Originally Posted by GI Tom
I am getting started in editing and organizing home videos and photos using Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 and Premiere Elements. Adobe web site states only 256MB RAM is needed to run run of the programs and 512MB to run both simultaneously.
Currently, I have a P4 1.8GHz with Win XP Pro SP1, 512MB DDR RAM (PC 1600/2100 200/266), extra 60GB HD space, 64MB video card.
I see alot of people saying that they need 1GB RAM for video editing but I assume that is for professional editing.
Is this Adobe Premiere Elements going to crawl? Do I need to upgrade anything to enjoy this new hobby?
Shouldn't be a problem. I use them on my AMD XP-2000 (Sempron) with 512mb of RAM, though I don't use them together at the same time. I think cpu speed and RAM will make the most difference in your experience, but what you have should work fine.
Originally Posted by indera
i just purchased these products but haven't used them yet. i was wondering how you like premier elements to edit video and if you have purchased a book for the software?
If you haven't used any other video editors, then learning this will be just as easy/hard as any of the others. If you already know a particular video editing package, you'll have to re-learn a few of the commands. I started on Movie Maker2 (still use it a lot), and Premiere Elements (PE) does a few of the basic things differently. For example, I think most video editors take your raw footage and "virtually" break it into scenes, meaning they use software pointers within the file to identify where the scene breaks should be. The original input remains as one large file. However, PE physically breaks the file into smaller files based on scene detection when the footage is originally captured. If I try to import the original large AVI file into PE, I get one large file to work with. There's no way that I've found to automagically break that into scenes once the file has been captured. I consider it a bug, but Adobe (and the people on their forum) seem to like it that way, so maybe I'm just not a savvy user.