You may have noticed…

Well I just posted one of the most in-depth tutorials to date and apparently some people were quite interested that I was using Vista & AE CS4. So I thought I would fill you in to the mystery.

I’ve actually been using CS4 for about 3-4 months, I just keep making tutorials in CS3 because so many people are still using it. In fact, I’ll probably continue to use CS3 for product training and future tutorials for at least a few more months, this tutorial was just an exception.

More importantly, I will continue to focus on the core functions of this great software and less on “new features” that maybe not be available to everyone yet. In fact, 90% of our free tutorials work with at least AE 7 and up and our products work with even AE 6.5 and up!

Yes, I am using Vista 64 which allows the program to access to more memory despite AE being a 32 bit app. Since Vista has been out for a while, I haven’t had any problems getting my software/hardware to work, but it’s always a good ideas to test the waters before jumping in. 64 Vista definitely yields a nice improvement in speed.

My thoughts on CS4… it’s just fine. I like the new interface although it took some time to get used to. One nice feature is the appearance settings can be tweaked to make everything nice and dark. There are also many new features that you can look up at Adobe’s website. I like that CS4 handles additional memory and processors more effectively; although improvements are always welcome.

Someone also notes that I seemed to save a lot during the tutorial… This is not unusual, I always save after every major step, but in CS3 there is not a progress bar.

Just so you know, I don’t really like to make computer comparisons and techno-mubo-jumbo. Amazing things have been done with all sort of systems and software. Always remember to focus on the craft, and then if there is a new feature that will save you some time… great. But you still have to use your imagination and creativity.

April 20th, 2009 @ 12:01 pm
I disagree with you about,Vista,I find that it uses up too much on your HD.
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:08 pm
Hoooo i use XP64 too,
I used VISTA 64 bit too.
Love you Andrew.
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April 20th, 2009 @ 12:09 pm
I have AE 6.5 Pro and I for the most part can still follow what you do in 7 and CS3. I have had to make some adjustments, but I can come out with a very similar product. Keep up the great work, and Evolution, Riot Gear, and Designer SFX are great tools! God bless.
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
Vista is faster and has been fantastic for me. I'd never go back to XP. Still going to wait a bit longer on CS4 as I don't see any crazy features that would help my workflow.
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:10 pm
I had a Drewm last nitgh.
i was visit your house, and i knew
every one SAN, YOU, all your friends
and you wife too.
hoooooo i was so glad lol
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
Keep up the great work! Smashing tutorials! p.s. 3rd responce - finally!
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:11 pm
a gues yes... the most important is that what you have in your mind... and the rest is your computer and software :)
tyle renake
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:12 pm
I havent had many problems with AE CS4 on Vista 64 either. Its defiently nice to make more use of available Ram...

By the way, Andrew, did you ever attend any Film School? Just curious.
Thorsten M. (tommie12P)
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:13 pm
Agree, CS4 is great and bla bla bla, but nothing will help you if you dont know what to create.

It all depends on the artist not on the software.

The software and hardware are just tools a artist can use to create incredible things like those stuff here
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:19 pm
I agree. I own a Vista 64 and After Effects CS4. Vista has improved and CS4 does have a better interface and better features!
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:20 pm
Andrew, do you really think it works faster with R&D?
I'm also using Vista x64 Ultimate... and CS4 + AVID MC 3...
Comparing it to working on Mac - well lets just say that CS4 rarely uses all 8 cores (dual Quad Xeon) and never goes beyond 60-70% of it's processing power. On Mac even simple SD R&D goes 100% on processor usage. Is there some 'behind the scenes' reason why you use PC?

p.s. I hope your passion for serving us inspiration will never dry out. Regards, Greg.
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
Dear Mr. Kramer

I think you should incorporate more Adobe programs like Encore and Photoshop because they are key in the production of movies. Yet, you are doing a great job, and I watch this website more then Youtube.

Mr. Paul
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:22 pm
How is "Mocha" going? Using it a lot?
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:27 pm
Amen on the last paragraph
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:33 pm
"Amazing things have been done with all sort of systems and software."

That's good to know, because my computer is pathetic...
thanks for the post, Mistah Kramah
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:44 pm
Great! Indeed the squary design of CS4 is in my opinion more stylish and neater, and btw keep up the awesome work!

