Best Hardware for After Effects – Price & Performance


in this video I want to talk through
what hardware is important for running after-effects what parts I put in the PC
I built at the end I’m going to talk through a piece of tech that I’m loving
from this week’s sponsor gigabyte I’ve been using the AERO 15 OLED for weeks
now and it is by far the fastest laptop I have ever used and it
has this beautiful 4k AMOLED screen but more about that later here’s my workspace I’ve got two
monitors a Wacom Cintiq and mechanical keyboard and a mouse underneath I’ve got
this and here’s what’s in it I research for months to make sure I was buying
components they were going to be the most cost effective for the best
performance in After Effects and that would help my work for the most which
typical for a 2d motion designer is a lot of illustrator Photoshop but mostly
after effects for CPU you want a higher speed with fewer cores that’s much better for After Effects than let’s say a lower speed with many multi multi
cores your Ram more RAM means less time RAM previewing it wouldn’t necessarily
render faster but it will render more frames so you’ll spend less time
buffering sixteen gigabytes would be the minimum I’d go for with your RAM 32 is probably your safest bet and 64 if your budget allows for it but you can always upgrade later your GPU the graphics card graphics card doesn’t need to be too intense for After Effects as of 2019 After Effects doesn’t take that much
advantage of GPU rendering so it might not be the most cost-effective thing to
splash out on a really high-end graphics card but if you’re working in 3d or
considering dabbling in 3d in the future you might want to consider investing in
a high-end one a decent solid-state drive is also a must but that’s gonna be pretty much a given in any new machine ideally you’d have a separate one for
your media for your operating system and your cache as well but it’s not
essential I don’t have separate ones for all of those 500 gigabytes should be
good one terabyte if you can really afford it but you know they spend to get
pricey a 4k screen is also ideal as well mainly because of how much space After
Effects takes up once you add all your panels and all your plugins you can end
up with a pretty small space for your composition window in your timeline so I
like to have a lot of real estate I love a dual monitor setup as well it’s only
not essential I only ever use After Effects in one window I tried a bunch of
layouts and work spaces where the timeline separate on a couple of
different monitors but it just doesn’t work for me so I stick to one monitor
and have you know secondary one for my reference and if you can I highly
recommend a mouse with a horizontal scroll wheel
it makes scrubbing through timelines so much easier for all your other
components motherboard power source just make sure they’re compatible you don’t
need to break the bank on those the previous machine that I use
before building that PC was of mid-2012 MacBook Pro and all the studios that had
worked in up until that point had all used iMacs I had a budget of 3000 AUS dollars of the time to build my machine the iMacs were just
ridiculously overpriced for the hardware included so I begrudgingly made the jump
to PC the first few weeks were a little tricky to get used to but it was mainly
the keyboard layout and Windows Explorer that took the longest so if you’re
thinking of making the jump to PC be brave you’ll be fine
just stick through the first few weeks the newest addition to my studio is this
laptop that was sent to me by this video sponsor gigabyte it is the AERO 15
OLED it is a speced up laptop that’s aimed at creatives rather than gamers and it
has all of those components to get a high performance out of After Effects
and more It’ll run out defects like butter when I
was buying the stuff for my PC all of the high-end components and peripherals
were all targeted towards gamers and looked like they were all designed by a
person whose only source of inspiration was men’s razors and everything had LEDs
that screams every color of Mountain Dew so it’s very refreshing to have
something as powerful with a much subtler design and inside it we’ve got
an Intel Core i7 ninth gen CPU and the graphics card does stand out got an
Nvidia rtx 2070 which makes light work of my most heavy projects if you’re
using 3d applications this card is gonna help you out a lot way more powerful
than one in my big desktop machine and we’ve also got a very healthy 500
gigabyte SSD 16 gigabytes of RAM but my favorite two things are this ridiculous
4k AMOLED screen which is insane for any screen let alone a laptop and best
of all all these ports ports after ports with ports like these you ain’t ever
have to take your dongle out it’s also damn light for everything packed in
there just 2 kilograms I’ve been using it for the past few weeks and it’s speed
is ridiculous I’ve gotten used to taking a tea break when I needs a ram preview
on a laptop but this thing handles whatever I throw at it no problems I had
to go out of my way to add unnecessary blurs and glows and all sorts of
textures to even make it break a sweat I think it’s really important for good
hardware to stay out of your way as much as possible if your designer animation
has to be compromised because of render times or playback speeds that’s a real
shame the ideal hardware lets you focus on
what you’re creating and the AERO 15 OLED certainly does that I made a short
playlist of some related videos that’ll think you’ll enjoy if you’ve made it
this far I’ll see you in the next video and please consider subscribing if you’d
like more of these videos every week Subtitle: Zoe J Marriott

53 thoughts on “Best Hardware for After Effects – Price & Performance

  1. Thanks for sharing! I am always surprised at how much my computer huffs and puffs whenever I animate in it. Do you think AE will incorporate higher GPU use?

