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Tom Hardy
Best Mac Setup for After Effects?
on Jul 17, 2019 at 9:21:41 am

Hi all,

I've been animating for a small production company using the same hardware setup for a couple of years now, and fortunately, my bosses have recently decided it's time to get me an upgrade!

We work in an almost exclusively Mac-based office, and despite what I've read about people moving away from Mac in favour of PC setups lately, I'm still pretty dead set on getting a Mac, just for office workflow purposes.

Here's what I'm currently running:

Mac Pro (Mid 2012)
3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon
32 GB 1066 MHz DDR3
ATI Radeon HD 5770 1024 MB

It's been a pretty reliable workstation, but nowadays I'm experiencing a bit of slowdown, especially when it comes to opening Adobe programs (After Effects and Media Encoder specifically, although even Illustrator has been suffering from a bit of slowdown lately.)

The 2019 Mac Pro is a little out of budget for us, and from reading a few forums, it seems as though the late 2013 Mac Pro is pretty terribly optimised for Adobe programs, so here's what I'm thinking of getting: - plus some extra RAM

I'm really a novice when it comes to tech and hardware stuff, so I just wanted to ask - Is this a good Mac setup for the money? Will it be a decent upgrade and last me for at least a couple of years?

Cheers guys.

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Walter Soyka
Re: Best Mac Setup for After Effects?
on Jul 18, 2019 at 2:47:51 am

I'd think about the i7 processor instead of i5, and yes, as much RAM as you can afford.

You should see a pretty noticeable improvement in load times from the iMac's flash storage (instead of the mechanical HDDs in the 2012 Mac Pros).

Walter Soyka
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