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star striker
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Animation computer workstations

Hello, I’m getting more and more into animation these days and was wondering what are some of the best places to buy computers for this particular purpose?

Right now my general style is either 2d animation paper/cardboard cutouts loaded into after effects in to a 3D-ish sort of environment or forgoing the physical cutouts and making it all within after effects and photoshop.

I’m not the best with computers and tried doing my own search for places but couldn’t really find anything.

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CraigWB
From: Auckland
Since: Apr 2011
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You don't need specialist computers for that sort of thing these days. Do you want a laptop or a desktop?
If you are into Mac OS just get an iMac or a MacBook Pro to suit your budget and that'll do you just fine.

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toowit toowoo
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After Effects is mostly processor and RAM intensive, so you'll want a good amount of fast RAM. I have 32gb in my desktop, and 16gb in my laptop. By default you don't need an amazing graphics card, but some of the best plugins for AE won't run without one, so if you're wanting to get into VR or use anything from Video Copilot, you'll want a decent gfx card with plenty of video RAM. This limits your options for laptops, so I just use a desktop for that stuff, and the laptop for simple animation and editing when I'm out of the office.

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toowit toowoo
From: Dunedin
Since: May 2011
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Also, I'd love to see what you're up to with the 2.5D paper cutouts! We used a similar technique with paper puppets in our 48 films in 2011-2012, it's such a fun aesthetic to play with, but ultimately a bit too time consuming for 48 hours.

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2011: Keeping Station (One Room (Mystery))
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