This is Roberto Blake of Roberto Blake.
Com, and I’m geeking out with you today over something cool.
We’re going to geek out over choosing a video editing laptop.
Now as many of you know, back during the summer, I bought this Asus laptop.
This Asus laptop has been what I’ve been using for graphic design and video editing when I’m on the go.
This was a great deal on a budget for under $600, but it’s not the only solution for video editing, and I’m going to talk about how you choose a video editing laptop, both on a budget and also if you have a little bit more money to invest and spend on it.
So we’re going to cover some of the basic requirements right now for video editing laptops so you can help make your choice and have an informed decision going into this.
I will say it does depend on the nature of your video editing.
I primarily am doing YouTube videos, but I’m also doing certain things for clients, and it requires less power than you might imagine.
That’s not to say that this isn’t a powerful laptop.
It’s using i5 Intel processors, and they are from the latest generation as of the making of this video.
It does also have eight gigs of RAM.
These are usually my base requirements for a video editing laptop for a Photoshop machine.
A lot of people like to assume that you need a high-end GPUlike you might for gaming and that that’s going to be what you need for video editing.
While there are things and advantages you can take into consideration where a GPU is concerned, it’s not necessary.
I know that a lot of the gearheads and a lot of the tech geeks are going to disagree with me on this, but the reality is that I’ve created and done over 600 YouTube videos, so I think I do know what I’m talking about when it comes to this.
I’ll also preface this by saying that the entry-level MacBook Pros, the ones that you pay $1500 for, still actually have an onboard video card instead of a dedicated GPU from Nvidia.
You have to pay over maybe $1700 to $2000 for that version of the MacBook Pro.
So if the latest Intel onboard graphics card is good enough for a Mac, something that you know people are doing Photoshop and After Effects and video editing with, then I can use that on a cheaper machine on the Windows PC side as well, and get the results that I need.
Bear in mind that even though I had to do pre-rendering to the timeline, I also was able to edit 4K video from the Sony a7R II using this laptop at a budget price.
So before you go out and think you have to spend over $1000 on a laptop, I’m here to tell you that that’s not the case.
I have recommendationsfor different laptops at different budgets in the description below, so make sure you’re checking out those Amazon links.
Those help me out and they help you out at the same price.
I will have some upcoming videos for best laptops and also for budget laptops for video editing.
Those videos will be releasing soon, so make sure you’re subscribed and checking those out, but lets talk some more about specs here.
One of the things that I will say is you should look for a fast hard drive.
We talked about processors.
I recommend getting ani7 if you can afford it or an i5 processor.
I would not go to an i3 processor unless you’re doing very basic, minimal YouTube videos, and you never are going todo anything beyond that.
You can get away with that on a budget if that’s all you’re doing and there’s very light editing.
You can get away with some basic photo editing and Photoshop work with that as well, but I recommend the i5 to i7, and that’s what I’m comfortable with.
For hard drives, a normal laptop like this comes with a basic hard drive that does 5400 Rotations Per Minute: RPM.
That’s something that’s technical, and it’s about the spinning hard drive stuff.
Look, if you’re watching this video, you’re probably either very knowledgeable about that, or you don’t care to know the technical details.
What I will say is there are better, faster hard drives called flash hard drives or SSDs, and you can get those.
They’re a little more expensive.
My preference is to go ahead and buy something that doesn’t have them and then just to swap it out or to swap out the DVD drive for a second hard drive that is an SSD.
This is probably going to cost you $80 to $120, and you can do it yourself.
Watch a YouTube video on it, have a friend do it, it’s not that difficult.
You can go ahead, and you can have that upgrade.
Having a second hard drive is going to be great for you for video editing for a lot of reasons thatI’ll talk about in a minute.
Having both of your hard drives, or at least one of them be an SSD is going to mean that the hard drive is faster and if you drop the laptop, it’s less likely to do any damage or corrupt your files or do anything because it doesn’t have any moving parts.
