paintballkidz wrote in post #11343288
I'm not looking to get a mac because it looks nice, I hate people that do that. I am going into film production, and it seems like the standard machines people use to edit footage etc is on a mac. I'm kinda torn, I want performance, super fast rendering, smoooooooooooooooth scrubbing through footage and adding effects with out bogging down the footage.
budgeting $1500~ ish
i don't know too much about computer parts, but I know how to build them.
I'll probably be running CS5 master suite
A 470 and SSD are a little overkill, IMO. RAM may be too, depending on what you're going to be doing. I hit 12GB on my Mac Pro every once and a while, usually because I'm using Photoshop, Aperture & Compressor at the same time. I've never been near 16GB and I do hour long HD movies that take all day to put together. On my MBP, I reach 8GB very often, so I have to be careful or something will crash (usually Photoshop for some reason).
CS5 is pretty good. Nothing wrong with it at all - I think Avatar was made on CS5. Though, that isn't saying much when you're using $20,000 green screen plugins CS5 is more expensive than FCS, if you want to match features. For Mac's, the i7 27" is the video man's machine. Every thread you can toss at rendering video will help. I'm not up on Adobe's rendering tech, but I'm sure it's not bad. After Effects uses the GPU a good bit, but not for everything. If I had to choose which to put more money into, CPU or GPU, it would always be CPU. The second thing I consider is hard drives. If you're going to be doing this a lot, you're going to run out of HDD space fast if you keep your projects after they're done. On my Mac Pro I use RAID5 with three 1TB drives and a fast boot/OS drive. Then, I have a Drobo with three more 1TB drives for archival and QMaster (sharing video for proxy & multi-processing files) on a gigabit network. I have a FW800 500GB HDD for just Time Machine backups of the OS (only). Even then, I'm actually running out of space. I've had to start create HD images and delete all the project files. My Fx, B-Roll and sounds HDD has now turned to two 1TB external's; I haven't even backed those up yet because I don't have the room
So, GPU would be my third worry. Anything in the $100 range would do, perhaps in the $150 range if After Effects was going to be a primary program. Otherwise, unless you plan on a specialty plugin or software that takes direct advantage of the GPU, I would not spend more than $100-$150 (probably nVidia).
Nightstalker wrote in post #11344057
My situation is complicated also by the fact that my son is very keen to get into Graphic / Multimedia design and again MAC seems to be the industry standard.
Mac Pro allows the use of high-end graphics cards and iS an highly scaleable solution but my eyes bleed whenever I look at the cost / specification.
Most editing houses use Mac's in one way or another. Though their accounting offices almost always use PC's It's true, if you know OS X and Illustrator and Photoshop you'll go a long way to being hired at an editing house. However, using Illustrator and Photoshop on a PC will not disqualify you. Talent is talent, period.