Bunch 'o questions here. I will be brief but hopefully helpful.
- BOXX is generally a great PC. You might give us some specs to tell you whether it's good for today's editing or not.
- crashing - make sure you are using Premiere Pro CS4.2. Go to Help>Updates from any Adobe app to ensure that you're updated.
- crashing - when is it crashing? What products do you own? If you do not have the CS4 suite and are trying dynamic link between AE and PR, it will not work (it is a suite only feature)
- upgrade - simply put, if you can afford it you should do it. CS4 is 64 bit aware and a 64-bit OS + memory + CS4 = a very good thing. Others should chime in to support this statement.
- MAC - doesn't matter to Adobe - we make the same product on both Mac and PC. Personally, I think you'll get more bang for your buck n the PC platform, but I am typing this on a Mac - so figure out what you like and be happy with it.
- Windows 7 seems to be very good. If you go that way, go Win 7 64...
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Just to address part of your questions, my workstation is now 4+ years old. It runs fine with PrPro 2.0 on XP-Pro SP3, obviously 32-bit, doing SD Projects.
I'm looking to replace it within a year and will upgrade to CS4.x, or CS5, depending on the exact time. It will incorporate about everything that I can get on the market at that time. I doubt that I will go with SSD's, but will configure SATA's to the best of my ability. Still, it depends on developments right "around the corner."
If considering a new machine, I'd strongly recommend Harm Millard's articles on computers for NLE work. His HDD article is great, as is his general equipment and also his 64-bit OS setup. He might have recently updated that one with the release of Win7. Even if not, it will still be worth reading.
The BOXX system was build for NLESystem info:
It's a raid 5 system - already replace 3 of the drives because of failure.2 AMD Opteron Dual Core Processors
NVIDIA Nforce Professional 2200
AMD 8131 PCI-X Tunnel
2 gs of RAM
(I can't find the ram cards online anywhere)Pretty sure it's not 64bit so that is probably an issue with CS4.2 (yes updated).System crashes mostly when having both Premiere and AE open. I'm not trying to use Dynamic Link - although would like to in the future.Also, at times, the system works fine but all the suddon become slugish
A 4 year old PC is definitely retirement age. Especially with CS4.
Have a look here: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
and then look at http://www.ppbm4.com to see some configurations and how they perform.
If you have money to burn, consider a MAC. I think my system performs better than a $ 18 K MAC and I spent less than $ 5K.
Definitely only think about Win7-64. The Pro version.
What I use now with CS3 and what I am planning on building next year for Win7 64bit and CS5 are all discussed on my Adobe notes page http://www.pacifier.com/~jtsmith/ADOBE.HTM
If your system is crashing, you have some other kind of problem that may, or may not, be related to Adobe software
Work through all of the steps listed at http://ppro.wikia.com/wiki/Troubleshooting
If your problem isn't fixed after you follow all of the steps, report back with the DETAILS asked for in the questions at the end of the troubleshooting link
Hi, I also have a Boxx with issues.
It's a 2005 build: Dual Dual Core AMD Opteron Proccessors (Model 275)
AMD 8131 PCI-X Tunnel
Dual Channel DDR-400 Reg ECC (8-1 gig DIMMS)
Windows XP pro (was Win 64x but downgraded trying to resolve issues)
Dual NVIDIA Quadro FX3400 video cards
First big problem (largest) is when working in Premiere cs4 (own master Suite): Put song on timeline, put still images on time line, hit enter - renders a couple video previews then crashes. rinse and repeat.
Second big problem = song will stop playing about 1-2 min into video. It still has it's waveform in the timeline, but audio goes to zero. There is nothing that has moved on any setting. I can rebuild the whole project, and the song will stop playing again, but perhaps in a different time location. I have been through every setting I can find and am at my wits end.
Currently I am forced to render 3-4 still images at a time then save. This let's me work on the video, but when I get to where the audio drops out I'm screwed.
Go to the troubleshooting link I posted and work through the steps... then report back with answers to the questions at the end
Thanks. Yes, I have printed these out and read over them. About half of them I can say are checked off, and the other half I will try this evening from the Boxx Station and get back with you. Thanks for the quick reply.
Going up to the title, I am still on CS2 (Creative Suite and Production Studio), and they all work fine on my workstation on XP-Pro. Obviously, I hold onto my software, so long as it works for me.
CS5 will probably temp me greatly, and if CS4.2 had been the release, I'd probably be on CS4 Master Collection now. About that time, it will be a major equipment upgrade and also Win7, which will likely be up to SP-1.
As for the issues that you are having, I would post a different question, and outline your computer, OS, and your Project/Sequence + all data on your Assets. Then, we can directly address those issues, and likely come up with a solution.
Four years ago AMD was way ahead of Intel, now the situation is reversed. the bright star of the processors is the I7-920 (and better) family. CS4 is much more demanding than the Opterons can provide. Test you system with my Premiere Pro Benchmark (PPBM4) designed for CS4.1 and later. Email me the results and I will post them and you can see what four year of CPU progress has done.
That John T. You have to watch him every second. Now he's pimping a Canadian DJ!
My guess is that he linked to the PrPro-Wiki, as the first ads are what I often see. Also, the PrPro-Wiki has been acting wonky lately. I've had to try dozens of time to get to their FAQ on "Corrupt Projects" entry. Some of the searches have ended up in some very odd places - though no Canadian DJ's - yet. My guess is that when John T. did that link, things worked well and correctly. Now, if he lived a bit farther north, I might have suspicions, but he's cool.
On reflection and historically ..I change my computer with every major version of PPRO
In most cases I overlap the version in the same 'puter. eg previous and latest version. This ensures I can proceed with my existing and legacy projects and latest versions always go thru' a bedding in process ( ie issues, updates)
CS5 will be a major change of dedicated hardware and software (due to 64bit) but I will still keep my CS2, CS3, CS4 suites running to the bitter end. They all run flawlessly and are still earning their keep. $$$$$$
Spent last night doing a reinstall
of premiere and started working through the troubleshooting list (while listening to a canad
ian DJ). Thanks for the benchmark tool - I'll use it when I get home. I use the i7 here at work on a newer Boxx without issue.