> but is the Video Card just as important in speeding up processes like Previewing and Rendering?
A video card can help some but, for After Effects, focus your attention and money on RAM, CPUs, and fast local disk drives (multiple).
thanks for the answer Todd; but do you mean a 2nd hard drive for the computer? How does having multiple hard drives improve performance?
Yes, I mean a second hard disk drive, witha separate drive controller if possible.
When you are rendering for final output, After Effects is reading frames from your source files at the same time that it is writing finished frames to disk. If the same hard disk is constantly ahving to seek back and forth to read and then write and then read and then write... this really, really slows things down.
Have source files on one fast local disk and write finished frames to another fast local disk. (Yes, it's possible to use disks over the network, if your nework is very fast and properly set up, but most networks aren't unless set up by someone who knows what they're doing.)
If you ahd a Macintosh, the newest beats is the Radeon 5870.
No significant hooks into After Effects, though it has two DVI connectors.
Can you please tell me r u purchasing only after effects or complete production premium??
or After Effects and Premiere Pro????
awesome; thanks for the info!
I will have the entire Adobe Production Suite
I hope you are aware of Adobe Premier Pro CS5's new feature, Mercury Playback Engine which will save your rendering time, for which adobe recommended Nvidia's CUDA technology based Graphic Card.
So I would like to suggest you the following link which will help you in determining the Graphic Card suitable for your requirements
it will help you in increasing your efficiency
but as Mr. Todd Kaprivo suggested you will also need extra harddisk to get most of you work done at higher speed with adobe
thanks alot for the suggestion; I will look into Nvidia's CUDA technology based Graphic Card before I buy
To be clear: CUDA is in no way relevant to After Effects. Just Premiere Pro.