I have a 2.4 SR MBP with 4 gigs ram and an external firewire 800 drive for media. I notice that when I use AE CS3 on it, the preview renders are very slow, and the ram previews are also slow. I have tried all of the performance enhancements suggested in the help files for AE. I get faster ram previews using my old PC with a Pentium 4 3.2ghz and 2 gig ram when using AE CS2. Is there something that I am doing wrong, or is AE CS3 just too much for a MBP and requires a Mac Pro with multi core xeons? At the school where I work, I have a dozen G5 1.8 Mac Pros with 2 gig ram and only one internal drive loaded with CS3 Master Collection, but I am wondering whether it's a good idea to try to run AE CS3 on such machines if my new MBP can't provide a reasonable rendering time for previews. I can't afford to have the kids sitting around all the time waiting for previews to render. Should I be considering going to lower resolutions/quality for previews? Thanks for any advice.