I recently started a job and I am using a Dell Precision 5550 with an Intel Core i7 processor and 32 GB of RAM and a nvidia quadro p2000 with max-q design graphics card. Video playback is sometimes sluggish and exports have started to get really long, 40 minutes for a one minute and forty second clip. The problem seems to come and go. I have never used a PC or Laptop before for editing video. The people in the IT department feel the laptop is really fast and hardware is not the issue. I have never worked anywhere where they use laptops on a daily basis to edit video. Is it feasible?
It’s not as black and white as yes or no, some desktops will be slower than your laptop but cost wise a desktop equivalent would typically be faster, have more storage, etc.
With that said if the company doesn’t value time saved with a faster machine than you can help your workflow out by transcoding footage to formats like ProRes that are more forgiving to the editing process. “Proxy” files are typically some sort of intermediate codec like ProRes combined with a reduction in resolution / bitrate. This makes it easier for the computer to edit.
Most software will be able to use the original files or the original high quality transcoded files for export. Try to save these tasks for overnight or lunch when you don’t use the computer for anything else. Restart often, close other apps, and document your export times to justify a new computer ; )
My experience with IT Departments is that if they feel a computer is fast enough for MS Office, it’s fast enough for editing video…for the most part they’re of a different mindset and not focused on video work.
Also, may be worth downloading something like Blackmagic Disk Speed Test, not sure what the Windows/PC equivalent is but an old forum mentioned it being part of a larger Blackmagic software package. This may help you determine which disk is faster if you have multiple drives, and/or help you bring receipts to the IT department.
Thanks Everyone. Mads, I have been keeping everything on the internal hard drive. Using the external one they gave me was even worse. We have talked about getting an external raid…. hopefully that happens. Thanks for your other advice. I will give it a try.