BTW...this is something I did recently which got me on this kick. I did it on my brothers Dell. I think it was a 17R if im not mistaken. It took it pretty well and rendering was about 2 hours for this 22min clip which is longer than I would have liked. But I didnt do any color correction or get to heavy into it, I was just learning the lay of the land for Pp.
I will mainly be using AVCHD full 1080p from my Canon Vixia M500 and 1080p from my GoPro Hero 3 Black if that makes any difference...Thanks!
heres the clip.
The system looks good to me. I would like a bit more memory, but 12gb should work. Keep in mind additional storage needs, i.e. an dedicated drive for media. USB3 or eSata should work.
I use a similar Vixia often, a great little prosumer camera masquerading as a consumer camera.
GoPro Hero 3 is extremely difficult to handle on a high-end desktop, let alone a laptop. Also realize that all laptops are around three times or more slower than a desktop. That may not look like much, but if you consider that your 22 minute timeline takes 2 hours to render, a desktop would do that in around 30 - 40 minutes.
For that laptop you need 2 external USB3 drives, so you can only use it with a wall outlet nearby, destroying the nature of a laptop. While it is a decent laptop (if you overlook the fact that it is a Toshiba), you would be better off with a desktop in that price range.
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