That's a very weak system for video editing.
See this page for a bunch of resources that will help to inform you on performance and hardware:
in what way? I have been doing Photoshop work on my 2 year old Dell Studio 15 (Core Duo 2 processor with 128 video card).
I am just asking. The XPS 15 is at the top of my budget.
> in what way?
All of them. Go through the resources that I linked to for information.
> I have been doing Photoshop work...
Working on one image is very different in terms of demands on a computer than working on multiple streams of ~30 images per second.
In this instance, I agree with Todd. The i5-2410 won't be all that much faster than the previous two generations of Intel mobile CPUs because that CPU has only two physical cores. What's more, 4GB of RAM isn't enough to run either Premiere Pro or After Effects at its best. You need at least 8GB of RAM in order to run either program reasonably well.
And the single included hard drive does not meet Adobe's minimum system requirements for either Premiere or After Effects. You need at least one additional fast hard drive (preferably two or more additional hard drives) in order to run either program at all. This will be a bit tougher than it should be because the XPS 15 series notebooks offer only one eSATA port and two USB 3.0 ports.
Finally, that configuration's GeForce GT 525M with its 96 CUDA shader cores and its 128-bit DDR3 RAM is barely adequate for CS5, even with the CUDA software hack.
sorry the video card is ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3450 (256 MB dedicated)
So basically, I need to just worry about learning Video Editing later? It sounds like to do it right it will take something in the Alienware line to pull it off.
The Mobility Radeon HD 3450 is even worse than the GeForce GT 525M. First off, any ATi/AMD GPU will force the much slower and lower-quality software-only mode in CS5.x (which means that there will be absolutely no GPU acceleration at all whatsoever). Worse, the HD 3450 itself is even weaker than the GT 525M as a GPU.
The 3450 is the video I have in my studio 15 I am using now. The GT 525 is the one in the XPS I am looking at. Sorry for the confusion.
> So basically, I need to just worry about learning Video Editing later?
You originally siad that you wanted to do video editing. That's very different from learning video editing.
If you tried to do professional work with that system, you'd be very frustrated. But you could use it to learn on. You wouldn't be using HD or film-sized media as smoothly as you'd like, but you could learn the basics on standard-definition footage, etc.
In that case, ignore what I stated in my previous post about the HD 3450.
At any rate, you can order that XPS 15 L502X with an i7-2630QM, 8GB of RAM and a 1920x1080 LCD. (Sure, it would cost you a few hundred bucks extra, but performance will be substantially faster.)
I spend most of my time in the nation of Samoa as a missionary, I want to learn to do video editing then at some point be able to offer it as a way to make some extra money. Most businesses are sending their world to New Zealand at crazy prices. I want to be able to offer a service for a cheaper price and become self supporting.
I was hoping the XPS would pull it off. I guess I was wrong. Thus, my questions here.
Laptop Video Editing PChttp://www.sagernotebook.com/
-or another brand laptop with the following features
-the newer sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics preferably the 460m, 485m is a bit much
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum