64 bit vs. 32 bit video editing software?

Thanks in advance for your help! I'm building a new PC primarily to edit HD home video taken with my 1080p camcorder. I currently am using Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0 (32 bit) for that purpose. Would upgrading to a newer (64 bit) version of Premiere or some other similar software make a noticeable difference? I'd hate to invest in the hardware and be stymied by sluggish software but, on the other hand, I don't really have $100 burning a hole in my pocket if I don't need to spend it.

Thoughts? I appreciate it!

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sciguy said:

Thanks in advance for your help! I'm building a new PC primarily to edit HD home video taken with my 1080p camcorder. I currently am using Adobe Premiere Elements 8.0 (32 bit) for that purpose. Would upgrading to a newer (64 bit) version of Premiere or some other similar software make a noticeable difference? I'd hate to invest in the hardware and be stymied by sluggish software but, on the other hand, I don't really have $100 burning a hole in my pocket if I don't need to spend it.

Thoughts? I appreciate it!

Yes, u could use more RAM than 3.5GB and that makes things smoother and x64bit system is build for multitasking, those are 2 main reasons to upgrade.

U should take advantage of the dirt cheap DDR3 RAM prices and get 8-16GB of RAM and smile.

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sciguy said:

Thanks! So, I think you're saying that if I have 8Gb of RAM I'm wasting my money if I don't get 64 bit software, huh? That's good to know. I plan to install at least 8Gb so it sounds like I need to upgrade to some 64 bit video software.

I appreciate the input!


OK, the software will perform the same, but if your OS is x64bit and u have more RAM, the system has much more of the freedom to do other mini-tasks without slowing down the encoding process and making the video looking crappy at that moment or issues like running out of the RAM.

nikorr said:

OK, the software will perform the same, but if your OS is x64bit and u have more RAM, the system has much more of the freedom to do other mini-tasks without slowing down the encoding process and making the video looking crappy at that moment or issues like running out of the RAM.

Thanks, that makes sense. I appreciate the education.

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To speed up your PC, get an SSD, get 16GB RAM and use 4GB of the RAM for the RAM disc and set it as a scratch disc for editing.

Actually I posted a question or two about my build under one of the hardware forums and I asked that question about whether I would really see a boost from an SSD. Sounds like you're in favor. The RAM comment makes sense too.

Thanks!

sciguy said:

Actually I posted a question or two about my build under one of the hardware forums and I asked that question about whether I would really see a boost from an SSD. Sounds like you're in favor. The RAM comment makes sense too.

Thanks!

O yeah, if u never used an SSD, it will knock your socks off. No more busy circle as u know it, boot is fast, sleep is fast and wake up is instant. SSD is the best cure for lagging system in day to day tasks. Open office is 1/4sec or Photoshop takes a few seconds and I am still using SATA II Vertex2. CPU upgrade speeds up things, but if u want an cheap fix without upgrading your system, SSD is the answer.

Even $60 SSD will outperform the HDD in daily routine!

I hate to continue to take up your time but since you obviously know a lot about it....... If I get an SSD I was thinking maybe I'd get an SSD just big enough to run my software but then keep the video working files on a regular HDD. Is that a reasonable strategy or will I lose a lot of pep if my video files are not on the SSD as well? If so then I need to consider a bigger SSD.

Thanks!

sciguy said:

I hate to continue to take up your time but since you obviously know a lot about it....... If I get an SSD I was thinking maybe I'd get an SSD just big enough to run my software but then keep the video working files on a regular HDD. Is that a reasonable strategy or will I lose a lot of pep if my video files are not on the SSD as well? If so then I need to consider a bigger SSD.

Thanks!

I don't play games, so I don't need big one.

My Vertex2 is 60GB. But I use bunch of HDD's including the RAMdisc.

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