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Do you use multiprocessing? Slow initialization then is caused by the main controller needing to run up the background instances. This is indeed considerably better in CS4 (it will immediately start the foreground caching without waiting for the BG instances). It will however not be suitable for your G5, as it's intel only, so without a new computer this doesn't help you at all...
thx Myl. how come CS2 was so much better?
and i don't see why the render progress bars are so useless now. you know the green one in the timeline window and the blue one in the comp.
i can probably make a case for a new pc or intel mac to my boss. and CS4.
CS2 was 'better' (in your case), because it didn't have multiprocessing.
In CS3, disable multiprocessing in Preferences, and you should see the same behaviour as in CS2.
I see. yes i have got it turned on. but this mac has 4 cpus so i thought that that would have been the correct setting for me. when i first got CS3 i did a test and found long renders were almost twice as fast as the same comp on CS2.
so do i get this benefit at the expense of the slow initialization period? or have i misunderstood?
wow. i just turned it off. it is so much faster i can't believe it.
I can't believe i've been working like this for so long. thanks very much.
so should i leave it off and just turn it on for long renders then?
until i get a new machine and CS4.
incidentally, how does AE run on a pc? i used to use AE on a PC and found it far more unstable than a mac. but i usually prefer pcs. do you guys have a preference?