Although your hardware might meet Adobe's minimum requirements, in the real world I think your pc is underpowered. After Efx needs a powerful cpu and lots of ram, I'm afraid yours has neither.
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Have you gone through the basic training materials?
If you're familiar with rendering you should be able to make H.264 movies using The Adobe Media Encoder that are a reasonable size and playback just fine on your system. Try following these suggestions for an efficient workflow on a minimum System:
If you can develop good work practices and good rendering technique there's no reason you cannot work efficiently on a minimum system. Just don't expect to do three minute full resolution previews or scrub the timeline like it was a nonlinear editor when you have barely enough horsepower to run the program.
- Set the resolution of your comp window to auto
- Set the Zoom factor of the composition window to 25% or a maximum of 50%
- Work and hi DEF compositions only (No bigger)
- Preview your animation before you add all of the effects because effects just slow things down
> Its taking a lot of space in my HDD, like i mentioned earlier i was trying to edit a 6 second intro and it took 20GB on my HDD. What the hell is that... Is that normal???
Start here to learn After Effects:
As the others have said, your computer barely meets the minimum system requirements, so you'll need to be patient and organized when working with video software like After Effects. Rick gave some good advice along these lines. Here is more: http://adobe.ly/eV2zE7