I am new to After Effects but have been using Adobe products for years now. I am running into system issues with graphics card, not enough free space, etc. I have a Mac Pro (Late 2013), 3.7 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 32 GB RAM, and graphics card listed is AMD FirePro D500 3072 MB.
What graphics card do I need for the Ray Trace rendering to work well?
I got a list of them, but how do you choose which to get?
I'm in a bit over my head at this point, but I think once I get my hardware questions solved I'll be off and running, able to learn the program. I've got about 32GB free on my local hard drive, but I have 1.8 TB free on an external LACIE drive that's plugged into my desktop. Is there a way to set up my system so that After Effects utilizes all of that free space.
Thanks in advance for any guidance,
Ray-traced rendering is dead. As that link says, that feature is considered obsolete; the AE team is focusing their attention on improving the connection with Cinema 4D. If you aren't aware, Cinema 4D Lite now comes included with After Effects!
And tutorials on it here: http://greyscalegorilla.com/cineware
HOWEVER, don't go jumping into those tutorials and 3d features just yet. You need a solid foundation in the basics first. If you don't already have a good plan training plan lined up, this is the best (free) resource I know: Getting started with After Effects
You can press the option to "never again" see that message.
Seriously, don't worry about it. AE uses the GPU for very little. See this: GPU (CUDA, OpenGL) features in After Effects
As long as you have a GPU that supports Open GL 2.0, you're pretty set for AE itself.
In the future, you may want to purchase some third-party plugins that do use the GPU like Element 3d from Video Copilot or Universe from Red Giant - that's great! Their requirements are completely independent of AE's, so just check out what they need and make sure your system meets their requirements. (I'm pretty sure your card is fine for them!)