(Cool I was one of the blokes which commented on the Viste issue :) )
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:45 pm
If you will like to take in consideration the resources of your machine. I believe the best OS is Windows XP 64 bit, but tat's just my experience. I agree with Thorsten M. you might have the best OS, the best machine, running 168 RAM (just to put a number) and 8 CPUs, the designer will be the ultimate artist decision what to do... Tools are good, but a nice brush will not paint the canvas by itself. Anyway, AK, keep it up man.... You are helping a lot of people...
Anthony Miller
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:49 pm
Hmmm... I wonder how things may work with Windows 7 32 and 64bit on the horizon.

Yes, I agree with the last paragraph. It's more the dedication and passion than the technology per se. Amazing things can be done on lower end machines. You just might need a tad more patience is all. =)
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:53 pm
I also use Vista 64 with AE CS4 and have had no issues. It's strange because all my peers all use Mac of course but I'm a nerd and like to custom build my machines. :)
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:53 pm
Well said AK
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:55 pm
I'm Using Vista x64 And CS4,And I Have No Problems :)
James price
April 20th, 2009 @ 12:14 pm
I have Vista x64 ultimate and cs4 with 8 gb ram..running very sweet for 6 months now - used everyday on HD projects.
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:15 pm
"Just so you know, I don’t really like to make computer comparisons and techno-mubo-jumbo. Amazing things have been done with all sort of systems and software. Always remember to focus on the craft, and then if there is a new feature that will save you some time… great. But you still have to use your imagination and creativity."

So say we all.

April 20th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm
Yeah, I agree, as a music producer I can compare the way I work with my music program. No matter how many new features come out in the new versions of the program, at the end of the day it still comes down to your own creativity/vision.

The joy is in the process of getting there and the appreciation of the people observing your results.
Dean Doll
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:25 pm
Not to mention, if you have an older system, having a progress bar day, meaning you are waiting for things to render or encode all day long, is like having a vacation.. or a lobotomy.
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:34 pm
Grats on your mention in Wired this month.

April 20th, 2009 @ 1:36 pm
Very true. Good post.
David Wood
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
Thanks for clearing that up. BUT I know several people with Vista and they say it's a resource hog. Must be okay for ya since you have so much RAM. :)
Ori Lahav
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:39 pm
I don't care what people say, Vista is a good OS (for newer computers). I had some problems with, and sometimes I was even sorry I have Vista, but I think that on the bottom line - its a good OS.
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
I seriously cant wait until Action essentials 2 comes out!
and i love you new tuturial! I am doubting to use CS4...
Its very expansive...
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
Anyone using XP 64? I currently have XP 32, but have a 64 version of it I haven't attempted to load yet. Tempting, but I'd like to hear comments.
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
you have vista?!
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:28 pm
Thanks, Andrew.

Creativity IS king, but there's nothing more frustrating than waiting for my masterpieces to render...

I will actually be upgrading to a Vista 64 machine with CS4 soon. Yay for more memory! :)
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
sorry andrew, I love you and your tutorials... BUT WHY DON'T YOU USE A MAC??? YOU'RE BETTER THAN THAT!!!!! AAAAAGH!!

ok sorry, deep breath.

I'm honestly curious, why do you use windows instead of mac?
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:35 pm
Hey I run about the same config save the super graphics card and processor you probably have. Okay. Maybe it's not that similar. :)

Also, I don't know if you noticed but in Wired Magazine J.J. Abrams mentions your site and the FRINGE opening you did. Nice job.
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
"but it’s always a good ideas to test the waters before jumping in."

wake up man! ;) you have like, mutiple ideas? like, testing the water and taste it? LOL :) just kidding ;) keep up the good work!! learning lots of new stuff here!

yours sincerely,

The Netherlands
dan aka triphazard
April 20th, 2009 @ 1:43 pm

Trust me when I say that your next software upgrade will be Window Se7en. I have been beta testing it from the start and is everything vista should have been. It's just like vista but without the massive system resource issue. I would say ask pat but he is a mac-daddy
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm
Great tutorials always Andrew.
Looking forward to your new one.
Dag Norum
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:46 pm
Amen!, Andrew

End product IS the important thing!
(Actually nothing else is important for the viewer)
April 20th, 2009 @ 2:54 pm
Why use this, why use that. Who cares what he uses - it's what he does with it.

I have a laptop for other things but when it comes to AE, I use an XP machine loaded to the gills with memory. It has nothing else running on it. Nothing else loaded on it that it doesn't need to run AE. All the services it doesn't need are turned off. It's part of a network, yes - but all it does is create, edit, and render. Networking is just to move files across.

Chances are very good that's probably what Andrew does as well - make it so it has a single primary purpose - making video magic.

