AE CS5 64 bit only

Not fresh news but After Effects CS5 will be shipping as a 64-bit only application which requires a 64 bit operating system. There are very important advantages that I’ll let you read about from the Adobe Product Manager but the main benefits are speed and the ability to utilize more RAM for rendering and previewing. Hopefully this will put an end of “Out of memory errors” for good!

Adobe needed to finally step up and take on this monster task of supporting 64 bit to finally take advantage of modern hardware. As a note, the requirements for running 64 bit are not very steep, but if you do build out your machine, it will be able to take advantage of the extra power. No word on Adobe System requirements yet…

So if you’re upgrading to Windows 7, you might want to reach for the 64 bit version, if you’re on Mac you are already 64 bit since the last few versions. Please share your productive thoughts and ring-in at the survey on the right.

NOTE: You can count on all Video Copilot products and presets to be compatible when the time comes.

October 28th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
Just the OS right? Or does the whole computer have to be 64-bit? Because even though my mac has a 32 bit processor, I have Snow Leopard and it's a 64-bit OS.
Just wondering...
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:48 pm
wohoooooo, thanks god!
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:49 pm
That's great! Everything will be so much faster, AAE is beginning to enter a new level of awesomeness, haha.
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:50 pm
Henry: every Apple computer have 64-bit processor inside. Till now, they didn't use that feature.
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
I think thats because of the fact that alot of unprofessional people use AECS4 illegaly, Adobe only wants to see professional people with fast computers and good results.
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
finally good news about Adobe!
but 64 bit is not very good...
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm
I'm going to wait a bit before I upgrade to windows 7.
But andrew, I know this is unrelated, but remember that stereo panning preset that you plan on making?

Will it support 5.1 surround sound?
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:52 pm
wow, me lucky to have a dual boot with 32bit and 64bit:)

@henry: I think you have to have a 64bit processor and a 64bit os
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm
but to get a 64bit SO you have to have something special on your PC? or just change Windows?
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:54 pm
I suppose i will have too.
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
Well, I think my Core 2 Duo is 64 bits, so I will just have to change the OS...
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:56 pm
@Henry All Intel Core 2 Duo Processors are 64bit. So if thats what you've got you'll be fine :)
October 28th, 2009 @ 1:59 pm
TSK! >__< I hate compability issues
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
Well, that's good speed-wise, bad price-wise. Thankfully I have OSX 10.5 or some such OS. Where can you find info about CS5?
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:01 pm
WOW! AE CS5! It's amazing! I'm still trying to buy the CS4 :( but I can't. Technology evolves as giants steps...
Well, thanks for the new, Andrew! ;)

Greetings from Argentina
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
I read somewhere that 32-bit computers could still run a 64-bit OS.
Or at least Macs. Because my computer isn't 64-bits, but it still says it's running programs in 64-bits.
Or maybe I have no freaking clue what I'm talking about...
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:02 pm
Oh that´s bad. i will not buy a new system just for ae....
;D but thx
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:08 pm
I hope they improve the HD and HDV management, because in CS4 is kind of a dissaster! enev with my 8gb RAM and C2D 2.66ghz.
I had to switch from Premiere CS4 to Sony Vegas 8.0c to be able to play those clips smoothly.
Anyway, those being 64 bits gives a breath of fresh air to those oversized AE projects.
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:11 pm
if u use 64 on pc .mov it goint to work if anybody know whaer i cant fine quicktime for 64bit let me know i use cinema 4d 32bit i can render quicktime but if i use 64bit i dont seed the quick time if i bay AF o PR CS5 i dont cant use like any .mov?tha min i goint to lost my libary the .mov i have.thx srry for my bad bad english
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:17 pm
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:27 pm
All computers purchased in the last two years will run 64bit. Most bought in the last four also have 64 bit hardware.
It is nothing else but a good thing this 64bit. All image processing software moving or still will benefit greatly from becoming 64bit.
I have been using Maya 64bit on a Windows box and SynthEyes 64 bit on a Mac and both leave there respective 32bit counterparts eating dust.
Now if we can just get these applications properly multi-threaded then we will really start to reduce the hours wasted watching progress bars.

Phill Jinks
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:30 pm
I have been slowly moving all my stuff onto a 64-bit machine for a few months, and AE is the only thing i have that isnt 64bit so this is good news for me! MORE POWER!!!!!!
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:37 pm
Kind of an essential step for Adobe to take...will help many with dealing with the waves of .R3d files when the Scarlet explodes onto the market.
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
I have a 16 bit computer how will that affect me? :-(
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
I am still waiting for 128-bit support....
Rogier Colijn
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:48 pm
Damn, i'll stick to cs4 then, i've got a P4 processor wich is clearly not 64 bits and im just running windows xp professional 32 bit's. But hey, i'm just starting with AE so when i'm done with learning cs4 i'll probably have the money for a mac :D Hope videocopilot isn't going to turn into a 64 bit only site.
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:52 pm
Well it's about time. I have a QuadCore with 8GB ram but have kept my "enable multicore processing" setting off because it actually slowed down my render time. I was wondering if anyone else on here experienced something similar.

