I thought I would try and contribute to the ongoing discussion about HD video, and in particular the use of AVHCD media with Premiere Elements 7. I
wandered into this arena rather than planning my way in but luckily I am having a good time. I hope my experiences may be useful to others here.
My aim is to shoot and edit video at the best quality possible but remaining comfortably within the current capability of my PC and its
I am no editing expert by any means but I have been editing my home movies for several years using various bits of software and operating systems
along the way.
I am brand new to the world of High Definition and I currently intend to playback my movies on a Sony PS3 and a high definition tv. I archive my
finished movies on hard disk rather than burn to DVD. I dont yet have a blueray burner.
My current equipment.
My camera is the Sony AVCHD HDR-TG7VE. It has 4 HD recording modes.
HD FH = 1920 x 1080/50i 16M
HD HQ = 1440 x 1080/50i 9M
HD SP = 1440 x 1080/50i 7M
HD LP = 1440 x 1080/50i 5M
For further details see here
My editing system consists of the following;
Intel(R) Core(TM)2 CPU 6600 @ 2.40GHz
4 GB RAM
3 SATA Hard drives, for for system files, 2 WD caviar black drives for editing.
Windows Vista Home Premium Service Pack 2 32bit version.
Premier Elements 7 full version.
Windows System Assessment
CPU Score 5.60 (Calculations per second)
Memory Score 5.90 (Memory operations per second)
Graphics Score 5.90 (Desktop performance for Windows Aero)
D3D Score 5.90 (3D business and gaming graphics performance)
Disk Score 5.70 (Disk data transfer rate)
Windows Experience Index 5.60 (Base score)
I have only been experimenting for a couple of days but this is my current
Using these settings I have a pleasant editing experience and the finished product is certainly much better than using standard definition. When I add my clips to the timeline I don't get the red bar across the top of them unless I add an effect. This saves rendering time and provides for smooth playback within Premiere Elements 7 as I check my edits.
Now, I have no idea if what I am doing is correct and I would dearly love to hear suggestions for how I can improve things further. The good news for me however is that I can use my new camera without having to upgrade my PC.
It's great to see a workflow that works so well, Ken! Thanks for sharing your good experience.
Welcome to the forum, and thank you for taking the time to post your workflow.
While the CPU could be beefier, it's comforting to see that your I/O sub-system (your HDD's) are set up better than 99% of the people out there, for editing. Way to go! BTW, if your CPU is doing it for you, I'd not worry about it, until you build your next machine. You are getting more out of yours, than many with Quad-core chips, and some with dual-Quads. That is a testament to a strong machine and a clean one too.
With your sucess, I feel that your workflow might well be a useful baseline for others.
Thanks for posting,