laptop for editing at DVinfo.net

Go Back   DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Non-Linear Editing on the PC
Discussing the editing of all formats with Matrox, Pinnacle and more.


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old August 16th, 2003, 01:26 PM   #1
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5
laptop for editing

i have vegas 4.0 and sound forge. i want to have a laptop for field editing. can anyone recommend one with specs that will work without dropping frames? i know "one beyond" makes one but it will cost $3,500 plus. i want a pc based system window xp o.s. here's the set up that i'm thinking of getting: sony vaio, 2.66 ghz, 512 mbram, 40 gig, firewire, usb, dvd +- RW/ +-R, cd burner, 15" screen, pcicm slot, 5400 rpm hd. will there be any problem using a 5400 rpm speed as opposed to 7200 rpm? i can always buy an external hd to meet specs with firwire encasing.

any input would really help. thanks, e.j.
E.J. Milkes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 16th, 2003, 03:21 PM   #2
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Cave Creek, AZ
Posts: 87
For what its worth, I just got a Dell Inspiron 5100 for $960. 2.4G P4/640M Ram/20GHD/14in/XP with DVD (no CD burner). The drive is 5400. I have external firewire drives so I wasn't too concerned with the size of the HD, but I did want to capture to it. I loaded VV4 and attached my GL2 and captured a ton of footage without one dropped frame.

Tom
Tom Christensen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 16th, 2003, 09:00 PM   #3
New Boot
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 5
thanks tom, i appreciate an honest response. you got a great deal on the dell. that was my other choice. paid $1,325 for vaio on ebay. my research told me that i save about 300-500 dollars depending where one buys. local retail shop vs. computer ecommerce store. i like the dell, hp, and toshiba because they have the s video out to monitor. the vaio, unusual, doesn't have it except you could buy an adapter. any other comments would be appreciated. tia, e.j.
E.J. Milkes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 18th, 2003, 11:11 AM   #4
Regular Crew
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Tallinn, Estonia
Posts: 123
i'm working with quite old vaio PCG-FX109K. it's 850MHz PIII, 256MB SDRAM, programs are pinnacle purple and edition. very stable machine, the only problem i have had it sometimes cannot write back to tape without mistakes. But that's purely because of lack of computing speed. i've copied my finished projects to desktop using LAN and wrote them to tape through it.
do'nt have any experience with other laptops, but my vaio have'nt got me into trouble so far.
regs, Margus
Margus Kivilaan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2003, 12:17 PM   #5
Trustee
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,564
if i had to choose i wouldn't go with either. i'd go with a laptop that has an NVidia or ATI onboard advanced GPU solution. the reason is simple... you may get a shorter battery life but you're able to do more cause it'll be inherently "faster" workflow.

http://www.alienware.com/system_pages/area-51m.aspx
__________________
bow wow wow
Yi Fong Yu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 20th, 2003, 05:47 PM   #6
Inner Circle
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Centreville Va
Posts: 1,828
My son just got one of those new toshibas with the 17" wide screen. We loaded Vegas, soundforge and Acid on it. It has a built in DVD burner. cost before tax and extended warranty was 1800.00. Has Nvidea 5200 go, 512meg, 40gig HD, 1 firewire, 3 usb2, 2.8 ghz PIV with HT. Lots of other stuff. On the way is an external 160gig firewire/usb2 drive and a Pyro A/V link.

The laptop has built in ethernet and wireless ethernet. I have to say, it's the easiest computer I've ever set up.

Later I plan on getting the Layla 24 audio card and will add the cardbus interface so it will work with his laptop.

We haven't decided to get a studio monitor or one of those nice 20inch flat screen TVs from either Sony, Toshiba or Phillips.
Joe Carney is offline   Reply With Quote
Old August 23rd, 2003, 01:30 PM   #7
Trustee
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 1,564
didya try gaming on it =). hehehehhe it's so kewl playing computer game on laptop =)
__________________
bow wow wow
Yi Fong Yu is offline   Reply
Reply

DV Info Net refers all where-to-buy and where-to-rent questions exclusively to these trusted full line dealers and rental houses...

Professional Video
(800) 833-4801
Portland, OR

B&H Photo Video
(866) 521-7381
New York, NY

Z.G.C.
(973) 335-4460
Mountain Lakes, NJ

Abel Cine Tech
(888) 700-4416
N.Y. NY & L.A. CA

Precision Camera
(800) 677-1023
Austin, TX

DV Info Net also encourages you to support local businesses and buy from an authorized dealer in your neighborhood.
  You are here: DV Info Net > Windows / PC Post Production Solutions > Non-Linear Editing on the PC

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 



Google
 

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:30 PM.


DV Info Net -- Real Names, Real People, Real Info!
1998-2017 The Digital Video Information Network