A) Most of the new laptops I've seen are all USB3 & NO FIREWIRE. I have Sony Z1 & Z5 cameras and would like to be able to edit in the field or overnight between shoots. These cameras output video via Firewire.
There do seem to be good options for a hefty laptop with NVIDIA cards, but not finding Firewire so far. They are no good if I can't get the footage into the computer.
Sony video camera tech help say make sure I get laptop with Firewire. Sony laptop online chat had everything until I needed firewire.
Maybe if laptop has a SLOT I can add a card for firewire? Also want HD screen... details, details.
B) If I changed to NXCAM or XDCAM, do I assume there is a USB or USB3 adaptor box to copy files to computer from the cards?
>would think the regular makers
Not really... the requirements for video editing are very different than the type of computer "most" people use
The number of people buying computers, especially laptops, designed for video editing is very small compared to the general market
You would think the regular makers would offer options to support CS6 and the pros out there.
Lenovo W530 is a very decent laptop with the latest NVidia mobile chip (K1000M, K2000M 2GB). While Adobe doesn't have K2000 on the supported GPUs list yet, it is faster than, say, 2000M. Can be under $2K well configured. No FireWire.
HP 8770w has K3000M (2GB GDDR5) and is one of the top-performing mobile systems from Tier 1 makers. Model C1E55UT is admittedly expensive at $2.8K SRP (street $2.2K), it does come with FireWire 400, 17" 1080p display.
Regular makers do support CS6. They may not have sales and tech people trained on CS6 and other media apps - for that, you'd have to use a forum like this one, or a reseller who specializes in Tier 1 makers and knows CS6 as well.
Maybe if laptop has a SLOT I can add a card for firewire?
ExpressCard/34 and /54 slots allow to add a FireWire card inexpensively, for under $50. Lenovo W530 has EC34, HP 8770w - EC54. Either one will work with an EC34 FireWire card - but then again, the HP one already has FireWire built-in.
If I changed to NXCAM or XDCAM, do I assume there is a USB or USB3 adaptor box to copy files to computer from the cards?