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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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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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Computer Requirements for 3D Graphics

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  Minimum Requirements   Are you looking to know if your computer can handle 3D projects?  Wether you’re starting a 3D animation program or you want to make 3D computer graphics at home, this article is for you. Here are the essential components of a computer required to make 3D graphics efficiently.  In this page, we break down each computer component into 3 ranges of prices so that you can aim for your target budget. […]

Laptops vs Desktops, Mac vs PC computers

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Choosing the Right Type of Computer Laptop Computers for 3D graphics Laptop computers are not a very good form factor when trying to make 3D, because of the screen size, battery life and the inadequate ventilation for long term heat dissipation during 3D renderings.  Additionally, the form factor will make it much more expensive in the performance-to-price ratio because of the miniaturization, and you may find it difficult to upgrade it later on. You may […]

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Assembling your Build from Components

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General Considerations Assembling your own computer parts from scratch is quite entirely another challenge than selecting the right parts and having them shipped to your door.  It is strongly recommended that you ask a professional to install all of the components, at least for the CPU, motherboard and fans inside of the computer case.  You should be able to find a local professional to install everything for you, for about 60$.  While you’re there, ask […]