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Adobe CS5 Production Premium 64-bit Whitepaper
Accelerate HD workflows with native 64-bit
support in CS5 Production Premium
Today’s video production workflows benefit tremendously from the additional RAM access
64-bit operating systems offer. Taking advantage of this technological advance, native
64-bit OS support in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5, After Effects CS5, and Photoshop CS5
makes working on HD content more fluid—so you can deliver completed projects faster or
gain more time to be creative with CS5 Production Premium.
Speed your production workflow with native 64-bit support
Adobe Creative Suite 5 Production
Premium combines:
• Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
• Adobe After Effects® CS5
• Adobe Photoshop® CS5 Extended
• Adobe Illustrator® CS5
• Adobe Flash Catalyst™ CS5
• Adobe Flash® CS5 Professional
• Adobe Soundbooth® CS5
• Adobe OnLocation® CS5
• Adobe Encore® CS5
Additional components:
• Adobe Dynamic Link
• Adobe Bridge CS5
• Adobe Device Central
Craft video productions, motion graphics, visual effects, and interactive experiences with highperformance, industry-leading 64-bit tools in Adobe CS5 Production Premium. Finish HD projects faster
thanks to native 64-bit support in Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Photoshop Extended and the
new Mercury Playback Engine in Adobe Premiere Pro.
In Adobe Premiere® Pro CS5, the revolutionary native 64-bit, CPU- and GPU-accelerated Mercury
Playback Engine provides rock-solid performance and stability so you can edit complex, high resolution
projects fluidly. Native 64-bit support in After Effects® CS5 lets you take advantage of all available RAM
on any number of processor cores to work on large frames, preview deeply-layered floating-point color
composites, and quickly craft complex 3D scenes and camera moves. Photoshop CS5, Adobe Media
Encoder CS5, and Lightroom also offer native 64-bit OS support, and other CS5 applications are tested
on 64-bit operating systems.
The majority of video professionals have already transitioned to 64-bit operating systems, including Mac
OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or 64-bit versions of Windows® Vista® and Windows 7 operating systems.
The CS5 releases of After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro require 64-bit operating systems.
Integrates with new
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Why 64-bit operating systems matter in video production
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Today’s film and video productions increasingly require HD and higher resolutions, and video
professionals need real-time responsiveness to deliver creative work on ever-tighter deadlines. Today’s
powerful 64-bit operating systems make the computing power central to today’s film and video
workflows accessible to applications. Access to more RAM makes it possible for video production
applications such as After Effects CS5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 to work smoothly on high-resolution
Shrinking budgets, tighter deadlines, and increasingly powerful software means you’re more likely to
wear multiple hats on every production. 64-bit systems provide a better experience when switching
between applications, making it easier to perform multiple tasks simultaneously. And because you spend
less time waiting, it’s easier to maintain your creative momentum—which means you can deliver quality
content more quickly.
A number of key trends in video technology and video production will make 64-bit operating systems
even more important moving forward:
• As the native resolution of cameras continues to increase, so do the bandwidth requirements—
multiple layers or multiple streams of video increase demands at a higher rate. Only a 64-bit operating
system can keep up with these demands.
• As color depth requirements increase, data rates increase dramatically. For example, a 4:4:4 12-bit file
requires three times the bandwidth of a 4:2:0 8-bit file of the same resolution.
• As producers become ever more cost conscious, 64-bit systems can allow producers to shave
time from schedules by handling more tasks in parallel.
• As standards rapidly evolve, content creators must work at high resolutions throughout production to meet the quality requirements for distribution. HD is increasingly common, even for
web-based video distribution. Popular video websites now offer HD content.
