What kind of media is being used? Is it AVCHD?
What can I do to improve performance at all? Would a card from the supported list help to offload some of the work?
Improve the CPU, get more memory, add more internal disks, perform a solid system optimization. A card would be the last of my priorities.
I just looked at the Intel site for CPU's at 3.0 GHz and found that his motherboard could have either 1, 2 or 4 cores. What do you have? As Harm suggests this is really a CPU intensive task.
I doubt very much that a different graphics card will make any difference.
Make sure that you do not have some other process running interrupting the display process. Have you got indexing and compression turned off on the disks?
As Jim suggests if it is an AVCHD clip you may have to switch to one of the new i7 chips.
For Premiere Adobe suggests a minimum of 2 GB of RAM. But that is only secondary to the CPU.
Thanks for the many responses!
The processor is an Intel Core2 Duo E8400, so ultimately if this process is processor dependant - we'll have to work on the system.
As far as I know, compression is off (unless the user's turned it back on - but I doubt it)... however, Ye Olde MS Search I'm sure is still alive and running.
I don't know what format the clip is in. It came off a digital HD camera is about all I know. 720p, ~60fps? I'm sure that could be a few different formats.
We're using XP 32 bit across the company - upgrading to 4GB RAM won't be an appreciable upgrade (other system's where we've tried this, the OS only sees 3GB), but we're not licensed for Vista - so I don't know what to do about RAM. Again, Perfmon seems to suggest the issue is CPU time, not pagefile or disk IO.
I guess we'll look at an i7
Yeah - I'll have to look at our options.
Ultimately.. I may look at Vista 64 to make use of more RAM.
Thanks again everyone. I appreciate the suggestions!