Desktop publishing and video editing are not the same thing
For video editing... some ideas...
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
-NOTE only 1 hard drive in above, so you will need to add a 2nd drive or use eSata for video files
-or Google "ASUS G74SX-BBK7" (without the quote "" marks)
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-the newer Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
That is a DirectX10 Intel chip. Not great and a few years old now but, with the latest drivers, it should work. The easiest way for you to try is to ask the tutor at your class to install PRE9 as a trial. To do this he would run the normal installer but, when he hits the screen to enter a serial number, select the trial option.
Actually PRE does not require a high-end graphics card. But of greater concern is the laptop itself. That Intel chip was launched in summer 2008 and if that is when you bought your laptop I suspect it will be underpowered for any Hi-Def (e.g. AVCHD) work and may only give mediocre performance with Standard Definition.
Can you post the full details of your laptop here (brand, model, processor (type and speed), ram, hard disk(s), free defragmented space, graphics and sound card driver versions, quicktime version, windows or mac version, 32-bit or 64-bit) and we should be able to give you a better informed opinion. If you can't identify all these download and run Belarc Advisor - that will tell you just about everything you need to know and probably more.
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I agree with John. What does Premiere Elements have to do with desktop publishing? Desktop publishing is usually considered to be Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat.
So, before you run out and buy the program, make sure you know why your instructor suggested it. It really doesn't fit into the mix!
Yeah that was my mistake, its a desktop video production class, I have a desktop publishing class and I just mistakenly wrote the wrong one. The specs of my comp are as follows:
System Type Notebook
OS Provided Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition SP1
Service & Support 1 year warranty
Screen type Widescreen
Processor Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 / 2.0 GHz
Multi-Core Technology Dual-Core
Cache L2 cache - 2.0 MB
64-bit Computing Yes
Chipset Mobile Intel GM45 Express
RAM 4.0 GB ( 2 x 2 GB )
Max RAM Supported 4.0 GB
Technology DDR2 SDRAM
Speed 667.0 MHz
Hard Drive 500.0 GB / 5400.0 rpm
Optical Drive DVD-RW (-R DL) / DVD-RAM
Disc Labeling Technology Labelflash Technology
Hard drive type Portable
Type 15.6 in (Monitor)
Max Resolution 1366 x 768 ( WXGA )
Graphics Processor Intel GMA 4500MHD
Memory Allocation Technology Dynamic Video Memory Technology
Max Allocated RAM Size 1.759 GB
Resolution 1.3 Megapixel
Compliant Standards High Definition Audio
You should be able to edit tape-based miniDV and HDV on this machine with no problems, especially if you are running version 10.
You will likely struggle, however, trying to edit AVCHD or other hard drive or card storage-based video.
What model of camcorder is your video coming from?
The Duo-Core CPU will practically negate editing any H.264 material, such as AVCHD. It will probably be OK for DV-AVI SD material, but even HDV material will be painfully slow.
The Intel graphics chip is going to be an issue, because of a lack of video driver support. I agree with Neale, that you need to keep that updated - if you can. Intel makes great chips, but is very bad with driver support.
You will also want to keep your audio driver updated too.
I did not notice any specs. on the HDD (Hard Disc Drive), but would assume that you have only one internal. What is its size, speed and how much free-space do you have? One can use external HDD's, but IMHO, a FW-400 (not a USB) would be the minimum, with FW-800, or eSATA better. If you have an ExpressCard slot, you could buy an ExpressCard controller for either FW-800, or eSATA, the latter being better. That is, provided that your MoBo can work with FW-800, or eSATA.
This is a very basic intro class, the first few projects are just incorporating still images with commentary and music as well as zooms and things of that nature, chances are for any video anything Ill be using a sony handycam.
Usually I'm good with this stuff but this is my first foray into video editing and production so Im a bit lost.