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Jacky Kuk
~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 10, 2015 at 8:53:52 pm

Hi,

I'm an amateur when it comes to computer setups.. hoping experts here can help me out.

99% of my work is to produce animated explanation video for my company.

I use After effect to compose my animations (most of them are flat, non-3D, animations of cartoon people) Then I export all of them onto FCPX for editing

Each project is 3mins long, in 1080p.

I'm trying to see what kind of set up I should have because right now these programs LAG LIKE CRAZY after 30 mins use.

I'm editing on my macbook pro and here are the specs:

Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.6 GHz
Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GT 650M (1024mb)
Memory: 8GB
HD: 500 GB SSD

I'm load all my AE onto my Lacie 7200RPM HDD and edit from there

Do I need to change anything? My friends are recommending the iMAC.... I have the budget but I don't want to spend if not necessary and they might announce new iMac soon?

Advise would be greatly appreciated :) thank you!


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Noah Kadner
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 11, 2015 at 6:05:50 am

Always get the most powerful Mac you can afford. Updates always come.

Noah

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Charlie Austin
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 11, 2015 at 7:25:40 pm

[Noah Kadner] "Always get the most powerful Mac you can afford. Updates always come."

Yep... it's the hardware Catch 22. As soon as you buy a computer, a new version appears. ;-) I usually wait for the new version, and then buy the "old" one. usually at a discount. :-)

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Bret Williams
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 13, 2015 at 12:26:58 pm

You don't have any memory. 8GB is really a bare minimum to be opening AE and FCPX. Both programs use RAM extensively for caching assets as you go along. I'd start with maxing out the RAM.


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Jacky Kuk
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 13, 2015 at 7:47:34 pm

Thank you guys,

Do you think adding JUST ram will be enough?

If not then I might get iMac and use my macbook as 2nd render machine to double the efficiency for myself


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Bret Williams
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:04:50 pm

I guess it could work as a second machine. If you put more RAM in it. :)

And give 10.2 a try. RAM leaks and sluggishness is supposed to be a thing of the past. But honestly I can't imagine trying to use AE with 8 gigs. I'm doing corporate stuff in FCP, AE and motion. 32gigs doesn't seem like enough sometimes.

If you go iMac, get 32gigs RAM, i7, and the top GPU and you'll be a happy camper.


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Jacky Kuk
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 13, 2015 at 8:20:38 pm

Thank you for your replies,

I shall go negotiate with my business partner about paying half the expense now >:D


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Bret Williams
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 13, 2015 at 10:11:53 pm

So at my facility you just said " I'm going to go ask my wife for money." :)


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Doug Metz
Re: ~~ Ideal iMac setup for After Effect and FCP
on Apr 14, 2015 at 4:46:54 pm

You may also want to consider Thunderbolt-connected storage... if you're using an older LaCie drive with USB 2.0 or FireWire800. Upgrading the bandwidth of your external storage will help quite a lot as well.

Doug Metz

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