Andrew - if you ever need a tagline, here's one for you: Offa , Emendo , Effectus. "I shot, I edited, I rendered."
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:20 pm

I'm still using Windows XP, I heard Vista can't handle some games I play a lot.

Hopefully Windows 7 will be even better then XP!

I check VC everyday, seriously. Never an un-interesting article :)
willy noseir
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:37 pm
never mind andrew
we also must look for the new things in AF
love uuuuu
willy noseir
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
wait until Action essentials 2 come out
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:43 pm
I am working on Vista 64 since the release of SP1 and I'm just loving it. The only thing driving me crazy is the fact that Red Giant's current release of Trapcode plugins does not support 64-bit Vista. I get A LOT of crashes because of it.

Personally I'm sticking to CS3 for now. Used CS4 for testing since Adobe's pre-release program, but it is the first upgrade I decided not to make.

By the way, Particular v2 is going to be unveiled today... or perhaps already was! *running to check trapcode site*
kogoncho duruki
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
anadaido marika
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
Is make VISATS a XP ??? YES??? Kramer ANDRWE!!!
filibertsi ranana
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:51 pm
filibertsi ranana
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:52 pm
Is not MAC ??? hey Andrew Kramer ??
filibertsi ranana
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:53 pm
Is make After Effects ? AWESOME!!!!!!!! DUDE!!!
anvir tahini
April 20th, 2009 @ 3:55 pm
Andrew! make SAM ROCKS!!!
April 20th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
Jonatas==> that's so freaky, buddy
Well, CS4 XP64...Don't care, NoFX's coming up in my town. Just wanted to share... :)
Andrew & staff : congrats for your tuts and the rest...
Cheers everyone,
April 20th, 2009 @ 5:04 pm
I upgraded to Windows Vista 64-bit 3 weeks's the fastest computer I've ever owned. I'm running it with 8GB of ram and I'm using production premium CS3. I'm loving it...the render times are so quick and Adobe's Dynamic Link works great.

Can't wait until I can upgrade to CS4 but in the meantime, I'm loving this new system.
Clayton Light
April 20th, 2009 @ 5:15 pm
About CS4, Have you tried importing a true 3-D object? How does it work?
It would be great if you made another exception and showed this new feature. Maybe people would upgrade faster including me.
April 20th, 2009 @ 5:33 pm
Keep this up...
A question:

I read in the Ordering Questions :
Do you ship to my country?
Probably. We ship all over the world including: Australia, Germany, UK, France, Africa, Canada, Poland, New Zealand, Holland, Austria, Belgium, Mexico, Japan, Italy, Norway Etc.....

There isn't Brazil up there, so... Do you ship to Brazil?
D4 Manager
April 20th, 2009 @ 6:40 pm
I hate Vista. I think Window Vista 64 bit is great for works but is suck for everything else. It just like Mac, if I buy a MacPC, I will only use it to work, not to do everything else.
April 20th, 2009 @ 6:58 pm
Production Premium CS4 works well with Vista 64bit. You'll only have a big problem if your CPU is only P4,hehehehe.
But for the workflow... well it's very fluid and fine. Love your using it Andrew as I do. BTW, when we'll be the exact release of Action Essential 2? Can't wait for it, so excited.
April 20th, 2009 @ 7:27 pm
I worked with Vista for over 1 year. Hated it! My AE crashed several times and I suffered from Core Dump!!!
I changed to a Mac and I love it. Its simple, fast and never gave me a problem! But anyways...
Sean Tighe
April 20th, 2009 @ 7:49 pm
Does vista 64 yield many improvements for CS3? or does CS3 not take advantage of the extra ram etc?
April 20th, 2009 @ 8:12 pm
I made this page so that people who were using tutorials created for After Effects CS3 could use them for After Effects CS4, and vice versa:

It's basically a decoder ring that tells about every little change in the interface between the two versions.
Monroe E. “tequilaman2006″
April 20th, 2009 @ 9:26 pm
just use vista with 1GB ram and see how well u like it... :P

i know its not normal that AE takes a few min to load... hahah/
Kevin C
April 20th, 2009 @ 11:29 pm
I've got Production Premium CS4 running on Vista 32 with only 4gb RAM, and it still works great (rendering is a bit slow though) I got Vista when it first came out (against my will I might add) and there were a lot of problems. There were some features of XP that I prefered but Vista is good now. I think I will wait a year or so before upgrading to Windows 7.

