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Danielle Kunitz
AE CS5 on an iMac
on Nov 12, 2010 at 3:15:42 pm

I must use a Mac for an upcoming series of projects (using AE CS5 and FCP) but the macpro is out of my budget.

I've run the trial version of CS5 on an friend's imac, and for the work i'm doing (1280x720 graphics animations, no video, 20 seconds in length) and my deadlines, the render time was tolerable.

I am well aware that Adobe requires CS5 to run on a 64-bit system.
What are the repercussions of running CS5 on a lesser system, say, an imac? Worst case scenario? Slow renders? Bad karma?

Many thanks, gents.


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Dave LaRonde
Re: AE CS5 on an iMac
on Nov 12, 2010 at 4:16:13 pm

[Danielle Kunitz] "What are the repercussions of running CS5 on a lesser system, say, an imac? Worst case scenario? Slow renders? Bad karma?"
  • Slower rendering: not enough memory to make AE's multiprocessing work effectively
  • Shorter RAM Previews
  • Degraded ability to work with large images and newer, larger video/film files, e.g. 4K.

There may be others, but that's a good start.

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


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Kevin Camp
Re: AE CS5 on an iMac
on Nov 12, 2010 at 4:41:28 pm

a new imac should work reasonably well... i would suggest getting the core i7 model and as much ram as you can afford (they can now hold up to 16gb; note: you'll get good ram at better prices at otherworldcomputing.com than at apple).

here are some benchmarks for newer imacs (one benchmark is for ae):

http://www.barefeats.com/imac10v.html

and another comparing some newer imacs to a '09 mac pro:

http://www.barefeats.com/imac10c.html

Kevin Camp
Senior Designer
KCPQ, KMYQ & KRCW


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Danielle Kunitz
Re: AE CS5 on an iMac
on Nov 12, 2010 at 8:16:39 pm

Dave and Kevin, thank you so much.
How very helpful you are!
dsk


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