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  1. It looks like the latest trend in mograph is not a plug-in or style, but the switch from Macs back to PCs for production work. Obviously, this is not a universal trend, but with mixed reviews for the newMac Pro and the current lack of After Effects or iPhone in the app store, I've seems like more and more mographers are considering the switch. I'm one of them. I know there's already plenty of (really helpful) threads discussing hardware, PC building and the virtues and pitfalls of such a switch. And mixed in, I've read some pretty good tips about easing the transition, but I'd like a thread that collates all of these transitional tips into one, um, thread. Example: in some other threads I've read people suggesting tips on replacing the Apple ProRes worklow that we're so used to. Something like that would be perfect here. But also stuff that's more mundane, and doesn't necessarily relate to mograph workflows. For me, OSX and Windows are pretty much the same on the macro scale, but it's in the little everyday stuff that I find the transitional challenges. I've not yet made the switch, I'm "practicing" on my one of my render nodes, but there's already a few things I can add that have helped me. Mission Control (née Exposé) ---> Better Desktop Tool This feature is what actually brought me to the Mac side over a decade ago. I just love using the F1 keys and hot corners to navigate the OS and all the shit I'm multitasking. Windows has a variety of ways to switch tasks, but none of them are Mission Control. My solution? Better Desktop Tool basically brings Mission Control to Windows. It's not perfect (you have to use a modifier key in addition to a function key) but it gets the job done. Alfred ----> Launchy I like Alfred better than Spotlight, even the new spotlight in Yosemite. On Windows, there's Launchy, which I like better than the Start menu. I don't know if it's as robust as Alfred, but I only really used the most basic features in Alfred. Time Out ---> Workrave This is kind of silly, but I use a program called Time Out that takes over my screen every hour and tells me to take a break. Half the time I click "skip break" because I'm awful, but I still like the idea. On Windows, I've found Workrave, which even gives me little exercises to do while on my alleged breaks. Smart Scroll ---> MouseImp I navigate the OS using a Wacom tablet. I scroll webpages and other scrollable stuff with my stylus using a preference pane called Smart Scroll. On Windows, I found something called MouseImp (wonderful name, fckin' Windows) that lets me map middle mouse (button 2 on stylus) to scroll. OSX Color Picker ---> Ultra Color Picker Tested a number of these, Ultra Color Picker is my favorite. Still not possible to integrate it system wide like in OSX, but it's miles beyond the default Windows picker. Default Folder X ---> Direct Folders Discovered via advice on this thread, it's not quite as pretty as Default Folder X, but replicates the functionality and unifies save/open dialogues across Windows. Some things I'm still looking for help with: Color Picker I always like using the OSX System Color picker, saving swatches that I can grab in any app. The update to Yosemite did some weird things to the color picker (specifically with the actually picking of colors with the eye dropper) but it's still miles ahead of the piece of crap in Windows. This is kind of a big deal, as I use color picker constantly. Can't seem to find anything that comes close on Windows. Default Folder X I just find this app makes saving stuff so easy. Anything like it on Windows?
  2. Hi guys, Wondering if anybody has any recommendations for remote working/viewing options. I work a lot from home and even when I'm not working I'm often geeking out on Mograph stuff. Problem is that's not too fun for my partner and I'm sure she'd like some breathing space. I'm making a big push right now to get to the next level which can be hard with the distractions at home. Plus happy wife, happy life right? I'm lucky enough to be able to work late or at weekends from the studio I work for but my passion right now is learning X-Particles and Octane which they don't have. So I really would love to be able to remotely hook up my PC, to be operated and viewed through the imac at work. Any ideas? It would be nice not to have to waste power when I'm not using the PC remotely and I need a solution that is preferably free (or v.cheap!) and not laggy/overly compressed. Also bonus points for not needing to get too techy - I'm ok on the mac side and love my PC but not so good under the hood! Appreciate any insight
  3. Hi, I've been learning motion graphics in AE and C4D over the last year or so and feel it's time to consider upgrading my PC. Below is my current build: - GA-Z77X-UD5H motherboard - Intel Core i7-3770K - Gigabyte GTX 770 2GB (OC Edition) - 32GB Patriot Viper 3 - Sandisk Extreme 120GB SSD for OS - Samsung 840 Pro 256GB SSD for AE disk cache - 1TB Seagate HDD for project files - 400GB Seagate HDD for renders - Corsair Carbide 500R case - Corsair HX750 PSU I've also just bought: - 2x Samsung 850 Pro 256GB - Noctua NH-D15 cooler I plan to use more of C4D as time goes on and have been advised to get into Octane rendering. With that in mind: Can anyone recommend any worthwhile upgrades or replacements for this build? Would adding a second GTX 770 be worthwhile or do I need to replace the GPU for something more powerful and with more memory, ideally? I'm open to considering replacing the CPU and/or motherboard, if a new CPU would substantially benefit my work? How is best to configure my drives? Thanks for your help!
  4. Hi all, Whats the deal with Windows 10? Anybody using it? Safe to upgrade for the usual suspects and associated plugins? (C4D, AE latest - plus trapcode, X-particles, Octane etc) Cheers!
