I have 4 GB of RAM, so thought this was weird. I downloaded CyberLink PowerDirector and have no problems at all. PE4 constantly crashes and can't edit HD footage over more than 4-5 minutes. Has anyone else has this problem? I don't want to switch to PowerDirector, but I may have no choice.
Thank you for the help. the files I am importing are AVI from a Canon TX-1. PowerDirector is REALLY fast on Vista 64. I hate the UI compared to PE (probably because I am used to it), but PD works flawlessly.
Oh well. Maybe the next version of PE will work for me. I'm just going to uninstall PE because it is totally unusable on my system.