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Visual Effects, Finishing, and
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  • Page 1 Autodesk ® Visual Effects, Finishing, and Color Grading xw8600 Workstation ® Hardware Setup Guide...
  • Page 2 © 2009 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved. Except as otherwise permitted by Autodesk, Inc., this publication, or parts thereof, may not be reproduced in any form, by any method, for any purpose. Certain materials included in this publication are reprinted with the permission of the copyright holder. ®...
  • Page 3 FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE REGARDING THESE MATERIALS. Published by: Autodesk, Inc. 111 Mclnnis Parkway San Rafael, CA 94903, USA Title: Autodesk Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading HP xw8600 Workstation Hardware Setup Guide Document Version: 1 Date: March 16, 2009...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    Contents Chapter 1 Introduction ......... . . 1 About This Guide .
  • Page 6 Connecting to the InfiniBand (IB) Network ......16 Connecting Storage ..........16 Connecting and Configuring the ATTO Fibre Channel Adapter .
  • Page 7: Chapter 1 Introduction

    1 Notation Conventions on page 2 Contacting Customer Support on page 2 About This Guide ® ® This guide describes how to set up the HP xw8600 workstation for your Autodesk Visual Effects, Finishing, ® ® ® ® ®...
  • Page 8: Notation Conventions

    For a list of all the documentation available, visit From this page you can access the complete documentation library. You should also refer to your product's release notes for all late-breaking release information. Notation Conventions A number of style conventions are used throughout this guide. These conventions and examples of their use are shown as follows.
  • Page 9: Chapter 2 Getting Started

    Getting Started Topics in this chapter: Workflow for Hardware Setup and Application Installation on page 3 Typical Configuration Overview for Autodesk Effects and Finishing Applications on page 4 Typical Configuration Overview for Autodesk Lustre on page 5 Hardware Configuration Guidelines on page 6 BIOS and Firmware on page 8...
  • Page 10: Typical Configuration Overview For Autodesk Effects And Finishing Applications

    7 Perform the procedures in the Autodesk Visual Effects and Finishing Software Installation Guide, Autodesk Lustre Software Installation Guide for Windows Workstations or the Autodesk Lustre Software Installation Guide for Linux Workstations to install and license your Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading application.
  • Page 11: Typical Configuration Overview For Autodesk Lustre

    Typical Configuration Overview for Autodesk Lustre The following illustration shows a typical configuration, including the Lustre Master Station, Station, and other optional components. Control Surface Brigh t Brigh t Sh Mid High Brigh tness Satur ation Lustre Master Workstation AJA BOB (breakout box) RS422A Audio Wclk...
  • Page 12: Hardware Configuration Guidelines

    Memory Requirements The HP xw8600 supports up to 16 GB of memory, and uses DDR2 PC2-5300P ECC Registered / Unbuffered DIMMs. The amount of memory required for your Autodesk Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading system depends on the resolution of your projects, and the type of work you perform.
  • Page 13: Rack Mount Requirements

    The following table summarizes the peak (at startup) power consumed by the HP xw8600 system and the heat it generates under the maximum processing load produced by your Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading application.
  • Page 14: Avoiding Damage From Static Electricity

    Avoiding Damage from Static Electricity When installing any hardware equipment, take the following precautions to prevent damage to sensitive components from static discharge: Make sure power is turned off on the component you are working on. It is a good idea to unplug components until all other connections are configured.
  • Page 15 3 Go to the DKU_ /Utils/BIOS directory on the DVD, where <version_number> <version_number> represents the version of the DKU. For example: cd /mnt/cdrom/DKU_3.5.0/Utils/BIOS TIP If the DKU has already been installed on the workstation, you can access its contents in the /usr/discreet/DKU directory, without having to use the application DVD.
  • Page 16: Aja Oem-2K Pci-X Firmware

    BIOS Menu Item Value Power OS Power Management, Runtime Power Management Disable OS Power Management, Idle Power Saving Normal OS Power Management, ACPI S3 Hard Disk Reset Disable Hardware Power Management, SATA Power Management Disable Advanced Chipset / Memory, PCIe Lane Allocation (SLOT4:SLOT5) x8:x8 Device Options, S5 Wake on LAN Disable...
  • Page 17 Card #: 0 Board Version String: OEM 2K - Rev 0 PCI Version: 0x73 Board ID: 10196500 FPGA built on 2007/09/18 at 10:57:41 NOTE If there is no aja file in /proc/driver, you are using an outdated driver or the driver is not loaded and you must install the latest DKU for your workstation.
  • Page 18 7 Shut down your workstation by typing: shutdown -g0 If your workstation does not prompt you to power down, press the power button for 10 seconds to force a power down. 8 Disconnect the power cord. 9 Wait 10 seconds, reconnect the power cord, then restart your workstation. 12 | Chapter 2 Getting Started...
  • Page 19: Chapter 3 Connecting Peripherals

