I'm new to this forum and I was wondering if anyone had some thoughts about which Mac Pro upgrades significantly improve performance in Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS6. Sorry if it's a bit of a newbie question. I'm not totally versed in the technical aspects. The programs currently run ok, but with the increasing workload of animation/video editing jobs in the pipeline; I'm looking to significantly upgrade my machine.
I'm currently working on a single processor Mac Pro 2.8 GHz Quad-Core with 16GB of total memory (4GB per core) with an ATI Radeon HD 5770 card. I currently have just one 3TB HDD, which I've petitioned my company for more storage, but that's beyond my point. I've heard from colleagues who've had success using a SSD to just run their applications and they rave about the startup speeds. A couple of them also designate some space on their SSDs for disk cache and have said they see a significant improvement in render times. Have any of you had experience with this? Would you recommend an SSD? I also suspect much of the processing power/speed I'm after lies in upgrading my RAM–currently running 16GB on 4 cores. Ideally, I'd like 16GB per core giving me a total of 64GBs of RAM which I'm assuming would give me a noticeably speedier machine and subsequent workflow.
Would any of you recommend OWC? or should I fork out the extra dough and go to Apple?
Also keep hearing about the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine and was wondering if it was worth me upgrading my graphics card to an nVidia Quadro to take advantage of the MPE. Have any of you had experience with this?
I appreciate any/all help provided. I apologize again if this is a newbie question.
I am Windows, not Mac, so can't really offer much in the way of direct help
But, for a new GPU, there is a link inside http://forums.adobe.com/thread/773101 with a list of supported cards... including a couple of (cost less than Quadro) AMD cards for specific Macs
Having two hard drives WILL help... read example below
An EXAMPLE concerning trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing
You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like Windows pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do Windows housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions
Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work
You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand
A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing
You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition http://forums.adobe.com/thread/650708 for more on partitions) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything
External eSata or USB3 are both fast enough for video editing... eSata is better
And, some comparison tests http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1144620