I currently am running VMS-10 Platinum on a Dell XPS 8700, Windows 10(64), i7-4770, 3.4G, 4-core (8 Logical processors) CPU and 16GB RAM. GPU is NVIDIA GeForce GT635 with 1GB RAM.
I use VMS for editing home movies and recently upgraded to a Sony FDR-AX53 camera. I only shoot in regular 1080-30fps HD which outputs to AVCHD files with an MTS extension. I render to 1080-30fps video to MP4 to play from a USB chip on my TV, or on a mobile device.
My current PC runs all my current software without issues, including VMS-10, so I have no compelling reason to upgrade the hardware.
Here are my questions:
1. If I am pretty happy with my current hardware setup, and VMS-10 is very stable, what would be the compelling reasons to upgrade VMS to a later version?
2. If I do upgrade, which level between VMS-10 and 17 would start to have problems with my hardware, especially the GT635 GPU?
3. Are the later versions of VMS as stable as the earlier versions up to VMS-10? My main reason to choose VMS years ago was that is appeared to be the least crash-prone video editor. Is that still the case, or will I find the later versions to be more trouble-prone?