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Old April 1st, 2010, 08:08 AM   #1
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Netbook editing

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Just wondering if anybody has any experience of editing on a netbook. I.e. What software have you run, how does it run, what were you able to do etc.
Just any advice really.

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Old April 1st, 2010, 09:09 AM   #2
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I don't know that I'd even attempt to edit video on a netbook with anything other than Vegas. I think anything else will simply not scale its resource usage down enough...

...and I'm guessing even Vegas might not run on any but the beefiest of the lot.

Keep in mind that the lack of display resources will be one of the larger issues. The processor and RAM may be the smaller of a myriad of issues involved in trying to do this.
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Old April 1st, 2010, 10:45 AM   #3
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yeah I realise there's a myriad of reasons not to even try to edit on a netbook. Just wondering if anybody has tried and what their experience was.

I would never expect it to be able to handle anything remotely high end, but just wondering if it's possible to do simple cuts in dv or something similar.
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Old April 2nd, 2010, 12:47 PM   #4
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I have done that... what I did was using the proxy editing method or bait-n-switch method. I convert all the HQ footage to LQ. Edit with all the LQ resolution file. They won't take up much processing power so even a cheap Atom CPU can handle it. Once I got the draft done, I reopen the project file in my desktop and point to the original HQ file for export.

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Old April 3rd, 2010, 07:22 PM   #5
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I started editing DV footage on a 500MHz Pentium III with probably no more than 128MB of RAM. I think I was using Vegas 3 on that system.

Considering the Atom processor is about equivalent to a Pentium III-M with the same clock speed, today's netbooks would blow away that system I had in 2002-2003.

So yes, you'd be able to edit SD footage just fine, but you may have to dig up an older version of Vegas.
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