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Data Storage and Backups for Film, Animation and Multimedia

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Introduction It is generally considered that there are only three main methods of storing data for use on computers. Tapes Discs and Floppy drives Computer Chips   However, these categories should not be viewed as a progression from oldest to newest.  In fact, over time, the technology lifecycle has alternated between iterations of each type of data storage format.  Each one having different specifications, hence different pros and cons.  They each have their own use […]

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Fastest Solid State Drives (SSD)

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Solid State Drives Introduction Nowadays, there is another category of data storage devices that are slowly overtaking hard drives in the market.  They have evolved from the volatile (chip-based) memory like RAM, but unlike them, they do not lose their data when unpowered. They have first been made in smaller capacities, making them ideal for the development of USB memory sticks (USB keys) and flash cards (for cameras).  Today however, they have evolved into full-fledged […]

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Great Hard Drives for Data Storage in Filmmaking

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Hard Drive Storage Hard drives are the main data storage for your computer. They store many gigabytes of data (billions of bytes) on magnetic plates spinning very quickly inside the casing.  The reading heads are  microns away from the surface, gobbling up or writing new information in the form of bits.   The hard drive is the only motor-driven device in a computer, except for the fans.  But unlike fans, they are very sensitive to movements, […]

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Recommended Computer Builds for 3D & CGI

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Computer Hardware Recommendations for this Year We have created this guide to help you select each computer component with ease, but in this article we’ve gathered our recommendations into 3 builds.  These 3 sets are for you to choose from depending on your budget, but they can all do 3D work, from modeling to rendering.  All the proposed builds have different price points within the the mid-to-high or ‘mainstream’ category.  This range, from 1000$ to 3000$ […]

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Ergonomic Sitting Posture for Digital Work

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Ergonomy at the Computer Nowadays, many people work long hours sitting at a computer desk, watching a screen.  This is especially true in the world of CG animation because digital artists must absolutely use computer software as a tool to create works of art.  But most of us have habits formed by many other factors than an ideal ergonomy for the body. Here are the good and bad sitting habits when working at a computer […]

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How to Find the Best Video Card (GPU) for 3D

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GPU Introduction The GPU, short for the Graphics Processing Unit, is the processing chip dedicated to computing every visual information to display on a monitor.  The GPU is the second most important component of a computer system, after the CPU.  It can be either: Integrated:  Combined with the CPU Dedicated: A separate add-on electronic card What is called the graphics card or video card is the physical container housing the dedicated GPU with its electronic […]