Don’t take my previous post as a mark against Apple laptops. Quite the contrary, I couldn’t be happier with mine (typing on it right now!). I also use AE, and lot of plug-ins, Camera work, etc, and have no problems. It’s nothing that I notice when working on my PowerBook. But from my experience, when I use a PC laptop for AE work, it’s like “wow, this thing can really move!” Also we have done some Invigorator tests in the past, Apple vs. PC, and the PC are about 2x faster for the same project file. AE is fun for some lite stuff on a laptop, but if your going to due anything serious, there’s not enough workspace with any laptop!! AE’s windows take up so much room.
I don’t want to start a Apple vs. PC laptop rant, but as a general rule, AE runs a little faster on PCs. With the new G5, the gap is much closer. I’m sure some Apple-file will be able to point to a website the has the latest test results, which put the G5 at the top. But that’s with a G5 tower, not a laptop.
For me, nothing beats FCP for laptop editing. FCP is one of the FEW programs that with each new release, more realtime effects can be performed with LESS hardware.
I would diffinatly get a PowerBook though (not an iBook), and load it up, faster HD, Better Grphx Card, Max out the RAM, etc.
Bought my over a year ago and it’s still has tons of power.
Todd at UCSB