Hardware and Software Requirements

The ACM curriculum requires students to have access to a laptop computer and specific hardware

Minimum Hardware Requirements

Windows

  • Intel Core 2 Duo or AMD Phenom II processor with 64-bit support
  • Intel Core i7 required for Adobe SpeedGrade
  • Microsoft Windows 7 or higher
  • 4 GB of Ram (8 GB recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 display or larger
  • Open GL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM hard drive or faster
  • 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 features
  • 500GB external hard drive

Mac OS

  • Multi-core Intel processor with 64-bit support
  • Mac OS X v 10.6.8 or higher
  • 4 GB of RAM (8GB recommended)
  • 1280 x 800 display with 16-bit color and 512MB of VRAM
  • Open GL 2.0-capable system
  • 7200 RPM hard drive
  • Optional: Adobe-certified GPU card with at least 1 GB VRAM for GPU-accelerated performance
  • QuickTime 7.6.6 software required for QuickTime features
  • 500GB external hard drive

Software Requirements

Animation Students

  • Maya (most recent version)
  • Photoshop CS6 or higher
  • iLife

Production Students

  • Adobe CC Suite
  • Final Draft

Recommended Software

Animation Students

  • Microsoft Office
  • Adobe Premiere
  • Adobe After Effects

Production Students

  • EP Scheduling
  • Microsoft Office

Since the laptop and software are required for ACM majors, students can ask the Financial Aid office to include it in your “cost of attendance”. Contact financial aid at www.hawaii.edu/fas/