hello, i'm wondering if any major editing program utilizes ati's video cards. also, do you know if autodesk's alias will run smoothly with ati cards? i have a 5770 right now, but i'm wondering about selling that and saving up for a beefier nvidia card (maybe the fermi series)
i'm kinda leaning with nvidia because adobe just released premiere cs5, which is only compatible with CUDA.
I'd have to second a Quadro FX (Not NVS.)
There's many reasons, but they put out a solid framerate, which is necessary when recording 3D animation.
Also, my FX2500 plays WOW better than any gaming card I've yet tried comparitive settings. Full detail, 1600x1200 - solid 50+fps (on a Dell M90 laptop no less).
of course, that'd be if money were no object... However, other itterations of each brand, FireGL / FirePro or Quadro still do hold their own very well; I used to talk with someone close to nVidia, whom hinted that the Quadro-brand is the next step (or sometimes 2 steps ahead) of their GF-lineup.
A Quadro FX 770 should be in the $150-range and could do 3D fairly well.