You're not going to like this.
1. Your CPU is pretty slow, your memory is limited, your disk setup is barely marginal, your video card is out-of-date.
2. You try to edit 1080/60p AVCHD material, about the most demanding codec and format imaginable.
Combine these two factors and it is no surprise you have some problems.
AMD is not suitable for editing, 8 MB is not enough, use at least three separate disks (not partitions) and upgrade your video.
You will be perfectly ok with DV or even HDV material, just not with what you try to edit.
MPE will hardly make a difference, because all components are waiting for your slow processor to hand over tasks to the next component.
Thanks for your response.
I think you may have misunderstood my information:
My CPU has six-cores and is on-par with even the best Intel Core-i7 chips out there. (check this link http://www.tomshardware.com/charts/desktop-cpu-charts-2010/Video-Editing-Adobe-Premiere-Pr o-CS5,2428.html)
I have 8 GIGABYTES of memory. Is that not enough??? I have a 64 gb Solid State Drive which faster than many enterprise drives out there. Also the 500gb drive I have is a standalone drive and not shared with my boot drive.
Granted my video card is 1-2 years old not but it is by no means obsolete.
I find it very hard to believe that my system is NOT capable especially after reading Adobe's requirements. My system goes over and beyond: http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs/
Please reaccess and let me know what you think. If what you said above still holds true, give me somes specs that would meet my requirements.
Thanks again for everyone's input and support!
I'd have to agree with Harm. The most likely explanation is that your CPU just can't handle the load.
As 1080p/60 is not a defined HDTV or Blu-ray specification, which means you can only watch that material from the camera or on a computer, I recommend shooting in the standard modes of 1080i/30 or 720p/60.
I skimmed over the charts you sent me but I have to say that a lot of it went over my head . I did see that you took a part in compiling those results... so at this point I believe you are very knowledgable and experienced in this area.
I was unable to really interprete the data you presented. So, for some final questions please...
1. What is the true bottleneck of my system (Is there only one)?
2. Is my CPU really that underpowered? I'm on a budget and not willing to purchase a $1000 Intel chip that does not offer THAT much improvment.
3. You mentioned about "not enough disks" I did not mention before that I actually have two 500 gbs. If I were to use the 3rd hard drive, how could I use it to my advantage?
4. Do I need GPU acceleration for one of the higher-end video cards or is CPU sufficient with a GTX260?
I know that with enough $$$, I can make this work. But I can only spend so much.
I realize that in comparison to you, I'm a dummy . So if you have any documentation for beginners please feel free to send to me.
Again, I really appreciate your advice and recommendations
Could I convert the 60p video to 30? I'm thinking that could be done with the hd writer software?
Also, if I were to edit using 1080i/30, could I do it with my specs?'
I have not. I will try that tonight!
One more oberservation I failed to mention...
When I noticed the slowdowns, I had task manager pulled up and was viewing CPU usage. All 6 Cores wer'e steadily hovering over 30-40%. I guess this is why I have a hard time believing it is a processor bottleneck.
if I were to edit using 1080i/30, could I do it with my specs?'
Best way to know is to shoot some footage and test it out.
I'll give it a shot later but I kinda wanted a general idea of what to expect beforehand. I meant, would it work theoretically?
Theory always takes a back set to empirical evidence.
Try it out, then you'll know.
I'll try it tonight and let everyone know.
1. Lack of support for SSE4.1+
3. Three internal SATA disks will improve matters significantly. A USB external does not help, it is only suitable for backups.
4. If you can live with a 10-fold performance decrease over MPE. Your 260 is not the best, but does support MPE. Keep using it and apply the 'hack'.
Skimming over the results does not help you. You need to study them. Tomorrow your homework will be checked...