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Here are the system requirements.
But I have to warn you that you will not have the best experience with After Effects CS5 on a cheap laptop. After Effects CS5 performs best on a computer with lots of RAM, multiple processors, and multiple fast hard disks. You can get some work done on a modern, fully-stocked laptop, but it won't be fast and efficient; trying to work on a lesser laptop will be even more frustrating.
Work on laptop would be for small projects like animated flash banners, small YouTube videos not full hd stuff.
I will provide at least 4 gb of ram, 500 bg hdd and >2 ghz core 2 duo processor.
What do you think?
Also, I'm interested to know how those video cards I've mentioned in the first post would perform for OpenGl in AE.
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Forget OGL in AE. You can use it for previewing, but never for rendering as it's not as good as the software renderer. With 4gb of ram you can expect to use 1 or 2 cores (max) as you'll need at least 2gb per Core for AE to perfom well with multiprocessing.
So the more ram the better, even for smaller projects.
Yes, OGL for previewing, I didn't know it works for rendering. I look know for a 8 gb supporting laptop.
help ... looking at a Sager Laptop,,, with the new Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 Video Memory is that card
Supported NVIDIA graphics cards for GPU acceleration your web site lists the GeForce GTX 470 (Windows) I wish you would update this list ?? here are the other specs....
Display 17.3" Full HD LED Display with Super Glossy Surface (1920 x 1080) Video & Graphics Card Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M Graphics with 2GB GDDR5 Video Memory CPU Processor Intel® Core™ i7-840QM Processor ( 45nm, 8MB L3 Cache, 1.86GHz ) [$405.00] Thermal Compound IC Diamond 7 Thermal Compound - CPU + GPU [$40.00] Operating System Genuine MS Windows® 7 Home Premium 32/64-Bit Edition ( 64-Bit Preloaded ) Memory 8GB Dual Channel DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz - 2 X 4GB [$160.00] RAID Storage Options Non-RAID Storage Primary Hard Disk Drive 500GB 7200rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 4GB SSD [$120.00] 2nd Hard Disk Drive 500GB 7200rpm SATA with 4GB SSD Secondary Hybrid Hard Drive [$180.00]
any help or guidance most appretiated !!!
The above configuration is fine for AE CS5. All you need is a multicore processor and a OGL 2 compatible graphics card for smooth performance. i7 and Nvidia GeForce GTX 480M will take care of it. The Sager laptop is a good choice.
For more details for rendering with Open GL please click the following link: http://livedocs.adobe.com/en_US/AfterEffects/8.0/help.html?content=WS3878526689cb91655866c 1103a4f2dff7-79e8.html
For details regarding multiprocessing and 64 bit RAM usage check this link: http://help.adobe.com/en_US/aftereffects/cs/using/WS9F936D13-E76A-41e4-BF8F-577132AB4723a. html
I'm curious about what basis you have for contradicting Sebastien's statement about OpenGL. I agree with Sebastian's assessment that you should pretty much forget about OpenGL when making buying decisions for After Effects.
Also, the link that you gave for the OpenGL page is for After Effects CS3. Here is the CS5 link.
Your statement that "All you need is a multicore processor and a OGL 2 compatible graphics card for smooth performance" is wrong. RAM is far, far more important than the graphics card. And hard disks---both speed and number---are at least as important.