I am considering buying a new, more powerful computer and moving to Premiere Pro CS5. However, not only is the program quite expensive, but to exploit it well I need also to buy a good graphic card which adds quite a few dollars to the eventual price tag. My main question is:
How important is the Mercury Playback Engine in the functioning of Premiere Pro CS5? What would I lose if I installed the programme on a computer that did not have one of the compatible nVidia cards? I am considering moving to PPCS5 to be able to handle long videos in AVCHD (.m2ts) files.
The computer I an thinking of buying would be built arount an Intel chip i7-2600, it would run on Windows 7 and have 16 GB DDR3 of memory.
Would this be good enough?
The computer and CS5 are likely better than what you have now, yes?
The computer will certainly be better. Now I have a computer running on Windows XP and using around 3 GB of memory.
On it I am running Premiere Elements 9 that crashes when I upload my holiday videos in AVCHD (.m2ts) files.