  2. I really want the Aero 15 OLED, but my biggest concern is potential screen burn/ghosting. All my OLED phones have gotten screen burn, so it seems risky to drop nearly 2000 USD when the screen might look bad later on

  3. Sweet notebook dude،i really love your style,it's like an improved version of classic network. What projects do you work on?

  4. I remember I built my pc for creative productivity in motion design, got a better you because wanted to learn 3D motions design… But ended up getting back into gaming, addicted and only touched 3D like twice and know pretty much nothing about it.
    Been over 2 years already, so if anyone reading this is into gaming or was into gaming and wants to build their own pc for work, be weary!

  5. You really have one of the most unique styles with your video work. I use After Effects myself for making my own audio visuals but this style, interacting with audio is an interesting idea. Especially on that trippy mushroom you made. Keep the content coming!

  6. As a student, i always look up these hardware tips, so when i have the money i can make the best decision possible… Nice video!, straight to the point!, those PC specs are my dreams!

  7. Thank you for the info. I have 16gb ram, Intel core i7 7th Gen(7700hq CPU @2.8ghz), Nvidia GeForce gtx, 64bit, and an extra integrated harddrive of almosy 1Tb, but it's still slow for me. What am I doing wrong with aftereffects? There must be something…. 😢 Please help, anyone. Some tricks of what I'm doing wrong, or what I need to improve, check, program etc? Thank you so much in advance.

  8. I'm wanting to get into video editing and especially video synthesis. I'll be bookmarking this video for later when I start building my pc.

  9. Nice video… I have a decent PC but it's starting to feel the chug a little bit. The laptop looks nice but I prefer working on a desktop. And I see more and more studios and agencies choosing PC's and getting rid of their macs when upgrading. The price/performance ratio for macs is just not worth it anymore.

  10. I'm still using very old PC, but it is serving me very well.

    Recently i upgrade the memory to the max witch my motherboard supports and i'm very happy.
    My friend gave me a SSD as a gift, the difference is amazing in the performance!
    xD
    My PC: i7 4790k, 32gb ram ddr3 1600mhz, Geforce GTX 660, Kingston SSD 480, 2x 2TB HD Seagate.

  11. Nice one Ben! I built my motion design rig about 6 months ago, and it's been a huge step up from the iMac I use at work (especially for 3D programs). I'm curious as to why you don't use the Aero as your main machine? It's specs are noticeably better than your rig's…

  12. Awesome quick explanation on hardware recommendations for after effects^^ The only thing id say is that even though after effects likes faster cores, saying that its better to have faster fewer cores might be misleading for someone that is new. Like it might give the impression that a quad core cpu is better than your hex core because the single cores are technically faster ya know?

  13. Awesome! This video couldn't have been better timed. For me it's the same story: mid-2014 MacBook, everywhere I've worked and everyone I've worked with has been on Macs too. I want to upgrade my hardware but everything is so pricey from Apple, especially compared to PC components in similar price ranges. I literally started research for a build last week and can't wait for it to come together. Thanks for the tips, Ben!

  14. I find that illustrator is harder on my macbook than AE. Although I have been using AE for a lot longer so I understand how to use it. Do you think I can build a good enough PC desktop for $800? I bought a 15" macbook pro quad core but I want to move away from macbook

  15. Thank you so much for this ! I have been looking at new set ups as my MacBook Pro is getting on a little – that aero looks so cool

  16. Seriously, How did your 2012 MacBook Pro can handle after effect? My 2010 MacBook Pro take almost 5 minute to open the program and it cannot render over 10 second project 😭. By the way, love your video and thank you for sharing about hardware. I am considering to buy a new laptop so I can follow your tutorials.😍😛

  17. Another advantage is that you can now easily change internal components of that desktop pc without too much problems since its not a closed system.

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