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.
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
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?