Yeah Im on 9.0.2 already.....
I never had this problem with my previous version (6.5)
Apples and Oranges. CS4 is a whole differnt beast with probably 40% or more being completely rewritten compared to 6.5. The behavior you describe doesn't sound unfamiliar, though. It mostly happens with compressed formats that are not 100% to AE's taste. It then kinda dumbly buffers as many frames as it can and when it needs to flush them to load new ones, it seems to hang for a while. Anotehr reason could be simply not enough space in the MediaCache folder, so conformed media cannot be stored persistently. This can be further compounded by using OpenGL. What footage do you use? In any case, look into disabling OpenGL and cleaning out the Media Cahce from the prefs as a first step, the nlet us know, if the issues persist.
Thanks for all the useful info Mylenium....
Open GL has been off since I installed CS4 as it caused me problems from the outset.
I have been doing some renders since your post and have flushed the Media Cache each time I did a render.
On the 6th render I got the lock up (its usually around the 5th or 6th render/preview in succession that I get the problem)
Any other ideas?
I have the same problem you have described. I am also running Win XP (64Bit), on a Dell workstation with twin quad cores and 12GB Ram. Since "Win XP" is not officially supported, I just figured I would go to Windows 7 when available. I run the cache on separate hard drives and tried a few different things. But about 5 or 6 crashes a day right now.
Since "Win XP" is not officially supported, I just figured I would go to Windows 7 when available.
Thart may be so, but this should not influence the program as such. I'm running CS4 on my "old" XP64 box without issues. So by all rights, it certainly hinges on a combination of circumstances, e.g. specific file types or effects being used. just close to impossible to diagnose such things from afar....
Thanks for the comments fellas....
I have found the only semi effective way to avoid a lock up is to close AFX once in a while.
This seems to flush things out and although not an ideal solution, it can limit the amount of time you have to sit around waiting for a lock up to clear.
Another question for you. Does AE open up a PProheadless.exe for each dynamic link you have in each of your comps? I have say 10 comps in AE, with most linked to PPro to pick up the video and audio. I do the keying in AE because it is so much better with Keylight.
When I try to reboot when things get real bad, I have to close some 10 or 12 sessions of PProheadless.exe in task manager before the machine will reboot.
If I need to change my workflow to several AE comps and multiple PPro projects, I can live with that. Thanks, Rick