So we're headed to E3 this year as usual for our videogame foray (the site's new, the staff is not), and we're planning some pretty serious breakout HD footage. However we need the machines to handle the editing, and I am planning on going the route of AVCHD (Canon camcorder) as it's increasingly future-proof with faster hardware and cheaper flash memory and probably better for our scenario (no fooling around with capture, etc).
My current machine is as follows:
Dell XPS M1330 laptop
Sony Vegas 8.0c
Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
Intel Core 2 Duo T8300 @ 2.4GHz w/ 3MB L2 Cache (mobile processor)
4 GB RAM (3.5 usable in 32-bit)
160 GB 7,200 RPM Hard Drive
X3100 Integrated Graphics chip
My question is this: What, if anything, can I do to expedite the editing/rendering process of AVCHD video (probably 24Mbps 1080i/720p if I had to guess based on the camcorder I am looking at--we won't be shooting in 1080p if that matters at all)? Should I consider upgrading to Windows Vista 64-bit with Vegas 8.1, or will that not help my cause? The laptop only supports 4 GB RAM max and upgrading the processor is impractical at this time. Is it a bad idea for us to be planning HD capture/edit this year if this is the hardware we have to work with?
We have two laptops with these specifications. Thank you very much for any input; it's greatly appreciated.