Wondering if I should upgrade video card for video editing software

By boagz
Jan 3, 2011
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  1. recently I have wanted to get into video editing and I decided to try out a few different video editing software tools. I tried windows movie maker 2.6 first and it kept skipping when I would preview clips and freezing. The same thing is happening with the trial version of adobe's premiere elements 9 trial version. For adobe, it told me to download the latest video driver that was compatible so i did and it allowed me to see my videos and use it a little bit but it would not be able to keep up and would freeze occasionally. Does this have to do with my graphics card? This is what I could find of my computers information (i typed dxdiag in run):


    Operating system: Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit (6.1, Build 7600)
    System Manufacturer: TOSHIBA
    System model: Satellite A505
    BIOS: InsydeH20 Version 1.20
    Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz (8 CPUs), ~1.6GHz
    Memory: 4096MB RAM
    DirectX Version: DirectX11

    And I guess this is my graphics card:

    Name: NVIDIA GeForce 310M
    Chip Type: Geforce 310M
    DAC Type: Integrated RAMDAC
    Approx. Total Memory: 2256 MB
    Current Display mode: 1366 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)

    If anyone could help me it would be greatly appreciated, thank you.

    P.s. I'm not very computer savvy so keep that in mind :-/
  2. mejoppa

    mejoppa TS Rookie

    yes the graphics card seems to be the weak link in your setup, you could try searching for msi afterburner to try to overclock your graphics card but failing that i would upgrade your graphics card
  3. Mizzou

    Mizzou TS Enthusiast Posts: 823

    Are you sure that a video card upgrade is an option for the Satellite A505? I don't deal all that much with laptops but think your options may be limited. There is nothing shown for a video upgrade on the Toshiba site, perhaps someone else knows of a 3rd party alternative.

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