I do a lot of work with RAW footage in AE and its killing my system preview. So I need to have a system that can cope with RAW but not cost an arm or a leg (need them for general stuff). So far I have been looking at the following as I hear its better to have a faster processor, good ram and great harddrives to improve my workflow.
I am just perplexed and confused with what is the right decision to make on a new system.
First I'm curious about the need to work in RAW format. Can you elaborate?
I'm pretty sure that once you hit the zero key and the images cache for playback, you are no longer seeing a RAW set of pixels (even if you could see a raw set of pixels on an 8 or 10 bit screen).
Would it not be better to convert the RAW into a format that is more inline with what your output codec/colorspace is going to be?
If its a fidelity issue, have you looked at either the Acadamy ACES format or the ILM EXR format? Either of these will bring down the on-the-fly conversion issues you are seeing and reduce the processor overhead significantly.