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  • ideal mac pro set up for motion?

     Mark Spencer updated 13 years ago 3 Members · 3 Posts
  • Mike Morris

    November 23, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    I am currently working for a company trying to develop a heavy-hitting motion graphics team, and am one of the motion artists that is going to be working on the projects…

    ..what is the best rig for a machine doing a lot of design in illustrator, photoshop, After Effects, Final Cut Pro, and Cinema 4D? Mac Pro preferable, as I hate windows machines.

    I’ve currently got an earlier model Mac Pro:

    2 quad-core (8 core total) 3.0 ghz Xeon
    12 gb 66 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
    ATY,RadeonX1900 512 mb
    3 HDD, 700GB each (NOT on RAID)

    I keep hitting render crashes, lags, delays, etc. I’d like to build a machine that is tailored specifically to motion graphics and animation.

    Any recommendations would be GREATLY appreciated! Thanks.

  • Bishop Zareh

    November 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm

    one thing I’ve noticed with Motion is that it hates dual monitor setups. It uses the video card so extensively that a dual monitor setup dramatically drops it’s performance.

    | Jameson Wallace
    | Motion Graphics Festival
    | New Motion + New Sound + New Code

  • Mark Spencer

    November 27, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    For Motion make sure you don’t get the stock graphics card – right now the best card is the ATI Radeon 4870, although 5870 is supposed to be available soon if it isn’t already…and lots of RAM is always a good thing.

    Mark Spencer
    Freelance Producer/Editor/Motion Graphics Artist
    Apple-certified Master Trainer
    Author, Motion 4 from Peachpit Press

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