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5 natively support 64-bit operating systems, and as a
result are able to use large amounts of RAM. Consider a typical workflow in CS5 Production
Premium, where the additional RAM access 64-bit OS support enables you to perform several of
these tasks in parallel without compromise:
• Compositing in After Effects
• Editing HD content in Adobe Premiere Pro
• Using After Effects compositions in a Adobe Premiere Pro sequence through Dynamic Link
• Encoding a Adobe Premiere Pro sequence in the background with Adobe Media Encoder
When Adobe Premiere Pro is installed as part of
Production Premium, use Dynamic Link to
eliminate intermediate rendering when
exchanging Adobe Premiere Pro sequences and
After Effects compositions or sending sequences
or compositions to Encore. Make changes in one
application and see it update immediately in the
• Burning a Blu-ray disc in Encore using Adobe Premiere Pro content through Dynamic Link
Thanks to native 64-bit OS support in CS5, you can use as much available RAM as required for each
task, without compromising the performance of other applications. Additionally, suite level
memory management enables you to manage RAM between these Production Premium
components. This translates into better editing and compositing interactivity, particularly for work
on high-resolution content or when editing complex projects.
Breakthrough performance with the new Mercury Playback Engine in
Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
The ability to edit HD and higher resolution footage in real time without having to first render it or
lower its resolution by transcoding or rewrapping it with an intermediate codec is a postproduction dream come true. Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 brings that dream to the desktop with the
revolutionary Mercury Playback Engine.
The Mercury Playback Engine provides native 64-bit, GPU-accelerated support for Mac and
Windows, yielding dramatic improvements in performance and stability. You can open projects
faster, scrub through HD and higher resolution projects fluidly, and handle long-form content and
effects-heavy sequences more reliably. Play through most common transitions and effects without
waiting for rendering. Plus, you can usually see results instantly when performing multiple color
corrections and tasks such as keying with Ultra, applying Gaussian blurs and blend modes to
footage, and working with numerous other effects. The Mercury Playback Engine also makes
rendering for final output much faster than before.
Supported NVIDIA GPUs for the Mercury
Playback Engine:
• Quadro CX (Windows)
• Quadro FX 3800 (Windows)
• Quadro FX 4800 (Mac and Windows)
• Quadro FX 5800 (Windows)
• Quadro 4000 (Windows)
• Quadro 5000 (Windows)
• GeForce GTX 285 (Mac and Windows)
• GeForce GTX 470 (Windows)
Please see for card system
requirements and compatibility.
The list of graphics cards that are compatible
with Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 will be
updated on a regular basis. For the most
up-to-date list, please see
The enhanced, native 64-bit system architecture in Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 lets you use all
available system RAM (up to 128GB in today’s computers), so you can run multiple software
applications at the same time. This opens the door to powerful time-saving, multitasking
workflows. For example, you can simultaneously edit a very complex, effects-laden project in
Adobe Premiere Pro while your system’s CPUs render an elaborate After Effects composition in the
The Mercury Playback Engine leverages the parallel compute engine in NVIDIA graphics processing
units (GPUs) to solve many complex computational problems in a fraction of the time a CPU would
take to perform the same task.
In addition, the Mercury Playback Engine takes multitasking to a new level. Utilizing the GPU to
accelerate effects, rendering, and other processor-intensive tasks frees your system’s CPU to
handle background tasks. If you are working on a computer or laptop that is unable to play back
challenging footage such as 4K RED files or sequences with vast numbers of effects, Adobe
Premiere Pro CS5 includes the ability to adjust the playback resolution of your video in the Source
or Program Monitors. Separate Playback and Pause resolutions give you more control over
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monitoring—with higher resolution footage, you can set playback resolution to a lower value for
smooth playback (for example, ½, 1/4, 1/8, 1/16 resolution), and set Pause resolution to Full. This
allows you to quickly check the quality of focus or edge details when playback is paused—useful
for when you don’t have the luxury of an on-set HD monitor.
Benefits of native 64-bit support in Adobe After Effects CS5
One of the most significant advances in After Effects CS5 is that it is now a fully native 64-bit
application. This yields numerous advantages, including the ability to fully use your computer’s
memory and dramatic improvements when working on high-resolution projects.
Just a few years ago, it was normal to work on standard-definition video at a color depth of 8 bits
per channel (bpc). Today, it is not uncommon to work on high-definition video at a depth of 16 bpc.
