Thank you for taking the time to report. Looks like a beautiful system! I am envious. It also looks like you are doing things the correct way.
I am not shy of CODEC's, per se, but do shun CODEC packs, because they usually have inferior versions of some existing CODEC's and also try to load a bunch of useless "stuff." I have 339 CODEC's on my workstation, but attempt to go to the source and do not mind paying for those. I also ONLY add them, when they are needed, and not before.
Not sure about the GPU, but maybe Steve, Chad, Kodebuster, Neale or ATR can help you there. Not having PrE 8 (and a new video card) keeps me from being able to even test for you. Still, others, with great knowledge, will probably be able to address that issue/question.
Good luck, and again, thanks,
One final thing about my setup, it appears PRE8 is not using the GPU to assist the CPU even if I have that option checked under preferrences when rendering videos... the reason I say this is because the GPU temps does not appear to increase when I render videos for smooth previewing. Not a big deal so long as everything is stable.
A GPU is designed to enhance 3D Graphics Rendering within an application. Rendering a PRE project does not display anything (other than a progress box) so I wouldn't expect GPU temperature to rise.
But I did a small test anyway. My PC has been on most of the day so it's 'idle' temperatures are at normal. I then set a 15 minute video to render (added ghost effect to entire timeline). No temperature increase in any of the quad cores (even though they were running at an average 40%). GPU temp lifted no more than a couple of degrees and I wouldn't put that down to PRE.
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If I understand it right... the GPU is not used by PrE8, except for transitions, effects, & to preview your video while editing, and is mainly useful if you have background rendering enabled, as it allows the CPU to continue background rendering while still enabling you to preview your vid. It seems Adobe is way behind the curve, as not only do they not support 64bit (other products in the same price range as PrE8 do & with considerable boost to rendering speed), but they don't support GPU rendering in the final render either, only for transitions, effects, & preview as noted above. No telling when these features will be added to the "Elements" products, though they are scheduled for CS5 products.
If you want to check to see if PrE is using the GPU at all, you can use GPUz to live monitor your GPU stats, and to log the stats to txt file http://www.techpowerup.com/downloads/1709/TechPowerUp_GPU-Z_v0.3.8.html
BTW.. according to my GPUz log... GPU Load remains at 0%, but my core & memory clock both jump from 500/750 (2D/desktop speeds) to 680/1050 (3D/gaming speeds) while PrE is rendering and temps increase slightly. Catalyst Control Center also shows 0% utilization, and the same increase from 2D to 3D speeds, but can't create a running log.
The background rendering seemed to be the cause of my crashes, too, so I disabled that....it made no difference to the functionality of an obviously flawed program. I have wasted too much time trying to figure out PE8's problems and get it operating with Windows 7. This is the first time since starting back with PE1 that I've had any issues with PE or any of its upgrades (I've worked with 5 upgrades now). I'm now shopping for a better, more stable program that can actually function with Windows 7. This is really disappointing since I just spent $99 on the PE8 upgrade, but have been unable to produce anything with it (I had no choice but to upgrade since PE7 does not function with Windows 7....ha! neither does PE8). Yes, this is just me venting and not contributing anything to this forum, but maybe someone from Adobe will catch on.
By the way, my system consists of the following:
Windows 7 64 bit
Intel Core i5 processor
1tb internal HD, several external HDs
NVidia GT230 with 196.21 driver update
Oh, man. Windows 7 64-bit again! It seems like several times a day we see someone running 64-bit Windows 7 that has problems with Premiere Elements 8!
The 64-bit drivers do seem to be at the center of a lot of these problems. Windows 7 32-bit runs Premiere Elements quite stably! Not perfect -- but, at least on my system, good enough that I can edit and output videos.
I forgot to mention I am using Windows 7 Ultimate x64... no major issues. I suspect others who are encountering issues with Windows 7 might be due to driver related issues with their videocard (Nvidia is notorious for this) and/or sound. I also probably should mention that I am using a Gigabyte GA P55A-UD4P motherboard with the integrated Realtek ALC889 sound chip. I am using the Realtek drivers supplied by Gigabyte.
chaosdsmFL, thanks for reminding me about GPU-Z monitoring capability. I also forgot that the ATI CCC has the Overdrive dialog page where I can view GPU activity. I was only monitoring the temps using the CPUID HWMonitor utility. I will use these to see if there is any GPU activity when rendering previews, applying effects, and rendering the final output. I suspect you are right and PRE8 probably is still not taking advantage of ATI's Stream feature (the counterpart of Nvidia's CUDA).
Another utility for heat monitoring (and more) is Speedfan. It will pick up feeds from ALL sensors in the computer, CPU's, GPU's MoBo, HDD's, and has proved extremely useful to many PrPro users. One great aspect of it is that it is FREE!