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Weblog:   Dollars and Sense: Adobe Lightroom vs Apple Aperture
Subject:   Minimum Specs
Date:   2006-01-10 08:12:31
From:   boo
I was similarly skeptical about the minimum requirements for Motion until I learned more about it.


Motion would not install on my iMac G4 at work, but it would run on my iMac G5 at home. At first I thought this issue was similar to needing a fast computer to use Photoshop or edit video or mix 24 tracks of audio with unlimited effects. But as I learned to use Motion I realized that the hefty system requirements were needed because the approach to compositing was so ambitious. The application is designed to be used in real time. (I've been trying to think of an analogy, but I can't think of anything like it. And there's no way to adequately emphasize the line 'designed to be used in real time.')


Like I said, it seems to work relatively well on my iMac G5 with 2GB of RAM, but that falls quite short of Apple's suggested specs. I think Motion would really like a G5 Quad, the best graphics card money can buy, and more RAM. Put in perspective, although Motion will run on today's computers, it will probably take tomorrow's computers to make it really shine.


In the end I was glad it wouldn't install on my G4. It wouldn't do anything useful anyway. And I'm glad someone is designing apps for tomorrow. After using Motion, I reckon 2010 is gonna be pretty exciting.

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  • Minimum Specs
    2006-01-10 08:49:55  LouM [View]

    Exactly.

    A 3+ year old machine isn't gonna cut it if you have thousands of raw images that need to be worked on.

    If you end up liking Lightroom, you'll end up buying new hardware anyway. It might be faster than Aperture, but not a whole lot faster. (Actually, it doesn't process raw files any faster; it's simply using a low resolution JPEG proxy when you view images.)

    If you want to see how slow Lightroom's raw conversions really are (i.e., no faster than Aperture), just go into Develop mode and click (and hold) on a slider. The image will immediately degrade to a jaggy low-res image as you drag the slider around and will only update to a high-resolution image again after 5-15 seconds. And this is on my dual 2 GHz G5 PowerMac.

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