High End Editing Software
Now that professional editing programs are accessible for home producers it is not uncommon to find people who want to run superior editing software like Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere, or Sony’s Vegas Pro. These programs require powerful imaging resources and large hard drive space. You must keep in mind the specific requirements the editing software has for the system it will be running on. One of the best, and most economic, of the Windows running editing software packages is Sony’s Vegas Pro.
It requires a system that with a processor at least 1GHz, but if you want the option to edit High Definition video then you are going to want to have at least 2.4 GHz.
This is going to be the standard for any laptop that you want for editing, and somewhere between 2.5 and 3.0 GHz will be best.
You are also going to want a sizable hard drive since you are not going to want to deal with external hard drives when you are already using a portable computer. Though small projects will only run you a few GBs, it is a good idea to get somewhere between 150 GB and 250 GB. If you are planning on using all of the programs in one of these editing suites then you need to purchase a computer that has the speed and power to run simultaneous programs at once.
Sound and Video Cards:
You are also going to have to keep in mind the quality of sound and video cards you are going to be working with. Video editing requires you to focus on image and audio details on a very minuscule level, and you need hardware that will render this.