I don't game, but I do video editing.. good enough card?

Hey guys, I'm Ed. My laptop has the Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD.. I am not very knowledgable when it comes to graphics cards and performance. As I said, I am not into hardcore gaming, just video editing with Pinnacle Studio 16.
I have read about this card not being all that great or whatever, but my question is.. will it hinder my video editing? e.g. Will it slow it down or cause my finished movie projects to have worse resolution than if I had a better card?
I would greatly appreciate some opinions from anyone who is knowledgable.
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  1. What make/model of laptop are you using? Its ability to render will really be dependent on the CPU as you can't use the Intel video adapter to off-load the rendering tasks (as you can with some AMD and Nvidia GPUs and some applications).
  2. COLGeek said:
    What make/model of laptop are you using? Its ability to render will really be dependent on the CPU as you can't use the Intel video adapter to off-load the rendering tasks (as you can with some AMD and Nvidia GPUs and some applications).



    224-3432 Dell Studio 1737, Intel Core 2 Duo T9600, 2.80GHz, 1066Mhz, 6M L2Cache
    313-7198 Jet Black Paint Studio 1737
    311-8624 4GB, DDR2, 800MHz 2 Dimm
    330-0560 Back-lit Internal Keyboard
    320-6897 Hi Resolution, glossy widescreen 17.0 inch display (1440x900)
    320-7273 Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD
    341-7835 320G 5400RPM SATA Hard Drive

    (Prob going to upgrade RAM)
  3. Are you using 32-bit or 64-bit Windows? If 32-bit, Windows can't use more than 4GB (actually 3.25GB) of memory. 64-bit Windows can use more.

    Adding memory could help, but large renders are going to be slow on this rig because of dual core CPU.
  4. 64.. Yeah I think the model can max at 8 gb RAM. Well, I'm kinda stuck with the CPU as it is.. Don't really want to buy another laptop.. I was just wondering if that card will hinder the quality of my videos visually.. You know what I mean?
  5. Increase to 8GB and render away. Video quality will not be affected, only the amount of time to get it done. How large are your render projects, typically?
  6. COLGeek said:
    Increase to 8GB and render away. Video quality will not be affected, only the amount of time to get it done. How large are your render projects, typically?


    You know I don't really know the typical size off hand. Not home.. But usually projects are anywhere from 5-30 minutes, lower resolution HD with a few transition and clip effects.
  7. Thanks for the insight man.. Makes me feel good with where I stand
  8. You may want to look into upgrading your HD to 7200 rpm drive something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

    That will speed things up a little bit and if your working with Video you will probably need the extra space.
  9. ikaz said:
    You may want to look into upgrading your HD to 7200 rpm drive something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

    That will speed things up a little bit and if your working with Video you will probably need the extra space.


    Cool Thanks, I'll look into it
  10. ikaz said:
    You may want to look into upgrading your HD to 7200 rpm drive something like this:

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148940

    That will speed things up a little bit and if your working with Video you will probably need the extra space.

    +1. This could certainly help as could going with a SSD vice a HDD.
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