And while some artists have used After Effects on film projects since the earliest versions, digital
cinema cameras such as the RED One are now commonly in use—making 4K images in 32-bit
floating-point color increasingly common. And the memory demands don’t stop there. For
example, RED has announced cameras that sport 5K, 6K, 9K, and even 28K frame sizes. Native
64-bit OS support in After Effects CS5 means you can work on ever-higher-resolution projects with
Memory requirements
standard definition
720x486 pixels x 4 color channels* x 8 bpc
1.33 megabytes/frame
10 seconds @ 29.97 fps = 398.6MB
high definition
1920x1080 pixels x 4 color channels* x 16 bpc
15.82 megabytes/frame
10 seconds @ 23.976 fps = 3.7GB
digital cinema
4096x2304 pixels x 4 color channels* x 32 bpc
144 megabytes/frames
10 seconds @ 24 fps =33.75GB
(* 4 color channels = red/green/blue/alpha)
On 32-bit operating systems, the 2- to 4-gigabyte application memory restrictions sharply limit
how many image frames can be held in RAM at the same time—which in turn constrains the length
of full-motion previews and the complexity of projects overall. Even with disk caching and virtual
memory, using older versions of After Effects on 32-bit OSes means you may be forced to wait
while images are swapped in and out of RAM or re-rendered the next time they are needed.
Resourceful artists have developed strategies to work around these limitations—such as working
at lower resolutions or frame rates or using “proxies” of lower-quality sources—but these come
with the trade-off of not seeing your composition in its final form while you work.
With After Effects CS5, these limitations no longer apply. Support for 64-bit operating systems
means After Effects CS5 can access all of your computer’s installed RAM. This has a dramatic
positive effect on the type, size, and complexity of projects you can take on—as well as how fluidly
you can work. With After Effects CS5 running on a 64-bit operating system with 32GB of RAM, you
can preview a 30-second HD comp at full resolution and at 32 bpc. This enables you to preview
your entire composition at maximum fidelity without interruption.
Beyond being able to preview longer continuous stretches of your project, rendered image frames
are more likely to be kept in memory, allowing you to move around a project’s timeline or between
compositions without losing already-rendered frames. Additionally, memory buffer errors due to
RAM constraints are virtually eliminated. These improvements increase productivity, which in turn
facilitates creativity.
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Benefits of 64-bit support in Adobe Photoshop CS5 and Lightroom
Megapixel counts continue to rise in still-image cameras and photographers increasingly edit raw
image files at 16 bits per channel or higher, often combining them into even larger layered, HDR, or
panoramic documents. All of these trends place new demands on computing hardware. Native
64-bit support In Photoshop Extended makes it easier and faster to edit very large images by
taking full advantage of available RAM. When running on 64-bit Mac OS X, Windows Vista, or
Windows 7 operating systems, Photoshop CS5 Extended can use up to 32GB of RAM on desktop
computers and up to 8GB of RAM on notebook computers. With supported video cards, you can
work more fluidly with GPU-accelerated features such as panning, zooming, canvas rotation, a new
interactive color picker, and Adobe Pixel Bender™ technology for customized filters and effects. In
addition, Photoshop Lightroom® software supports 64-bit processing, utilizing the advanced
memory handling capabilities on the latest Mac OS and Windows systems.
Photoshop users will be able to perform day-to-day imaging tasks faster, and process very large
images at least 10 times faster. (Requires a 64-bit-capable computer with a 64-bit version of Mac
OS, Microsoft® Windows® 7, or Windows Vista®. Actual performance increase will vary depending on
the drivers you have installed, the feature you’re using, and other factors.) This gain is because
64-bit applications can address larger amounts of memory, resulting in less file-swapping—one of
the biggest factors that can affect data processing speed.
Save time with the native 64-bit Adobe Media Encoder CS5
Similar to Compressor, Adobe Media Encoder is a separate, 64-bit software application that saves
you time by automating the process of creating multiple encoded versions of your source files and
Adobe Premiere Pro sequences. Adobe Media Encoder is part of Adobe Premiere Pro, and features
an intuitive user interface that provides visual feedback on your encoding process. You can set up
multiple items for batch encoding, manage priorities, and control advanced settings for each item
individually. Batch encoding lets you use any combination of sequences and clips as sources and
encode to a wide variety of video formats, including FLV, F4V, Windows Media, QuickTime, and
other popular codecs such as MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, AVC-Intra, and DPX.
