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X220 upgrade for video editing

2014-06-12, 12:18 PM
Using PowerDirector 10 for simple video editing now I will need probably to upgrade to PD12 to manage 50GB of videos coming from tree different cams.

My current conf is

Laptop Lenovo X220
CPU i5 2520M 2.5ghz
iGPU Intel HD 3000
8GB RAM
320GB HDD
64GB SSD mSATA

What upgrade can give better result for the money: more RAM, a bigger SSD or some external GPU solution such as GTX660/R9 270X?
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Re: X220 upgrade for video editing

2014-06-14, 0:23 AM

I am not an expert in video editing requirements, so my response is more general.  SSD, as you know, will make a computer more responsive, and is often a good place to start because the HDD is typically the most frequent bottleneck in the system.  That said, I know some application (like some Adobe) have/had some applications that were single-threaded so mega-multi-core processors did less good than a simpler processor with higher speeds.  RAM is always helpful, but it depends on how much is used.  An external video card solution would certainly have benefits when it came to rendering, etc.

 

I would recommend using a System Monitor or Resource Monitor (Windows) to see which of your resources are maxing out during your most common tasks, and address them in that order.  Even video editing can be a broad field, so the specific tasks would require different resources.

 

Hope this helps some, anyway.

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Re: X220 upgrade for video editing

2014-06-15, 17:59 PM
Thanks, in fact I'm following your suggestions: I started working on the new project loading all the clips into the SSD to maximize speed.

I will then monitor RAM usage to understand if there are bottleneck, at this stage think videocard it's not an issue, will see during production time.
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