A long time ago I was editing and rendering DVDs on an Acer ter-600. That's a Pentium 3 with 256MB RAM and DVD renders took about 6 hours. It handled it just fine. Today you have to ask the folk what they mean by "handle"?
That is, some call it bad or not up to the task if the render is more than a few seconds.
I am new here and are after some help...
I have a E8400 Dual Core, W8 64 bit, 4 gig ram & 4000 series ATI Rad Graphics Card and a Canon HF 300 and Sony A57, both these cams video AVCHD format which my PC struggles to not only edit but to play smoothly. I have read many people advise people in these situations that a quad core PC is required with at least 8 gig of ram and a fast graphics card....
What I don't understand is that when I hook up either one of my cams to a mini hdmi to a HDTV the video playback is always super smooth and perfect, how is it these cameras have better playback internals than a pretty decent PC? Whats inside them that can make playback perfect but a PC which should have to my understanding a much more powerful processor and graphics card?