10 Gbps speed, and offers daisy chaining to multiple external devices, providing flexibility and simplicity.
Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Warranty – For 30 years HP has been supporting the creative professional, which is why they provide a limited three-year, on-site warranty. So no more packing up equipment and hauling it in or sending it off. If anything goes wrong, HP will come to you, on your schedule, and get you back up and running fast.
4 Years On Site 1 Year 4 Years On Site 1 Year 4 Years On Site 1 Year 4 Years On Site
$2,999.00 MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com $3,750.00 MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com $4,999.00 MacPro not currently available at Videoguys.com $10,999.00

 

Add External G-Technology Thunderbolt Storage Solutions for all of your Video Editing Needs!

G-Technology Studio Series deliver new innovations, style and reliability for 2K and 4K video editing, photography and other content creation workflows. The Studio family comes in new high-quality, sleek black enclosure for today’s high-performance computers and workstations. The line features multiple RAID options, removable enterprise-class 7,200 RPM drives, 20 gigabits per second (Gbps) Thunderbolt 2 interfaces, and the industry’s highest capacity 6TB hard disk drives (HDDs) for pre- and post-production workflows.

         
 
G-RAID Studio
2-Drive Thunderbolt 2 Raid

 

A high-performance Thunderbolt 2 storage system with hardware RAID. Configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, G-RAID Studio features Thunderbolt 2 technology for ultimate speed.


12TB $1,299.95
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G-SPEED Studio
4-Drive Thunderbolt 2 Raid

 

Sustained transfer rates of up to 700MB/sec and the ability to daisy-chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports, this RAID solution ships with Enterprise Class Hard Drives and is designed to support multistream compressed 4K and 2K workflows.

12TB $1,699.95
$899.95

 
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G-SPEED Studio XL
8-Drive Thunderbolt 2 Raid

 

A hardware RAID 8-Bay Thunderbolt 2 solution offers professional content creators colossal capacity and high definition performance. This Enterprise-class Storage Solution with Thunderbolt 2 technology for ultimate speed is configurable in RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10, 50, & 60. Designed to support multi-stream compressed 4K workflows with extremely large volumes of data at transfer rates of up to 1350MB/sec and has the ability to daisy-chain via dual Thunderbolt 2 ports. The G-SPEED Studio XL features a sleek black enclosure, smart fan technology, Enterprise Class hard drives and a 3-Year warranty - providing the ultimate storage solution for demanding Video and Photography based workflows.

32TB $3,399.95
48TB $4,699.95
80TB $7,899.95

 
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G-TECHNOLOGY USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt RAIDs

G-Technology uses only the highest quality 7200RPM drives from HGST. In fact all of our G-Tech RAID solutions use HGST Enterprise class drives. These drives are engineered for the most rigorous 24/7 environments. Numerous independent tests have determined that HGST Enterprise drives are the most reliable in the industry. G-Technology matches this incredible reliability and performance with sleek, sexy styling to deliver the best external drive solutions in the industry for video, photo and audio content.

Whatever your workflows are, G-Technology & Videoguys have a solution that will meet your needs and budget.

 
G-RAID USB 3.0 G1
G-RAID USB 3

 

Dual drive, professional RAID 0 storage solution with high-speed USB 3.0 and FireWire interfaces. Designed for professional content creation applications, G-RAID supports simultaneous playback of multiple layers of HDV/DVCPRO HD ProRes 422 HQ with the leading video editing applications, including Apple Final Cut Pro, AVID Media Composer and Adobe Premiere.

8TB $529.95
12TB $729.95
16TB $949.95

 
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G-RAID with Thunderbolt 2 and USB 3.0
G-RAID with Thunderbolt
and USB 3.0

 

G-RAID with Thunderbolt is a high-performance, removable dual 7200RPMEnterprise-class hard drive storage system featuring both Thunderbolt 2 and USB3.0 connectivity. For ultimate flexibility, choose between hardware RAID 0, 1 or JBODto quickly access, browse, edit and backup your digital library.

8TB $599.95
12TB
 $749.95
16TB
 $999.95

20TB $1,449.95

 
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G-RAID with USB 3.0, FireWire, and eSATA
G-RAID with USB 3, FireWire, and eSATA for Ultimate Flexibility

 

G-RAID  A high-performance removable dual-drive storage system. Configurable in RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD, G-RAID features USB 3.0, eSATA, and FireWire for ultimate flexibility. G-RAID ships with two removable 7200RPM hard drives up to 12TB, complete in an all-aluminum enclosure.

4TB $349.95
8TB
 $499.95
12TB
 $699.95

 
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