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I'm afraid you won't get lucky with this. The graphics specs of your hardware seem rather insufficient and it may never work. As an immediate solution I'd try to at least remove the OpenGL plugin (Program Files/Adobe/After Effects CS3/Support Files/Plug-ins/Extensions), but if that doesn't help, then I don't know what would. Also make sure to trash the prefs before attempting this (Documents and Settings/Philip/Application Data/Adobe/After Effects/8.0). Application Data is invisible by default, so adjust your folder view settings accordingly.
It's so annoying, because I've had it for over a year now and it's worked fine up until recently.
I'll try those things you recommended - but how do you trash the preferences? In "...Adobe/After Effects/7.0", there are two empty folders ("ModifiedWorkspaces" and "OriginalWorkspaces"), an AfterFX7.ini file, and a Workspaces.xml file.
And I presume the OpenGL plugin you're talking about is OpenGL3D.AEX?
You can run AE without OpenGL capable hardware, so that shouldn't be the cause of your problems. It's probably either a corrupt preference file or QuickTime installation.
Try these tips and report back:
The "Render Engine" is a version of AE that can be used on unmanaged machines that collaboratively render a project over a network. That's why it doesn't have all the options. It can't be used for anything other than rendering.
Make sure you enable "Show hidden files/folders" in Windows XP's view preferences. See my blog post for other ways of deleting the preferences.
- Jonas Hummelstrand
>It's so annoying, because I've had it for over a year now and it's
>worked fine up until recently.
Strange. In that case I would have to agree with Jonas that probably it's a third-party issue either with Quicktime or something else. Did you by any chance run the latest iTunes/QT updates?
You sirs, are now my gods.
It's fixed! I ran the iTunes update to see whether that was the most recent version - which it was - and opened up the Quicktime Player to do the same. Windows started then installing Quicktime, which presumably meant it fixed this corrupt file. And now AE7 works!
Thanks ever so much guys, you've made me very happy now. I might even be able to hit my Friday homework deadline now =P