Do we know when CS5 will be available for PC?
October 28th, 2009 @ 2:59 pm
Finally! 64 bit!!!!

I doubt you have a 16 bit computer because that would mean you have a commedor 64 which can't support any adobe program anyways... Oh and if it's a windows computer then it's at least average which is 32 bit
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:07 pm
they just released CS4 and now there bring our CS5 i guess its a little while away but i still don't have cs4 i might just stick with the good old cs3 for a little while longer
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:18 pm
YES i have 64 bit. i cant wait for it to finally take control of its full capabilities
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
64 BIT? Dear God, don't tell me you will even consider switching over people. I will never use a 64 bit system nor a 64 bit AE. They can keep it, if Andrew switches over then forget about it I am just moving on to another website. Just my HONEST opinion.
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:19 pm
I dont know if I even have 16 bit...
I hate my life..
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:23 pm
This is very good news.

Win7 x64 / 12GB DDR-3 1600Mhz
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
Hi, This is a very good news. But I'm neewe in AE, but all video copilot's plugins and presets will run on 64 bits CS5?
Best Regards.
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:34 pm
O my god, at last ... I hate memory errors ... i pray for gods very long time for this solution ...
Aegis Kleais
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:35 pm
Well, I don't think I'll be upgrading to AE CS5 (unless upgrade is a good price) I'm planning on getting CS5 Web Premium equivalent (PSX, AI, FL, DW, FW).

I just bought a new rig (Win 7 Pro x64) with 12GB of DDR3. I hope to see a good performance boost with Adobe apps in general, and am very glad they are supporting 64-bit with their apps. If they could harness that, plus true multi-core optimization and large amounts of RAM from the client, there should be little you can't do!
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
Just to clarify, you need BOTH a 64-bit processor (hardware) and a 64-bit operating system (software) to install AE CS5.

If you have a 64-bit processor and 32-bit operating system, you need to upgrade the operating system

If you have a 32-bit processor, you need to buy a new one that supports 64-bit architecture and install a 64-bit operating system.
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:38 pm
Hmmm, that's excellent on Adobe's part. 64-bit machines, are in my experience at least, far more effective when dealing with RAM sucking, intensive programs such as AE. This will certainly make my life much easier when rendering and conducting RAM previews. I'm all for this. Does anybody know when CS5 will be ready to go?
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:39 pm
It's the other way around. A 64 bit processor can run 32 bit programs and processes. A 32 bit processor CAN NOT run 64 bit programs. If you have a 64 bit OS then your CPU is a 64 bit processor. If you are running snow leopard then you probably have an Intel Core2Duo or better in your machine. This means YOU DO have a 64 bit CPU.

Another thing to note Henry, If you have a 64 bit processor but are running a 32 bit OS (because as you remember above, 64 bit processors are backwards compatible and can run 32 bit OS) then you will not be able to run a 64 bit program like AE CS5. A 32 bit OS will only run 32 bit programs.
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:46 pm
It's about time really, I was kind of surprised that CS4 wasn't 64bit.
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

it's great that adobe it upgrading to 64 bit.
Does this mean that all the copilot tutorials will be recording on Cs5 when it releases?

Or will you record them on Cs4 or Cs5, and then make the project files available for cs3 and up?

That would be a factor in whether or not I buy CS5...
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:50 pm
Actually thinking about it... I wonder if it will be a cosmetic change or if they really did good programing work to actually take advantage of being a 64 bit app. And, it what also be interesting to hear if they've done any work in improving multi-core processor use.

Dudes (I hear there's this car that runs on water man), in 10 years or less After Effects will be able to render in real time what we're waiting minutes to render now. Imagine how much more we'll be able to do in much less time. I know you dudes are thinking "we'll still have hard drive lag from large video files". But (dudes!) SSD's are on the way in. Right now they are in jail being on SATA ports. And, Intel has been working on FLASH booster slot card for years now.

Check this out:
From a Pentium 4 almost 10 years ago, to a Quad Core Extreme today (i7's now), the render time for a 3DMax Scene went for ~300 seconds down to 22 seconds.,369.html
October 28th, 2009 @ 3:51 pm

Finally Adobe is fully supporting 64bit.. I'm already running Windows 7 64 bit RC, along with my i7-920 and 6GB of RAM.

I fully support Adobe in their decision to go 64 bit only.
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:07 pm
Im using Windows 7 (64bit) and Adobe CS4 Products. All works very well together. Wayyy better than they did on Vista.

