Case Study - Corridor Digital
"Puget Systems was able to build me a machine specifically tailored to my working needs. They made the process easy and streamlined so that I could remain focused on the creating side instead of stressing about the tools I needed to do the job."
- Wren at Corridor Digital
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After Effects CC Workstation FAQ
I'm thinking of moving from Mac to PC. Can you help?
Absolutely! Over the years we have helped quite a few of our customer make the move from Mac to PC. In fact, it is a large enough number that we have a dedicated Moving from Mac to PC? FAQ page to answer some of the more common questions we receive.
Why don't you offer dual Xeon? Isn't it faster for After Effects?
After Effects used to make great use of high core count systems (including dual Xeon) but starting with AE CC 2015 most tasks no longer benefits from having a high number of CPU cores. This is largely due to the fact that Adobe removed the "render multiple frames simultaneously" feature in part due to the fact that they are starting to integrate GPU acceleration. While it used to be that more cores = faster, since higher core count CPUs run at a lower speed a CPU with around 6-8 cores will be faster than a higher core count CPU or even a dual CPU setup.
Do any of your systems support Thunderbolt?
Yes! Our High RAM Workstation natively supports Thunderbolt 3 which is currently the latest and fastest version of Thunderbolt. Unfortunately, our General AE Optimized system does not yet have support for Thunderbolt, but we are working on it!.
Do your systems support 10-bit HDMI or SDI displays?
Unlike Premiere Pro, there is only one way to get 10-bit display support in After Effects which is to use a video monitoring card. In our systems, we offer the Blackmagic Decklink Mini Monitor 4K and the Studio 4K 6G-SDI PCI-E cards. These video monitoring cards are specifically designed to deliver unaltered video signals to your display, resulting in the best possible video and color quality. Note that you will need a dedicated, highly accurate display that is capable of handling the FPS and resolution of your project in order to take full advantage of these cards.
Will your systems work for 360 degree or VR video?
Yes! After Effects does not yet have great native support for 360 degree workflows, but we have a number of customers using our workstations to do exactly that. In fact, since Adobe applications do not support the stitching of 360 degree video, we have also done extensive testing for Kolor's Autopano Video Pro looking at CPU performance, GPU performance, and even how our workstations compare to the Mac Pro.
I'm not sure what system hardware I should use. Help!
Depending on how much you want to dig into hardware and system specs, we have a couple different ways to help. First, we have a Hardware Recommendations page specifically for Premiere Pro that goes over all the different major hardware components and why you would use one part over another. Alternatively, you can always contact one of our consultants and we can help you configure a system that is perfectly tailored for your workflow.
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