I have an i7-920, overclocked to 3.5GHz, 120GB SSD benchmarked at 225MB/s read, 200MB/s write, a RAID0 SATAII HDDs benchmarked at 190MB/s read and 150MB/s write.
When I am rendering video to an ISO, the CPU never goes above 25%, and the HDD array I am writing to blinks once every 5 seconds.
Does Premier Elements have some throttle limiter in it somewhere that's holding it back? If not, is there a tuning parameter I am missing? PE's cache is set to the SSD.
Depends on which version of the program you're using and which version of the operating system you have.
With the 64-bit version of version 10 and 64-bit Windows 7, you'll see much improved performance -- but it's still not likely to clock out your processors. And would you really want to?
Also, have you properly set up your project with the correct project settings for your video? If you have, you should NOT see red lines above your clips when you add them to your timeline. Is that the case in your project?
If so, you should not NEED to max out your system in order for the program to run like a top.
If you set the correct Project Setting when creating the new project then, when you add video clips to the timeline, there should be no lines (red or green) running above the length of the clip.
As you work with the clip then red lines will appear above the clips to which you have applied effects and transitions. If preview playback is smooth enough you can ignore them. If you need a smoother playback within PRE press the [Enter] key and PRE will make a new render of that section - the red lines will go green.
So if you add a new clip and the red line immediately appears it means that your project setting is wrong.
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