Keep an eye out here: and here: new release info and maybe a change to Beta test forthcoming Adobe products.
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:08 pm
Aftab Asghar
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:18 pm
One of the best use I have ever seen of " VCP's tutorials", really strange, but good!
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:19 pm
I have a 64-bit system witch came with Xp 32-bit (Don't ask lol) I've upgraded to Vista to Windows 7 32-bit. luckily I have a copy of windows 7 64 bit lying around
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:35 pm
Question: I have a 64 bit capable system running vista32 bit right now. I want to move to 7 64bit and I have CS3. Does anyone know if CS3 works well on 64bit machines right now?
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:40 pm
That stink for those without 64 bit. But then again I'm not making super resource-hogger projects ;)
October 28th, 2009 @ 4:46 pm
Luckily I have always use 64-bit environment in the last 2 years
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:02 pm
TSK! >__< I hate compability issues
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:10 pm
Haha!, just in time for my new 5hr-life mac pro!
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:12 pm
Doesn't surprise me so much that Adobe would cut off older hardware by force instead of just stating minimum requirements, they did the same with Premiere which wouldn't install on non-SSE2 chips and then later wouldn't install without at least 2GB Ram detected. Other companies like Autodesk etc don't do this, I can't think of any that do.
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:26 pm
October 28th, 2009 @ 5:29 pm
For the mac users saying they run a 64bit OS on a 32bit computer.

Snowleopard supports 64bit, and alot of programs have a 64bit version. But the kernel, (if you have 32bit hardware) will be 32bit. (from what i've read)

Finally :p
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:13 pm
David, I just bought 64bit windows 7 and it emulates 32 bit programs flawlessly, so you won't have to worry about that.
October 28th, 2009 @ 6:45 pm
Thanks Dan, didn't want to make that jump and then not have the ability to run my CS3.
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:08 pm
Sweet, I'm still in the days of CS3 but I think ill take this upgrade. Loved that part about the 'if u have a mac your already running 64-bit' ;).
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:17 pm
I'm running after effects cs4 on windows 7 64 bit. It runs smoothly for me.
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:52 pm
i hate upgrades that happen every few months .. they are just raping everyone as much as possible . how about spend a year on the upgrade and give us something worth a upgrade .
Remington M
October 28th, 2009 @ 7:53 pm
So, I'm still a little confused. Adobe seems to be saying that it's not that their making After Effects 64 bit, but that there making it only 64 Bit. From my understanding After Effects currently isn't 64 bit, Right? I'm running in on a 64 Bit operating system, but I don't think the program itself it, because it doesn't recognize more than 4GB. I know that it has backgroud memory that it uses, but it still seems slow. I'm running in with windows 7 64 Bit and an i7 and I had to turn off mulit core processing because it was so slow. I still havn't been able to figure that one out....
October 28th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm
64 bit but will it be 25% off like Kramer has on his videos? I doubt it :-p
October 28th, 2009 @ 8:45 pm
Hey yeah its time we embrace 64-bit. I work on windows xp and its great(shifty eyes)
working with visual effects needs a lot of ram and windows xp provides only 3.25gb even if uve added 4gb. Windows 7 is out of the question... still wondering about the compatabilty and performance of Vista or if I could get my hands on Xp-64 bit, but its great to hear that Adobe CS5 is a 64-bit version.
Sam Wells
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:03 pm
Wow some of y'all are ignorant.

64-bit architecture has been around for years now and is much superior to 32-bit. And how could a website be 64-bit? that has nothing to do with it.
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:20 pm
Can't wait, let's get into this new era !!
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:39 pm
It's not very exciting news because most of the other compositors are 64 bit for long time
there are many features AE lacks.
Adobe is a big organisation, they have take these things very seriously.
but yeah at last! 64 bit AE .... great!
probably a true 3d engine or true 64bit linux version release will be more exciting.
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:51 pm
I've been on Mac(OSX) since AE7.
Finally it comes as 64bit!!
Great news to me~!!!!!!!!
October 28th, 2009 @ 9:59 pm
owh my goodness. .

holy cow. . come on 63 bit?

ouch. . thank you so much for the tip Sir AK!!

god bless copilot!!
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:06 pm
My only hope is to win the lotto to buy all the software and hardware I want, MACs, Adobe CS5, Red Giant Stuff, and heck, even all the VC plugins
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:10 pm
If only Apple will step up and support Quicktime in 64-bit. I'm running XP-64 and Quicktime (according to Apple's web site) is NOT supported in Windows 64-bit operating systems. Just another compatibility issue to look out for.
Remington M
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:24 pm
@ Mechanical Whispers
I'm currently running 64 Bit Windows 7 and so far havn't had a single issue with Quicktime
October 28th, 2009 @ 10:40 pm
will it support CUDA?
October 28th, 2009 @ 11:24 pm

My Mac Pro is ready, finally it will be able to use the 32 gigs or ram I bought ! The new CS5 will blow minds!

They are starting shipping in April 10th !

Check it out !
October 29th, 2009 @ 12:02 am

October 29th, 2009 @ 12:19 am
Hi Just i want to know what graphics card will be best for 64bit AE and 32bit please tell me
October 29th, 2009 @ 12:24 am
64-Bit is the right and only way for the future. Great step and i really wair for CS5. The RAM limitation isnt great now...
October 29th, 2009 @ 1:21 am
Any New News is Good...!
Any 64 bit News is Not very Good...!
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:06 am
U telling me to upgrade to 64bit PC....probably the worse blog entry u made Andrew!!!
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:22 am
Dextrmania, no one is telling you to upgrade... The news is that AE CS5 will be 64 bit only. It is what it is.

