18 Replies Latest reply on Sep 14, 2011 8:17 AM by Harm Millaard

    CS4 HD video playback is choppy...need new computer?

    hqhempen Level 1

      Greetings.  I'm running CS4 on a Core 2 Duo, 4GB RAM, 1GB Nvidia, 150GB 5400RPM harddrive + external 1TB WD passport drive.  The details for my current laptop can be found here:


      http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=ASUS+X83VM-X2&hl=en&safe=off&cid=2602547068299286 283&os=tech-specs


      Even after rendering an HD timeline to green, my laptop can't playback without stuttering, and eventually smooths out after you replay the clip two or three times.  I don't know if that's the cache slowly remembering the playback or whatever reason that may be (??) but I've read here and there that the great thing about Intel i7 processors is that certain types are Quad Core, where supposedly the big performance difference is seen when handling HD.  Obviously, there are many factors, but would a quad upgrade be the main solution to my problem?  Below is the link to another ASUS that I could see myself getting for this i7 upgrade:


      http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=6891953&csid=IT D&body=MAIN


      You might notice that the harddrive speeds for both laptops are 5400.  I've read on the forums that video editing "tears 5400RPM drives apart"....I don't know if they meant "high definition" video editing, or just video editing.  I've been piece together 480p and stretched-fake HD clips for quite some time, and nothing was torn up.  HD I might believe...and so, do I need a 7200rpm harddrive for HD editing, or does the quad pretty much cover my solution?


      Sorry if this is a lot to ask..it is vague, I agree.


      Let me know what you think,