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2 cores instead of 4 or 6 and only one hard drive for 1080p video is underpowered
This message has a really good picture showing requirements
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You are on the lower end of system requirements for editing 1080p.
But just to ensure your project is set up correctly, go to the Expert view and look at your timeline. Is there a yellow-orange line along the top of the timeline, above your clips?
If there is no yellow-orange line (until you add an effect or transition) then your project is set up correctly and the program is operating as efficiently as possible.
How do you intend to export your edited Timeline?
Have you done any mini test runs to see if the preview flaws seen in Edit are reflected in the export playback?
I have exported a few of my edits using the MP4 H.264 1080p30 setting, customized to 60fps. The exported videos are great. No jerky playback. Good clarity. It is only the preview playback that I have issues with.
I am strictly an Elements Windows person, nonetheless I am not seeing how "underpowered" should be applied to your Premiere Elements Mac situation, especially evidenced by your export results.
SG is the go to person for Premiere Elements Mac. Perhaps, when he returns to your thread, he could direct the discussion to the video card situation in your Premiere Elements Mac computer environment.
We will be watching for further developments.
Great job with your exports.
Well, I still need coryumph to answer the questions in my first post in order to offer any suggestions.
But just to ensure your project is set up correctly, go to the Expert view and look at your timeline. Is there a yellow-orange line along the top of the timeline, above your clips?There is no yellow orange line above the project. If I hit the enter button, it simply plays my timeline from the beginning. Thanks for all your help so far. I appreciate it!
This indicates that your project is properly set up and that it it is operating as efficiently as possible.
I'm sorry but I don't know of any way to improve your playback performance in this situation.
Although Retina displays have been known to interfere with a number of Adobe products. Is your system equippped with a Retina display?
No Retina display on this model. I suppose this gives me an excuse to build a new PC.
Is there somewhere that will guide me as to what the hardware specs should be? I looked at the graphic mentioned above, but would like another guideline as well.
I usually work from this chart.
If your processor rates a 5500 or higher, you should be in good shape.
Premiere Elements isn't very graphics card intensive. But I would recommend a CUDA enabled card for best results.
Just curious. Why are you recommending a CUDA enabled card for best results here since Premiere Elements does not take advantage of it? At least, that was what I thought that I had read over and over.
Is the situation different on Mac than on Windows in this regard? I did not see that Premiere Pro had entered into this discussion and thus triggered the CUDA enabled card mention.
Thanks for your insights on this one.
Just trying to "future-proof" the investment, I guess.
If you're going to get a computer for editing, it might as well have good graphics support, even if Premiere Elements doesn't yet use accelerated graphics.
That's as opposed to picking up a "business machine" with Intel graphics.
If I'm understanding you correctly, I won't benefit from having a dedicated graphics card when using Premiere Elements, correct? If so, that'll save me some dough when building, and I can always add one later if needed.
Well, it never hurts to have good graphics support.
But, yes, you can get away with pretty basic graphics support for Premiere Elements if you've got a 64-bit operating system and a good RAM load.