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Old July 16th, 2009, 10:29 AM   #1
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Is this laptop powerful enough to just capture HDV footage?

I don't have the laptop in my possession to do a test right now. This is what my friend has available for use. A 2 Ghz AMD Dual Core. I want to use Adobe On Location to transfer recorded HDV tapes 1280x720P to an external USB hard drive in the field. This for file backup only. No editing will be done. I was wondering if the laptop is capable of just capturing HDV .m2t files. Here are the laptops specs.

Toshiba Satellite AMD Turion™ 64 X2 Dual-Core Mobile Technology TL-60
o 2.0 GHz, 1MB L2 Cache, HyperTransport™ Technology @ up to 800Mz
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Old July 16th, 2009, 07:37 PM   #2
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Should be all the berries. I have a 2.0 GHz Core Duo that's two and a half years old that I've used with Encore CS3 to capture HDV with no problems. I was even using an old LaCie "Lego" drive that I think is only 5400RPM.

You are probably all set.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 07:50 AM   #3
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That laptop will run at 10% or less CPU usage for just capturing HDV. I have an ancient Sony Vaio 3.4GHz single Pentium with only 512MB of RAM and 5400 RPM hard drive. I often attach a 4200 RPM extarnal (USB) hard drive and capture DV or HDV and the CPU is almost idling. Capturing DV or HDV is basically a file transfer, nothing more, and at only 25 MB/sec puts no special requirement on the computer.

Use HDV Split for capturing HDV and make sure nothing else is running (especially antivirus software) and it is not connected to the web, so it won't go out to do Windows or some otehr updates.
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Old July 17th, 2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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Great. Thank you very much for your time and help! It sounds like we are set. I knew that the laptop was more than ok for DV, but being new to HDV format, I needed to make sure of this issue.
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