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Visual Eff ects, Finishing, and
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Hardware Setup Guide

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  • Page 1 Autodesk ® Visual Eff ects, Finishing, and Colour Grading xw8600 Workstation ® Hardware Setup Guide...
  • Page 2 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: April 1, 2010...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Contents Chapter 1 Introduction ......... . . 1 About This Guide .
  • Page 4 Chapter 6 Connecting Storage ........31 Connecting Media Storage .
  • Page 5: Chapter 1 Introduction

    Backdraft Conform. If you already own an HP xw8600 workstation shipped with a previous release of your Visual Effects, Finishing and Colour Grading application, you do not need to change its configuration. But, you do need to verify its BIOS settings.
  • Page 6: Notation Conventions

    At various places in this guide, references are made to other documents. Depending on your hardware and software configuration and network topology, you may want to have additional documentation on hand before you begin setting up the hardware: Autodesk Visual Effects and Finishing Installation and Configuration Guide Autodesk Lustre Installation and Configuration Guide for Linux Workstations Autodesk Lustre Colour Management User Guide Autodesk Lustre User Guide...
  • Page 7: Chapter 2 Getting Started

    Autodesk Visual Effects, Finishing, or Colour Grading application on a HP xw8600 workstation. To install a Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading application on a HP xw8600 workstation: 1 Review the guidelines for working with hardware components. See Hardware Configuration Guidelines on page 9.
  • Page 8 7 Install and license the Visual Effects, Finishing, or Colour Grading application. As above, see the application Installation and Configuration Guide. 4 | Chapter 2 Getting Started...
  • Page 9: Typical Configuration Overview For Visual Effects And Finishing Applications

    Typical Configuration Overview for Visual Effects and Finishing Applications The following illustration shows a typical configuration, including the Wacom tablet, and other optional components. Workstation Peripheral Options WACOM Tablet Video Options AJA BOB (breakout box) AES/EBU Audio Video MonitorOut RS-422 Y/G/CVBS Pb/B/Y Pr/R/C...
  • Page 10: Typical Configuration Overview For Autodesk Lustre

    Typical Configuration Overview for Autodesk Lustre A Lustre system consists of a number of different hardware and software components. This section describes each of the hardware components in a Lustre installation, and the software associated with each component. You may or may not have all of the components listed here in your Lustre setup. The type of workgroup, as well as the feature set you purchase for each of the workstations in that workgroup, determine the components in your installation.
  • Page 11 Control Surface The Autodesk Control Surface provides improved interactivity when colour grading film and video footage. You can perform many of the same tasks you do in the Lustre user interface using the Control Surface. You connect the Autodesk Control Surface to a Master Station or HD Station, and configure the Control Surface on the workstation to which it is connected.
  • Page 12 The following illustration shows a typical Lustre workgroup configuration built around a Master Station. It includes a Lustre 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) AES/EBU Audio Video MonitorOut...
  • Page 13: Hardware Configuration Guidelines

    Hardware Configuration Guidelines In most cases, hardware integration and application installation are done on delivery by an authorized technician, and some of the procedures in this guide may not be necessary. Still, it is a good idea to read through all chapters to familiarize yourself with the configuration procedures for the following reasons: Many suspected problems with your system may be due to loosened connections or improperly configured devices.
  • Page 14: Rack Mount Requirements

    The following table summarizes the peak (at startup) power consumed by the system and the heat it generates under the maximum processing load produced by a Visual Effects, Finishing, or Colour Grading application. For more detailed specifications, including noise output, see the documentation provided by the manufacturer. Component Quantity Startup Amps...
  • Page 15: Grounding Audio Hardware Components

    Wear a grounded static wrist strap. Attach the strap's alligator clip to any grounded metal surface on the component's chassis that you are working on. Place the wristband around your wrist. Do not handle any components unnecessarily, particularly boards and cards that slide in and out of PCI slots on their parent hardware components.
  • Page 17: Chapter 3 Connecting Peripherals

    The following diagram provides an overview of the adapter card positions, and illustrates how to connect peripherals, such as the graphics monitor, keyboard, mouse, Wacom Intuos pen tablet, and house network, to the HP xw8600 workstation. It is recommended you connect all hardware peripherals, as instructed in this chapter, before booting the...
  • Page 18: Connecting The Graphics Monitor

    NOTE This diagram depicts 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 19: Connecting The Keyboard, Mouse, And Tablet

    To connect the monitor: 1 Use the short DVI cable to connect port 1 of the Nvidia Quadro FX graphics adapter card to the DVI port of the Nvidia Quadro SDI Output adapter (the add-on card). 2 Use the longer DVI cable (F0-DVI-25-MN) to connect port 2 of the Nvidia Quadro FX graphics adapter card to the DVI-D IN port of the monitor.
  • Page 20: Network Connections

