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Old November 1st, 2004, 07:29 PM   #1
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laptop users a question

what type of laptop do u use for video editing ?

Dell, Sony, Mac Alien Ware, hp, etc

what are the specifications?

what software are u using?

thanks
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Old November 1st, 2004, 07:47 PM   #2
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Powerbook 1Ghz, 15".

And FCP. Although Avid Express Pro is tempting me....
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Old November 1st, 2004, 07:57 PM   #3
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do u have any problems with your system like freezing and stuff

how much memory do u have?

are u able to do real time editing and effects?
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Old November 1st, 2004, 08:34 PM   #4
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I mainly use my G4 tower for editing anymore these days, but I occasionally still refer to my Laptop. I used it a lot when I first got it, until I have After Effects renders that I needed more power to plow thru.

I have 1 GB of RAM. I haven't frozen at all, acutally. Occasionally FCP will unexpectedly quit...and it was really bad when I went to FCP HD (4.5). But I went back to FCP 4.1.1 and things are more stable. I get the unexpectedly quit error only once a week, when it is working. On the tower I get it twice as often, but it is working more.

Not as many realtime effects as the tower, mainly the dissolves and color corrections. But I render most my effects as I add them anyway...I like to see them really work. Sometimes when I don't render it, even though it is "real time" the system will drop frames and stop.

Overall a decent system. I can't comment on how it compares to a PC based edit system. I never owned a PC, and rarely touch them.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 08:40 PM   #5
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i am looking at a laptop but would like to know what other people are using and their experiences

i am a pc user and i get the the occassional errors and stuff on my home built system

i was looking at the emac to enter the apple arena at a low cost
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Old November 1st, 2004, 09:34 PM   #6
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Sager makes the absolute best notebooks. alot think Alienware is the best...when reality there selling point is based on how many more alien eyeballs they can add to the case.
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Old November 1st, 2004, 09:38 PM   #7
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sager ?

where can i find this laptop?

do u use this laptop for editing ?

i have heard of alienware but that is out of my range
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 04:16 AM   #8
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DELL Latitude 9100, 3.2 GHz Pentium 4, 1 GB RAM, 80 GB internal
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Old November 2nd, 2004, 02:07 PM   #9
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fujitsu n5010, 3 ghz p4, 16.1" sxga+ tft, 4:3(?) aspect ratio screen, 768mb ram, 40gig 5400rpm hd.

take a look at the screen technology, not all laptops are created equal... when i got mine, the only two choices then were between the sony xbrite and the fujitsu crystal view... nothing else was comparable.

you have to be realistic about whether you really want to carry it around, or whether it's a desktop replacement... i use the external keyboard and mouse, and an external crt to expand the screen size... external hard drives and dvd burners as well, they are much cheaper.
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Old November 24th, 2004, 11:22 PM   #10
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another Mac user here. 1.33ghz powerbook g4. final cut pro 4.5. absolutely no problems.
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Old November 24th, 2004, 11:26 PM   #11
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Mac laptop, G4 with 1Gb of ram and 120Gb external FireWire HD. Zero problems and a joy to edit on, except for the small screen. I'm used to my dual 20" desktop screens.
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Old November 29th, 2004, 03:17 PM   #12
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We use a Toshiba Satellite P35 series. It's one of the more inexpensive widescreen laptops out there. It is really a desktop replacement though.

While your hardware does affect system stability, don't disregard your software either. Using the very same desktop systems we found Vegas to be much more stable than Premiere. Of course, this is irrelevant moot if you go with FCP on an Apple.
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Old November 29th, 2004, 05:59 PM   #13
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Hello,

I am using an HP Pavilion 3010.. 1.5 GHZ Centrino, 512 MB of ram,60 gig hard drive, external 60 gig Acom firewire/usb 2.0 drive..external Sony DVD burner (when needed) 15.4 inch widescreen... Works like a champ using Vegas 5, DVD Architect 2.0, After Effects 6.5 and Lightwave 3D 8.0..

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Old November 29th, 2004, 06:07 PM   #14
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Old November 29th, 2004, 07:31 PM   #15
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I'm using a Toshiba Satellite P25 S505 it's more than a year old with 2.8 GHZ hyperthreading, 1.00Gig RAM 17" screen 60 Gig HDD and a multidrive DVD/CD writable/re writable

It's heavy about 10lbs sometimes feel like 20lbs.

I only use it when I'm on tour and editing on the road.

It works great with PPro Suite, Particle Illusion, and Boris Red. Plus the built in Wi-Fi, bluetooth, and SD card reader allows me to easily transfer data and upload .wmv files from almost anywhere.
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