5 Replies Latest reply on Aug 6, 2012 11:13 AM by StarMarc

    Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?

    StarMarc Level 1

      Greetings all,


      Am about to go on vacation that involves hours of flight travel, and I figuered I could use that time to cut projects together (I utilize Production Premium CS5.5).  So I am about to buy a laptop (under $1200) for this purpose, and was wondering if the following laptop specs are good enough for my purposes, which are:


      -basic cuts only editing of 5D DSLR footage usually converted to cineform files

      -AE practice, no rendering, just tutorial practice stuff...

      -Play Star Wars the Old Republic


      Thanks in advance for any suggestions and advice




      ASUS G55VW-ES71 $1200

      8GB DDR3 RAM

      Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz

      500GB HDD 7200rPM

      NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB

      15.6' screen

      WIN 7 home prem 64


      ASUS G53SX-NH71 $1179 (free XBOX)

      8GB DDR3 RAM

      Intel Core i7-2670QM 2.2GHz

      500GB 7200RPM HDD

      Nvidia Geforce GTX 560M GDDR5 2GB

      15.6' screen

      WIN  7 Home prem 64


      MSI GE60 0ND-042US $1200 (Free Xbox)

      Intel Core i7-3610QM 2.3GHz

      8GB DDR3

      750GB HDD 7200rpm

      15.6' Screen

      NVIDIA Geforce GTX 660M  2G GDDR5


      ASUS N55SF-RH71$1100

      8GB of DDR3 RAM

      2.2GHz Intel Core i7-2670QM Quad-Core

      750GB 7200rpm Hard Drive

      nVIDIA GeForce GT 555M Graphics (2GB)

      15.6" Full HD LED-Backlit Display

        • 1. Re: Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          What you need is:


          • CPU: the fastest i7 quad core you can afford
          • At least two internal 7200 RPM SATA disks
          • If possible 16 GB memory
          • 1920 x 1080 monitor resolution
          • nVidia 560M or better video chip with at least 1 GB GDDR5 VRAM
          • USB3 and eSATA connections
          • A wall outlet in the plane. Batteries wont last very long.
          • 2. Re: Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?
            Bill Gehrke Most Valuable Participant

            I did not check any except the MSI.  It comes pretty close to Harm's requirements and if you go to XoticPC you will see that they can offer you an optional second disk drive (in the Optical drive bay) and upgrade the memory to 16 GB if you can just push your budget slightly.  The only thing missing would be the eSATA connector but it does have two USB3 connection which is almost as good as the eSATA.  A few of the newer airplanes do have a seat-side AC outlet.

            • 3. Re: Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              We have been seeing more and more of these. Once, they were only in Business Class, or First Class, or in the lavatories, but on United Airlines, all of the 737-800/900 ships have had them (mostly on the old Continental routes).


              Have not encountered them on any of the A320's, but will check a couple of A321's in a few weeks.


              Do not recall any on UAL 757's (except on their PS ships), 767's, or 777's in Coach, or Economy Plus. Have not been on a 747 in so long, that I cannot comment, and have not flown on a new 747-800, or 787.


              Good luck to the OP,



              • 4. Re: Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?
                JFPhoton Level 3

                .....be advised.....many airplane 120v AC outlets are LIMITED in wattage you may use.......some are 90 watts max......once, years ago, I plugged a 100watt  AC car  inverter into the airplane DC 12v socket and started to smell the odor of burning plastic!! The electrical engineering on these planes  for a power hungry editing laptop may not be up to date,or, dependable.....if there is power at all!!...

                • 5. Re: Are these specs OK for Laptop Premiere Editing?
                  StarMarc Level 1

                  Yah I was on a UA 757, and there wasn't an outlet... I ended up getting the MSI GE60, and it definitely was more than enough to cut 5D footage converted to cineform.  but lasted barely 90minutes before the battery burned through