XP-64 was never supported by any Adobe program. It was only a beta, though probably some of its code might have made its way into Vista-64 and might still be around in Win7 64. Still, most users with that old beta OS have many problems. That would be the first thing that I would change.
Which model of Xeon CPU do you have? Do you know the number of cores? My guess, based on the speed is a Duo-core (two cores).
What format does the Canon FS200 shoot in? That can be an issue too.
Are you going to be shooting SD, or HD material?
Thanks for your quick reply.
Number of cores=Dual core
Only shoots in SD
Your suggestion for new OS would be greatly appreciated.
With a Duo-core Xeon, you should be fine with SD material.
With the MOD files, this ARTICLE and its links, might prove useful. Be sure to follow all the links to other articles, and especially see the replies in those by Chris at JVC, as he knows those files intimately, and uses PrE to edit them.
As for OS, Win7 would be the way to go. It seems to have proved to be better than Vista, in almost every instance. The question is then - 32-bit, or 64-bit. Things to think about: PrE is not yet a 64-bit program, so cannot fully take advantage of a 64-bit OS. Win7-64 still seems to have some driver issues, but the people writing the drivers are catching up, and there is hope that by SP1, those will no longer be an issue. Also, one needs more RAM installed, to take advantage of a 64-bit OS, and your MoBo probably cannot take any more RAM. Also, the speed and connection of the RAM can be important, and your BIOS (and MoBo sockets), probably cannot take advantage of this newer RAM. If you are not planning on upgrading the MoBo and your RAM, then you will probably be much happier with a tuned Win7-32-bit OS. However, some programs are being released for 64-bit ONLY, like PrPro CS5. They will not run on a 32-bit OS. With the 32-bit OS, you do lock yourself out of some programs. It becomes a tough call, and only you can make it.
The excellent explanation and the time you have provided are greatly
appreciated and has prompted the following idea: I have a 32 bit laptop on
which I could load Adobe Premiere Elements 8. I could then edit on my 32 bit
laptop. Question: Could I, after the edit, load my work on a USB stick, move
the stick to my 64bit Precision Work Station and introduce that which was
edited on my 32 bit laptop to Dreamweaver on my 64bit Precession Work
My goal is to purchase a new 64 bit Dell work station with Widows 7 and load
Adobe Master Collection 5. This purchase will not be made until 2011 when,
I understand there will be a new version of Windows 7.
Meanwhile I have to try to mix and match.
Absolutely. You would Export/Share from PrE to FLV and then can package it in DW. Depending on you Web page, you might also need to package it in SWF via Flash, or similar.
PS - with an inexpensive switch (think that I paid about US$ 500 for mine, but that was when gigabit was brand new. See them for about US$60 now), you could also link via gigabit LAN, and that will be very quick, efficient and easy.
GREAT! and thanks for the LAN suggestion.