Do you need a RAID for AE use?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by budha, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. budha macrumors member

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    Hey guys,

    I'm about to build a new PC for strictly video editing/graphics work. Everyone keeps telling me that I need to do a RAID (I can see doing a RAID 1 for data loss), but is a RAID 0 type of setup needed for AE to work better?

    Couldn't I just have a render scratch disk set up so that all renders etc go to it, and have a HD for my OS, one for source footage/project files, and one for renders work just as well?

    Is a 7200 HD too slow for AE?

    Sorry, this RAID thing still really confuses me.
     
  2. faustfire macrumors 6502a

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    As long as you aren't working with a lot of uncompressed video files you should be fine with normal drives.

    If wouldn't suggest doing a lot of editing in AE though, its more for compositing/motion graphics.
     
  3. budha thread starter macrumors member

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    faust,

    The most i would be working with is DVCPRO HD, HDV, XDCAM and 5dmkii files. I would never be doing anything uncompressed with it for at least a few years.

    I would only be using AE for motion graphics etc, not editing.
     
  4. MrLatte23 macrumors regular

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    7200 RPM should be fine.

    After Effects is more processor and RAM intensive for previews and on-screen rendering. A graphics card that supports OpenGL would be useful. Highly compressed files such as HDV are just as processor intensive as using 10-bit uncompressed video. AE doesn't permanently store renders like Final Cut does.
     

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