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Old July 19th, 2006, 06:39 AM   #1
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HDV rack on a laptop?

It seems the hdv rack plug in requires a cpu equivalent to 3.2 ghz? laptops aren't that powerful are they? arent the high end units under 2 ghz?
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Old July 19th, 2006, 12:33 PM   #2
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From the DVRack for HDV FAQ. here are the requirements:
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What are the system requirements for HDV capture and playback?

Here are the additional specs for the HDV PowerPack:

CPU: 2.0 GHz Intel® Pentium® 4, Intel® Celeron®, Intel® Pentium® M, or AMD Athlon XP® processor or equivalent (3.2 GHz recommended)

256 MB RAM

32 MB AGP graphics card with 3D acceleration (64 MB NVIDIA GeForce™ or 64 MB ATI Radeon™ class card recommended)
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Old July 19th, 2006, 06:22 PM   #3
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What matters a lot also is the harddrive. On a laptop you can't have multiple drives in one housing.
I made a workaround partitioning my harddrive and placed my OS on the last part (closest to the center of the physical drive were the datarate is lower).
My 'video drive' partition I always quick format for each new project. This way I'm sure the drive has no defragmantations on that partition.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 03:54 AM   #4
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HDV Rack on a Laptop

I have used DVRack/HDV-Rack on two different Laptops, one very simple with a mobile P4 2.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, nvida Geforce FX Go 5300, the other a mobile workstation (Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240. In both cases HDV-Rack worked fine with a GY-HD101E connected to it.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 04:17 AM   #5
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I have used DVRack/HDV-Rack on two different Laptops, one very simple with a mobile P4 2.8 GHz, 512 MB RAM, nvida Geforce FX Go 5300, the other a mobile workstation (Fujitsu-Siemens Celsius H240. In both cases HDV-Rack worked fine with a GY-HD101E connected to it.
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I look at laptops all day yesterday, not one was above 2 ghz--the threshold for hdv rack. I email SM last week and so far no reply. I'm living in Asia, maybe the the laptops, like the beer, are less powerful.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 05:27 AM   #6
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Brian,

Try www.alienware.com. Lots of very powerful laptops. I've got an MJ-12 Series laptop, and it's great. I got mine last year, and it has a 3.4 GHz P4 in it, along with 2 GB RAM and dual 100GB hard drives. Plenty powerful enough for HDV Rack.
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Old July 20th, 2006, 05:35 AM   #7
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I look at laptops all day yesterday, not one was above 2 ghz--the threshold for hdv rack. I email SM last week and so far no reply. I'm living in Asia, maybe the the laptops, like the beer, are less powerful.
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The latest dual core processors are not clocked as fast, but give higher performance than a P4 3.2. So they in theory they should be more than adequate.

Dell are doing some good deals on dual core laptops.


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Old July 20th, 2006, 07:12 AM   #8
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The latest dual core processors are not clocked as fast, but give higher performance than a P4 3.2. So they in theory they should be more than adequate.

Dell are doing some good deals on dual core laptops.


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They are -- a Dual Core is about 2X faster than a Pentium 4. Serious Magic needs to update their site as they are behind the times.

For may users -- just get an Intel based laptop.
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