    You can configure your Visual Effects, Finishing, and Colour Grading workstation with an optional QuickSilver InfiniServ 9000 PCIe-DDR series IB adapter. The IB network adapter resides in PCI slot five. 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 optional IB network adapter location.
  • Page 21: Connecting The Autodesk Control Surface To A Lustre Workstation

    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 application installation and configuration guide.
  • Page 22 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 NOTE The illustration shows the central panel only (the Colour Grading panel). This panel is easily identified, since it has both an Ethernet network port and a USB connector.
  • Page 23: Connecting The Slave Renderer To A Lustre Workstation

    Lustre, since that version uses Incinerator to obtain real-time rendering and playback. Although the Lustre Slave Renderer uses a standard GigE network connection, it requires the higher-bandwidth Cat-6 cable, to accommodate the increased data that is transmitted. HP xw8600 Workstation Slave Render Station Port 1...
  • Page 25: Chapter 4 Setting Up Video Hardware

    Setting Up Video Hardware Topics in this chapter: Video Hardware Components on page 21 Connecting Video Components on page 22 Setting Up VTR Emulation on page 23 Video Hardware Components This chapter explains how to set up video I/O for your workstation. The following components are included in your shipment.
  • Page 26: Connecting Video Components

    Connecting Video Components The following diagram illustrates how to connect the video hardware components included in your shipment. The only video hardware you must provide are a sync generator, VTR, HD/SDI-ready broadcast monitor and patch panel (if desired). Note the following important points regarding video connections: 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 27: Setting Up Vtr Emulation

    HP xw8600 video I/O For Real Time Deliverables or Stereo SD/HD SDI Link B, to VTR (for dual link) SD/HD SDI Link A, to VTR OUT 1 INPUT SD/HD SDI IN 2 OUT 2 AJA HD5DA SD/HD SDI IN 1...
  • Page 28 To configure hardware for VTR emulation: 1 Connect the video I/O cables between the devices involved in the VTR emulation process (out-to-in/in-to-out). Make sure the connections support the video standard you want to work with. If you intend to use the emulator as a Player, it is recommended that you connect one black or colour bar SDI signal to the input of the system serving as the VTR emulator.
  • Page 29: Chapter 5 Setting Up Audio Hardware

    Setting Up Audio Hardware Topics in this chapter: Overview of Audio Components on page 25 Wiring Audio Components on page 26 Configuring the Lucid ADA 88192 Converter on page 26 Audio Keywords in the Visual Effects and Finishing Configuration File on page 29 Overview of Audio Components Your application uses the Discreet Native Audio subsystem.
  • Page 30: Wiring Audio Components

    5 Set the appropriate keywords in the software initialisation file. See Audio Keywords in the Visual Effects and Finishing Configuration File on page 29. Wiring Audio Components The following diagram illustrates how to connect the Discreet Native Audio hardware components to the AJA breakout box.
  • Page 31: Understanding Remote Vs. Local Control Of The Lucid Converter

    Understanding Remote vs. Local Control of the Lucid Converter You can control the converter either remotely or locally. Remote control of the converter means that you adjust converter settings through the audio preferences of the application. If you want to control the converter remotely, you must connect the converter to the serial port of the workstation.
  • Page 32: 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 33: 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 35: Chapter 6 Connecting Storage

    A storage infrastructure that allows multiple workstations to share simultaneous access to a central storage enclosure. Connecting the Fibre Channel Adapter The HP xw8600 workstation is configured with a 4-port ATTO Celerity FC-44ES fibre channel adapter in PCI slot four (top to bottom).
  • Page 36: Connecting Storage Enclosures

    The fibre channel adapter is equipped with four ports, called loops. You can connect your storage enclosure to the fibre channel cards using either 2 loops or 4 loops. A 2-loop device can be connected to either the inner pair of ports or the outer pair of ports. A 4-loop device requires both the inner pair and the outer pair. FC loop 2 To storage assembly FC loop 3...
  • Page 37 A number of Stone Direct configurations will ensure optimal playback of the most demanding formats. Storage Configuration Loops Expected Peformance Stone Direct XR One 2-loop connection One stream SD/HD 10-bit (32 chan- nel/8-bits per channel audio), or One stream 2K 12-bit unpacked (8 channel/8-bits per channel audio) Stone Direct XR plus Stone Direct Two 2-loop connections (if permitted by...
  • Page 38: Connecting Xr 6500 Storage