And trust me, I've made worse blog posts :)
Samael D
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:50 am
Forget making money in this industry, you have to be rich already to keep up in in :(
fx pro
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:50 am
lets rock then...............
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:51 am
weeee! im gonna get a Mac (in three years), so its gonna do it :D But what CS5 can do what CS4 can't? (Im sure theres something, but i dont know)
fx pro
October 29th, 2009 @ 3:08 am
hi andy can u tell us more about your actual computer u r using... like what OS, graphic card, processor, memory etc.....thanks mate
October 29th, 2009 @ 3:29 am
Quite painful that there'll be no 32-bit support anymore whatsoever, since I'll still be on XP for a bit. There are still quite a remarkable number of people on XP since Vista has heeps of crappy aspects, and Windows 7 is still too early in it's shoes.

I'll have to stick with CS4 :(
October 29th, 2009 @ 3:32 am
Oh right, XP 64bit isnt all bad, maybe I'll get that for now...
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:15 am
CS5 and 64bit!
it a good news.

May I have to buy new Computer T_T
October 29th, 2009 @ 5:22 am
and by the way... my mac will love this :-) This news make my day!
October 29th, 2009 @ 5:39 am
Great! Maybe finally plugin makers (I am looking at you Red Giant) will realize they need to port their plugs into 64bit architecture!
October 29th, 2009 @ 5:52 am
I remember reading about this yesterday at a different different site with Adobe news. To be honest it will be interesting to see what kind of performance enhances we can expect out of CS5. Most 64-bit applications don't really have all that notable of improvements from their 32-bit counterparts. Photoshop CS4 runs just as fast as Photoshop CS4 64-bit. Then again, with them focusing primarily on 64-bit for AE CS5 and not a 32-bit version I guess it's possible that the performance differences of CS4 and CS5 could be like night and day.
October 29th, 2009 @ 6:02 am
Surprising the high percentage on the people already with 64. I'm on of them tho and can't wait to get AE64!!
October 29th, 2009 @ 6:14 am
I am running a 64bit computer, but haven't taken advantage of its full potential yet....I know...WHY? Well, some of my software doesn't work right with 64bit, so I have to run in 32bit for now....but soon I will be taking advantage of it and running full 64bit...and it's great to hear that CS5 is going to be 64bit.
October 29th, 2009 @ 6:15 am
@ HankVenture photoshop CS4 ?! 64 bit ?! i never heard of that

anyone knows if this applies to the whole adobe products ? or it's just AE ?!
October 29th, 2009 @ 6:58 am
Hey! AT LEAST! Adobe did the step! That's a cool news :)
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:21 am
how many CS will they make??
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:27 am
Yeah that is pretty exciting... But this information is pretty good for me. Just a few days ago I started thinking to upgrade on 64bit and windows 7... I think that wont be cheap. But we all need RAM soooo much :P
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:30 am
Well.... I have a

i7 Processor with 4TB of space and 12GB or RAM.. overclocked 1GB videocard and i'm running Vista 64bit.

After FX works like a DREAM! on my computer... when CS5 comes out, i will never ever leave my computer.. (except for when i'm playing COD Modern Warfare 2)
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:46 am
Does this mean that the Mac version of AE CS5 will be a true 64-bit application? Because it's been running as a 32-bit app inside a 64-bot OS up until now. I'm on the verge (pending budget approval) of buying a new computer and the fact that AE wasn't truly 64-bit in OSX was one of the big determining factors in my choosing a Win7 machine.
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:38 am
It is not going to work on my computer !!! =(((

However i hope that we will upgrade our computer so it could work on it !
Thanks for the information !!!
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:42 am
@Remington M, I wish you left a link so I could contact you directly. But if you see this, have you noticed any other issues with Windows 7? I'm about to upgrade, and I'm expecting many many days of discovering driver issues and program quirks. As for Quicktime, if you open a Quicktime movie in your web browser, does the timeline bar show up? In Windows XP-64, the timeline bar is black. This is a known issue since Quicktime isn't supported in 64-bit Windows OS. But if Quicktime X is ported into Windows 7, that would be wonderful!
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:57 am

Well im not Remington but i also use Win7 64Bit and i got no issues. Everything is supported and runs smoothly
October 29th, 2009 @ 8:58 am
FTR, I've been running CS4 on the Win7 RC for months without any troubles -- quicktime or otherwise. Or at least none that a) varied from problems I had in 32-bit Vista and XP or b) I could attribute to a particular interaction between the apps and the OS.

