New to After Effects so please be gentle .
I have worked with various Adobe products (mainly Photoshop and Illustrator), but have recently signed up to Creative Cloud and decided to try and branch out, and have ago at After Effects as this has interested me for some time now.
I have also recently (last year) update my system. I now have After Effects CS6 with the latest update 220.127.116.11.
However after installing I read that to be able to use the Ray-tracer 3D renderer you need a Nvidia CUDA capable GPU.
Is this a must?
My system is:
Intel Core i7 Extreme 3960X with 15Mb Cache
Sabertooth X79 Motherboard
32Gb Kingston Quad-DDR3 RAM
ATI 3GB HD7970 GPU
480 Gb Intel SSD
240Gb Intel SSD
Running Windows 7 64-bit
Do I really need an Nivida card to use the ray tracer 3d renderer or will my spec PC and ATI card work?
Any advice/help would be most welcome.
Yes, a supported nVidia card is mandataory for GPU raytracing. Otherwise it will only use the CPU, which is unusably slow in this case.
GPU acceleration certainly makes the ray-traced 3D renderer easier to work with, but I've seen short pieces for broadcast created with the CPU renderer.
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