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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?)?