Hi, all. My company just hired an intern to work with me on video production and we're juggling equipment, so I need some advice. Basically, I'm getting a new copy of CS5 Master Collection and my old software (CS3 Master Collection) will be moved to the new guy's machine. I've recently been working with HD video and it's been choking my computer, so I'm also looking to improve the hardware as part of the reorganization.
It's been suggested that the reason that I'm experiencing so many crashes is because I don't have enough RAM. I only have 2GB, so that makes sense. It was enough for SD video, but not the large files I'm working with now. To remedy this, it's been suggested that I ask for an upgrade to Windows 7 for 64 bit processing and more usable RAM. My question is, will CS5 or CS3 have any issues with Windows 7 or be able to take advantage of the increased processing power? I assume the new version of CS5 would be set up for it, but I have no idea if CS3 is compatible with the new Windows software or not.
Any advice, warnings or suggestions? My thanks in advance.
Yes, After Effects CS5 works quite well on Windows 7. After Effects CS3 hasn't been fully tested on Windows 7 (since that operating system didn't exist when After Effects CS3 came out), but I have known it to work at least somewhat.
After Effects CS5 works much, much better with large frames than do the earleir versions. I recommend upgrading.
Here's an article about what a leap After Effects CS5 is in terms of what you can do with large frames:
Thanks for the input, Todd. I may have to suggest that we leave XP on the new hire's machine and hope the performance improves with with more RAM and a clean install. If CS3 doesn't run smoothly on Windows 7, it'll be a real drag to have to ask our Help Desk to switch to XP and reinstall everything. I don't have to make the decision just yet, though. Perhaps a few 64 bit CS3 success stories will show up before I do.
Thanks again. I appreciate the advice.