I came across the following question recently pertaining to the specs needed to run Premiere Pro CS4 and Photoshop CS4 efficiently:
Need a cheap laptop for adobe premiere pro cs4. will this one be okay? what specs will be best?
have been looking at a few on ebay. here is the specs for one of them.
Will it be powerful enough to use premiere and photoshop? thank you!
Dell Latitude D620
Intel Core2 CPU
T2700 @ 2.0Ghz
2.00 Ghz, 2.00 GB of RAM
If you are thinking about diving into video editing by purchasing a computer, there are a few things you need to keep in mind if you want your system to run at peak performance. One – video files take up a lot of hard drive space, especially if you are working with HD files. Depending on the format of your raw footage, HD video files can take up as much space as 1GB per minute. So, you will need a computer with a lot of hard drive space. Most laptops in the $1500 and below price range usually come pre-installed with a 250GB hard drive. That may seem like a lot, but remember that you aren’t getting that full 250GB to use for media storage. Your OS, pre-installed software, and the software you choose to install will all eat up some of that 250GB. And if you plan on using this computer for more than just video editing, you will also need your hard drive for music, photos, documents, etc. My desktop system has four internal hard drives: one 300GB boot-up drive where I install all software and applications, one 150GB drive for all of my project files and scratch disks, and two 500GB drives for all media assets.
Second, video editing software like Premiere Pro CS4 require a lot of memory to run efficiently. If you read the system specs on the PremiereProCS4 box, the minimum memory requirements are 2GB, but if you plan on…
- editing a lot of HD footage
- running multiple applications at once
- working on long projects
you will need extra memory. My system has 16GB of memory.
Third, the processing speed of your computer will determine how quickly your system can access files it needs for editing. Think of your entire computer as a very large filing cabinet. Processing speed determines how quickly your computer can sort through everything in that filing cabinet and pull out exactly what you need, when you need it. A dual, or quad core processor will make a huge difference in system performance. Additional processors allow the computer to divide up the workload, so your system doesn’t get choked. It’s like having a team of people combing through that virtual filing cabinet, each one assigned to a particular task.
Maxing out a computer with hard drive, memory, and processing speed will not be cheap, so the decision depends on how you ultimately plan on using the computer. What type of videos do you need to edit? What format will you be working in? What is the purpose of the videos you plan on editing? I have a pretty hefty system, but that’s because I edit professionally for corporate clients. Like any house-hold job or construction project, knowing the scope of the work will help you decide what tools you need. Each tool is different. Each has its purpose and each has its limitations. You just have to find the right tool for the right job.