Tips for Choosing a Laptop for Video Editing

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One segment that is busy being targeted by laptop manufacturers is content creators, because reportedly the demand for laptops in this segment is fairly large.

The content creators referred to here for example are photographers, graphic designers, 3D animators, and video editors. So, laptops with specifications such as what is needed for such jobs?

Processor and RAM

These are the two components that are arguably the most important for laptop content creators. Most of the applications they use are optimized to be able to utilize modern CPUs with a large number of cores.

So the easiest way to choose it is, the more cores you have, the better it usually is. Besides the number of cores, another important thing about this processor is the number of threads it has. The rules are the same, the more the better.

To assess the ability of the processor, usually the software used is Cinebench, because it has the same principles with software editors such as Apple Final Cut Pro and Adobe Premiere Pro, which are made to be able to distribute ‘work’ to all cores owned by the processor.

Need a Cinebench benchmark score? A score above 700 is actually already relatively good for a laptop, aka already qualified enough to be used to process videos. Although in fact the current score of laptop processors like Intel Core i7-9750H can easily break the 900 score, or even 1000 if the temperature can be kept low.

The matter of RAM is easy, choose with the largest capacity, and even try to activate the ‘dual channel’ in its RAM. Usually there are laptop makers who provide additional SODIMM slots so that users can add RAM and activate ‘dual channel’ so that performance increases.

SSD or hard drive?

For booting, SSD is arguably the obligation for now. Especially because the speed of the hard drive that much, and SSD prices have gone down. OS boot and applications will increase significantly if you use SSD.

As for the video editing process – to save the edited video file – usually requires a very large capacity. If funds are limited, you may still be able to use a hard drive for this purpose.

The use of SSD in this need ‘only’ will feel the difference with the hard drive when playing several pieces of video at once, or processing videos with large resolution, for example 4K.

The combination of SSD and hard drive can be an option for limited funds. But the condition is that the laptop used has two storage slots that can be used. For example slot M.2 (for SSD) and 2.5 inch slot (for hard drives).

If there is only one available slot, another option is to use external storage to store video files. Oh yes, for the SSD, the M.2 NVMe slot offers a faster speed than the 2.5 inch SATA slot.

Is a dedicated graphics processing unit (GPU) important?

The use of dedicated graphics chips like the GTX series (and RTX) from Nvidia or the RX series from AMD will help speed up the video rendering process in video editor software such as Adobe Premiere Pro.

On the other hand, a laptop with a graphics chip like this also makes the laptop can be used to play games when free.

Screen

A screen with 1080p resolution is now common for high-end (even middle) laptops, so resolution is no longer a problem. The screen size is even more important, because the bigger the screen, the more comfortable it is to do video editing.

15 inch screen or even 17 inch is the right choice for video editing. But if looking for a laptop that is easier to carry, maybe a 13 inch or 14 inch screen could be an option, especially now that many laptop makers offer screens with thin bezels, making a 14 inch screen can be embedded into a laptop body as small as 13 inches.

For this type of screen panel, it looks like an IPS panel can be an option because it has a large viewing angle. Another important aspect is the support of Adobe RGB or P3 color gamut, the larger the better.