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April 26, 2012 6:13:23 AM

Greetings,
I am attempting to edit AVCHD video from a Sony nex VG 20 camcorder using
Magix movie edit pro 17. Camera automatically downloads video into Sony PMB
software (so far,so good ) but when edit pro collects it then displays it in
edit monitor image is stilted and jerky.

I'm using windows XP and a compaq pc with 2GB RAM and 256 MB graphics
card. The PC is single core and 5 years old.

It's given great results with Sony cassette camera and Magix edit pro 10 in
the past which delivered HD video in a continuous stream straight to the editing software, unlike the AVCHD which goes via the Sony PMB and arrives
in endless separate clips or files.

I'm getting nowhere fast and getting the impression my old system has
insufficient graphics and RAM for the job.

Any advice to help me out of my dead end would be a lifesaver !

Sincerely, Mark Horseman
a c 113 B Homebuilt system
April 26, 2012 7:30:58 AM

I don't think the word stilted is correct there :)  Sorry but it's throwing me off.

http://www.xara.com/us/magix/movie-edit-pro/

"System requirements for (AVC)HD editing
- Processor: Intel® Core™ 2 quad processor with 2.83 GHz or higher
- RAM: 4 GB
- Graphic card: NVIDIA® GeForce® 8000 series and better (CUDA) or AMD® Radeon™ 5000 series and better (AMD Vision/OpenCL)
- Sound card (multi-channel sound card recommended for Surround sound editing)
- Optical drive: Blu-ray burner to create Blu-ray Discs™"


I would say you need a new system :) 

Here's how I would do it:

  • LIAN LI PC-60FN USB3.0 Black Aluminum ATX Mid Tower Computer Case
    Not quite a gaming case but adequate cooling for your needs. Looks nice and has front USB 3.0 port.
  • Seagate Barracuda ST1000DM003 1TB 7200 RPM SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive -Bare Drive
    Data drive
  • GIGABYTE GV-N550D5-1GI GeForce GTX 550 Ti (Fermi) 1GB 192-bit GDDR5 PCI Express 2.0 x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
    This is a video card that supports CUDA, something your software uses to accelerate editing. It should be adequate.
  • SeaSonic S12II 520 Bronze 520W ATX12V V2.3 / EPS 12V V2.91 80 PLUS BRONZE Certified Active PFC Power Supply
    A high quality PSU that won't fry new parts and is efficient.
  • G.SKILL Ares Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-1600C9D-8GAB
  • GIGABYTE GA-Z77-DS3H LGA 1155 Intel Z77 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard
    Internal front USB connector.
  • Intel Core i5-2500K Sandy Bridge 3.3GHz (3.7GHz Turbo Boost) LGA 1155 95W Quad-Core Desktop Processor Intel HD Graphics 3000 ...
    Strong CPU that exceeds your requirements.
  • Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64-bit - OEM Your software works with this OS, and you need this to access all your memory.
  • ASUS Black Blu-ray Burner SATA BW-12B1ST/BLK/G/AS As they recommend
  • Intel 520 Series Cherryville SSDSC2CW120A310 2.5" 120GB SATA III MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) - OEM
    A luxury, but may help with editing. Launching apps and booting will be very fast.
    TOTAL: $1,099.90
    !