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oscar de la calleWorking with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 3:32:06 pm

Hello,
I´m considering to buy a Wacom Intuos 4 to work with After Effects and 22" dual monitor. I´ll not be using to illustrate, only to draw masks and navigate on the interface.

Is the small size enought and do a good job?
In the studios where I work there are L size but for my kind of work maybe are very, very bigs.

Thanks.


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Tudor "Ted" JelescuRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 29, 2011 at 6:29:32 pm

For what you described that size is fine- also good for travel with a laptop.

Tudor "Ted" Jelescu
Senior VFX Artist


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Spencer TweedRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 30, 2011 at 7:17:42 am

The Wacom is pretty accurate, so little motions can go a long way. I have a medium and love it, but think that I'd do fine with a small.

I would go for the bigger if I had a choice, but like I said the small should work great.

- Spencer


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oscar de la calleRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 30, 2011 at 6:41:12 pm

Thanks for your opinion Ted and Spencer.
Finally I think I´ll buy small size, I hope that small works fine with my dual monitors.

Thanks!


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Spencer TweedRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 30, 2011 at 9:21:10 pm

No problem.

The Wacom products have a really cool way of dealing with dual monitors. Basically there is a button on the side that when you hit it you can cycle through monitors. It works out pretty well, but if you don't like it you can change that setting in the preferences.

- Spencer


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oscar de la calleRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 30, 2011 at 10:14:59 pm

Thanks Spencer.
This week I´ll buy it.


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Walter SoykaRe: Working with After Effects and Wacom Intuos 4
by on Jan 31, 2011 at 6:39:15 pm

[oscar de la calle] "´m considering to buy a Wacom Intuos 4 to work with After Effects and 22" dual monitor. I´ll not be using to illustrate, only to draw masks and navigate on the interface. Is the small size enought and do a good job?"

In my opinion, no. I'd at least go for the Medium.

Personally, I find a Wacom on a dual-monitor system maddening. If you map it across both displays, you end up with a relatively small working area on the tablet (especially on smaller tablets); if you map it to a single display at a time, it takes a lot of discipline to remember to hit the Toggle Displays button as you move from one monitor to the other, and drag operations from one monitor to another are completely unnatural.

I cheat and use a 30" monitor to try to get around these limitations.

Walter Soyka
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