On a side note, could you do some tuts on Mocha and AE motion menus for Encore?
April 20th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm
I currently use an Acer laptop that's running on Vista 64bit, with After Effects CS4. My laptop has been re-optimized to run better, so things tend to run smoothly however I only have 2GB of RAM, so rendering is, "harsh." Soon I'll be getting some repairs done and the I'll be hacking it into a macintosh.
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:13 am
I feel surrounded by kids where the average age rate is 16. too bad. Some of the comments are so childish. As Andrew said, you need to worry first on your creativity and than your system.
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:23 am
Hi Guys,

Well I agree with Andrew, as comparisons between OS, computers and so on are not the most important.
For me the most important, firstly is creativity / imagination and secondly is the result of your work.
Indeed, if it is professional work, the client expects a great result, and generally does not mind about the version of software you are using etc... ;o)
I'm thanking you, Andrew for your inspiration and tips on technics used

Thx & Regards
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:33 am
I couldn't agree more on creativity.
But sometimes you get pretty nasty deadlines - and you need
to handle with them when you want to keep customer happy.
I'm certain that most of us who do VFX/editing for life
could do soooooo much more with the image - but there's
just not much time left. Then you need to have a stable
machine working @ 100% on full clock.

I cant wait when i ll let my hands on Win7 - I hope MS
will do their job right this time.

Sincere, Greg
April 21st, 2009 @ 1:48 am
Responding to the first post:
Vista uses when first installed max. 15 GB, but there are shadow copies of the Windows which you can restore, they are too big, you can disable them if you want and you can save only one shadow copy, so when your computer is damaged you won't lose everything. Windows Vista Home Premium / Business / Ultimate needs 40 GB hard drive with at least 15 GB of available space (Microsoft Info), I use Windows Vista Ultimate 64- Bit, I have 4 Gigs of ram and it shows 3,7 GB (because my Graficcard uses Turbocache) so I found it very good for After Effects. Much FASTER !!
April 21st, 2009 @ 2:56 am
hey there im using CS4 with xp 64 bit and its awesome
Rund Kolatom
April 21st, 2009 @ 2:48 am
¿I have windows 95 but i cant get AE cs3 to work. what shold i do?
April 21st, 2009 @ 4:06 am
im using xp 64bits too and CS4 suite but only pshop its programmed for 64bits... although after cs4 on xp 64bits works sooo fine..

waiting for windows sevennnn....
April 21st, 2009 @ 4:30 am
I am using Adobe CS4 on the Windows 7 beta and it works without problems :) Good to know :)
April 21st, 2009 @ 5:07 am
Vista 64 and AE CS4 all the way! :)
April 21st, 2009 @ 5:36 am
Personally, I ditched Windows and the PC world about 10 years ago when I bought my first iMac... a 333GHz G3 with a 10GB hard drive. Back then, the Macs were still running OS9, which was admittedly horrible. I've been an avid "Mac Guy" since and make it a point to stay away from Windows whenever possible. I currently own a PowerMac G4 Quad 2.5GHz with 10GB RAM. It's fast and crunches renders fairly quickly, however I'm disappointed Adobe decided to discontinue PPC support on all products going forward. Looks like I won't be upgrading to CS4 until I can afford an Intel machine. I hate to have my hand forced with such an important and expensive item, but I suppose Adobe had to stop supporting the PowerPC chips at some point. Oh well... Thanks for the CS4 tutorial Andrew, it was interesting to see the new interface.
Josh M
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:00 am
I have Vista 64 bit and just got CS4, it runs very well. I do like how all the Adobe CS4 products have a very integrated look. Well, as always, keep up the GREAT work AK!
Rob M.
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:02 am
I currently use CS4 on Mac OSX Leopard which is also a 64 bit OS and let me tell you CS4 is so much more efficient in the MAC OSX environment than CS3 was. I opted to run Boot Camp with XP to run CS3 over using it in Mac OSX, but now my workflow from Final Cut Pro to Premier Pro to After Effects (thanks to CS4 and being able to import XML timelines to Premier) everything is so much better. CS4 isn't about all the additional plug-ins it really is an efficient update.
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:04 am
hey - can u just let me know what u think of my video please... and as always "Andrew is the man"
April 21st, 2009 @ 6:08 am
I don't see a major difference with cs3 and cs4 other than the capibility that they added 3d integration into photoshop.. Wow another 3k for that? And to set the record straight,Love your site, however with vista 64bit before some one goes out and buys it cause you use it, and this is not a plug for any other company, but red giants plugins are all non compatible with 64bit, especially the frames plus for converting and getting that true film look.. I use your stuff religiously, but ya gotta know that there is tons of stuff out there and red giants is good too... Just a opionion...
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:13 am
Doctor AK: Maybe this is a stupid question but,do you think it could be possible to have a kind of PRESET to make this great effect?
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:17 am
I am making reference to the last tutorial:Desintegration
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:19 am
Come on Andrew! Bust out the Action essentials DVD. I esentially need it. I can't wait. What the street day?
I've been teased. I'm sold. Your DVD's rocks!
Trailers have a date when the movie comes out. How bout yours?

