There were quite a lot of comments yesterday about the cost of new machines and if it’s worth it. Here is another way to look at it. A faster machine isn’t just about speeding up your renders. It also allows you to make more beautiful work. How? Well, it’s not what you think. Being able to turn on more effects or turn up your anti aliasing isn’t what matters. Instead, it’s all about iteration. A faster render time allows you to see your changes in closer to real time. This allows for more experimentation and leads to more creative and beautiful solutions to problems. Of course, beautiful work was done on computers tens of years old, but it took years of trying different solutions and months on a render farm instead of just an afternoon of render tests with our current multi-core wonder machines.
Oh, and for everyone that asks, “What computer should I get for motion graphics?” I have an answer that will always be true even years from now.
Get the fastest machine with as much ram and the best video card you can afford.
Motion graphics, video and compositing is VERY computer intensive. Be sure to get the right tool for the job.