My First Video – Can this PLEASE be less painful?

Adobe Premiere Elements

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Thanks to the opportunity provided by my current class in the MCDM program, I have put together my first video.  This has taken place despite my absolute novice skills in video editing (interestingly enough, shooting the scenes was fairly straight-forward for me).

My chosen toolset is Adobe Premiere Elements 7.  Now, my production box at home is not under-powered in the least.  It is a Dell XPS/Dimension that I purchased 3 years ago: Intel Core Duo CPU (2.66 GHz), 4 GB of memory, high-end NVidia graphics card, 320 GB HD with RAID 0….I’m currently running Windows Vista Ultimate 32-bit.  So hardware shouldn’t be an issue.  Yet, when reading through the Adobe user forums for Premiere Elements there are a lot of posts around buying/building a 64-bit platform, huge memory, etc. and then not, if you will, “moving too fast” while editing (one suggestion was to wait 3-5 minutes for the program to ‘completely load’!).

My frustrations while editing the project were amped, as my wife will testify.  Just moving the current time indicator from one point to another could hang Elements for up to 5 minutes.  My workspace had two tracks of video (one the project and one for slice and dice) and a soundtrack.  I understand that manipulating these streams takes plenty of resources and I closed as many background processes as I felt I could, but I found myself cracking open my netbook to do other work while waiting for Elements to come out of its hang.  It took me hours over days to accomplish editing that itself only took about 45-60 minutes.  This was nuts….

I have an open question to my fellow budding multimedia producers/editors: what is your platform and what is your experience?  Suggestions or do we just grin and bear it (or pony up and by the PC version of the Terminator?)?

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2 thoughts on “My First Video – Can this PLEASE be less painful?

  1. jeff, first of all, pull the plug on Vista. It does not have the best video drivers and was never very kind to video produciton. Win7, in many ways, outstrips OSX. Particularly with formats like AVCHD-Thin. This will change, but for now Win7 is superior.

    As you appear to have a machine that fits within the reccomended standards for Premier, think about having your media on a different drive than your software. That way the machine does not have to work so hard to parse the media data and get the instructions. The process shouldn’t be this difficult. Sorry it was so frustrating.

    Here are some reccomended standards for a machine running Premier:

    Microsoft® Windows® 7
    1 GHz processor (multicore or multiprocessor CPU recommended for HD)
    1 GB RAM (2 GB recommended)
    OHCI-compatible i.LINK® connector*/IEEE-1394DV card (for DV and HDV capture and print-to-tape)
    USB 2.0 connection (for importing from AVCHD, XDCAM EX, or DVD camcorders)
    Windows-compatible sound card
    Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0
    QuickTime® 7.1.6 or later

  2. Thanks a bunch for the direction, Drew. Upgrading to Windows 7 is something that I am planning to do over the Christmas break, so I have time to reload all my apps (I’m going from 32-bit to 64-bit, so have to load from scratch). Given that my video is mostly complete…I MAY do it this weekend. Stay tuned!

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