Ideal Lab Set Up for both Video and Graphic Arts Classes?
I have been blessed with the motherlode of one time funding as part of a CTE Incentive Grant. I have two sequences: Cinematic Arts and Graphic Arts. As part of another grant last year, I upgraded to professional 4K cameras and got a 4K TV for my classroom. From the grant I also just upgraded my 2011 27" iMacs to 20 GB ram from 4GB and PS and AI work great.
Anyhow, my CTE Facilitator said, "No, you need a new lab." Who I am to say no? Here is my dilemma .... Both Cinematic Arts and Graphic Arts share a lot in common, but also differ in a couple of key ways. I was at the local Community College Digital Arts labs and they switched two labs from iMacs to Mac Minis with Cintiq Monitors. That would be great for my Graphic Arts students. I found the Cintiq to be so much more natural than the Wacom tablet. A Mac Mini would handle Photoshop, Illustrator, Flash, Cinema 4D, etc. just fine.
Video on the other hand, not so much. Especially as we move into 4K. Video eats up cores like the Cookie Monster eats cookies. The Mini's are only dual-core. Plus, the integrated GPU is awful for editing, After Effects, and DaVinci Resolve. So, to best meet the need of the Cinematic Arts students my best bet would be 5K iMacs, but I then lose out on Cintiqs for the Graphic Arts students.
What would you do? I know ... first world problems.