Hi guys. I'd like to buy a laptop to use primarily for hd video editing (1080p AVCHD from my Panasonic HDC-TM90K camcorder). I'd like to use either Adobe Premiere Elements 10 or PowerDirector 10. My hd video editing is for personal/family videos, not professional, but I still want respectable quality.
My question is, what should I primarily focus on when selecting a laptop for running this? From what I've researched, it looks like a fast processor, hard-drive speed, and good video card should be my main concerns.
This is going to replace my aging hp desktop. My price range is around $700-800. I've looked at the spec page on the Adobe and PowerDirector websites. I'm guessing these are minimum requirements though. I don't want something that will just "work", but take forever to render. Final video lengths will typically be from 5 minutes to about 2 hours max.
I'm thinking something like these two...
My biggest concerns are: is 6 GB enough RAM and will the Intel Integrated HD Graphics card (on the Toshiba) work as well as the dedicated NVIDIA Geoforce GT-540M card (on the Asus)? The Asus also has a bit less memory and no blu-ray player (not a big deal). I may play some games on it, but the main purpose is for HD video editing, web-browsing, Word programs, etc... Oh and they both have 5400 RPM hard-drives instead of 7200 RPM.
Does anyone else here use a laptop to run Premiere Elements? If so, what kind of system do you have?
Thanks for any suggestions!