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    3 Replies Latest reply on Apr 5, 2010 10:14 AM by the_wine_snob

    laptop suggestions


      Ok I am a mass communications student in college and produce a tv show for the college tv station. I have a digital media technology certificate so I am not a total noob but video editing is a deep world and I don't pretend to know it all by any means. I use final cut studio currently in the tv station media labs for my show and projects. ( I want to expand to use more industry titles and not just stay with the familiar final cut) I have adobe cs4 after effects and premiere pro and while it is installed on my home desktop, any sort of rendering in after effects quickly makes it apparent that this computer is incapable of my needs. I am also learning to use blender and have a copy  so I am hoping to get into animation more heavily with the right computer. SO I would say my main programs to be running will be after effects, premiere pro, & blender. I am not a gamer at all, although it seems like gaming computers have the best specs.


      Ok so I am going to buy a computer and I need it to be a laptop because a) I will be using it for other student related tasks (i.e. note taking, paper writing, etc.) and b) often times it will be necessary to take it to my student job (lots of free time as I wait for people to check out equipment from the tv station lab), as well as take it to other campus locations and work on the go


      MY budget is about $1500. Not a hard budget but can't go crazy here. ( no suggestions over $2000) I am looking for suggestions. Up for anything. I am assuming through cursory examinations through google that an i7 quad core is gonna be a duh. I have had mac envy for the rich kids with macbook pros for a long time and I am familiar with final cut studio a great deal however it seems like my budget is going to go a lot farther in pc world than mac world. Yet I am up for all suggestions.


      Obviously lotsa ram, quad core, hdd space (or multiple hd) , nice GPU card, firwire, (and I do love bells and whistles). Huge screen would be conveniant while working, yet inconveniant while walking around campus. (so that could go either way) No preference on brand and such but prefer something reliable to carry me into grad school. I am also interested in external peripheals to make my video editing workflow efficient (external drives, capture cards, etc.) that any one thinks are must haves or something. Until now I have always used school equipment and I am ready to get setup on my own. So if its laptop "a" with external thingy "b" or some configuration like that you suggest I am up for it!


      Beyond that I am confused. Here are links to couple of models I have been eyeing:

      Not the best reviews but affordable from my local staples(1,000)

      I think this is impressive. Duel HDDSs, 8gb ram, nice attractive deign, apparantly great graphics gpu....I guess this puppy is in the lead so far but for some reason no firewire????

      interesting laptop and like the included ssd but a little 2 expensive and 18" screen...this is one big "laptop" but seems powerful

      ok so this one comes in about right with price and I have had mac envy forever but only 2 cores? only 4gb of ram? only 5400rpm hd thats only 250gb? It seems hard to justify the money when you see the specs of other computers in the pc world


      So I am up for any suggestions, any brands, any components I must include in my hunt (i.e. certain video card or something) custom or namebrand, etc. I have a couple of weeks to shop so i want to be sure I get THE ONE (and I have no plans to upgrade to cs5 any time btw so something meshing nicely with cs4 after effects and premiere pro but capable of animation as well)


      Ok please HELP me


        • 1. Re: laptop suggestions
          markerline Level 4

          If it makes any difference the video quality on my MacBook Pro 13-inch trumps my HP tablet PC with NVidia GeForce Graphics tenfold.  Both are 64-bit machines but playing YouTube and TV station videos that are streaming over the internet you can see much better colors and less stutter of frames on the Mac by far.  This holds true for digital video DJ software as well where the Mac holds true to what you would expect when syncing with timecode vinyl.  So I would expect that editing video in Premiere would be better on a Mac notebook.  If you were to ask the question regarding desktop workstations though, I would stick with a PC for the money.  You can expand a PC better than you can a Mac Pro.  But for notebooks--get a MacBook Pro.  13-inch is the least expensive but if you really need the screen real-estate you're gonna have to shell out the money for a 17-incher.

          • 2. Re: laptop suggestions
            Harm Millaard Level 7

            Look here: and read the links in the thread as well.

            • 3. Re: laptop suggestions
              the_wine_snob Level 9

              To the OP,


              One thing that I need to add to my rec. for the Sager (down-thread in Harm's link), is that they do not seem to be available in the UK. Do not know about Europe, or Asia though. Harm, do you know if they can be sold in NL? The UK thing was just brought to my attention in another thread.


              If you are located in the US, there will be no issues.



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