Thanks in advance, and I apologize for being a n00b when it comes to this stuff.
I'm looking for editing software, and I am having trouble figuring out what will and will not run on my laptop.
Here's the goal: To edit down short programs - working with about 30-60 minutes of raw footage at a time - cutting it down into 5 minute shows. I want to put together video, audio and be able to use something like Magic Bullet Colorista or Looks to do some correction - I'd likely only be applying one effect at a time.
What I have: A Dell Vostro 1700 Laptop with an Intel T7250 Core2Duo 2.0GHz, 2GB RAM, 250GB 5400RPM HDD, video is an nVidia 8400M GT. I am going to add a 500GB 7200 RPM drive in the second bay as well as 3GB of RAM.
I haven't picked out a camera yet - I'm assuming I'll probably go with a DV cam and dub in realtime as opposed to messing with AVCHD.
Here's the issue - I've been trying out a few trial programs, and nothing is working terribly well. Adobe Premiere CS4 and CS3 chugged along really slowly (never mind with any FX), then I tried Pinnacle Studio Ultimate - it edited ok, but was a lot like Windows Movie Maker (I didn't try any FX with it). Then I tried an old trial of Vegas 8 - it liked the .avi file I was testing with and I liked the layout, but it struggled when I tried to pull in an effect from Magic Bullet - studdering on playback.
I thought I had decent specs, at least for an older program, but I can't find anything with decent features that works smoothly - except for the really simple stuff like Movie Maker.
Any recommendations? Should my system be able to handle any of that software I tried? Would things be noticeably better after adding the second drive and more memory?
Thanks - again, I apologize for being a n00b - I can knock it out of the park with audio editing, but video is completely new to me.