AVCHD editing in version 8 is problematic, unfortunately, even with a very fast system.
I'm not an expert on RAID 1, but it's possible that type of setup runs contrary to efficient video editing performance. (We'll have to let an expert chime in with info on that though.)
Meantime, make sure you go to the Help menu and Check for Updates to ensure you have the 8.01 patch.
It can also help to the ATI site and ensure you have the latest firmware for your video card and then go to Apple.com and ensure you have the latest version of Quicktime.
This should improve your performance about as much as possible.
Integrated GPU's are not usually a 'good thing' for anything much more than e-mail and surfing. Also the Radeon 3100 is around two years old now and predates PRE8. You would probably be much better of with a recent dedicated graphics card (it doesn't need to be top of the range). Try and borrow one to see if that improves your performance.
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Thank you for your input but the RAID disk set will not pose an editing issue
as read cycle time is the same as a single disk. RAID 1 does have a slight
increase in the write time, but this slight increase is also not an issue for NL
I followed your recommendations for managing performance of Win 7 and I
did notice a performance increase. I have decided NOT to operate APE 8
with AVCHD clips and I am testing different AVCHD converters from
different companies. I am currently testing converting to DV AVI format but
I do not know if that format is optimal for editing in PRE.
Another forum participant suggested that the On Board GPU may not have
sufficient performance, but I do not believe the APE uses any of the
acceleration offered by a GPU.
I believe as you do that multi-core processing is much more significant in
performance improvement. That is the reason I purchased a QUAD CORE
AMD processor. Now I am wondering if the software is actually taking full
advantage of the QUAD core. When APE loads it reports that a "multi-core
Processor is present" but the software struggles in previewing an HD
I am trying to avoid having to render sections of a project to see the
preview because rendering while editing consumes too much time and eats
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Premiere Elements version 8 is a particularly inefficient version of the program and doesn't seem to take full advantage of even the fastest hardware. Hopefully, this will be remedied in subsequent versions of the program.
But, working with DV-AVIs using the DV project setting in Premiere Elements, it should fly on your system!
It should also work well in HDV. The FAQs to the right of the program list some programs -- including a free one -- that will convert your AVCHD files to HDV.
As always, ensure project settings match your source footage. If you're using the right project settings for DV-AVIs and for HDV, you should see neither a red nor green line above your clips when you place them on your timeline.
A couple of observations on your system, if I understand the hardware list:
1. Win7 64-bit will benefit from much more RAM and will use it. Do not know how many sticks of RAM you MoBo will handle, but I'd be thinking of 8 - 12GB of RAM
2.) A single HDD (whether RAID, or not), is not at all efficient for video editing. A much better setup would be a 3x physical (not partitions) HDD I/O, with something like this:
C:\ OS, programs and possibly the Page File (set this to be statically managed, to about 1.5x the physical RAM
D:\ Project files and their Scratch Disks
E:\ Media (with HD material, this will benefit from a RAID 0 setup, or if one has more physical HDD's to allocate, perhaps RAID 30, or RAID 50)