Look at the tuning guide here: How to get the best from a PC? Some guides...
It mentions Vista, but also applies to Win7, but on the BlackViper site, check for Win7 services.
If you did not do a fresh install of Win7, but used the update/upgrade utility, you may need to deactivate CS4 and start afresh for a complete reformat of your hard disk and install everything again.
Thanks for your hint. Unfortunately it doesn't help much. I use - as you recommend - an off the shelf HP-PC of the newest generation. The settings/installtions are as your advices. On Windows-Vista-64 Premiere CS4 worked properly (even with HD-footage)...but under Windows 7 I have difficulties with the preview (even with SD-footage). Is it possible, that Adobe hasn't already made a final CS4 update which fixes all the problems on a W7-PC?
PS I made a proper update which means, that I made a complete Windows7-update (not just a "W7-over-the-Vista-installation).
Could it be that your CS4 is not yet updated to the latest version: 4.2.1?
I have no problems at all. While I'm responding here, AME is encoding a 5:30:00 timeline to MPEG2-DVD with AC3 stereo and looking to need around 20 minutes, starting from standard PAL widescreen and 44.1 KHz WAV.
Please post the requested info (HWMonitor, Speedfan, Process Explorer and DXDIAG) as outlined in the Tuning Guide and the FAQ section.
As I wrote: I made all the updates- also thePremiere 4.2.1-Update.
And as I also told: I just have problems with the preview (on the secons monitor, but also on the main-monitor without using the secons monitor).
While you are gathering your results for Harm, just tell us how many processes do you have running in Task Manager? You can also run my Premiere Pro Benchmark (PPBM4) and send the results to me and you will be able to see how your system is tuned for running Premiere.
I completely reistalled my PC- and now everything works fine. Important hint for all updaters from Vista to W7: You have to choose "complete new installation" instead of "update", when the W7-Installer is asking you, how you want to update.
Nach einer kompletten Neuinstallation funktioniert nun alles. Hier also ein wichtiger Hinweis für Leute, die ihren Vista-PC auf W7 updaten. Bei der Auswahl, ob ihr nur updaten wollt, oder W7 komplett neu installieren wollt, müsst Ihr unbedingt die Option "komplette Neuinstallation" auswählen. Nur dann werden garantiert alle Treiber richtig installiert, sodass auch Adobe CS4 sauber läuft.
So my answer in post #1 was the correct solution. It is a golden rule to NEVER update/upgrade an OS but always do a complete fresh install when moving from one version to the next (Vista >> Win7).
Glad you solved it. Happy editing.
THX Harm :-) - you're great :-). It's already for the second time, you gave me the right hint. However: I still have some problems with CS4 on W7.
1.) The dynamics-audio tool doesn't exist anymore in Premiere.
2.) I can't start playing from the timeline by using the space bar. I have to start it with the play-button.
3.) Titles I produced with After Effects (in Premiere via Adobe Dynamic-Link) have changed their fonts.
Perhaps I made a mistake during installing CS4. I'm making now a complete reistallation of the system, and then we will see if it works.
Okay, I reinstalled my system completely and everything works fine. The dynamic-sound-effect is back :-), it's possible to handle premiere with the keyboard (the space-bar also works) :-), and most important thing: No stuttering preview:-)))).
But I still miss some fonts using after-effects! Whats the problem? I never installed new/special fonts when I was using CS4 on vista. There were just the fonts installed by the system (vista) and by adobe cs4. Where the hell are these fonts now? F.e. "Arial rounded"....
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I haven't checked, but maybe they are on the last disk, the goodies disk.
I also have this stutter/judder preview in CS4 with Windows 7(64bit).It looks as if it's barely playing 1fps. This only started happening recently.
They only tangible similarity I can see with our set up is the Radeon 4650 card. Which intrested me as I had just installed new drivers.
I still haven't solved the problem... CS4 was working fine until I installed the new ATI/AMD 10.2 Catalyst drivers. So, I've focused in on this as the problem and found that if I reinstall the old ATI driver from Dec09 - Premiere refuses to start with an added message about there being no suitable video module...
My next step is to uninstall CS4, uninstall the ATI 10.2 driver, reinstall the ATI 9.12 driver and then reinstall CS4.
Will keep you updated.
MSI Radeon HD4650
AMD Athlon 64 X2 4600
This is the error message I get when reverting back to old GFX drivers:
Adobe premiere pro could not find any capable video play modules. Please update your display drivers and start again.
ATI/AMD has an uninstall utility to remove their drivers. After running that, reboot, let Windows use it's own driver and then install the 9.12 version and reboot again.
Unfortunately this hasn't worked. Tried so many configuarations now.
I'm still getting the same error message, and PPro refuses to start.
Some Win7 reading
Win7 Help http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/category/w7itpro/
Win7 Configuration Article http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100218
Win7 Monitor http://windowssecrets.com:80/comp/100304
Win7 Optimizing http://www.blackviper.com/Windows_7/servicecfg.htm
Win7 Virtual XP http://www.microsoft.com/windows/virtual-pc/
Win7 Adobe Notes http://kb2.adobe.com/cps/508/cpsid_50853.html#tech
Win7 Adobe Update Server Problem http://forums.adobe.com/thread/586346?tstart=0
Win7 Photoshop http://forums.adobe.com/thread/511916?tstart=0
BluRay problem Win7 http://forums.adobe.com/thread/400484?tstart=0
Fix Encore Win7 Problem http://forums.adobe.com/thread/528582?tstart=0 or direct to
Long File Names Cause Crashing http://forums.adobe.com/thread/588273