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Time Narration
00:03 Welcome to the series of Blender tutorials.
00:06 In this tutorial, we shall look at the hardware specifications and requirements for Blender 2.59.
00:16 This script has been contributed by Chirag Raman.
00:20 First Up, we shall look at what the official Blender website has to say about the hardware requirements.
00:28 Open your internet browser.
00:30 I am using Firefox 3.09.
00:34 In the address bar, type: and hit the Enter key.
00:44 This should take you to the official blender website.
00:47 For ease of demonstration, I have already loaded the System Requirements page.
00:53 Blender is Free and Open Source.
00:56 Blender 2.59 works on nearly all operating systems.
01:02 For this tutorial, I am using Windows XP operating system.
01:07 Different parts of Blender are dependent on different pieces of computer hardware.
01:13 A faster CPU and more RAM can help to increase rendering speed while the speed of the Blender interface, viewports and real-time engine is influenced by the speed of the graphics card.
01:26 Fast and large hard drives can also speed up work when dealing with large video files.
01:32 As you can see, the Blender Organization shows Hardware Specifications for 3 sections of usage:
01:40 Minimum, Good and Production levels.
01:44 The Minimum hardware specifications required to run Blender are –
01:48 1 GHZ Single Core CPU
01:53 512 MB RAM
01:56 1024 x 768 pixels Display with 16 bit color
02:03 3 Button Mouse
02:05 Open GL Graphics Card with 64 MB RAM
02:12 The Good specifications level includes –
02:15 2 GHZ Dual Core CPU
02:20 2 GB RAM
02:22 1920 x 1200 pixels Display with 24 bit color
02:28 3 Button Mouse
02:30 Open GL Graphics Card with 256 or 512 MB RAM
02:40 Production level hardware specifications will be –
02:43 64 bits, Multi Core CPU
02:47 8-16 GB RAM
02:50 Two times 1920 x 1200 pixels Display with 24 bit color
02:56 3 Button Mouse + tablet
02:59 Open GL Graphics Card with 1 GB RAM, ATI FireGL or Nvidia Quadro
03:09 To make sure you meet any one of the specified levels, you need to check your system configuration.
03:16 Minimize your browser window.
03:19 Go to the Control Panel. Once here, double click on the System icon.
03:25 So, here you can see the current specifications of your machine and compare it against what the Blender Foundation suggests.
03:35 Most Windows Operating systems are either 32-bit or 64-bit. I am using 32-bit Windows.
03:44 The terms 32-bit and 64-bit refer to the way the CPU handles information.
03:51 The 64-bit version of Windows handles large amounts RAM more effectively than a 32-bit system.
03:59 Also, if you are planning to invest in a new computer for Blender,
04:04 it would be a good idea to check out this article over at www.blenderguru .com/the-ultimate-guide-to-buying-a- computer-for-blender.
04:21 This guide gives you detailed information about Operating system,
04:29 CPU,
04:35 RAM,
04:41 Graphics card,
04:49 Case,
04:55 and hard drive.
05:02 So, that completes the tutorial on the Hardware Requirements for running Blender.
05:07 This tutorial is created by Project Oscar and supported by the National Mission on Education through ICT.
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05:50 Thanks for joining us
05:53 and this is Monisha from IIT Bombay, signing off.

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