OS: Vista 64
RAM: 8 GB
HDD: 2 x 200 GB
Internal multi-card reader: always used for SD/SDHC Class 6 or higher
Externals: 1 G-RAID mini (eSATA)
1 WD Passport USB3 500GB HDD (w/USB3 to USB2 conversion
1 Verbatim 4GB "Store n' Stay" Thumbdrive dedicated for
1 VGA monitor
1 USB mouse
Up till now, my process has been:
1) Insert SD/SDHC card to internal reader. (Cards contain AVCHD .mts
files and footage)
2) Copy SD/SDHC card to Passport HDD
3) Start Edius Neo 2.5.
4) Open .mts files in Neo.
5) Convert to Canopus HQ .avi which are written to the G-RAID mini.
6) Play back the .avi files from the G-RAID.
I understand Neo 2.5 is 32-bit, so I'm not getting the speed of 64 bit. Will I get noticeably faster processing if I upgrade to Windows 7 with a new OS HDD and use CS 5.5 instead of Neo 2.5?
I need more speed in conversion and display, and I think upgrading would be less expensive than a new laptop, but will the current laptop w/Win 7 and a new HDD have the muscle to move faster? I'd even consider a 256 GB SSD if that would help, too.