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#1 rob spence

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:30 PM

Does anyone know the best image processing card for the Mac 3.1 (osx 10.8.5 )  for the best use of after effects CS4 and later.

I'm looking at the nVidea GTX680 4GB and the nVidea Quadro 4000.

Are there any better ones?

 


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#2 Phil Rhodes

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:37 PM

Look at the specific filters and capabilities of After Effects that you're using. Not much of AE is actually written to run on the GPU, and even when you're using GPU-enabled filters, it's unlikely you'll need anything particularly powerful. I strongly suspect the 680 will be fine. CPU and RAM are invariably more important.

 

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#3 Tyler Purcell

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Posted 25 January 2016 - 12:49 PM

AE has a special high-speed draft function that only works with OPEN GL video cards. It allows for instant display of complex 2D and 3D rendering.

The GTX660 is a great card for that purpose, so you should be in good shape.

When you open AE, go to the preferences setting and then display and you'll see a check box for enabling this function. Most of the time it's automatically selected when the software recognizes the card. However AE does install it's own support files and there have been some known issues with them and certain versions of windows. So I always check to insure that checkbox AND it's sub preference panel is selected to insure it's working properly.
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Posted 26 January 2016 - 05:25 AM

Tanks for the information...much appreciated.


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