Premiere Elements does not use any special features of a graphics card like it's larger sibling Premiere Pro, so the main consideration is a laptop that either does NOT have dual graphics (usually an Intel chip on the motherboard and then a "real" ATI or NVidia graphics adapter) or if it does have dual graphics, a way to turn the Intel motherboard chip OFF for Premiere Elements for better performance
Otherwise, without knowing what you are editing, or what effects you are using, some general ideas
SSD boot drive for Windows and all software... minimum 128Gig (and be sure to direct your temp files to your 2nd drive)
7200rpm drive for video and project files (if not an internal drive, a USB3 drive is fast enough for editing... but NOT a USB2 hard drive
MINimum 8Gig ram, 16Gig may be better... again depending on what you edit
What version of Premiere Elements are you using and on what computer operating system is it running.
If you have Premiere Elements 10, you definitely do not want to be using a NVIDIA GeForce video card/graphics card in your computer.
This is a specific issue which has not been seen in version other than 10.
..... I'm about to buy a new Windows laptop, is there any specific graphics cards and CPU that would make rendering and saving the fastest possible?
Thank You, Miki
As John Smith suggests, I've not found a Nvidia Graphics card to do anything special with PrE.
I had a Toshiba Laptop with an i5 and slower HDD. It pretty mutch mached your performancd.
I now have an ASUS "gamer" that I've never played games on. I bought it a couple years ago for PrE. "Gamers" from ASUS seem to have specs like workstations from HP, but are a lot cheaper.
It has an i7, a lot of RAM, a 7200 RPM HDD and a SSD. I have installed all the software on the SSD that is important, installed the less important software on the HDD and have saved about 80GB on the SSD for video projects. I use USB 3.0 external drives for extra media storage and backups. In other words, the SSD does everything for video editing. It works and is speedy. I've tried putting the temp files and source video files on the HDD and saw no noticeable improvement in speed. If I do enough with effects, transitions, adjustments, mixed media, etc, the "speedy" can be less so. It even works with my brand new 4K footage.
I think the three keys for speed are an i7, lots of RAM and an SSD.
John T Smith írta:
a laptop that either does NOT have dual graphics (usually an Intel chip on the motherboard and then a "real" ATI or NVidia graphics adapter) or if it does have dual graphics, a way to turn the Intel motherboard chip OFF for Premiere Elements for better performance
What you mean here is that Premiere Elements doesn't work fine with dual graphics cards? Really weird. Just for the sake of fun, could you just paste here a link for a specific model that you woud meet the requirements you described?
Thank you so much for the reply and help, Miki
I don't use a laptop, so can't advise a specific brand/model... but here's more about dual graphics adapters (some is about Premiere Pro, but the problem is the same for Elements)
-link to why http://forums.adobe.com/message/4685328
-HP Fingerprint/Password conflict http://forums.adobe.com/thread/911575
-Mac Utility for dual adapters http://forums.adobe.com/thread/1017891?tstart=0