    NOTE All the diagrams in this document illustrate a Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) adapter located in PCI slot five. Your workstation may also be configured with an optional QuickSilver InfiniSERV 9000 PCIe-DDR adapter. On the HP xw8600 workstation, the PCI slots are numbered one to seven from top to bottom.
  • Page 20: Connecting The Monitor

    HP xw8600 Workstation Product key: * Visual Effects and Finishing # Lustre To keyboard, mouse, Monitor calibrator (#) Ref in from sync gen USB Tablet (*) HD-SDI (V2) Out 0:2:2/4:4:4 To Slave Renderer (#) display device on VTR To house network (*)
  • Page 21: Connecting The Monitor Calibration Device

    ® The Wacom Intuos USB tablet is shipped with your system. All customization with respect to the tablet, including setting tablet margins, should be done in the Preferences menu of your application. For help, see the description of Pointer preferences in your Autodesk Visual Effects and Finishing application User Guide. NOTE You do not need to connect a tablet if you are using Lustre and you have a Control Surface with an integrated tablet.
  • Page 22: 4-Port Broadcom Adapter

    To connect the workstation to IB network: Connect port 1 of the IB network adapter to the IB network. On the HP xw8600 workstation Port 1 is the port furthest from the air vents. For information on how to configure the IB adapter, refer to the Autodesk Stone and Wire Filesystem and Networking Guide or Autodesk Lustre 2009 User Guide.
  • Page 23: Connecting And Configuring The Atto Fibre Channel Adapter

    Your workstation is configured with a 4-port ATTO Celerity FC-44ES fibre channel adapter in PCI slot four. On the HP xw8600 workstation the PCI slots are numbered one to seven from top to bottom. Consult the Peripherals Connection Diagram as a reference for the ATTO fibre channel adapter location.
  • Page 24: Connecting The Autodesk Control Surface

    device, as well as to select a text label that identifies the device in the Archiving module. Refer to the Autodesk Visual Effects and Finishing Configuration File Reference Guide for additional information. You should also refer to the documentation from your archiving device vendor for guidelines on the actual block size to use.
  • Page 25 HP xw8600 Workstation To USB extender Network Switch NETGEAR Ports 3 and 4 to additional panels To port 1 on USB Extender Autodesk Control Surface Autodesk Tablet 5V DC 4A Ethernet If you are using only one panel, you can connect that panel directly to the workstation, instead of using the switch.
  • Page 26: Configuring The Autodesk Control Surface

    To USB extender To port 1 on USB Extender Autodesk Control Surface Autodesk Tablet 5V DC 4A Ethernet 3 If you are using more than one panel, use network cables to connect each of the panels to the network switch. 4 If you are using the panel that includes the tablet, use a USB cable to connect the panel to a USB port on the back of your workstation.
  • Page 27 3 In the Local Area Connections Properties dialog box, select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties. The Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) Properties dialog box opens. 4 Select the Use the following IP address option. 5 Set a static IP and Subnet mask address for the port. Select values that do not conflict with any other machine on your network.
  • Page 28: Configuring The Init.config File For The Autodesk Control Surface

    nedit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth<port#> 2 Modify the IPADDR and NETMASK values. For example: IPADDR= NETMASK= Configuring the init.config File for the Autodesk Control Surface After you have configured the IP address of the Control Surface, you must configure the init.config file to use the Control Surface.
  • Page 29 HP xw8600 Workstation Slave Render Station (HP DL 140 G3) Port 1 Connecting the Slave Renderer to a Lustre Workstation | 23...
  • Page 31: Chapter 4 Setting Up Video Hardware

    Use the video components and wiring diagrams listed in this section to connect the video I/O components and a broadcast monitor to the HP xw8600 workstation. The following components are included in your hardware shipment. The only video hardware you must provide are a sync generator, a VTR, a patch panel, if necessary, and an HD/SDI broadcast monitor.
  • Page 32: Wiring Your Video Components

    Wiring Your Video Components Refer to the wiring diagrams in this section to connect the video I/O components to an HP xw8600 workstation equipped with an NVIDIA Quadro SDI board. Note the following about the wiring diagrams: If Real-Time Deliverables are not used, the output port and input port of the VTR connect to the SDI In A and SDI Out A ports of the AJA breakout box.
  • Page 33: Standard Vtr Control Cable Pinouts