It is a giant version of this flash thumb drive.
So just keep that in mind.
Having those faster hard drives means that you’re going to be able to read and write the video editing files a lot quicker, which means that importing and going through all of your footage, that’s going to be super quick.
Playing it back, that’s going to be better and smoother.
A GPU, a graphics card, does help with that as well.
It also helps with when you’re exporting the videos a little bit depending on what software you’re using, such as the Adobe software can take advantage of that, and will get you those faster render times, but again, you don’t have to have that.
But you should have the fastest hard drive you can have and the fastest processor you can have, and as much RAM as possible.
On the RAM side, eight gigs are the minimum that I’m comfortable with.
You could get away with six.
I wouldn’t go down to four.
But eight is a good sweet spot that’s all you can afford or if that’s the maximum that budget laptop can take, but if you can upgrade to 16 or buy something with 16 outright, that is for the best.
If you can get a much more robust Windows laptop like maybe something in the higher end from Asus, you might be able to get a laptop that has 32 gigs of RAM, and that’s tremendous.
If you plan to do advanced animation, if you’re planning to doAdobe After Effects work, then I would recommend16 to 32 gigs of RAM, and a GPU graphics card, preferably Nvidia, and if you can get a two gig dedicated graphics card, that’s probably going to be very good for you.
A gaming rig is ideal if you’re planning to do After Effects work, advanced color grading, or work with the 4K footage.
That’s the direction that I would head in.
These laptops are going to cost you anywhere from $1000 to $3000.
They’re not going to be super cheap.
The brands that I recommend for that are Asus, Lenovo, and of course, the Apple MacBook Pro.
There are some other great laptop solutions out there.
The new Microsoft Surfacebook is one of them.
I would say that it were not quite there yet in the 13 inch model, for 4K videos as far as I’m concerned, based on the specs and based on reviews, but I will say that future versions of this laptop, particularly if they release a 15 inch that has the quad-core i7 processors, probably is going to be competitive with the Mac on that level.
While the MacBook Pro is a lot of people’s go-to and I have used them before for these, you see that I and John Covington reviewed one here on the channel a while back, I will say that a good Windows laptop with the Windows 10 experience can be competitive with them.
Most of the things that you’re going to do if you’re someone who’sin creative services, a designer or video editor, you’re gonna be living in your application, you’re gonna be living in Adobe anyway, so you’re not even going toreally see the operating system.
So that argument and the user experience thing, I don’t care.
I use both, and I’m fine, and neither one bothers me more than the other.
It’s not that serious.
Fanboys and fangirls turn this into a war.
It’s unnecessary, just do the work.
No one cares what brushes Picasso used, right? With that being said, the hardware, the actual specs do matter, and we already qualified what those are.
The fastest processors you can get, as much RAM as you can get, the fastest hard drive that you can get.
Regarding storage space on those hard drives, I’m going to recommend that you try and go 512 as a minimum.
I know a lot of laptops sell, especially if they’re using SSD drives or flash-based storage with 128, 256.
You want 112 if you’re doing video editing if you can’t go higher and go to the terabyte range.
If you have to go cheaper, then make sure you’re storing the bulk of your files on an external hard drive.
When I’m video editing on the go, I like to use the Western Digital My Passport Ultra.
I also use the Western Digital My Book for stuff that I’m doing here on the iMac, and I back up things with the Western Digital My Cloud.
I also have some Seagate solutions recommended in the description as well, and I also use those, including my Seagate Personal Cloud.
For a video editing laptop, something that gets overlooked screen resolution.
It’s overlooked, but it’s also overplayed.
Look, I like having a full HD screen as much as the next person, but it’s not always necessary.
You also have to take into consideration that the people watching your content may not be viewing it on a full HD screen.
They might be viewing it on a laptop or a mobile device or a smaller screen, so it’s more about the resolution that works for you, what you can afford, and also what’s good for your eyes.
