1 Reply Latest reply on Feb 12, 2014 2:32 PM by the_wine_snob

    Are my laptop specs adequate for PRE 12?


      I naively purchased a new laptop thinking it would be adequate for video editing in PRE12, but the playback is very low quality and/or choppy and seems like my laptop cannot handle it.




      I am trying to edit footage from a GoPro Hero 2 and 3 Black cameras. I tested out a few clips shot at 720p, 60fps (from the Hero 2) and converted them into AVI files through GoPro studio 2.0. I tried both the source fps and also dropping them to 30fps but both resulted in low quality playback once in PRE12.


      My laptop specifications are as follows:


      Inspiron 17 Touch 7000-series


      Windows 8 64bit,

      4th Generation Intel® Core™ i5-4200U Processor (3M Cache, up to 2.6 GHz)

      1TB 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

      6GB Dual Channel DDR3L 1600MHz (4GBx1 + 2GBx1)

      NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 750M 2GB DDR5


      I understand the 5400rpm hard drive may be an issue and possibly the 6gb of RAM but I thought at worst they would just slow down the rendering time.


      Is there no possible way to edit effectively on PRE12 on this laptop? Are there any ways round this?




        • 1. Re: Are my laptop specs adequate for PRE 12?
          the_wine_snob Level 9



          The 5400 RPM HDD will be a bottleneck, and probably more so, than the installed RAM. While more RAM might benefit you in other areas, like multi-tasking, I do not think you would see any improvement in playback.


          The i5 is a bit on the low side, but many users are able to edit even AVCHD footage with them.


          Though this is usually not possible with a laptop, a better I/O (input/Output) arrangement would be 2 physical 7200 RPM HDD's, or even better, a recent generation SSD (OS, programs and Page File), and a 7200 RPM (or a larger SSD) HDD for Project, media and Scratch Disks. My laptop has one large SSD, and 2 1TB 7200 RPM HDD's, in SATA III. However, it is heavy, and goes through the battery quickly, but I use it on AC mains, so that is not a big deal.


          Good luck,