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Majoring in ACM

ACM Hardware and Software Requirements

Minimum Hardware Required:

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support; Intel Core i7 required for Adobe SpeedGrade
  • Microsoft Windows 7 with Service Pack 1, Windows 8, or Windows 8.1(all 64-bit versions)
  • 4 GB of Ram (8 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB of avialable hard-disk space for installation; additional free space required during installation(cannot install on removable flash storage device)
  • Additional disc space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 display
  • Open GL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Sound Card compatible with ASIO protocol or Microsoft Windows Driver Model
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1 GB VRAM for GPU accelerated-performance
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime and multimedia features
  • 500GB external hard drive

Mac OS

  • Multicore Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or v 10.7
  • 4 GB of RAM ( 8GB recommended)
  • 10.5 GB of available hard-disc space for installation; additional free space required during installation(cannot install on a volume that uses a case-sensitive file system or on removeable flash storage devices)
  • Additional disc space required for disk cache, preview files, and other working files (10GB recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
  • Open GL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM hard drive (multiple fast disk drives, preferably RAID 0 configured, recommended)
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1 GB VRAM for GPU accelerated-performance
  • QuickTime 7.6.6software required for QuickTime and multimedia features
  • 500GB external hard drive

Hardware suggested:

DSLR Camera

Software Required:

            Computer Animation & Game Design:

  • Current Maya
  • Photoshop CS6 or later
  • i-Life

            Cinematic Production:

  • Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium
  • Final Draft

Software Suggested:

Computer Animation & Game Design:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects

Cinematic Production:

  • EP Scheduling
  • Microsoft Office

Free from UH
• McAfee Antivirus 
• Adobe Acrobat Reader
• Firefox (Mozilla) alternate web browser
• Multimedia plug-ins:  Shockwave, RealPlayer, QuickTime, Flash 
• PDF995 PDF “printer”
• Thunderbird (Mozilla) email
• Skype Internet “phone”

Since the laptop and software is required, you can ask the Financial Aid office to include it in your “cost of attendance”. Contact financial aid at (http://www.hawaii.edu/fas/). 

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Revised 4/14


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