I had some success with PE8 on a clean install of Windows 7 on a 1.86GHz core duo Sony laptop that was offline with no virus protection. But then I tried to capture video. I start recording and then can't stop. Computer freezes up COMPLETELY.
Reboot. Clip somehow was captured but now the video won't play in the monitor window from the timeline. I can scrub fine.
So, I return again to PE4.
My question (and I'm sorry as I'm sure this has probably been addressed before): Are the laptop Windows Core i7 machines sufficient for PE8? I think they run at lower clocks than in the days when sheer GHz was king. Does GHz still reign supreme? Are you better off with an older CPU design that clocks faster?
For a lot of reasons, I'd prefer a laptop and in 2010 have to believe that laptop editing is doable. I suspect I am riding the wrong software horse and am going to evaluate other options. Heck, I'm even thinking of going back to the Mac. I'm just wasting too much time.
How much power you need depends a lot on what kind of camcorder you're capturing your video from.
As I say in my books, tape-based video, like miniDV and HDV, can be edited on a basic system.
AVCHD video can be very demanding and require a much more powerful computer (particularly with version 8, which is a resource hog anyway).
Video from other sources (Flip cams, DVDs, still cameras) can bring a host of other issues with them.
But I'd be surprised if an i7 processor had problems with miniDV, HDV or even AVCHD, assuming the operating system is up to date and the system is well tuned and stable.