So, I have Premiere Pro and After Effects(cs3). I am purchasing a new laptop mostly for knocking around and mobile radar(stormchasing). It would be nice, however, to run my good ol' cs3 apps. I am planning to build a new desktop workstation with cs6, so this laptop is not meant to be a primary editor. My question is: Would an i5 sandy bridge with intel300HD or AMD Quad-Core A6-3420M with AMD Radeon HD 7670M be able to edit HD vid on CS3 at all or would I be wasting my time?
As far as I know, the only HD that CS3 will directly edit is HDV from a tape camera... anything else (ie-newer) either will not edit at all, or you must convert to HDV or use a product like Cineform
In general, to edit HD, you need a laptop designed for video editing... such as...
Some ideas for a Laptop Video Editing PC from past discussions
For effective HD video editing, a laptop with the following
-at least the Intel 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
First problem: You can't move to and fro between CS3 and CS6. If you want to use CS6 on the desktop, either you can't use those projects on the laptop or you need a laptop with CS6.
Second: The laptop specs you gave may be marginally OK for CS3, at least the Intel i5, never use AMD on anything but a gaming machine, but are way off for CS6.
For knocking around the AMD is quite good. Who cares if it does not survive a few knocks, that is what it is good for.
Message was edited for content by: Jeff Bellune