Which is to say, yes, I still manage to crash AE every now and then.
October 29th, 2009 @ 9:00 am
and you guys dont need a new computer just ja 64bit supported CPU. And if your CPU is not older then 4years it should be 64bit ready
Justin Jones
October 29th, 2009 @ 9:10 am
I have been running exclusively on a 64bit environment since I went to Vista a few years ago. Its been a fairly smooth experience surprisingly enough. I am glad to see developers are finally making the transition as well. After Effects is probably going to benefit the most from the transition. Who knows maybe adobe will revamp premiere for CS5 too, and actually make it a comparable performer.
October 29th, 2009 @ 10:12 am

Every processor is 32 Bit. The "64" bit processors have only a 64 Bit memory extension for handling more memory. There is only 1 native 64 Bit Processor by Intel.
Remington M
October 29th, 2009 @ 10:20 am
@ Mechanical Whispers.
So far so good, I'm loving Windows 7. The only problem I've had is what I mentioned earlier with the multi core issue with after effects, but I don't think thats 7's fault. It seems to be surprisingly stable and compatible with pretty much everything. And yeah, quicktime has the timeline and everything, for me it operates exactly like it did on my 32 bit system. I had never even heard that it wouldn't.
As far as drivers go, I did have a problem getting my EVGA drivers to install, but I used XP mode and was able to install them.
Here's my email if you want to contact me.
Remington M
October 29th, 2009 @ 10:22 am
@ Justin. I think I read a few days ago that they are planning to make Premere CS5 64 Bit as well
October 29th, 2009 @ 11:55 am
wow haha. i bet in 10 years will be going with CS20 !! lol and thanks for the post.
October 29th, 2009 @ 12:23 pm
snow Leopard :D
Aegis Kleais
October 29th, 2009 @ 12:57 pm
All Adobe apps need to take advantage of 64-bit OS and RAM when available, unlike forcing users to use it (I'm fine with AE forcing it because you should see a significant performance boost in those environments)

But PS, AI, DW, FL, FW, etc.... They should all be programmed to take advantage of the x86-64 architecture.

Kinda like the sad state of games right now. Most STILL don't utilize 64-bit processing, let alone being able to reliably toss the work load dynamically over X core PC setups. Standards, programmers... code to standards!
Mahesh Garnara
October 29th, 2009 @ 1:42 pm
Very Bad News from Adobe to move 64bit version because many plugins company's will not move 64bit versions and AfterEffects main power is it's supported other company's plugins dont forget.
sorry for my bad english.
October 29th, 2009 @ 1:47 pm
Trust me, most of the developers will publish 64bit versions of their plug-ins.
October 29th, 2009 @ 2:10 pm
The After Effects plug-in developers are well aware of the move to 64-bit and have ample time to prepare updates. (Some are already done, many are in progress) Everyone I've spoken with is planning 64-bit versions. Are you aware of any developers who aren't? If so, drop me a line at my blog, and I'll do what I can to help out.
Nicklas Larsson
October 29th, 2009 @ 3:14 pm
How about QuickTime for Windows? There will never be an 64-bit verson. This is not an Adobe issue, but a lot of us use QuickTime as final destination.
Timothy Cross
October 29th, 2009 @ 3:25 pm
EPIC. period. After Effects going 64bit, is the best thing that i've heard all day today. its worth the upgrade. cause its worth it being able to use all the memory in my computer. beautiful.
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:16 pm
The big problem will be Plugin compatibility. All plugins will have to be recompile for 64bit. I hope all companies (Red Giant, Trapcode, Boris, GenArts, etc) start working on this by yesterday.
The same problem happens with Photoshop 64, I cannot use it because none of my plugins work, actually there are like 4 plugins in the market which are 64bit.
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:22 pm
I'm ready and waiting ...
Win7 x64 / 128GB DDR-3 1600Mhz
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:30 pm
Thanks andrew
waiting for more information
my PC 64 bit and 6GB RAM
it's working
Thanks for All Graphic news
October 29th, 2009 @ 4:33 pm
Hey I´m thinking that this in one side is a big opportunity, but in the other hand you can see it will give many problems, i guess it is a matter of time, to see how does windows 7 result.
I guess many people will stay at xp with cs4 in a while, please Andew do your fab tutorial on 3 & 4
Curtis Hickman
October 29th, 2009 @ 5:22 pm
I asked about the QuickTime issue:

"The advantages that this change can bring are exciting. I am wondering however how Adobe will address the lack of Apple support for a 64-bit Windows QuickTime. Every studio I work with runs in a QuickTime pipeline. I can't imagine what this change will do to our established PC-MAC workflows.

[Indeed, this presented a challenge for us. But rest assured, QuickTime is critical and After Effects will continue to have the same QuickTime support on Mac OS and Windows. --MC]"
Joe Aalbregtse
October 29th, 2009 @ 5:43 pm
This is a great idea, but man it would be cool if Adobe could fix all the bugs in the current version before moving on to the next one. CS4 is probably the buggiest versions of Premiere, Encore and After Effects I have ever worked with.
October 29th, 2009 @ 6:29 pm
Microsoft is always low on their min system requirements vista runs like crap on 512 mb of Ram Vista and 7 both run smooth on 2 GB min! vista eats 1gb ram just doing nothing 7 is better than that by half. and thats just for 32 bit...if you are running 64 bit the requirements are double 4gb min 8gb is running good. or jump into the world of the Intel i processors like the i7 running 12gb of triple channel memory!!
October 29th, 2009 @ 7:30 pm
Trust me when I say Windows 7 64bit is much better than any version of Vista.

Im running Adobe much smother now. Especialy with Dynamic Link.

