How do I power up for more After Effects?
March 27, 2014 6:37 AM Subscribe
Can I power up my macbook pro to better run After Effects? Or do I need something else?
posted by lpsguy to Computers & Internet (3 answers total)
So, a year or so ago the hive mind helped steer me toward After Effects to bring my cartoons to life. Well, that worked great. So much so that I'm doing animations for people for fun and profit. And more are lining up. Yay. But I'm hitting hardware walls with my macbook pro that are preventing me from doing a lot of the cool things After Effects can do; and doing them quickly. I'm currently running After Effects CS6 on a 2012 macbook pro with a 2.3 GHz IntelCore i7. I've added RAM so I'm up to 16 gigs there. Question is, can I do anything else to my computer to noticeably improve its performance for After Effects. I've never used a PC so I'd like to stay in the Apple world. So, do I buy a separate Apple computer and slave it for just AE? Or do I really need to consider moving to a PC and, if so, what should I look for there? And unfortunately, you may have to explain video cards and core power and things like that on a schoolkid level because I'm not very bright at understanding the magic elves inside these boxes that make it all happen. So, experts, I beseech thee, help guide me forward. Thanks.