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...
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, ® ® ® ® ®...
For a list of all the documentation available, visit http://www.autodesk.com/me-documentation. 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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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...
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.
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 (*)
® 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
nedit /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth<port#> 2 Modify the IPADDR and NETMASK values. For example: IPADDR=192.168.125.10 NETMASK=255.255.255.0 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.
HP xw8600 Workstation Slave Render Station (HP DL 140 G3) Port 1 Connecting the Slave Renderer to a Lustre Workstation | 23...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.