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62 CINEMONTAGE / Q2 2018 62 CINEMONTAGE / Q2 2018 TECH TIPS by Joseph Herman B efore we look at Hewlett-Packard's Z38c Super-Wide Curved Display, let's stop to consider a bit of history. In 1985, when I was still in school, I purchased a Macintosh 128k (with some help from my folks). It was a fun toy, but a toy it was since, with a paltry 128k of memory, a 400k single-sided floppy-disk drive and no hard drive, there wasn't a lot it could do. It had a tiny 1-bit screen (a pixel could be only black or white), no shades of gray, and certainly no color. Although it came with a 1-bit painting program (MacPaint), suffice to say any graphics didn't look much better than an Etch A Sketch. Things got a little better when I got my first color monitor, an AppleColor "High Resolution" RGB Monitor. It didn't come cheaply, with an original price (back in 1987) of $1,647. And at 640 x 480 pixels, it wasn't exactly high resolution (by today's standards, anyway). Naturally, things evolved over the years. Around 2001, I switched from using Apple computers to HP Z Series workstations, among the most elite and powerful computers in the world. While Apple played a key role in the development of nonlinear editing on the desktop, it has fallen behind when it comes to products that address the concerns of creative production and post- production professionals. Apple has done well at delivering consumer products such as cell phones, tablets and music- Mind the Gap No More HP Z38c Curved Display Fills Your Peripheral Vision Figure 1: With a 4K wide resolution of 3840 and 1600 pixels deep, the Z38c is shown running two Adobe applications side by side: After Effects, left, and Photoshop. While there are enough pixels for both, at any time you can maximize either application to take advantage of the entire width of the display.

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