Video Editing Laptop thoughts, recommendations, workflow?

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Video Editing Laptop thoughts, recommendations, workflow?

When i built my desktop about 5 years ago, laptops just weren't up-to-scratch for video editing, especially for basic effects. Has that shifted?

I'm way out of date with any tech knowledge - i self-taught myself for months to understand what kind of parts I needed for my desktop last time out. Software and Hardware is years past that.

I sold my desktop when I moved countries, and now will be moving a lot over the next couple of years. Therefor a laptop is just far more practical.

I haven't set myself a budget currently, I just want to get an idea of whats around.

I typically edit in Premier pro with some dabbling in After Effects. I am considering moving over to DaVinci at some point. I do the odd project in Avid, when required. My license is currently expired as that hasn't been required for a long while.

Things I value:

  • Portability
  • A reliable enough screen for low-level colour work (I don't do a lot, but would like to improve - for serious gigs this'll likely be outsourced)
  • Able to handle 4k h264 easily (I shoot on a gh4 currently, but I edit other gigs as well, so the gh4 is the bare minimum of quality of footage coming in).
  • Able to handle light after effects work (bit of titling, bit of rotoscope, bit of masking - I'm not a VFX dude, but do tend to do little touchups on most projects)
  • I prefer windows as it's most familiar to me, dislike Apple's philosophy, and prefer the price/performance ratio. But if there was a justifiable reason, I'm not going to get hung up on brand bias.

1) What sort of specs do I need to be looking at?
2) How do people handle footage, scratch disks, etc with laptops and not having a number of internal hdds?
3) Any particular model recommendations?

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