5 Replies Latest reply on Jul 7, 2014 10:55 AM by JFPhoton

    Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing


      I have a desktop (i7 4770K, Radeon 280x) that I do my video editing on. As a college student who is constantly doing group video projects and studio projects as a lead editor, I constantly find myself wanting to have a laptop to edit on for those kind of projects so I would be able to take my project with me and work on it wherever I go and not be confined to my desk for group projects. I also work as an assistant video coordinator for my school's football team, where we strictly use Macs and Final Cut Pro 7 for our videos ( I have been doing my editing at home on my PC instead of in the office since I prefer Premiere).


      For these reasons I have been looking into getting a laptop for video editing to compliment my desktop. Ideally I want to stay in the $400-$600 range but I have enough saved up to go up to $1000-$1100 if I need to spend that much to get what I need.


      I am wondering what kind of performance I could expect from a 4th gen i5 U or M processor or an i7 U processor since they are weaker dual cores? Would they be enough to edit 1080p/i AVCHD footage smoothly and efficiently? I know they wont be as fast as a quad core i7 and I am not looking for super fast speed, but would it still be somewhat fast or would it just be plain 'ol slow?


      As of right now, I just have a hard time justifying spending $1000+ on a laptop when I just spent $1200 last year on a Desktop that I use for editing/gamimg/casual web browsing.


      TLDR: Would laptop with an i5 4200U/4200M or i7 4500U processor be able to edit 1080p/i AVCHD footage at a decent speed? Or should I just shell out the extra $400-$500 and get a nice quad core i7 with a dedicated video card?


      Thanks in advance!

        • 1. Re: Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing
          Bill Gehrke Adobe Community Professional & MVP

          Just after the first of the year I bought a factory refurbished ASUS G750JW online ($909) and then upgraded with 16 GB of RAM and two top grade SSD's about $1450 total.  It works great.  Just finished editing a wedding with three cameras all AVCHD 1080i.  You can see the test results on our PPBM7 web site if you register, it is about the 36th entry and the highest scoring laptop of the bunch

          • 2. Re: Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing
            JEShort01 Level 4

            Yes, get the quad-core and dedicated video card; that will serve you much better for timeline work (without having to render).


            Asus's gamer laptops, like Bill's G750JW mentioned above, are probably the best option at your price point. There are better laptops, but they are much more expensive. There are other gamers laptop models too (MSI, etc.), but Asus seems to be cranking out products with less issues than the others. Cooling, power supply robustness, GPU cooling, and drivers are all important and you will be crashing a lot if they are not all designed and built properly.





            • 3. Re: Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing
              JFPhoton Level 3

              ....I am "seconding the motion" to recommending an Asus gamer.....I've been using an i7 model for 3 years now, and it has been working great. Like Bill described, I filled both HDD bays with quality SSDs and upped the memory to its max. The new models, like Bill has, are WAY better than mine......a refurbished Asus would be a great deal...5 years ago I bought a dual core one, and it still runs GREAT......I could even edit on THAT,(  only after transcoding). You MUST pick one with a dedicated NVidia graphics card, to get the best GPU performance while using the "Mercury Playback Engine"....ATI is still FAR behind with "open CL".....ONLY NVidia can provide the SUPERIOR CUDA performance in accelerating effects, scaling, and other tasks.

              ...One caveat....a NEW CPU is being released in September....the "Haswell E ". This will offer MORE CORES, (6 or 8), quad channel memory, and other improvements. I am sure a laptop version will appear which will push performance even HIGHER. Adobe recently updated PPro CC to handle 4K footage much better....it appears THAT is the direction that software and hardware are going......like the transition from SD to HD a few years ago. You may be better prepared for the future with a newer "Haswell E" machine later this year, along with an even BETTER NVidia mobile GPU, which may appear as well by then !!

              • 4. Re: Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing
                ECBowen Most Valuable Participant

                Get the Quad Mobile chips only preferably with Hyperthreading. Mobile chips already have a significant performance difference than Desktop chips and the lower end dual core mobile chips are not enough to really process complex compression algorithms very well. The money spent on the laptop is lost when the performance is significantly handicapped by a CPU  that cant handle HD AVC media or similar codecs.




                • 5. Re: Need help picking a laptop to compliment my desktop for video editing
                  JFPhoton Level 3

                  Yes.....absolutely agree !!...NO WAY would I recommend any "dual core" CPU for editing....using it was PAINFUL !!!!!...but, I DID manage to do SOME work with it. Eric is very correct, the i7 quad core with hyperthreading is a MINIMUM ....the current mobile i7 Haswells are good....like Bill's machine......new ones coming, should be even BETTER !!