We've been struggling through trying to edit HD video using our laptop (see specs below) for about 4 months now. In an 8 minute video that we have been unable to finish on this system, we get low memory errors followed by the program crash. We've worked with Adobe support for months and are still no further on this issue. What I want to know is whether or not it is even possible to edit HD video on a laptop? Adobe finally identified that our processor is too slow for HD video editing (you'd think it would have been caught sooner) and are claiming that that is the problem. Has anyone had experience editing HD video with a processor slower than 3.0GHz?
Dell Precision M4400
Intel Core 2 Extreme CPU Q9300 @2.53 GHz 2.54 GHz
4.00 GB of RAM
Windows 7 Ultimate, 32 bit
(1) Momentus 7200.4 SATA 3Gb/s 500-GB Hard Drive - over 450GB free
NVIDIA Quadro FX 770M -Driver Version 184.108.40.20640
Certainly it is. But it depends on the power of the laptop and which type of HD you're trying to edit.
Tape-based HDV is not much harder for a computer to work with than standard-def miniDV. You can pretty likely edit it with your machine.
But hard-drive based AVCHD is another matter. You'll likely need at least a quad-core processor. And, since laptops are usually built for portability rather than power, an i7 would be an even better minimum.
Other forms of hi-def -- video from still cameras like the Canon EOS and video from pocket camcorders like the Flip -- are all but impossible for the current versions of the program to work with. Particularly on a machine with average specs, like yours.