I like editing a lot of my videos here on the iMac because of how it affects my eyes, but I’ve also found that this Asus laptop has a decent screen for me and for what my capabilities are, and this also means I don’t always have to wear my glasses to do my editing, and that’s something thatI have a preference for, so just kind of keep that in mind.
You might want to consider also getting an external monitor that can handle 4K video.
This way, when you hookup an external monitor, you have the option to view in a 4K video if that’s something that interests you or if you want to do a 4K video editing workflow.
That’s what I would recommend so that you can see the playback in the way that your audience is going to see it.
One of the reasons that people prefer MacBook Pros is they talk about the color accuracy.
I found that the color accuracy is a matter of color calibration and that whether you’reusing a Mac or a PC, they should color calibrate regardless, and for that, I recommend using any of the color calibrators from X-Rite, such as the ColorMunki Display, or even the ColorMunki Smile.
I have links to these in the description below as well.
Using these color calibrators means that you’re going to get accurate color regardless of what machine you’re using, and that’s something that’s super important and you shouldn’t take for granted that your Mac may not correctly color calibrated, especially if you bought it used or refurbished, so just keep those things in mind and don’t take for granted that one thing is supposedly better than the other.
Do what’s necessary, buy the right components, hardware, and accessories to make the best use of whatever is available at the time to work with.
So let’s do a quick recap.
Regardless of what your budget is, you need to keep a couple of things in mind when buying your video editing laptop.
You need to go ahead and make sure that it has the fastest processors that it possibly can.
We’re going to look at i5s and i7s.
As long as they are over two gigahertz, you should be fine if you want to get into the technical speeds that they should be.
Get the highest speed that you can afford.
Regarding RAM, our sweet spot is eight gigabytes.
If we can get 16, that’s what we want to do.
We want 16 gigs of RAM,32 if we can afford it, and that’s going to help us a lot with processing our files.
Editing, rendering, playback, everything’s going to move quicker and faster based on the RAM.
Regarding rendering, RAM and CPU are the two most important things, not your video card.
Video card helps with smooth playback and great display capabilities, and it can contribute to makerendering a little faster, but ultimately it is not going to be the dealbreaker when it comes to rendering.
Depending on how muchGPU you have to leverage, maybe your editing goes tremendously faster, but what a lot of people take for granted is that if they have an expensive GPU, they also probably have a lot of RAM and a very expensive CPU Intel processor, to begin with, so it’s more of that than just the video card by itself making the difference.
So, keep that in mind.
Remember, the entry level MacBook Pros do not have a dedicated video card.
They’re using the onboard Intel graphics processors as well, so just bear that in mind.
If it’s good enough for Mac, it’s probably good enough for whatever system that you’re using.
Get fast hard drives.
If you can get SSD hard drives, that’s probably for the best.
If you have an internal hard drive that’s not that fast, consider upgrading it adding a secondary hard drive.
Take advantage of two hard drives to make your editing workflow faster by using one as a media cache if your software allows for that.
You could also do this with external drives just depending on what your situation is.
If possible, get a full keyboard so that you can take advantage of the arrow keys and shortcuts and number keys and things like that whenever possible, and also make sure that you’re getting at least a 13 to 15 inch laptop so that you have a better screen with more space for an editing workflow and hopefully HD capabilities.
It doesn’t have to be full HD, but that can sometimes help with your eye situation, or you may just be more comfortable with that.
One of the other thingsI didn’t bring up earlier is that the higher-end laptops also tend to have a longer battery life.
This can be important if you’re working on the go and don’t have access to a power outlet, so keep this in mind that budgets do have their drawbacks.
Budget laptops like this might only last you two to four hours depending on your situation whereas if you have something a little bit more robust, you might get twice as long of the work life out of it.
So just keep those things in mind.
Well, I hope that helped you figure out what you need to know to buy a video editing laptop.
If you have questions, leave those in the comments section.
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