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Brandon MorrisPerformance questions for AE with RED footage
by on Feb 23, 2012 at 2:38:07 pm

We have a 12-core 2011 Mac Pro with 64GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 5770, and 4 7200 RPM hard drives.
We also have an 8-core 2008 Mac Pro with 8GB RAM, ATI Radeon HD 2600, and 4 7200 RPM hard drives.
We use Red Scarlet & Epic footage with RedCine X Pro, FCP, Premiere, After Effects, and Davinci Resolve.

Does a Red Rocket card improve GPU performance for Visual FX with FCP, AE, PR, and Davinci?
I know it helps read 4k and transcode faster.
Would it be able to use the Mercury engine, Open GL, and Davinci CUDA with RR?
Or would it be necessary to buy a different graphics as well for working since PR and Resolve prefer Nvidia cards?

We use hard drive 1 for OS only, drives 2-3 for project files, drive 4 for rendering and cache files.
Would this work well? How would a RAID 0 drive work in a similar instance and how would that be setup correctly?

What are the best preference settings for the AE with above hardware?

Brandon Morris
Co-owner/Creative Director

RED Scarlet, Canon T2i, Panasonic HPX-170
Nikon Primes
Mac Pro 12-core 64GB RAM (2011)
Mac Pro 8-core 12GB RAM (2008)
Mac Pro 4-core 8GB RAM (2006)
13" Macbook Pro (Mid 09) 8GB RAM Lion

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