Dell XPS Studio does not bode well for AVCHD editing. AFAIK is has an underpowered CPU, not enough memory, a mediocre video card at best and lacks at least 2 internal 7200 RPM disks.
You need at least an i7-930+ CPU, 12 GB memory, at least 3 SATA 7200 disks and a good MPE video card.
CS5 is perfect for your computer if you edit DV AND have at least three internal disks, possibly for HDV as well, but for AVCHD, forget it.
What do you mean:
When I upload my footage, it is dark and pixilated
To what, to YouTube or Vimeo? Or do you mean ingest? How did you establish that?
My CS5/AVCHD 1st Impressions http://forums.adobe.com/thread/652694?tstart=0 has a link to what I built... which is the MINIMUM to effectively edit AVCHD
Since the GTX 285 is no longer sold, I would buy an nVidia GTX 470 if I were building today
As most mfgrs. offer different configurations, can you list the full system specs. of your exact computer?
That will allow people to comment on your computer with regards to editing AVCHD material.
I am also curious about the dark, pixelated footage. Where are you seeing that, and what is the Project Preset, that you are using?
Three internal disk to edit DV and or HDV?
Thanks for the responses. Bill it is always great to hear from you.
Here are my specs.
- Studio XPS 9000 with Intel Core i7-920 processor (8MB L3 Cache 2.66GHz
- 8GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1066MHz
- ATI Radeon HD 4350 512MB
- Serial ATA II RAID 0 With Dual500GB Hard Drive
Elements 8 is acting unreliable right now. I just opened it up and it takes about a couple of minutes to load a project. Now when I load it, the program shuts down.
From reading the posts it might be a memory issue that I though was fixed.