I am considering buying a new laptop to use with Adobe Premiere and After Effects, and I would greatly appreciate any second opinions or advice that you may have.
I have done some research, and it looks like these would all be useful - a NVIDIA card for the GPU, 16gb of RAM, and an Intel i7 or similar, for the CPU. I also want to avoid a 4k screen as that can cause display issues with some apps (eg: Avid, some custom plugins for After Effects).
With that in mind, I have come up with the following shortlist:
Dell Precision 15 5000 Series - ideally the Nvidia® Quadro® M1000M version.
Asus Republic of Gamers G751JY-VS71
MacBook Pro early 2015 refurb - although its Intel GPU only supports OpenCL I believe
Leaning towards the Asus at the moment, but very keen to hear any other opinions.
We get asked all the time about what laptops we recommend for video editing and live video streaming. In the past we would only get asked about editing, but today more and more people want to start producing live video streaming to YouTube Live, Ustream, Twitch etc. They want to create productions with lots of on screen value like graphics, lower thirds, transitions and multiple camera angles. The good news is that you need the same power, performance and features for live streaming as you do for editing.
Picking and recommending the right laptop is a more difficult question to answer than finding the right desktop. Unlike a desktop, when you buy a laptop you are more limited in what upgrades and changes you can make after your purchase. In this guide we will recommend some specific models (the Videoguys’ Tech Selects) and some additional brands and model families that would fit the bill. Before we get into that, let’s go into the key configuration parts you are going to want to make sure your laptop gives you.