So every school day my friend and I (we live fairly close to each other so we go in the same schoolbus) sit down near each other on the bus and use my laptop, so that he can work on Adobe After Effects for a particularly big commission. He isn't an expert with it (in fact he only started using it like a week ago), but damn that stuff's complicated. I wouldn't say as complicated as making music because routing mixer channels and all the different plugins and synthesis and whatnot is still more complex, but still.
What came off as even more of a surprise is that editing video takes a hell of a lot of RAM. I thought FL Studio with East/West would take a lot since in Task Manager I see it taking up over 1.8 GB a lot of the time, but when he was rendering a very simple video in After Effects, it was taking up 2.6 GB of my laptop's 3.48 GB of RAM like it's nothing. The screen started flickering, other programs like uTorrent stopped running as if to leave some space for After Effects, and the laptop slowed down like crazy.
We didn't manage to finish rendering the video in time since the bus arrived at his house and he had to get off, but I swear if we left it rendering any longer we'd start seeing smoke coming out of my laptop. And that's for a simple .avi video. There goes my mentality that sample library VSTs are the most resource-intensive things out there.