    Connecting XR 6500 Storage The following diagrams illustrate 2-loop and 4-loops connections for XR 6500 series storage assemblies. Cable your storage exactly as illustrated to ensure proper functionality. A XR 6500 RAID enclosure supports a maximum of seven XE expansion enclosures. Configurations with two XR RAID enclosures are not supported.
  • Page 39 Single XR 6500 RAID enclosure, 4 loops To FC adapter on workstation / LMS (port 0) To FC adapter (port 1) To FC adapter (port 2) To FC adapter (port 3) XR RAID Enclosure HOST 1 HOST 0 XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure Cabling for additional enclosures...
  • Page 40: Connecting Xr 6412 Storage

    Connecting XR 6412 Storage The following diagrams illustrate 2-loop and 4-loops connections for XR 6412 series storage assemblies. A XR 6412 RAID enclosure supports a maximum of seven XE expansion enclosures. Configurations with two XR RAID enclosures are not supported. WARNING Do not power on your storage before installing Linux, otherwise the Red Hat installer might attempt to format the storage array and use it as the system disk.
  • Page 41 Single XR 6412 RAID enclosure, 4 loops To FC adapter on workstation / LMS (port 0) To FC adapter (port 3) To FC adapter (port 1) To FC adapter (port 2) XR RAID Enclosure FACTORY USE ONLY FACTORY USE ONLY XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure XE (EBOD) Expansion Enclosure...
  • Page 42: Connecting Xr 5402 And Xr 5412 Storage

    Connecting XR 5402 and XR 5412 Storage The following digrams illustrate 2-loop and 4-loop connections for XR 5402 and XR 5412 series storage assemblies. XR 5402 and XR 5412 series storage assemblies support 2-loop configurations with one XR RAID enclosure, and 4-loop configurations with two XR RAID enclosures.
  • Page 43: Connecting Archiving Storage

    NOTE The XR 5402 and XR 5412 RAID enclosures support a maximum of four XE expansion enclosures. Two XR 5402 / 5412 RAID enclosures, 4 loops First storage assembly Second storage assembly To FC adapter on workstation / LMS (port 1) To FC adapter on workstation / LMS (port 0) To FC adapter (port 2) To FC adapter (port 3)
  • Page 44 While Autodesk Media and Entertainment makes no certification statement about any tape drive device, you can use the “Tape Drive Test” plug-in in Autodesk SystemCentral to test SCSI tape drives for compatibility. For more information, see the Autodesk System Central User Guide. 40 | Chapter 6 Connecting Storage...
  • Page 45: Chapter 7 Configuring The Workstation Bios

    Configuring the Workstation BIOS Topics in this chapter: Checking the BIOS Settings on page 41 Updating your System BIOS on page 42 Restoring BIOS to Default Factory Settings on page 43 Checking the BIOS Settings After wiring the workstation and before installing Linux, turn the workstation on and check the BIOS version and BIOS settings.
  • Page 46: Updating Your System Bios

    BIOS Menu Item Value Integrated IDE Boot Order Optical Drive USB Device 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)
  • Page 47: Restoring Bios To Default Factory Settings

    A dialog box prompts you to select between USB and CD-ROM. NOTE If the CD-ROM option does not appear, SATA emulation was not set correctly. Reboot your machine and redo this procedure from step 4. 12 Select CD-ROM and press F10 to confirm. 13 Select the .bin file.
  • Page 49: Appendix Avtr Control Cable Pinouts

    VTR Control Cable Pinouts Topics in this chapter: Standard VTR Control Cable Pinouts on page 45 VTR Emulation RS-422 Control Cables on page 46 Standard VTR Control Cable Pinouts The following diagram depicts the RS-422 control cable pinouts for the standard VTR control cable. Linux(AJA) OEM-2K: MALE DB9 MALE DB9...
  • Page 50: Vtr Emulation Rs-422 Control Cables

    VTR Emulation RS-422 Control Cables Custom cables are required to control the VTR emulator. The pinouts required by the cable depend on the workstation and device involved in the VTR emulation process. The following diagrams depict the control cable pinouts required for the most common VTR emulation setups. Linux Master to Linux Emulator Linux(AJA) Master Linux(AJA) Emulator...
  • Page 51: Index

    Index adapters graphics Discreet Native Audio documentation air conditioning requirements conventions AJA HD5DA. See video distribution amplifier documentation set AJA K3-Box. See video breakout box AJA OEM-2K board. See video I/O adapter ATTO fibre channel adapter, configuring audio EBOD enclosures configuration keywords Effects and Finishing application Discreet Native Audio...
  • Page 52 monitor calibration connecting tablet, connecting mouse, connecting video breakout box network, connecting video distribution amplifier NVIDIA Quadro FX 5600 graphics board video hardware components NVIDIA Quadro SDI adapter. See SDI adapter video I/O adapter video I/O, wiring 21–22 video wiring connecting power requirements control cable...