Dell Precision T7400 Workstation (Mac to Windows switch)


I have recently upgraded one of the machines in the studio. After a long and careful debate, I decided to purchase a full-sized Dell workstation. I have no plans of dumping my Apple hardware any time soon, but am becoming more and more open to the thought of having a mixed OS pipeline. With the current state of available software, this may not be as crazy as it sounds. 

Back in December, I decided to explore some "non-Mac" options, specifically for video editing, color correction and finishing. Actually, I have always had a pc box around. Most recently I have had a small Dell Dimension that drives various printers and the Graphtec plotter in my office.

There are far too many details about the two manufacturers to discuss in a single post, but in general, the differences between the way the two systems work are very minor. Perhaps the Mac is more user friendly, but this only really matters if you are doing generally consumer tasks, and my use goes well beyond that most of the time.

The idea behind Windows is that it is pretty open to any hardware you want to use. This means that there are a lot of junky $600 laptops running Windows, but it also means that there are A LOT of options when it comes to high-end hardware. Even better, there is a huge amount of used parts floating around online. If you take the time, you can put together a pretty sweet machine for about $1000, which is about what I spent here. (before I started making upgrades).

The last thing holding me in my Mac seat was the expense of re-licensing all of the software that I use, and up until recently, that would have been a very expensive. With the introduction the the Adobe Creative Cloud, that issue has been resolved. Licensing is agnostic, and very affordable, Adobe has also expanded its range to include key pieces of workflow software that was missing from it's line, or missing altogether on the Windows side of the isle.

This particular machine is probably overkill for many users. If you rarely go beyond PS and Lightroom you may be better off picking up an iMac or something of similar spec from Dell or HP. But if your work includes rendering out large, high resolution files, or real time performance is important, it is hard to beat the T7400 in the bang for buck category. If you don't believe me, look up the current price on an 8 core Mac Pro.

The video here is just an overview of the machine that I bought/built.

More to come. - J.H.

Color Grading with DaVinci Resolve

I mentioned a while back on the JHP Facebook page that I had purchased a Dell Precision T7400 workstation and have been messing around with Windows 7 a little bit. One of the main reasons why I did this is because I wanted to run DaVinci Resolve, but a Mac that you can stick a decent graphics card in is stupid expensive. The Dell is in it's infancy, but I have been grading a few samples with it. Below is some footage that I shot last spring in Sheboygan, WI. Nothing fantastic, but you can see the power that comes with using a dedicated grading package like Resolve. The first video is a before/after split and the second one is the graded footage. You can see that I over exposed some of the shots, but the end result shows some of that sky detail pulled back.

More to come. -J.H.

Going Big In The Bay Sticker Contest

TheTeamlab.com crew and myself went up to Green Bay this weekend for the skatepark fundraiser. Tons of people stopped by the booth to check in and pick up some of the new TheTeamlab.com  and Joe Horvath Photography stickers.

Zach from Chemishlifestyle.com was there as well.  Here is a quick video of a young skater attempting a 5 minute headstand for some Chemish and The Teamlab stickers.

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More to come. -J.H.

Recent Stuff.

A lot of stuff is coming through the pipes right now. It seams like I just wrote a blog post yesterday, but it has already been over two weeks since the last post. I have made a bad habit of saying things like "more to come" or "much more soon" at the end of posts, so much so that it has almost become a sign off of sorts. There is, in fact, a very valid reason for this. In the last year I have been able to work on quite a few longer term project and larger scale jobs. I am really excited to be doing this type of work, but there has been a bit of a learning curve about how to share some of this stuff. On personal work or on a portrait session for instance, the whole project is done within a couple of days and I can pretty much post about it whenever I want, but some of this recent stuff has taken weeks to complete and I may even have to wait longer until I can talk about it.

I don't want you guys to think that I have been neglecting this blog, it has truly been a wonderfully busy spring, so I have put together a summery of the recent projects that are on the way out. Hopefully I can put together a couple of more in-depth posts on some of these subjects in the near future, but for now, here are some screen captures and words.

THETEAMLAB.COM

I've been in crazy deadline mode with THETEAMLAB.COM stuff for the past month or so. We are far from letting the poor winter dampen our spirits and are forging ahead with plans for the 12-13 season.

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We have been fortunate enough to have the help of three talented marketing experts this spring on sorting out how to best promote the team for the new season (Def. more on this later). And it has pretty much been a swift kick in the ass in getting things rolling. If you check out the facebook page you will notice a lot of new stuff going on including a fresh new look provided by yours truly and a 365 fan photo project.

I am also pleased to announce that  The Teamlab now has an official Twitter account (@team_lab) so you can be connected to team news wherever you go. Make sure to follow, ya hear?

As of right now, THETEAMLAB.COM is the same as it was all year, but there will be big changes coming within a week, so make sure to check it everyday.

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I have also been logging lots of hours of video with various Teamlab members and staff. You can see a screen shot of the timeline for one of the projects we are working on above. I hate to make you wait to any longer for this one, because it is really exciting, but at least I have a date of release: June 30 will be an awesome day if you follow THETEAMLAB.COM.

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Finally, I also shot a set of images for a magazine article coming up, I can't say any more than that at the moment.

Portraits

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In the midst of all The Teamlab stuff, I got to shoot a few portrait session in the past month. I posted a few more images on the JHP Facebook page so you can check there for more on that front.

Other Video

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Around Easter I shot a three minute sequence in Sheboygan down at the beach. Above is a screen shot from the first edit that I did. Since then, I have finished everything but the final grade. I am hoping that this will be one of several shorts that I will be working on over the summer, not client here, just working on different ideas.

Upcoming Stuff

Tomorrow begins the Lacrosse Fitness Festival. I am planning to shoot the hill climb tomorrow and the crit on Sunday. Hopefully I will see some of you around this weekend.

Monday is the Western Technical College GD Portfolio Review. I will be there to hang out and talk with some of the new grads. Try to make it out if you can, there is always a bunch of cool student work on display.

More to come. -J.H.

Outdoor Outlet Spring 2012 30 Second Spot

It seems like everyone beat me to the punch on this one, so I guess it's time to post it. About a month ago I was asked to shoot a 30 sec TVC for Outdoor Outlet in Appleton, WI. I was stoked to learn that it would be a snowboard themed ad for their annual spring clearance. The whole thing happened so fast that there wasn't really any time to do a BTS shoot for this one, but I think the ad turned out pretty well. We shot on location at Granite Peak ski area for a single day, and then at the shop for a few days after that. The original cut was about 90 sec long, I may get a chance to release that version as well. What do you guys think?

More to come -J.H.