Photoshop is the only 64 Bit piece and I only hope to afford the new AE CS5
October 30th, 2009 @ 12:20 am
I don't know what 64bit really means but it if means i can make better use of my 10G of RAM and my Mac8 then i want it.
Sick of all the different memory errors i get.

but love after efffects :)
October 30th, 2009 @ 1:34 am
I was hoping it wouldn't come to this, I get far too many errors with other software in 64 bit, especially games.
I use my gaming rig for renders as it is the most powerful.
October 30th, 2009 @ 2:32 am
all good news I am getting quotes on new part now to go 64bit NEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEED RAM hahaha just 1 thing:is w7 stable enough will my old plugins thats 32bit work in cs5 as its gonna be diff. to upgrade all my plugins to 64bit(working with personal budget here)
swt thanks
o andrew hows the overclocking on your graphics working? and what card are you using...
October 30th, 2009 @ 3:30 am
Hey, Andrew. .

can we still use VCP plug ins to 64 bit?

please answer. .

we'll appreciate this. .

thank you so much. .
October 30th, 2009 @ 3:36 am
what about the twich, evolution, film magic pro, designer sound FX, pro scores.. and others? can we still use those in 64 bit?

and even in AE CS5?
October 30th, 2009 @ 6:07 am
NO NO NO .....
I've got a 64bit capable processor but I've installed a 32bit OS (win 7 X32 RC1 ) over it. AND there's no upgrade path from 32bit to 64 bit, looks like a clean install
October 30th, 2009 @ 6:39 am
Hey Luis ...
I think many developers were smart, and just waited on this recent confirmation from Adobe that they are going 64.
All will then be good on the blue planet, so don't fret.
October 30th, 2009 @ 6:43 am
Sounds scary since CS5 is the first release of the 64-bit. Coming from a software engineering background, I am sure it will prone to be buggy!!!. I suspect I will wait for CS6 or CS 5.5 :-)
October 30th, 2009 @ 7:48 am
I've heard 64's not even good.
It's has a lot of downsides.

So that's why I'm on 32.
And I don't think I'd change to 64 for AE CS5.
I'd get more errors outside of AE going on.
October 30th, 2009 @ 8:04 am
plz don't uses cs5


you like that
most of people cannot work in after effect Because they have no 64-bit
October 30th, 2009 @ 8:42 am
I've been using x64 OS with vista, and just moved to x64 Win7 (so much better!!!). 32 bit OS are the past - it's about time someone will understand it :)

And there are almost no compatibility issues! I encountered only one, with "virtual drive" software.
October 30th, 2009 @ 10:04 am
I'm Ready !!!
Just made a new machine with i7 870 8G RAM and win7 x64.....
October 30th, 2009 @ 10:28 am
What's the downside of going to 64-bit? The longer instructions don't eat up THAT much more RAM -- 4GB seems to be the breakeven point -- and there are drivers for everything these days.
October 30th, 2009 @ 10:36 am

Is the Halloween tutorial coming out today?
October 30th, 2009 @ 10:52 am
YES!!! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!! I really needed this!
Emiel M
October 30th, 2009 @ 11:41 am
64-bit is OS and processor, that needs to support it
October 30th, 2009 @ 2:50 pm
Actually this is pretty good because I'm going to update to 64-bit Windows 7 Ultimate. Finally I can use more than 3.5 GB of RAM.
October 30th, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

8GB RAM is not a lot of RAM for running multi-processing render. Your experience of slower may be because you ran out of RAM and a lot of time spent Paging-in and Paging-out.

I have 8 GB RAM as well and 8 cores, but I normally only use 4 cores or less for rendering depending on the project size.

Have Activities Monitor running and see how your cpu and ram doing while rendering.
October 30th, 2009 @ 4:06 pm
WOW sound like where talking about video game consoles from the 80 the higher bits the better. Well I think is kl but I think they should make AE cheaper like half price my opinion
don spriggle
October 31st, 2009 @ 12:47 am
don't mean to sound stupid but how can you find out if your system is running 32 or 64 bit?
October 31st, 2009 @ 1:50 am
Quicktime on 64bit Windows IS in fact a Problem.
It's not that Windows can't use it like for playback or encoding, but 64bit Programs can't use it.

You can not use Quicktime inside a 64bit Program, they can not usw it. If the program (like AE CS4) isn't 64bit, it doesn't matter, even if the system is 64bit.
I experienced the Problem in Fusion 6 x64, where you can not import any Quicktime (which really drives you mad if you are trying to use VCP-Stuff!), but it's not a Problem with the x86 Version of Fusion.

Quicktime wants to be a professionell format and I really think it is a great choice to use. But to use it within a 64bit-Workflow, Apple has to make it 64bit soon. It's not like Fusion or Nuke are kinda ridicolous Programs that no Professional uses.

October 31st, 2009 @ 1:53 am
@don spriggle

Check the Properties of your "My Computer" Tab on the Desktop (I think it's called like this in an english Windows?).
If you didn't installed a 64bit Windows yourself or looked out for it, it's pretty normal you have 32bit.

