The video editing laptop adventure
by, 10-11-2010 at 08:19 PM (10155 Views)
Forum regulars know my love of laptop editing. It's a great way of ensuring your hobby doesn't keep you locked away in an editing suite. But that freedom comes at a cost: finding a laptop that even approaches the power of a laptop is a daunting process.
Desktop replacements aren't a new thing, and powerful laptop's have never been cheap or portable. But high end laptops are thin on the ground. With most laptops coming in at under £800, the choice of high end laptops on the high street is limited. So finding a video editing laptop is becoming a challenge.
There's not many companies that scream out "we provide laptops for editing". The specialised gaming PC makers have occasionally dipped their toe in the video editing sea - http://www.videoforums.co.uk/perfect...ng-system.html - but they soon tire of us. And although we seem like a perfect marriage (video editing demands the best), we're more often the eccentric uncle than the nerdy teenager. We don't want a laptop with glowing alien logo. We want a sophisticated machine. Understated, yet powerful. We want something like this: http://www1.euro.dell.com/uk/en/busi...23837419220563. A perfect choice, but we're not a small business.
So why is finding a video editing laptop so hard? Why isn't there a company that puts high end components into a laptop without marketing it to gamers? And, just as importantly, why can't I buy a laptop that's been certified by Adobe for use with Premiere CS5. Put simply, if I buy a camera to film (yes, film, not send a text, or order a pizza), a tripod to stabilise, and mic to record, why can't I buy something dedicated to video editing?
So please, please, please, someone make me a laptop for less £1,500 that edits AVCHD in Premiere CS5. I'd like it to have the style of a MacBook Pro, bit use all of my current software. I want it to have a 15-16" screen, with no numeric keys. I want a high screen resolutions, and I want a track pad that's responsive. I'd like about an hour from the battery too please.
That, however, is a bit too much to ask it seems.