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Long-form projects seem to do better on 64-bit operating systems with plenty of RAM (16 GB or more).
Thanks for your feedback!
All our systems run on win xp 32bit. But it sounds like it is worth a shot to try 64bit!
More feedbacks are welcome :)
Premiere is a 32bit application, only Photoshop from the Adobe family is 64 bit
Premiere can spawn multiple 32-bit processes, each being able to access 4 GB of RAM. Those processes can easily use 16 - 32 GB of RAM. That much RAM requires a 64-bit OS.
So even though Pr is "32-bit", it has been optimized for 64-bit systems.
If your Avids work well with long form projects, and your premiere setups with short stuff, why push the envelope :) If I had that choice for a long project, there isn't any doubt I'd go with Avid in a millisecond.
Jeff is certainly right about Vista 64--not xp 64--being a better OS for Premiere CS4, short or long projects. Once you go to V64, you won't go back, at least not for Premiere.
I will also confrim Vista 64 with a lot of ram makes CS4 much better.
I second that. I now edit hdv like dv.
Even on Vista64 with 8G RAM/QaudCore bigger projects seem to have problems, I have a hard time even opening big projects. It can take over 2 min to open a project, and that gets really annoying when switching between AME and PP for rendering. AME takes just as long to open a project file for rendering, it's a real hassle. Anyway all that to say, I'm not sure that just putting x64 and more ram will make all the issues go away.
" It can take over 2 min to open a project, and that gets really annoying when switching between AME and PP for rendering."
Yep I'm on 64 bit with a fast machine but I have to work with 12-18 minute reels to keep the opening time down (generally it takes 1-1/2 to open up the files.
A benchmark I did with a reel on 32bit and 64 bit OS had the 64bit OS faster by about 20%.
The other think is when you click over to explorer or AE or PS or whatever it takes Premiere a good 15 seconds to become active. I could have 200 layer in AE and switches over like that. Annoying.
16 - 32 GB of RAM for editing? Are adobe crazy? I can edit long form with 1 GB on my 1,7 ghz laptop!