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carlos desslerWindows 7. CS4 works except AE, especially vector paint
by on Jan 3, 2010 at 2:01:33 am

Hey guys. This forums rock!!!!!!! They have solved a lot of issues for us beginners. THANK YOU ALL.

I am using AE CS4 on a PC, with windows 7. Everything works fine (Adobe suite) except AE, specially when using vector paint. Everytime I paint a stroke I have to wait like 1 sec to paint the next, otherwise AE completely crushes. I have 4 GM RAM and an 2.8 ghz AMD multicore processor.

Can it be Windows 7? I ve heard Vista and 7 dont work fine with AE...should I switch to XP? to little RAM for what I want to do? other effects and playback work relatively fine. Once I get to vector paint............


Does this happen to any of you?

Thanks for your responses

grateful guy

carlos dessler


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Michael SzalapskiRe: Windows 7. CS4 works except AE, especially vector paint
by on Jan 3, 2010 at 8:46:48 pm

Is there any footage in your project? If any of it's HD, you'll want to see Dave LaRonde's stock answer on HDV footage issues. (Basically, don't use it; transcode it into a different format)
Dave's Stock Answer #1:

If the footage you imported into AE is any kind of the following --
footage in an HDV acquisition codec, MPEG1, MPEG2, mp4, m2t, H.261 or
H.264 -- you need to convert it to a different codec.

These kinds of footage use temporal, or interframe compression. They
have keyframes at regular intervals, containing complete frame
information. However, the frames in between do NOT have complete
information. Interframe codecs toss out duplicated information.

In order to maintain peak rendering efficiency, AE needs complete
information for each and every frame. But because these kinds of footage
contain only partial information, AE freaks out, resulting in a wide
variety of problems.

Also, are you trying to use multiprocessing? If so, you need more RAM. AE needs at least 2 Gb per core and remember Windows eats up a lot of RAM by itself, plus all the other programs (anti-virus, etc.) take some up too.

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Dave LaRondeRe: Windows 7. CS4 works except AE, especially vector paint
by on Jan 4, 2010 at 4:32:13 pm

[carlos dessler] "I have 4 GM RAM and an 2.8 ghz AMD multicore processor. "

I'd look at the AE system requirements on the Adobe web site. You may discover that your hardware isn't totally compatible with the software. I sadly discovered the same thing on my Windows box at home.

So now I face big expenses: new motherboard, more RAM, Win 7, etc.... but I'm going to wait until Adobe releases the new creative suite. I'm not exactly made of money.

Dave LaRonde
Sr. Promotion Producer
KCRG-TV (ABC) Cedar Rapids, IA


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