5 Replies Latest reply on May 6, 2012 8:37 AM by millerjs68

    After Effects Spec Question

    millerjs68 Level 1

      With the new subscription program on deck I am looking at getting back into After Effects for some internet video work that I do.


      I am putting together some super simple promos that integrate live video with Camtasia screen captures. Once in a blue moon we do some green screen overlays put most times I am using two-three layers max.


      I use FCP right now but would much rather use AE for this stuff. I want to work on a PC and the minimum technical specs are relative to what level of difficulty you are doing.


      I see the new version is 64 bit and my dual core 2.8 PC machine is 32 bit. I am looking at buying a used quad core machine I wanted advice from some experienced user on whether this will be sufficient to work without a problem.


      The stuff I am doing is ultra simple and I am not worried if I have to render to see full quality since most projects are under a minute. Right now I convert everything to ProRes for the Mac but I would much rather use the AVC HD native.


      I worked with AE back in the day and I love the program. This new program is a great turn of events for me and I want to make the right decision on a new unit.


      Thanks in advance.

        • 1. Re: After Effects Spec Question
          Jim_Simon Level 9

          Not all quad cores are created equal.  You should try for a newer Intel i7 model.


          Also 8GB of memory is probably a good minimum.  More is always better.


          And with the new ray-tracing feature in CS6, you'll want a 500 series nVidia graphics card as well.


          Those are some good starting points.  Once you find something with all that, post back more details and you'll get more opinions.

          • 2. Re: After Effects Spec Question

            I'm quite interested in the subscription setup too.


            I have an early i7 Xeon quad core in my machine. ( W3820 2.6Ghz thing - Dell T3500 ) and  a GTX260 graphics card,  6Gb RAM.   A few years old now I suppose.


            Its handled the trails of CS5.5 without too much fuss in terms of being able to scrub through AVCHD files, and apply simple effects in Pr .   After effects ran fine as well for me and I was able to mess around with particular effects quite happily.  


            I know my machine is far from all the SSD scratch drive, multi drive arrays, mega graphics cards .... but it does handle AVCHD stuff well enough for me.   I plan on a upping the RAM and HDD space, but in terms of my workflows, it suffices.

            • 3. Re: After Effects Spec Question
              millerjs68 Level 1

              Thanks Jim. At this point I don't want to invest in a i7 model. My needs are ultra simple. We intergrate some video training clips with Camtasia sceeen captures and an occasion green screen. I have to render my green screens now at full res so not worried about rendering final images to see.


              I am more concerned with just working and not having any tech issue. I haven't used AE in 10 years so I am not up to speed with the current software.


              I can get an i3 quad at an affordable price and as long as the software runs reasonable well I am fine with that.


              Just want to make sure it will function. Will definitly load up on RAM.


              Thank again.

              • 4. Re: After Effects Spec Question
                Jim_Simon Level 9

                An i3 isn't going to give you very good performance with AE.  It'll run, just like a mint condition Model T will run.  But you really don't want to be driving one during the Indy 500.


                You may want to at least step it up to an i5.

                • 5. Re: After Effects Spec Question
                  millerjs68 Level 1

                  Sounds good. I work on Mac's so I am not familiar with PC performance. Will stick with a i5 as a minimum.