Christopher Johnson of Mediaworkstations.net
Larry Jordan: Tell me what Mediaworkstations is because there's all kinds of hardware vendors around here, why should we pay attention to you?
Christopher Johnson: That's a good question. Our area of specialty is media, so we serve media professionalsÔøΩ content creators, storytellers, visual effects artists, CG artistsÔøΩ and what we provide is a fully custom solution. It's not just the CPU and the motherboard; it's if you need card readers, if you need 4 GPUs, if you need fiber, if you need 10 gigabit Ethernet, if you need a dual boot system, which is both Windows and Linux, we can do all of that. It's a fully custom solution and we're squarely focused on media professionals, so that distinguishes us from even Box and some of the other players in the field.
LJ: Well some media professionals would understand what you're actually talking about, but there's a lot of media professionals who wouldn't recognize a GPU from a CPU. How can you help us configure the system that's going to do what we need it to do?
CJ: That's a good question as well because there's basically two types of customers that come. One, they know what they need basically. You have a very good idea and you understand hardware and you have some technical knowledge and there's others, like you're describing, that don't have an understanding or an interest, really, in that. It's about finding out what are their core applications and, typically, the top three drive the hardware decision. What we're expert at is understanding how the software talks to the hardware so we knowÔøΩ If call up HP or Dell and you say, "My core applications are Premiere Pro, After Effects, Cinema 4D and ZBrush," you're going to get crickets on the other end of the line, "What's the best configuration for me?" But we know. It's something we're doing every day; we're artists and content creators ourselves. That's a very unique way that we can be helpful to those people.
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