Would the inability to render Quicktime issues in the ProRes family of codecs be an issue?
Could ypu clarify a bit?
I'm not the Animator, so If you could explain a bit to me I could relay it to him.
I'm more of the general IT guy.
Like I said my knowledge now on this subject is purely from research on here and google.
Thank you for helping!
Depends what plug-ins etc. you use. If you are using OpenGL plug-ins or stuff like Timewarp, than a core 7i would be okay, but then in fact you don't need more than 16GB at all to do those single instance AE renders. If that is not an issue, go with a Xeon, 32GB RAM and use MP rendering plus think about how to deal with teh footage I/O by putting a fast RAID in the machine.
Quicktime on PC does not have any of the Mac specific Final Cut CoDecs. That's what Dave is saying. If that is critical, then I'm afraid you can forget your plans and have sold your soul to Apple, meaning your only option is another Mac.
The drive setup is a a SSD for the media Cache and a NAS with 4 TB over a Gigabit network.
As for the rendering we are mostly rendering to mp4 (h264 and WMV) (WMV we are using wmv conversion from flip4mac)
and sometimes we do use quicktime move but not much