7 Replies Latest reply on Mar 6, 2008 2:23 PM by Jonas Hummelstrand

    Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3

      I'm picking up a new MacBook Pro this week and I'm wondering if After Effects would exhibit any performance benefits by upgrading to a 7200 RPM drive from the standard 5400. I'll max the MBP out with 4GB of RAM of course, but any other advice is most welcome.
        • 1. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
          bogiesan-gyyClL Level 3
          AE, not likely.
          But if you want to capture or playback from the internal drive through FCP or Premiere, you must have 7200 drives.
          Suggest you budget for a FW adapter card for the machine, if there is one for that model. Get it now instead of when you MUST have an extra FW i/o.

          bogiesan
          • 2. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
            Mylenium Most Valuable Participant
            MBPs have built-in FW 400 and 800, which should be more than enough (if you ever wanna capture anything). For serious stuff I would use an external capture box like AJA nad Matrox offer them, though. Beyond that you will see no benefits from additional speed. Instead of going faster, go bigger. Will give you plenty of room for disk cache and a second partition (if you ever wanna use Bootcamp or Parallels).

            Mylenium
            • 3. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
              Andrew Yoole MVP & Adobe Community Professional
              ^ I agree. Bigger is better in a portable machine. There's a 300GB option for the new MBP. You can always attach a FW800 drive for times when you need drive speed.
              • 4. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
                Buying a mbp for work in premiere and after effects is just plain doing it wrong. For what that thing costs you can buy a top of the line desktop and 22inch LCD and have money left over to put towards this month's Zonda payment.
                • 5. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
                  Level 1
                  "Buying a mbp for work in premiere and after effects is just plain doing it wrong. For what that thing costs you can buy a top of the line desktop and 22inch LCD and have money left over to put towards this month's Zonda payment."

                  I already have a desktop with a 24" LCD, but after owning a notebook for so long, I greatly value the ability to get out and about to do some of my work. I'm finishing a multimedia degree with a late interest in motion graphics, but I write for a day job at Ars Technica. Working at home, I really appreciate the ability to pick up and get out of the house but still get at least some work done when the urge arises.

                  Organizing my Aperture library on the couch or running through a Photoshop tutorial at Starbucks are very valuable things to me.
                  • 6. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
                    Joey Morelli Level 1
                    I have a MBP 2.6 / 4 GB RAM / 7200 RPM drive and it flies through all apps (FCS2 / all CS3 apps / Cinema 4D 10.5 / etc). If you are using an external video capture device (AJA I/O HD, etc), you will need an ExpressCard/34 for your RAID. I do not recommend capturing any media to your boot drive. If your boot drive fails, you lose everything. Besides...it has enough processes to handle without dealing with A/V. The capture device should be connected to the motherboard FW800 port on the right side and the RAID / external drive should be connected to the ExpressCard on the left side.

                    The 7200 drive just makes all-around access times faster.

                    Joey
                    • 7. Re: Notebook hard drive speeds and AE CS3
                      Jonas Hummelstrand Level 2
                      I agree; a laptop works great! I just said "No thanks" to a Dell quad-core (Precision 690) Xeon2.7 GHz, 4 GB of RAM, RAID-0 SAS disks and an Nvidia Quadro 4500 GPU. Instead I opted for a skimpy 15-inch Dell laptop with a dual-core 2.4 GHz. The mobility and being able to sit close to clients is far more valuable than saving two minutes on final renders.

                      - Jonas Hummelstrand
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