If you rely on these popular photo-editing packages for your workflow, then we recommend purchasing a workstation that includes an SSD and be sure to maximise the amount of RAM. This is because RAW files create a large RAM footprint. Opening and saving projects will be accelerated by utilising an SSD. Any professional level GPU will provide the OpenCL accelerating used in various filters. Unless you need exotic display support for high resolutions or mazimum display arrays, spending more on a GPU will give diminishing returns, so a basic Quadro will suit your needs.
Media Encoder CC’s integration with Adobe Mercury Playback Engine allows the creation of optimized video even faster. Effects can be added directly from within AME and multiple projects can be rendered in the background for an efficient workflow. Utilizing AME’s queue management system can help optimize your workflow from the software side. For even more optimization consider a powerful BOXX overclocked workstation to deliver all the performance necessary from a hardware perspective.
Both of these applications benefit from CPU and GPU power. For the most demanding workflows going for raw CPU power, calculated by multiplying a CPU’s cores by its frequency, will always pay off. RAM is also important. When using After Effects’ new rendering engine, we recommend 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core in a workstation. Many effects, filters and actions including real-time playback require a powerful GPU. Scrubbing and previewing can benefit from multiple GPUs. The more effects and the higher the resolution you are working with, the more powerful GPU configuration you should consider for working with Premiere Pro. If you are working with large frame sizes or data-rich formats such as RAW, bigger and faster drive arrays in RAID are recommended.
The process of using the Lumetri Deep Colour Engine for real-time, professional colour grading can be accelerated via the GPU. This also applies to utilizing Adobe Speedgrade’s Look Manager to organise and access grading presets. NVIDIA Quadro GPUs deliver the real-time colour necessary for RAW, HDR or stereoscopic 3D content meaning you can colour correct multiple layers and design your looks more efficiently.
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