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abrowne1950 10-10-2016 04:14 PM

Laptop advice
I am contemplating buying a new laptop to do occasional video edits while out in the field. This is NOT to be a full workstation. I have a powerful tower to do that.

B&H has a (what looks to be) a goog deal. Here is the link.

Can anybody offer up thoughts as to whether or not this would be a good laptop to do basic edits. I shoot mostly HD and 4k but output HD only. I am NOT going to be doing multi-layed 4K editing with this PC.

Thanks for your reply.

David Clarke 10-11-2016 10:10 AM

I have just been testing an HP which was fairly similar - it had a 6820 i7 processor instead and DDR 4 RAM so was a bit better. It could cope with on layer of 4K H.264 based footage but struggled to playback ProRes 4K. It had Quick Sync so that helped H.264 playback.

I think that you can get a better model for the same money, because that had a Quadro graphics card, which always adds to the cost, and you don't need with EDIUS.

I am from a reseller of systems in the UK and we sell both HP laptops and ones we make ourselves. The chassis we buy are made by Clevo and are rebadged by lots of companies so you will be able to find the same kind of models in the US.

There are models which use desktop i7 processors and ones that use mobile i7s. The mobile i7s perform pretty much the same as the HP but have cheaper graphics cards and are more configurable.

The desktop processor ones are better for playing back footage like 4K. However they are heavier and don't last as long on batteries (about an hour in general use)

With the 4K is does depend what kind of footage you are using. if it is H.264 based than a mobile i7 has Quick Sync which EDIUS 8 uses to play the footage back better. If it is footage like ProRes then it will not work so well.

Obviously if it can handle 4K it can handle HD.

edgar 10-22-2016 04:12 AM

Acer F5-573G-56CG
1920 * 1080
Intel Core i5-6200U
GeForce 940MX 4GB DDR5 VRAM
1TB 5400RPM

edgar 10-22-2016 04:13 AM

Look at the more specs

David Clarke 10-22-2016 05:28 PM

The RAM and processor are the two most important things here. I have never tried playing 4K footage on a dual core processor. I lowest I have used is 16GB RAM and a Quad processor core. It also depends on the type of footage - H.264 based? ProRes etc...

The graphic card is ok and although the hard drive is 5400 RPM it should be enough for one stream, even if you have to convert it to HQ to use it.

However, with the processor and RAM I would worry that it could not cope with some of the footage you plan to use. 4K footage still takes more effort to decode even if it is played at HD.

cody885 11-09-2016 08:40 AM

Lenovo Flagship FHD
Screen Resolution: 1920x1080
2.4 GHz Intel Core i7
1000 GB HDD 5400 rpm Hard
Graphics Coprocessor Radeon
See other details here.

Adbear 11-09-2016 03:55 PM

As David said about the previous laptop posted, this one is also a dual core CPU with hyper-threading and only 8GB RAM so it will probably only run as well as David described

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