From compositing in After Effects to editing in Premiere Pro and encompassing all in between including Photoshop, Lightroom, Audition, and more, Ideabox builds the fastest workstation computers for Adobe Creative Cloud.
Premiere Pro benefits from both CPU and GPU power. Raw CPU power, calculated by multiplying a CPU’s cores by its frequency, will always pay off for the most demanding workloads. And while you can never have too much RAM we recommend 3-6GB of RAM per CPU core. Many effects/filters/actions and real-time playback may require a powerful GPU and scrubbing and previewing can benefit from multiple GPUs. At the heart of Adobe Premiere Pro CC is the GPU-accelerated Mercury Playback engine. It leverages NVIDIA CUDA to deliver interactive, real-time editing and up to 23x faster performance than even dual CPUs can deliver, particularly in 4K RED camera files. The more effects and the higher the resolution, the more powerful GPU configurations you should consider for your Premier Pro workstation. Additionally, if you’re working with larger frame sizes with lighter compression or data-rich formats like Camera Raw, you’ll need bigger and faster drive arrays in RAID.
While they often go hand in hand, these two applications utilize your system in different ways. After Effects benefit from CPU. Raw CPU power, calculated by multiplying a CPU’s cores by its frequency, will always pay off for the most demanding workloads. But single core performance is highly beneficial in AE also so a balance between Clock and Cores is fundamental. For After Effects’ new rendering engine, we recommend 4-8GB of RAM per CPU core in a workstation for After Effects.
As for GPU, Instead of CUDA, After Effects uses OpenGL on the following
Ray-traced 3D renderer, Rendering on the GPU, Fast Draft previews mode
Faster blitting to the screen, Hardware Accelerate Composition, Layer, and Footage Panels” preference. So having 1 really good GPU is what we recommend.
Additionally, if you’re working with larger frame sizes with lighter compression or data-rich formats like Camera Raw, you’ll need bigger and faster drive arrays in RAID.
PHOTOSHOP & LIGHTROOM
If you rely on these popular photo-editing packages, you want to make sure that whatever you purchase, you include an SSD and (for your budget) maximize the amount of RAM. RAW files create a large RAM footprint and opening and saving projects will be accelerated by the speed delivered with an SSD. Any professional GPU from NVIDIA or AMD will provide the OpenCL accelerating used in various filters and spending more on a GPU delivers diminishing returns, so even a basic Quadro or FirePro will suit your needs, unless you need exotic display support for higher resolutions or maximum display arrays.
SPEEDGRADE & MEDIA ENCODER
Real-time, professional color grading in the Lumetri Deep Color Engine can also be accelerated via the GPU while Adobe SpeedGrade CC’s GPU-accelerated Look Manager allows you to easily organize and access grading presets. Integration within Premiere Pro CC enables pre-defined Looks to be applied directly within the video-editing workflow. You can also simplify the tedious, time-consuming task of matching clips with the GPU-accelerated Shot Matcher. SpeedGrade lets you automatically correct for subtle differences in footage to achieve a consistent feel between clips, within scenes, and across your entire project. NVIDIA Quadro GPUs deliver the real-time color necessary for RAW, High Dynamic Range, or Stereoscopic 3D content with the Lumetri Deep Color Engine. This means you can color correct multiple layers and design your looks more efficiently and quickly.