Searching for the Powerful, As-affordable-as-can-be, Graphics Workstation
I am very bad about visiting the forums. I simply don't have the time to wade through the ocean of threads, and that's just the ones that I've favorited. But whatever. I try to catch the podcasts and enjoy playing with the TF2 and Planetside 2 crews. I beseech you now on bended knee, because this community is something of a General Purpose Oracle filled with every variety of geek. I know that some among you will have good advice.
I'm a production coordinator in a unified Communications Department for two organizations (nonprofit, 501c status). Both are dedicated to conquering autoimmune diseases. Sometimes I catch myself acting all meh about occasionally chatting with world leading scientists in diabetes and general autoimmune science.
In the comm department, I organize our workload (Basecamp ftw), do the tech-end of press releases, a little tech writing, and generally making sure we're getting stuff done. I'm also the admin for the comm dept director.
I've got this really great pitch I'm working on. You see, I'm also the first guy everyone goes to when they have any graphics or PowerPoint problems. Since I'm something of an invo-vis geek (and a Tufte admirer), I want to use my powers of impression to lobby for an improved position focused on meeting these needs. The average scientific PowerPoint presentation is a mismatch of styles, too many words, dumb animations, and eye-gougingly awful visuals.
Management is starting to get it when it comes to this stuff. Our business director seeks me out when he needs this thing put into that presentation. Every time I do that, I create slides that look - every so subtly - better than his. Requests have grown. I think I could have an opportunity to do something that, while still technically a job, is still the least boring job I could hope for, given current circumstances.
The web-services I'm asking for are a piddling sum of money (institutionally speaking). Our level of Basecamp use is $50/mo. That's for a robust, heavily version-controlled, fully extensible solution that involves 0 IT resources at our instititute. We are literally saving money by freeing up the time that IT would be spending to support us. I'm continuing this trend. But that leaves the last item I need to price out: A graphics workstation for the most processing-intensive element of my pitch: video.
My up-to-date-geekly knowledge is insufficient here. I need you youngins to help me. Basically, I need to be able to run Adobe Premiere at a decent click. I would never be creating videos more than 30 minutes. Much shorter is more likely. Please give me as little or as much information as you want. I'm selectively crowdsourcing this with you folks and my G+ stream.
Thanks for your attention.
Warmest regards to my fellow Goodjers,