Anonymous
December 17, 2014

Hardware requirement for video editing and desktop publishing

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It has been a decade since I last used and external monitor and now I need to put together the right components for the job. We are using laptops and now want to do some desktop publishing, using a docking station with external monitor.

Monitors have evolved during my "absence from industry" and the hunt is almost open for a 24" - 27" with a very good refresh rate and response time. It is important not to tax the eyes too much. Where do I start?

Not being an expert on computer graphics, I wanted to learn a bit more and went shopping for benchmark testing, over and above reading the usual Wiki pages. I then came across a Phoronix test done on System 76 rebranded Clevo (Taiwan) notebooks used for Linux. These machines are also branded as Dell, Alienware, Eurocom, Mecer and Sager, with various levels of build quality to suit distributor needs. Alienware will have the same innards, for instance, but ride on tough metal chassis.

Have a look at this test: http://phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=system76_gazelle_galago&n... and also when compared to GTX-based video cards. http://www.videocardbenchmark.net/gpu.php?gpu=Intel+Iris+Pro+5200

We use Linux Mint 17.1.

My questions to the graphics geeks are:

1. With the huge difference between HD4600 and Iris Pro (HD5200), does one really need discreet graphics for regular desktop publishing work?
2. My son uses http://resolume.com/ software as he is a VJ, amongst other things. He also does lighting design and sound engineering. Will Iris Pro on a MacbookPro 2.2GHz i7 Quad suffice? He could also perhaps use Linux-based FreeJ, VeeJay or LiVES.
3. My wife, my son and I are all taking an interest in digital photography and may end up editing our own video footage as well as still photo's and use these in live presentations or even prints that we may want to sell. What do we really need to enjoy a satisfactory computing experience with no lagging?
4. It seems that an i7 with Iris Pro could possible obviate the need for a GT-something. You be the judge. If true, it means that Intel delivers acceptable graphics processing and we Linux users do not have to worry about setting up graphics adaptors.

Neither of us are gamers and we have no interest in expending capital for that; we only need to serve our needs for seamless photo/video editing using Inkscape and the video editors mentioned above.

An observation: the current MacbookPro with i5 2.5GHz Ivy Bridge lags on Mavericks in terms of graphics while it performs seemingly better on my usual LM17.1 64-bit live sessions when working with large photos.

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