Keep up the great work and I'll support,
anvir tahini
April 21st, 2009 @ 8:01 am
Andrew Kramer! make MAC PC, yes?
anadaido marika
April 21st, 2009 @ 8:02 am
is yes 32RAM adn 16 PC make good ?? After effECt is no ? RAM procedures ???
April 21st, 2009 @ 8:58 am
I edit my videos on a intel MacBook with just 1gb of ram, and I'm happy =]
April 21st, 2009 @ 9:35 am
ANFREW KRAMER!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!! DUDE ROCK!!!!!!!!!
April 21st, 2009 @ 9:35 am
Hi Andrew

Thanks for the great tutorials and great products you guys make available to us.
On the XP Vista issue, well, I've been using Vista Ultimate x64 for about 6 months now and I used XP x64 before that, yes, Vista x64 is way faster than XP x64 and even better with video compositing, special effects and 3D modeling.

Keep it up


April 21st, 2009 @ 9:39 am
all the amazing tutorials can be done with 1.7 ghz cpu and 512 mb memory in videocopilot..

it proves that " Amazing things can be done with all sort of systems and software."
April 21st, 2009 @ 10:29 am
Yep. Andrew is the man!
April 21st, 2009 @ 10:40 am
April 21st, 2009 @ 11:00 am
i agree wid u andrew...d most important thing is d creativity.. if u have d creativity den any software wil do d matter how old is it..creativity runs evrything. Even AE was inspired by someones
Matt Campbell
April 21st, 2009 @ 11:56 am
Actually, you can change your appearence setting in CS3., i've forgotten how, much type appearence in help and it will show you how to get there :P
Daniel kp
April 21st, 2009 @ 12:34 pm
Hey, how do you then make the colers on the grenade in the new tutorial? :)

Loved it..
you rock.. :)
S Gilbert
April 21st, 2009 @ 1:17 pm
Hey Andrew, VCPiloters

You mentioned how one should not focus on the type of computer but on the creativity, I have been trying to make that point for so long. I have been asked several times what type of computer I have, or what gear I use, being creative doesn't depend on what type of camera you shoot with or how fast your computer is. Thank for making that point. Keep up the good work Andrew!
April 21st, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
@Joe: Seriously!? Awesome! If it runs my games and my VFX software, I'm good then :)
April 21st, 2009 @ 2:36 pm
I use a bottom-line Apple iMac w/2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo
and 3 GB of RAM, but I still run CS4 Master Collection and Final Cut Express just fine! (Albeit a little slow) ;)
April 21st, 2009 @ 3:00 pm
Before used and XP (kh86 and kh64) and VISTA (kh86 and kh64) now use Windows 7 x86 (build 7068) by comparison to VISTA - new Windows 7 has priemuschestvo. There will be time can check, compare, or even to honour reviews. Microsoft gives beta testers this OS free of charge and possibility to get the dicenzionnyy key and updates straight on a site! And certainly, thank you very much for your wonderful lessons. Andrew you are genius =)
April 21st, 2009 @ 3:43 pm
CS3 or CS4

90% 10%
April 21st, 2009 @ 4:00 pm
I have vista and AE CS4! :)
April 21st, 2009 @ 7:20 pm
If you get an 8 Core Mac Pro and stuff 32GB of Ram in it and drop in CS4 you'll never turn back to a PC to design and develop, ever. As for Creativity VS What Kind of System anyone uses, I am a firm believer in having the best tools to do the job. So if someone can afford a $10k Mac Pro more power to them. Anyway, the stuff you put out Andrew is great, thank you, I look forward to your new HD stuff coming out. Think about this, if you want to make all this stuff Andrew teaches us in HD and add it to a 1280x720HD short movie, you'll need a pretty stacked computer to do it comfortably anyway.
Dale Ficken
April 21st, 2009 @ 9:02 pm
Does CS4 finally include a "manly colored mask" option for the pen tool :)
April 21st, 2009 @ 10:43 pm
You're absolutely right, it's not so much the tools as it is the talent, the imagination, using those tools. And I think that's one of the things I appreciate the most about the tutorials you post. Offering some really cool effects while making them approachable to even the most novice user without talking down to anyone. And showing, like with the Ring tutorial how to carry off an effect with what's available in AE, if Particular isn't available.
April 22nd, 2009 @ 3:55 am
hi All,

big question to Andrew:

Are you working for J.J. Abrams on the new Star Trek as well??

