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System requirements

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Now the one feature which consumes the most time and most resources in After Effects CS5 was the one you can't see. It was converting it to be a 64-bit native application. Now that has a lot of great benefits, which I'll show you here in a minute, but first I want to tell you about the warnings and gotchas. First off, you need to be running a 64 - bit operating system to even install After Effects CS5, let alone run it and take advantage of it. On the Mac side, this is fairly easy. 10.5.7 or later is good with After Effects CS5.

System requirements

Now the one feature which consumes the most time and most resources in After Effects CS5 was the one you can't see. It was converting it to be a 64-bit native application. Now that has a lot of great benefits, which I'll show you here in a minute, but first I want to tell you about the warnings and gotchas. First off, you need to be running a 64 - bit operating system to even install After Effects CS5, let alone run it and take advantage of it. On the Mac side, this is fairly easy. 10.5.7 or later is good with After Effects CS5.

So if you're running Leopard and you've been running software update, you're good. If you have Snow Leopard, you're good. You can assume anything after Snow Leopard will be good as well. Windows is a little bit trickier. Vista or Windows 7 works. Vista you have to have Service Pack 1 or later installed. You have to be running a 64-bit version of it. It has to say things like Vista 64 or it won't run After Effects. Additionally, among all the different versions of Windows it comes in, you need to be running at least Home Premium or better.

You can't be using Home Basic to run After Effects CS5. In reality you don't even really want Home Premium and I'll show you. The version of Windows you're running affects how much RAM you can install in your computer and you can see Home Premium for Windows 7 has a maximum 16 gig of memory that you can access. If you go to Professional, Enterprise or Ultimate, you can have up to 192 gigs. Same is true in Vista 64. Vista Home Premium? 16 gig limit. If you have the higher ones, Business, Enterprise or Ultimate, you can install up to 128 gig in your computer if it will take it.

The second big gotcha with After Effects CS5 comes in the area of effects. Any plug-in effect that you install into After Effects also needs to be 64-bit native and this requires a rewrite. It's not a two-click update like some people say, it requires lot of work out of some of the third parties, particularly if they have custom user interfaces. So not only do we have to wait for them to update it to be 64-bit compatible, they are probably going to charge you an upgrade fee because it wasn't trivial for them to do that.

So if you have any mission-critical plug- ins which you can't live without, first make sure that they've updated it and made a 64-bit native version before you upgrade to CS5 or you'll be caught without. Now the good news is I've talked to a lot plug-in vendors and I'm pleasantly surprised how far along the many of them are, so I don't think it's going to be that big of a problem but it's something to be aware of. The other thing that comes with all this is that most of Production Premium is also 64-bit native now. That includes Adobe Premiere Pro, Encore, Adobe Media Encoder, and of course Photoshop 64-bit including on the Mac.

So the nice thing is if you upgrade to CS5, particularly the Production Premium Suite, all of them can take advantage of the goodies that come along with being a 64-bit native application. I'll show you what some of those benefits are in the next couple of movies.

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