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- July 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM #49782
I’ve always used a desktop pc to do my video editing but I’m seriously considering switchinig to a laptop. Has anyone made this switch and what are the greatest advantages for you? What are some disadvantages?
Well, as usual it depends on what you want to do.
If you’re just cutting compressed HD video, most laptop will work just fine.
If you’re truly serious about working as a video professional, desktops will provide you with more power and expandability, which is essential when working with uncompressed video, videos that goes beyond HD resolution, lots of motion graphics and compositing, color grading, etc.
You would need pretty high end laptop to run the simplest of the editing programs. If you want to serious editing, use a tower. That way you can configure it what you need to run the program of choice.
Excellent advice gentlemen! That settles it for me and makes sense. Thanks Rob and Pallidini!
Happy Video making to you!
The other members laid it out straight. Ultimately, if you plan on getting serious about this kind of work you’ll need both. On medium or large jobs that keep me on location for a while, I take a editing capable laptop. One with enough horsepower to capture footage if needed and do a rough cut in the field. When I get back to base, it’s no problem to transfer everything over to a dedicated Editing computer with not only enough horsepower to do the job, but large capacity drives for storage and containing stock materials to be used in the project.
Starting out, you’ll have to decide on how much work you’re doing on the move versus how much you’ll be doing at ‘home’. If you’re moving around a lot, a laptop will be the tool required. Be advised though, using a laptop as your primary editor will put considerable wear and tear on the harddrive. Make sure the manufacturer has a good warranty on the laptop, particularly the harddrive. Back up your work in a paranoid manner because I guarantee you your laptop harddrive will fail when you least need it to!
If you have a more stable environment to edit, then absolutely get a Desktop. As you can afford, you can expand on it’s capabilities with dual monitors, faster CPU’s, Graphics Cards, RAM, internal/external Harddrives and much more.
Sound advice H.W.Porter! I will keep it all in mind. Thank you so much!