Laptops for Editing

Make video editing projects fun with the right laptop

To put life into barebone video footage, a video editor must be creative and constructive simultaneously. To work on creative projects, you need more than tools and applications. You also need scalability. If you choose the right device, you can have fun with limitless usage of scene transitions, VFX, and other effects without worrying about rendering performance.

What To Keep in Mind?

Everybody wants their videos to be the best in quality with more interaction, visual effects, CGI, innovative transitions, etc. Video editing is a demanding computation. Adding numerous external effects and attributes to the raw video makes it heavier to render. For that, you cannot rely on any entry-level CPUs.

Depending on the projects, the requirements change and so does the rendering load. So, to work nonstop on the same device, you must take care of the processing, rendering, capabilities, and memory compatibility.

Other things come into play besides raw computation power, especially if working with UHD (2K, 4K) videos and CGI-based videos. For professional-quality video production, visualizing the true color is extremely necessary. For this, regular laptop displays are not sufficient. Sound is another essential aspect of any video. Audio engineering, track-mixing, and audio production capability are some default needs for pro video editors. So, a fine-tuned integrated audio SoC with a booming sound output is something to look for.

Avoid Stuttering in Video Editing

A stuttering issue occurs when the CPU bottlenecks due to low memory availability (RAM). 16 GB is the minimum, and 32 GB is recommended figure for RAM. Depending on the project, going beyond that might be necessary to avoid stuttering. For video editing, the thumb rule is “the more, the merrier”.

2K and 4K files are typically the largest ones, for which large memory capacity is needed. But memory speed is also important for performance. That’s why you should opt for DDR5 memory-based platform.

Speed up Video Rendering

Rendering high-quality videos put a considerable load on the CPU, and a laptop’s performance is as good as the optimum temperature of the components within it. To maintain the optimum temperature, a robust thermal and ventilation system is required. Only then can the CPU perform at its promised speed, enduring steady speed while rendering videos.

How to Choose a Laptop for Video Editing?

Compared to most other computational needs, video editors require much higher standards of computation power; hence standard laptops aren’t enough. To differentiate, the first thing you should look for is the CPU. Choose a top-of-the-line CPU like Intel Core i7, knowing that video editing is a CPU-intensive job. For Pro cinematographers, the choice can also be the Intel Core i9. Going for the latest version is recommended to ensure a long life for your laptop. Avoid going for anything lower when it comes to CPUs for video editing work.

How Much GPU Capability is Needed?

GPU is a crucial need for video editing, but it’s not a GPU-intensive job mostly. Besides designing VFX or developing CGI, the need for GPU in video editing is limited. So, go for moderate GPU power and ensure it features all the latest technology compatibility. For that, Nvidia RTX GPUs are incredibly reliable, but going for a top-of-the-line GPU might be optional for most.

This is What a perfect Video Editing Laptop Look Like

A proper video editing laptop will come with the highest tier CPU and colossal memory. With the latest gen components & compatibility, a decent GPU, robust audio output, and a big stunning display with UHD resolution & true-color o/p are needed. A Gen4 M.2 SSD will also boost productivity by ensuring swift operations of huge files.

Check out the HP ENVY Laptop OLED Touch 16-h0025TX for professional video editors with moderate requirements. It comes with a 12th Gen Intel Core i9 12900H CPU, 16 GB DDR5 4800 MHz RAM, and NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 GPU (6 GB GDDR6). With all the above, the 16-inch UHD+ (3840 x 2400), OLED, multitouch-enabled, UWVA display, and 1 TB Gen4 M.2 SSD makes this laptop a video productivity beast. You can choose the HP ENVY Laptop OLED Touch 16-h0026TX if you need 32GB RAM and 2 TB SSD storage.

For more video editing capable laptops, check out the HP Envy and HP Zbook Series laptops on the HP Online Store.