New to the forum, though a reasonably experienced video editor!
I've just finished shooting a short film in HD and realised that Adobe Premiere Elements isn't suitable for HDV so I need to upgrade. For my needs, Hitfilm Standard appears to be a good balance between cost and functionality, but even the trial version won't work on my current laptop which I accept is getting on a bit!
Up to now I've been happily hosting all my video files on an external hard drive and using PE on my laptop to edit, connecting the two via Firewire which is very capable and quick. However, all the laptops I've looked at so far don't appear to carry Firewire ports any more (things become obsolete so quickly these days!) so I'm not sure of the best way to connect the hard drive to a new laptop but still have a decent connection for speed and capability.
The External HD I have is a WD and the available connections are as follows:
1 x mini-USB
1 x esata
2 x Firewire 800
None of these seem to be standard on current laptops, so can anyone suggest the best way to solve this problem?