Well, it can take a while for a large video file to copy to your computer. Is the file still clunky to edit once it has been imported?
That said, how fast is your processor? (Notebooks are built for portabilty, not speed. and 1080p footage can take a LOT of processing power!)
Have you manually gone to Windows Update and ensured you have the "hidden" updates, which are not downloaded automatically? When did you last clear the cache on your web browser, run Disk Cleanup and run a defragmenter? (Even new computers are a mess of tmp and fragmented files.)
Thanks Steve. The notebook has an Intel i7 processor 2.6ghz and is 'cleaned', defragmented etc.
The editing process itself is very good, it is just the Premiere Elements 11 video importer which runs poorly. It is not the copy of the file once selected that it is the issue, it is scrolling through the video importer to actually select the files in the first place which presents poor function.
What happens if you Copy the full folder structure (with the media files, but exactly as they appear, including the full folder structure) from the card, to an internal HDD (Hard Disk Drive), and then use Get Media from that Copied folder structure?