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Elizabeth SolomeinaChoosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 4:06:14 pm

I am working in Cinema 4D Broadcast, After Effects and Premier. 

My company offered to buy me a new computer. 
Lenovo
Processor: 2x Intel Xeon E5-2603 (10M Cache, 1.80GHz, 6.40 GT/s Intel QPI )
1st Memory DIMM: 8GB ECC PC3 1333MHZ RDIMM
2nd Memory DIMM: 8GB ECC PC3 1333MHZ RDIMM
First Video Adapter: NVIDIA Quadro 4000 (2GB Dual link DVI + DP+ Stereo 3D)

Is it good for all the stuff that I do? 

P.S. I am really bad at choosing computers, don't know much about it so any advice would be greatly appreciated. 


Elizabeth. 


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Vishesh AroraRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:40:54 pm

Elizabeth

I am working in Cinema 4D Broadcast, After Effects and Premier.

For After Effects I would suggest you to go for more RAM.

For making quick 3D shapes and 3D Texts directly in AE(This would be very helpful in short deadlines as you don't have to render from a 3D appliation), you could use AE CS6 new Ray-Tracing Feature which would require a good GPU. NVIDIA Quadro 4000 would be a good graphic card but not the best one.

See how the performance increases with a good GPU while using Ray-Tracing :

http://www.nvidia.com/object/after-effects-cs6.html


In a nutshell, Go for more RAM to increase the overall performance.

For Premiere and Cinema 4D, You would get a better option in their respective Forums.

Vishesh Arora
3D and Motion Graphics Artist
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Todd KoprivaRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 5:51:29 pm

See this page for information about hardware for Premiere Pro and After Effects: http://adobe.ly/pRYOuk

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Elizabeth SolomeinaRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:09:51 pm

This is very helpful!

I just learned that the processors I picked don't have hyper-threading. Does this matter?

Also, what graphic card would you recommend over the Quadro 4000? (Other than one that costs $2k more?) :-)

Thank you for you help with this!


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:27:45 pm

If you want a laptop/mobile workstation, I would go for a more customizable option. Falcon PC or Origin PC for the most options, or Dell XPS, Alienware or HP.

http://www.falcon-nw.com/

http://www.originpc.com/

http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-15-l521x/fs

http://www.alienware.com/Landings/laptops.aspx

http://shopping1.hp.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/WW-USSMBPublicStore-S...

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Alex GerulaitisRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 7:17:13 pm

[Elizabeth Solomeina] "I just learned that the processors I picked don't have hyper-threading. Does this matter?"

It does, and so does processor memory speed (you want to start with E5-1620 at the minimum; better yet - E5-1650).

[Elizabeth Solomeina] "Also, what graphic card would you recommend over the Quadro 4000?"

Nothing on the Quadro side: the only decent one that's not old tech, is K5000, and it is about $2K. On the GeForce side, it's GTX-670, 680, and even 660 Ti. None of the big boys (HP, Dell, Lenovo) offer those for their workstations so you'd want someone (an integrator like yours sincerely, or a local technician) to put it in and configure it for you.

Alex Gerulaitis
Systems Engineer
DV411 - Los Angeles, CA


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Dave LaRondeRe: Choosing a computer
by on Jan 28, 2013 at 6:53:18 pm

I see that you also posted in Adobe's AE forum, but for some reason, it isn't showing up.

However, I get the feeling you're at a station; I was at one myself for a long time. Here's what you wrote on the Adobe forum:

"...the idea is that we are going to do a lot of 3D intros for news and other programs that we have. Since we are not doing it yet, I can not really show any examples. But thing TV news intros. We also do a lot of editing (interviews and news mostly) in Premier. We use AE to create intros as well."

  • So here's the big question: is your machine the station's ONLY NLE? It kind of sounds like it.
  • Do you share this machine with other departments, i.e. commercial production & promotion?
  • If not, what do news photogs use when they cut: Premiere? Is everybody on Premiere? Or are they on something different like Edius?
  • How do you deliver YOUR completed work: as bits & pieces that are assembled by someone else? Or do you cut entire programs and just export them?
  • Do you have sufficient storage, which is always vital?
  • Do you have to make files with alpha channels?
  • Do they also have to have audio on them?
  • Have you established standardized codecs to make everyone's life easier?
  • Any Windows-Mac considerations, or is the whole shop on one kind of OS?
  • Who else uses your machine? A topical producer, perhaps?
  • How does your work find its way on the air? What's the path it takes?

Yeah, I know that's a boatload of questions, but they all have a bearing on your work, your work flow and your choice of machine.

Dave LaRonde
Former Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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