October 31st, 2009 @ 4:33 am
yeah... windows 7 64bit, intel core i7 extreme and 8 gig of ram are waiting for the cs5 64 bit!!!

Carl from Austria
October 31st, 2009 @ 6:56 am

Until now i have only upgraded my pc because of breakage, now i might have to do it just for this ;)
October 31st, 2009 @ 7:00 am
I have an 8 bit PC and it gives terrible gradient.
October 31st, 2009 @ 7:03 am
is Tiger a 64bit OS you mentioned last few versions in original post, just wondering if that in cludes 10.4.x???
October 31st, 2009 @ 7:58 am
I think it's great that Adobe is finally stepping up and moving another of their ESSENTIAL programs to 64bit.

And I find it very unsettling that many users are still reluctant to move to a 64bit OS. These people MUST either be folks who don't know or understand the benefit of a 64bit OS (ie not technical people), or they're still trying to shake XP for all it's worth (which isn't much).

Why wouldn't you want a computer that can grow with you, and not present you with strict limitations that can NEVER be overcome? If you have money to purchase Adobe products, you have money to make sure your PC is future proof.

64bit is the ONLY way to go. No one is going to wait for you so get with the times, or be left behind.
October 31st, 2009 @ 11:48 am
AE CS5 (Your Ahead Of Time), Ive only upgraded to CS4 a year ago!!!!
October 31st, 2009 @ 12:25 pm
Somewhat related ... I installed Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit the other day, an "upgrade" from Vista Ult 64-bit. I have had no issues whatsoever with After Effects CS3; but i seem to be experiencing trouble with sound files that are associated with SOUNDBOOTH CS4 when using Premiere Pro CS4.
Anyone else having problems ...?
I actually had no issues while using Vista Ult 64-bit.
Thanks in advance ...!
October 31st, 2009 @ 3:55 pm
Be careful of Windows 7. I've got 7 Ultimate and Premier Pro CS4 absolutely will not start up. It gets to the Sharpen aex and hangs every single time. Worked perfectly fine in Vista Ultimate.
October 31st, 2009 @ 3:55 pm
I should note that all of my other CS4 applications do work fine though...
October 31st, 2009 @ 7:23 pm
can anybody answer me?

what about the products that video copilot selling now?

if we upgrade to 64bit. .

what will happen to the stock footage?

the evolution? the twich? film magic pro? action essentials 2? the riot gear? i've been using those in 32bit. .

what about in 64bit? can we still the old stuffs?

please. . answer me. .

i've been asking this for weeks already. .
November 1st, 2009 @ 12:02 am
Ayb, if you read the post at the bottom, I have stated that all products will be compatible with both specs.
Simeon S from trinidad
November 1st, 2009 @ 6:21 am
which one do u recommend more stable for this change to 64bit since I've chosen to, thinking in mind all your tutorials are done on windows, knowing there own like 98% of market. since I'm not a computer geeks not say that u are, yea pretty much your a geek yea, MAC or WINDOWS for 64bit, as mom always says spend your money on something good, or that's how i remember? oh yeah never seen a mac in my life up close...third world island... Sad eh
November 1st, 2009 @ 9:27 am
Premiere CS4 works fine for me in Win7 64.
November 1st, 2009 @ 11:48 am

I wouldn't be that shure. You are using Quicktime all the way, but there's not 64bit Quicktime out as I wrote before.

So if CS5 is 64bit only, there's no Quicktime for this!

November 1st, 2009 @ 9:36 pm
thank you so much sir Andrew. .

really appreciate this. .

November 2nd, 2009 @ 2:52 am
This is from mac world Posted on Aug 20, 2009

If you’re running a Mac powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo processor or an Intel Xeon processor, your Mac is 64-bit capable. And Snow Leopard runs 64-bit-capable applications in 64-bit mode regardless of whether it’s booting into a 64-bit or 32-bit kernel. In fact, the only big advantage of booting into a 64-bit kernel would be the ability to use more than 32 gigabytes of RAM. There aren't any Macs that can do that now, anyway, due to hardware limitations.

Applications running in Snow Leopard will have access to a full 16 exabyte virtual address space, just the same as if they were running in a 64-bit kernel. As a result, there’s very little difference between booting into the 64-bit kernel and the 32-bit kernel in current Mac systems. (This is not to say that there won't be a bigger difference in the future, as RAM sizes continue to grow. But presumably new high-end Mac systems will boot into the 64-bit kernel when the need arises.)

So, bottom line: If you’ve got a Core 2 Duo or Xeon based Mac — any Intel Mac not running a Core Duo or Core Solo processor — you’ll be able to run applications in 64-bit mode, which will in turn be able to take advantage of faster 64-bit registers and math routines as well as access massive amounts of memory.