    HP xw8600 video I/O SD/HD SDI Link B, to VTR (for dual link) For Real Time Deliverables SD/HD SDI Link A, to VTR SD/HD SDI IN 2 OUT 1 INPUT SD/HD SDI IN 1 OUT 2 SD/HD/SDI Monitor (not included)
  • Page 34: Standard Vtr Control Cable

    Standard VTR Control Cable: Linux(AJA) Controlling VTR (Normal Video I/O Control Cable) Linux(AJA) OEM-2K: MALE DB9 MALE DB9 OEM-LH: FEMALE DB9 RS-422 2 - RX - 2 - TX - PAIR 1 7 - TX + 7 - RX + 3 - TX - 3 - RX - PAIR 2...
  • Page 35: Vtr Emulation Rs-422 Control Cables

    If you intend to use the emulator as a Player, it is recommended that you connect an external AES signal such as a tone to the input of the system serving as the VTR emulator. This ensures the Player is stable and correctly synced.
  • Page 36 VTR-Emulation Control Cable: 3rd-Party Device Master Controlling Linux (AJA) Emulator Linux(AJA) Emulator 3rd-Party Device Master OEM-2K: MALE DB9 MALE DB9 OEM-LH: FEMALE DB9 RS-422 2 -RX - 8 -TX - PAIR 1 7 -RX + 3 -TX + 8 -TX - 2 -RX - PAIR 2 3 -TX+...
  • Page 37: Chapter 5 Setting Up Audio Hardware

    Setting Up Audio Hardware Topics in this chapter: About Audio on page 31 Audio Wiring Workflow on page 31 Audio Hardware Components on page 32 Audio Wiring on page 32 Configuring the Lucid ADA 88192 Converter on page 33 Audio Keywords in the Visual Effects and Finishing Configuration File on page 36 About Audio Your application uses the Discreet Native Audio subsystem.
  • Page 38: Audio Hardware Components

    4 Connect your audio hardware devices. To avoid system instability, make sure you connect your audio hardware as illustrated for your configuration. See Audio Wiring on page 32. 5 Configure the Lucid converter for remote or local control. See Configuring the Lucid ADA 88192 Converter on page 33.
  • Page 39: Configuring The Lucid Ada 88192 Converter

    RS 422A RS 422C AES/EBU Audio Video MonitorOut RS-422 Y/G/CVBS Pb/B/Y Pr/R/C AUDIO WC lk CVBS RS.422B RS.422D DIGIT AL A UDIO Ch. 1/2 In Ch. 3/4 In Ch. 5/6 In Ch. 7/8 In Ch. 1/2 Out Ch. 3/4 Out Ch.
  • Page 40: Adjusting Lucid Ada 88192 Converter Settings

    HP xw8600 workstation. Local control means you adjust converter settings manually, using the controls on the front of the converter. Controlling the converter remotely is the recommended method as it does not require physical access to the converter to change settings.
  • Page 41: Lucid Ada 88192 Converter Settings For Remote Control

    Lucid ADA 88192 Converter Settings for Remote Control You must configure the following settings to control the converter remotely. Any setting not listed here either has no effect with the application or can be set through the audio preferences of the application. Menu Menu Item Comment...
  • Page 42: Audio Keywords In The Visual Effects And Finishing Configuration File

    Menu Menu Item Comment For digital audio: AES INs --> ADAT OUTs AES INs --> AES OUTs AES INs --> ANALOG OUT Sync Internal OFFExternal AES 1+2 External AES 1+2 is the recommended setting. System Route Unit: 8 Miscellany Audio Keywords in the Visual Effects and Finishing Configuration File There are two keywords in the software initialisation file (by default, init.cfg) that must be uncommented and set to the correct values to ensure Discreet Native Audio works properly.
  • Page 43: Index

    Infiniband audio network Audiodevice storage MidiDevice video I/O components video I/O devices Wire network connecting peripherals workflow LCD graphics monitor connection diagram Lucid Converter ADA 88192 HP xw8400 37 | Index...
  • Page 44 software initialisation file, audio keywords storage, connecting memory requirements support MidiDevice keyword contacting monitor calibration connecting mouse, connecting tablet, connecting network, connecting video hardware components notation conventions video I/O, wiring 25–26 NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics board video wiring NVIDIA Quadro SDI board control cable emulation control cable emulation, setting up...

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