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trying to get my computer up to speed to do video

by jp1952 / February 20, 2008 12:14 AM PST

I just got a Sony HDR-HC7.
I had problems importing video to my pc.
I learned from this forum that I needed firewire card.

I ordered the Iogear 1394/usb 2.0 pci card from Newegg... it is yet to arrive.

In the meantime, I had ordered and received Adobe Photoshop Elements 6/Premiere Elements 4, hoping to use it to edit photos and video from my new camcorder (Sony HDR-HC7), and I installed only the Photoshop Elements 6 on my PC, and it has bogged way down in speed....
Then (I should have checked out the requirements sooner) decided to look on the box for 'System Requirements' and was surprised to find that for editing HD video they recommend:

Intel pentium 4
3 GHz processor
Vista or XP SP2
4.5 GB available hard disk space
16 bit color video card
1024 x 76 monitor resolution at 96 dpi
microsoft Direct X 9 or 10 compatible
So, What I have now is an old Dell Dimension 4100, with XP Sp2 and
Intel pentium III
797 MHz
512 MB Ram
37 GB C drive.
It doesn't yet have a firewire port/card (arriving soon) , or a dvd burner (I was going to purchase an external dvd burner)..
My question is,
Can this work for me?
Can I just add some components and make this work for editing HD video, burning dvd's, etc?
Also, I was reading the forums and some people have posted that Adobe premiere elements 4 is not useful for editing HD video?
Is this true?

I am completely new to video, but I really want to learn how to use this media.

Do I have to buy a new computer?
If so, what computer would satisfy all the requirements necessary?

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The 3GHz P4 will work (but hard)
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 20, 2008 12:19 AM PST

The "4.5 GB available hard disk space" is the killer here. That's just one SD DVD of space so you'll learn fast that video capture will eat disk space fast. Given you can find 500GB drives for 99 bucks, that would be on my list short of a new machine.

The P3 is best ignored unless you want to use it to place your finished DVD on.


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Your computer is seriously underpowered.
by Kiddpeat / February 20, 2008 2:15 AM PST

You really need a new one. The new one should have at least two physical hard drives, and they should be fairly large. My guess is at least 300 gigs each.

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Here is an example...
by whizkid454 / February 20, 2008 3:54 AM PST
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thanks, any idea about adobe premiere 4 working with HD?
by jp1952 / February 20, 2008 9:42 AM PST
In reply to: Here is an example...

I read a post somewhere on these camcorder forums that Adobe Premiere 4 doesn't really work to edit HD. Is there any truth in that?

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I'm not sure...
by whizkid454 / February 20, 2008 10:21 AM PST

Best thing would be to download the trial software and see what it can do.

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