SPECS FOR LAPTOPS, HARD DRIVE, HEADPHONES & SD CARD
It is required that you have your own laptop to use. If you do not presently have a laptop computer and will be purchasing one, the following specs are recommended. If you already have a laptop less than 5 years old, we recommend waiting until school starts to find out how well it will work with the software, rather than rushing out to buy a new one.
Seattle Film Institute uses Adobe Creative Cloud software. Students are required to purchase their own Creative Cloud account for their course work. Students can purchase an educational discount with Adobe by using their school email address. Students should plan to use Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop and AfterEffects while completing their coursework. Below is the suggested minimum operating systems. However this changes often and it is best to visit Adobe’s website for further info. https://helpx.adobe.com/premiere-pro/system-requirements.html
Ability to run the latest operating system (OS) Processor: i5 (i7 preferred)
Hard drive: 500gb HD (1 terabyte preferred) RAM: 8gb RAM, more if you can afford it
Graphics: Dedicated graphics card with minimum 2gb RAM
Ports: At least one USB 3.0 port
This is for a basic setup, a computer that will be reliable, but not necessarily the fastest machine. If students want to go for a more powerful setup, they can, but the above specification will get them what they need. More system RAM, and more powerful video cards, and an SSD drive are the best options.
Ability to run the latest operating system (OS)
The standard Macbook PRO is recommended. It comes with a 500 gig hard drive and 8 gigs of RAM.
A 1 TB external drive is helpful, and so is upgrading to 8 gigs of RAM, but if money is tight, the base model of the MacBook Pro will work ok. It’s possible to upgrade the RAM later. The SSD drive option is good, but get at least 256 GB if you go for that.
NOTE:We have found the Macbook Air often overheats running Adobe video applications, so we don’t recommend it.
You can get a student discount through the apple store: http://www.apple.com/education/