You can't finish without rendering right? I mean that's an essential step. And if your renders aren't up to "the standard" you can't use the result.
That's why I figured any one reading my original post in this thread wouldn't get confused or excited about the negative things I have to say about Adobe CS 5.5 video applications. Being able to finish - even on the low end- is actually a high standard in my book.
Now I do have an unfortunate habit of lumping together "image processing" and "rendering" because, no problems with image processing are permanent until rendering occurs. That's not hyper precise, but I hope it makes sense.