  5. Hi, So long story short. I bought an Imac (stupid move) now I'm going to sell and finally move to the dark side. Last time I used a PC was 10 years ago. Looking for a build which initially will have one GPU and then in a few months allow me to add a second. I'll be using Octane render for C4D. I'm totally useless with part picking but a guy at work is looking at doing the same thing. Is there anything in this list that isn't going to be good? Also if anyone has an opinion of the Del Ultrasharp 27 that would be great I'm sure everyone has there own variation here and there but I'm really just making sure that if i buy these parts I'm not going to regret it! Thanks in advance! Component Selection Base Promo Shipping Tax Price Where CPU Intel Core i7-5820K 3.3GHz 6-Core Processor $569.00 $569.00 PLE Computers Buy CPU Cooler NZXT Kraken X61 106.1 CFM Liquid CPU Cooler $178.00 $178.00 CPL Online Buy Motherboard MSI X99A SLI PLUS ATX LGA2011-3 Motherboard $375.00 $375.00 PCCaseGear Buy Memory G.Skill Ripjaws 4 series 32GB (4 x 8GB) DDR4-2800 Memory $383.00 $383.00 IJK Buy Storage Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $260.00 $260.00 Umart Buy Samsung 850 EVO-Series 500GB 2.5" Solid State Drive $260.00 $260.00 Umart Buy Video Card MSI GeForce GTX 980 Ti 6GB Video Card $1079.00 $1079.00 Centre Com Buy Case Corsair Air 540 ATX Mid Tower Case $189.50 $189.50 Centre Com Buy Power Supply EVGA 750W 80+ Gold Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply $149.00 $149.00 Umart Buy Total: $3442.50
  6. Hey Duders, So last week my Mac Pro 12 core finally died and now I'm on the lookout for a new box for mograph and VFX stuff. So I guess now is the inevitable stupid question ... What should I buy next? Should I buy the trashcan or an iMac? I was thinking PC and I'll probably end up doing it later but I don't wanna quite leave the ProRes workflow yet I figured you guys would have some input since you've probably been in the same pickle Thanks in advance -Florio
  7. I am a long time Mac user and am going to give up the ghost (lets not go into it) and build a PC for C4D R14, After Effects and ETC. I will be running Win7 to start and have no plans for Hackintosh. NOT looking to build a gaming rig. I have build 2 systems based on Asus motehrboards: http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JackKnife77/saved/3Eq8 http://pcpartpicker.com/user/JackKnife77/saved/3DZ4 Any advice? Trying to stay around $1500-1600? Thanks Homies!
  8. In this brief video we discuss using RDP to monitor PCs running as render nodes. If you're already a Mac user and want more back-end render power without buying a top of the line MacPro, this is for you.
  9. Hello, I know similar topics have already been brought up but bear with me. This is my first build so I'm posting this info in a couple different forums to get as much feedback as possible. Uses: Adobe Suite, 3ds Max and C4D. Plus at some point there will probably be some gaming. Budget: $2000 - 2500 Parts Vendor: Going to Price Match what I can at the local Fry's here in Vegas. Peripherals: Have 2 Monitors, Keyboard, mouse and speakers already. PARTS: Case: Corsair Obsidian Series 550D Black Aluminum / Steel ATX Mid Tower Computer Case - $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811139012&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= Motherboard: ASUS P9X79 PRO LGA 2011 Intel X79 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard with USB BIOS - $319.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131800 Graphics Card: EVGA 02G-P4-2678-KR GeForce GTX 670 FTW 2GB 256-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 3.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card - $379.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814130787&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= Power Supply: CORSAIR HX Series HX750 750W ATX12V 2.3 / EPS12V 2.91 SLI Ready CrossFire Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply - $129.99 (w/rebate) http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817139010 Processor: Intel Core i7-3930K Sandy Bridge-E 3.2GHz (3.8GHz Turbo) LGA 2011 130W Six-Core Desktop Processor BX80619i73930K - $569.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116492 SSD: Samsung 840 Series 2.5 inch 120GB SATA III internal Solid State Drive (SSD) MZ-7TD120BW - $100.92 http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Series-120GB-internal-MZ-7TD120BW/dp/B009NHAF06/ref=dp_ob_title_ce RAM: CORSAIR Vengeance 16GB (2 x 8GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model CMZ16GX3M2A1600C10 - $102.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233246&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= HD: Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive (x2) - $79.99 each x2 = $159.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840 I would like to have a RAID 1 configuration CD/DVD Drive: ASUS Black 12X BD-R 2X BD-RE 16X DVD+R 12X DVD-RAM 8X BD-ROM 8MB Cache SATA Blu-ray Burner BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS - $79.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827135252&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_sp=&AID=10446076&PID=3938566&SID= OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit OEM - $139.99 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16832116992 -- Can I get the OEM version if I'm not re-selling? CPU Fan: CORSAIR Hydro Series H100i Water Cooler - $101.98 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-181-032&Tpk=35-181-032 -- All feedback is appreciated & any alternatives that could save me some $$$
  10. http://secure.newegg...Number=27840688 My main questions are: Is 128 Ram overkill, currently I am just going to start with 64. I can foresee it being awesome for preview purposes in AE I have read that your power source will loose its potency as years compound of 24/7 use. I would say my computer runs 120-130 hours per week currently but that is a 4 core machine. So with this machine I am at approximately ~650W needed so I am going with 800 just to be safe but also wonder if that is overkill. Is SLI really necessary for video rendering? I like using only 1 screen so I dont see why I would really need that but its a cool upgrade option. Thanks for your feedback in advance.
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