FAQ: Adobe support for 64-bit operating systems
Q. Why did Adobe make the decision to support only 64-bit operating systems with Adobe
Premiere Pro CS5 and After Effects CS5?
A. By optimizing code for 64-bit operating systems, Adobe is able to deliver the performance
gains video professionals require. Creative Suite customers benefit from working on the latest
hardware and operating systems, and the majority of video professionals have already
transitioned to 64-bit capable systems, such as Mac OS X Leopard, Snow Leopard, or 64-bit
versions of Windows (Vista, Windows 7). After optimizing and architecting three versions of
Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects software for 64-bit systems, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5
and After Effects CS5 now offer native support for 64-bit operating systems. Because 64-bit
operating systems offer superior performance, CS5 and future releases of these products will
not support 32-bit operating systems. For an up-to-date list of 64-bit 3rd party plug-ins for
After Effects, visit
Q. I use a 32-bit version of Windows, and just purchased Adobe CS5 Production Premium. What
should I do?
A: On Windows, Adobe® Premiere® Pro CS5 and Adobe After Effects® CS5 require a 64-bit
edition of Microsoft Windows Vista® or Windows 7®. If you are using the following operating
systems, you will not be able to install or run Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 or After Effects CS5:
• 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Windows XP Home or Professional.
• 32-bit editions of Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or Enterprise.
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If you are using one of the listed incompatible operating systems, Adobe recommends that
you upgrade to either 64-bit editions of Windows Vista Home Premium, Business, Ultimate, or
Enterprise or 64-bit editions of Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate.
Adobe has included complimentary versions of Adobe Premiere Pro CS4 and After Effects CS4
(which both support 32-bit OSes) with your purchase of CS5 Production Premium for you to
use until you upgrade to a recommended operating system.
For more information and detailed installation instructions for CS5 Production Premium,
please refer to the Readme located on your Creative Suite Application Disc 1 or visit www.
For more information on recommended hardware configurations, please visit www.adobe.
Q. What’s the difference between 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems?
A. 64-bit operating systems offer a wider address system and data path, providing access to
essentially unlimited RAM. On 32-bit systems, each application is limited to 4GB of RAM (and
in practice this number is actually smaller). More RAM means applications can manipulate
larger chunks of data, cache more information, and handle a wide range of tasks more
Q. What do I need to do to upgrade to 64-bit operating system on a Mac?
A. Mac OS Leopard and Snow Leopard are already 64-bit capable and ready to use additional
memory. All you need to do is add more RAM to start seeing the benefits of native 64-bit OS
support in After Effects CS5 and Adobe Premiere Pro CS5.
Q. What do I need to do to upgrade to 64-bit operating system on Windows?
A. When you install 64-bit Windows Vista, make sure your hardware drivers are available for
the 64-bit edition. Specific Windows Vista 64-bit drivers are necessary to run the hardware
— 32-bit drivers do not work. In addition, you must have Service Pack 1 installed on Windows
Vista to run CS4.
When you install Windows 7, choose the 64-bit version.
Q. What are Adobe’s plans for the other components of Creative Suite? Will the rest of Adobe
Creative Suite be 64-bit native on Mac OS and Windows?
A. Adobe continues to prioritize 64-bit support based on the potential user benefits and the
complexity of the code transition. At this time, After Effects CS5 and Premiere Pro CS5 are the
only products that are 64-bit only.
Q. I am running earlier versions of After Effects and Adobe Premiere Pro software on a 32-bit
operating system. What are my options for upgrading to Creative Suite 5?
A. Adobe has a number of upgrade paths available to current Creative Suite customers. Visit for full details on your upgrade options.
Q. Will Adobe continue to support the version of Adobe Premiere Pro or After Effects that I am
currently running on a 32-bit system?
A. Adobe plans to continue offering support according to the existing complimentary and paid
support programs. For details on these programs, visit
Q. What are the recommended system configurations for video production?
A. With native 64-bit applications, more RAM means better performance when working with
multiple applications on high-resolution projects. For that reason, we recommend you use
8GB RAM, with 16GB, 32GB, or even more for high-performance configurations.
Q. Where can I go for up-to-date information on this topic?
Adobe Systems Incorporated
345 Park Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110-2704
A. Please visit
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