It's mentioned on the Wired site:
"In the category of Things I Wish I Had Access To as a Child, these spectacular Web sites (, offer tutorials, advice, hints, and software for creating visual effects that are on a par with the pros'. Andrew Kramer's Video Copilot work is so impressive we hired him to create the title animations for Fringe and Star Trek. -Steve Sanford"

Link to Wired:

That will probably the best gig you had so far...!


April 22nd, 2009 @ 7:37 am
Hello Andrew,

I hear that most post production and graphics work happens in Mac (in the Industry for obvious reasobs) but you never seem to mention anything on that. Any particular reason?

Also was wondering if you have any match move tutorials without using expensive tools like boujou or something.

Rock on Captain.

April 22nd, 2009 @ 11:10 am
Me personally? I don't see any reason whatsoever to upgrade to CS4. I've tried the trial, and honestly, it didn't impress me that much. None of the new features are worth spending another 1K for, even a student discounted version. I like CS3 the way it is. I will, however, give CS5 a chance when its time.
April 22nd, 2009 @ 11:45 pm
Why not get the best of both worlds....
-Get an awesome mac
-Install xp through boot camp
Or install parallels or fusion while still in OSX and run cs4!
- It all works on the macs! Oh, and they are 64bit, and run much faster!
April 23rd, 2009 @ 12:54 am
Just Learning the Craft is a job in itself for any novice or perhaps a professional too,
it is worthy to not that one of your tutorials was on a Mac explaining some technique on one of your products Riot Gear, I guess people are wondering since that tutorial, are you going to make any other tutorials using AE with a Mac in FC Pro or Motion.
Im sure there are Mac users out there ( myself included ) who would love to see how your Tutorials present themselves in both these applications, understanding of course that this is primarily a AE Tutorial site .

Thanks and cheers for now
April 23rd, 2009 @ 10:41 am
I have vista and AE CS4!
but my PC only have 4Gmemory.
April 23rd, 2009 @ 11:13 am
when are you making another awesome text intro tutorial?
I can see your next one with exciting intros like we see in the movies.
Thanks for all your tutorials, good job!
April 23rd, 2009 @ 1:43 pm
I use Mac for work. :)
April 24th, 2009 @ 10:12 am
I'm using an 8-core 3.2 GHz Mac with AE CS4. and 10 GB RAM. the setup is uber sweet!
April 25th, 2009 @ 9:29 am
I love it when the idiots miss the point.. God bless them
April 27th, 2009 @ 12:21 pm
I use several computers one with Vista 32 bit with 4 gigs of RAM, the other is Vista 64- bit with 8 gigs. The 32 bit computer loads Aftereffects in about 14 seconds, and loads premiere in under 10 seconds.And this is while running firefox, winamp, and media player classic. Of course I have my computers slightly overclocked, but that is the joy of a pc.
April 29th, 2009 @ 1:42 am
Well, i use Vista 64bit & CS3 too... Sure, 64bit is pretty cool if you need more memory. Few moths ago i worked with XP Pro & AE 7 and to be honest: Besides of the memory it was more better and easier to handle! Now i have some serious problems with codecs (especially Quicktime) and the "usual" problems causes with Vista & Adobe. Never mind, life goes on!
April 30th, 2009 @ 3:33 pm
i've used vista didn't like it :( sadly ill stick to xp pro for now ;)
May 1st, 2009 @ 7:08 am
I use a imac. And i am so happy with my mac.
Blesses from Germany
May 2nd, 2009 @ 2:15 pm
Andrew, go get Windows 7 Beta, it works much better than Vista. I've been using it for weeks and runs like a charm.
Oh, and don't forget 3ds 2010!
May 6th, 2009 @ 9:21 am
I still not get use to vista. Some software incopabilities like video and audio converters are anoying.
September 4th, 2009 @ 5:35 am
Hey Andrew, I looked every where on your site and couldnt find this answer so I was hoping that I could ask you. What adobe should I order that would be compatible with most of your products. I was going to get Adobe 6.5 but Idk where to get it at a good price and the price is extremly high on the website. Are there any other programs I could use that?
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