CMU STUDENT TECH RECOMMENDATIONS
The following is a list of recommended hardware and software for students entering the Animation Program.
*Items noted with an asterisk will be used immediately at the entry level. Others can be added strategically as the need and personal budget allows.
Portable Hard Drive
*1TB Standard Drive:
While the Animation and Graphic Design labs are exclusively Mac OS, PC laptops can be considered a viable option if the technical specifications are comparable with the links below.
Mac: 15 inch Macbook Pro 2.6GHz
PC: Obviously there are many choice as to style ad brand. You will want a laptop that gamers use. The following are minimum specs for a PC that will support animation graphics and last a while.
- i5-i7 processor speed
- a decent video card 4GB
- preferably SSD storage 250GB min.
- upgradable Ram 16 to 32 is a good start
- Multiple USB outlets
This article offers a range of options: https://www.pcgamer.com/best-gaming-laptop/
*Wacom Intuos Bluetooth Small
With Carry Case (ACK413021)
Wacom INTUOS4/CINTIQ21 Grip Pen for use in the animation lab
Portable Light Box (optional) $35.99
Huion L4S Light Box - 17.72 Inches USB ADJUSTABLE Illumination Light Panel only 5mm Thin Light Table with 5 A4 Tracing Papers and 1 Non-woven Bag L14.17" x W10.63" x H0.2"
As far as software goes, our program focuses on Toon Boom Harmony, Maya, and the following from the Adobe suite; Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop, Illustrator, Bridge, Media Encoder and Audition.
A syncing program is highly recommended for backing up your work. All-sync is a multi-platform sync program available for free. We use Mac-based ChronoSync in the labs.
All the labs are fully loaded so you shouldn't need any software to get started. Initially, I would consider the Adobe subscription and wait until you’ve taken some classes to figure out what you might want to invest in for animation software specifically.
Later on, if you want to work outside of the labs we can help direct you in purchasing specific softwares.