I'm looking into purchasing a copy of TV Paint and a computer for a project, and I have a few questions about processing speed, and making sure I have the necessary hardware. Any help and advice is massively appreciated!!
I'm looking into purchasing an iMac, and have a choice of a 2.7 GHz quad core, and a 3.1 GHz quad core. Both have i5 with a 6MB chip and 4GB (two 2GB) of 1333MHz DDR3 memory and 1 Terabyte of space.
My TV Paint project will ultimately run for about 25-30 minutes, although I will be breaking it down into smaller bits in TV Paint and then edit those renders in Final Cut Pro. I can store files on external drives if I go over the terrabyte.
I'll be using some video for rotoscoping, probably no more than 1 minute per clip.
My question is whether or not the iMac should be suitable for such a project with TV Paint? This will be my first time using the software, and I am not too knowledgeable about processing speeds, what to expect, or whether or not I will be pulling hair out waiting for things to render or move to the next frame. The processing time for my project will be important and so I want to be sure I purchase the right machine, but also not purchase the unnecessary if it is fine as is.
I'd like to know also whether this iMac should be fine, and whether there will be a big advantage from the 2.7 GHz quad core to the 3.1 GHz, and whether I should upgrade some of the other specs.
If I go with the 3.1, I can upgrade the following:
Processor: from 3.1GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i5 to 3.4GHz Quad-Core Intel Core i7
Memory: 4GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x2GB to 8GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2x4GB
I imagine the processor is more important than the memory since I can turn off other softwares while painting, but if it's important then I would like to know.
Also important because I imagine the video-rotoscoping
process to weigh down the speed a bit and I wanted to ask. I may also integrate some short 3D bits into the project as well.
Since I have not used TV Paint before, I thought I would seek out some answers before I make the plunge. I realize there's some generalities in the question, but any guideline ideas for making sure I get the right machine would be most helpful and I'm grateful for the knowledge.
Thank you so much to the community for any help and for the patience in answering someone new to this.