Further info from that site
November 2nd, 2009 @ 4:29 pm
I was pretty excited when I saw the 64 bit news, but became concerned when a comment by Michael Coleman in the blog was pointed out to me, stating: "...32-bit plug-ins will not run in the next version of After Effects. -- MC]"

Obviously this won't be too much of a hurdle for video copilot and other companies keeping up with their plug-in releases. It is however an issue for those of us that still use and value other older, unsupported plug-ins. Some of the plug-ins we like to keep around just won't be usable anymore. I can think of a couple that aren't exactly supported anymore, including pete's plugins and aeflame. Thanks for the re-assurance that you guys won't be effected adversely Andrew!
November 3rd, 2009 @ 12:10 am
Wow, thx man, i worked with my CS3 using WIN-XP PRO-64, and its great, can't wait for the CS5-64.....
December 2nd, 2009 @ 2:38 pm
Don't even GO there about Adobe and W7

They quietly omitted to mention that they had completely blanked XP64, so if you are running that, you're screwed. Vista is the pile of dog-poo we all know and despise, and now, having built my 8-core mother of PCs, I now discover that out of the 20+ applications in the Adobe master collection I paid an arm and a leg for, Photoshop 64 and Acrobat are the only ones that work.

Don't believe the crap that Adobe spiel out, most other companies like Avid have been running 64 bit apps for months, if not years, and now Adobe have the sheer and utter GALL to announce this!!???

I want my damn money back!!
December 9th, 2009 @ 1:46 pm
I asked several big AE plugin producers and surprisingly they are neither aware of the 64bit problem nor want to care about that before CS5 is released.
That means there will be several months where we either get fast rewritten and recompiled crap or simply no update for our plugins.
Even worse all companies noticed that there will be NO
free upgrade to 64bit plugins
January 17th, 2010 @ 11:47 am
Woow, that's cool news. I have a Windows XP 64 bit. I am waiting for it, I hope it will be compatible with together :)

Just... Name is CS again :( - That's gonna be CS6.7.9.10 (?) :D
May 2nd, 2010 @ 11:11 am
While this is nice for folks with brand new IRON running a 64 bit OS, the bottom line is this is going to be a disruptive and chaotic technology leading to many horror stories.

We all know how hard it is to load up these boxes with the tools of our trade properly.

There's going to be three types of people from this.

Type one installs and walks away, has no idea of directory structure or managing plug-ins, debugging a misbehaved install, cloning, rollbacks, etc. and nor do they care--this is the Format and go Generation--no concept of the underlying system. They'll never reach a very high understanding of AE other than basic use.

The second type has lots of "time and money" tied up in their existing systems, and while some may attempt to run side by side, as a whole CS5 will be extremely disruptive. While some plugin programmers will spew out 64 bit versions of their products, others won't. Are the one's that won't relevant? Time will tell.

The third type is looking at this and saying. I ain't upgrading nothing yet.

I do wish Adobe well, but they do need to fix some serious problems. Are they perhaps spread too thin? Seems like every week we're tracking down flash files for manual deletion because the installer/updat0r is brain dead. This wastes an enormous amount of time.

Bottom line, I think it's great 64bit . Awesome even . Just be careful moving forward, TEST..
steve (flame/nuke op)
May 6th, 2010 @ 10:18 am
I'm dissapointed with how little Adobe have moved After Effects forward since even CS3. How about a decent flow-graph/node editor rather than the pointless Schematic View? Or "true" 3D - not the 2.5D Adobe insist on? Or an intuitive graph editor that actually works properly? Until Adobe address fundemental issues like this (rather than just giving away gimicky free plug-ins), After Effects will continue to play second fiddle to products like Nuke/Flame for high-end work. It's also AFX's reliance on 3rd party plug-ins that results in so much of the work out there (including on this site I'm afraid to say) looking very "After Effectsy" in my opinion. A case of the software strongly influencing the design.
May 6th, 2010 @ 11:32 am
why can't i get an official release date anywhere? please e-mail me :S
May 19th, 2010 @ 11:40 pm
for a very long time, I didn't even take advantage of my 64-bit system. I chose to install the 32-bit system, just because of compatibility fears (which turned out to be unfounded). I just recently did a clean install of Windows 7 and decided to take the plunge (and full advantage of all 4 GB of RAM), and I don't regret it for a moment. I'm serious about using After Effects and using it right, and always being ready to upgrade... but this just goes to show that everyone has moments of trepidation. Come on people, we can do this! :-D
August 10th, 2010 @ 4:15 pm
this is just perfect. i made a comp including 15 hd (1920*1080)layer for matrix ripple fx, AE handled it with 6 gb ram easily.
September 26th, 2010 @ 9:45 pm
Cinema 4d R11 up to R12 has had QT support for 64 bit for some time now. The program loads some sort of 32 bit emulator called qtguiagent.exe which does the magic. I wonder why other apps have not been able to accomplish this seemingly simple task
October 4th, 2010 @ 12:21 am
October 4th, 2010 @ 12:30 am
hay every buddy i have free site for this plugin twich 25mb, action essentials 72parts download..
December 21st, 2010 @ 4:54 pm
I have so much legacy software than periodically that doesn't run on Win7, that Adobe and MS not supporting a backward compatible system is a royal pain in the arse with no clear solution other than running two systems side-by-side.

Shouldn't Adobe and MS listen to people in the field before they make rash decisions!!! Or does this kind of stuff come from marketing considerations rather than crafting the best production tool to fit real needs.
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