I'm going to move this to the Hardware forum.
What media are you dealing with?
Let me put it this way-- I'm a technophobe. Yes I know I chose an odd career for that, but I generally need things dumbed down.
I'm planning to get a basic kit-- some sort of camcorder, and I will be making documentary shorts to start, so I can slowly familiarize myself with everything. I have a film degree but it's 10 years old and the tech scared me then too.
So I don't know what kind of media I'll be working with, yet.
I basically need to be pointed at what computer I'll need, I guess. I have a strong preference for a laptop unless that's over 1k more than a desktop would cost. I can't build my own. I'm kind of dismayed my computer isn't up to snuff, as it's pretty strong!
So can anyone help me determine exactly what I should get? What's a good place to buy-- directly from Dell? Asus?
I get very intimidated by technology, but I just want to be able to shoot and edit without snags or getting too bogged down in tech. I can learn the tech as I go.
Please help ;_;
Also, in what area is my current computer lacking? I've got the 8gb ram that's recommended. Is it my graphics card?
What is your laptop, make and model? Most starting camcorders are AVCHD with 1920 x 1080 resolution. If you stay away from DSLR's and GoPro's you might be able to do minimal editing with that laptop if you keep it plugged in to the AC outlet. What is the wattage of the power convertor? That might give us the real idea of the laptop's capabilities. Some laptop vendors provide more cooling than others.
OOPs! I just found a problem with that i7-2670QM CPU that I was comparing to my i7-4700HQ CPU, it does not support the SSE 4.1/4.2 instruction set. Therefore without that instruction set being supported I will have to agree with cc_merchant that you really need a major upgrade unless you go with standard definition media. Apparently you will need one of the newer Intel fourth generation mobile CPU's.
I am very happy over this well modded ASUS G750JW laptop and its editing capabilities, and that CPU looked close to the performance of this unit until I found that major difference.
You might want to read up on our web site Premiere Pro BenchMark PPBM where Harm has much information on selecting the various components for a build for good video editing. Especially the "Latest News" and the "Tweakers Page" tabs.
Thanks for replying guys, I appreciate the help.
My laptop is an Asus RoG G7X, 2 years old.
I'd happily buy another asus, especially as it's a lot of bang for the buck, I have always been told. But I need to know exactly what to get, or exactly what specs to get, otherwise I'm likely to mess up and get the wrong thing >_>
So I take it the problem with my current machine is that the processor is too slow?
What will I need, as far as specs go, to run Adobe Premiere well. Doesn't need to be some monster machine, as I am not making Hollywood movies here-- but I need something that will perform solidly, not prohibit me from any important tasks, and that will last reasonably well. Laptop preferred. My other option is going FCP with a macbook pro, and I'd rather not do that. <_<
How about this one...
It's a lot less than other laptops I have seen. Is it much of an upgrade over my current though? Will this allow HD editing? My current processor is a i7 2670QM. I want to stay below $2000 as long as that will get me a solid machine with few to no limitations (within reason)
If you get 16GB of ram then that Asus should handle your editing fine. Media is one of the major aspects now that decide the system requirements. The media content creation market has various media types ie codecs of media that all have different compression levels and bit rates. Many of these codecs require significant processing to them due to their complexity. Learning those will be the biggest learning curve compared to the media content from that long ago. Planning a system around the more complex AVC/H264 codecs though will handle most other media types out there until you get into resolutions greater than 1080P.