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Old April 28th, 2009, 04:07 AM   #1
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Vegas 8 - Recommend a laptop for me?

Hi.. I would like to Do HDV editing / capture using a laptop..

I have the Canon XL H1,

Please recommend a brand / specs for me do this flawlessly.
I use to be into computers few years ago, but havn't really kept up since Core Duo came out.

Thank you.

Budget is round about 1000 USD or similar. I'm currently in New Zealand, Pricespy.co.nz gives a fair indication of prices in New zealand at the moment.

Any help is much appreciated!
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Old April 28th, 2009, 08:08 AM   #2
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I don't have any specific make/models for you but...

I'd look for one with multiple hard drives and then get the fastest processor you can afford.

For example, I'm using a Sager laptop that allows up to 3 hard drives to be installed. That way I don't have to worry about capturing to my system drive. Plus, I was able to pick 7200RPM drives for each as well.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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What are the pros and cons of dedicated graphics cards for this? And also connectivity, DVi out? Presumably the OP would want some sort of ability to color correct on an external monitor.
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A secondary monitor or firewire out could be used for color correction (I do firewire out for that on my laptop). As for the video card, Vegas doesn't use any special features and pretty much all laptops handle dual monitors now.
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Old April 28th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #5
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Graphics card

Right, Vegas doesnt really care about the graphics cards power or memory (but your other applications might?) - however Magic Bullet plug-in (which is one of my absolute ESSENTIAL plug-ins for colour correction) heavily relies on the power of the graphics card.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 09:18 PM   #6
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Which graphics card for laptops are suitable? I see Dell has some nVidia ones.
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Old April 29th, 2009, 10:10 PM   #7
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I need to throw in that editing HD "flawlessly" as you said in your original post seems a tad vague as to what you expect/want. Or more specifically what does flawless mean as you are using the term? Fast? Or it works accurately? If you are a hobbyist with tons of time you can certainly get by with a laptop, but IMO it wouldn't be an attractive situation.

Short of using a quadcore laptop, which I believe runs over $2K, you are in for long render times and poor performance on the timeline with any laptop. Even a quad core laptop will bring you less than stellar performance. I don't know if Dell makes a quad core laptop, but I wouldn't buy one anyway. The price would be much too high considering the i7 should be available relatively soon.

I run an overclocked i7 desktop and am still frustrated by the the HD process. The creation of proxies, render times, etc., it is all too much. Of course, I have many projects in the pipeline at one time, and work on one PC, not multiple ones, so I become backed up at every little delay, and all the while I have clients waiting.

I cannot even imagine HD on a laptop. If you have more time than money, I guess it will work, but don't expect fast HD editing on any laptop.

Someone will undoubtedly chime in and say they edit HD on a laptop just fine. OK, that's great, I say. I just know I have a fairly fast and up to date PC and the process certainly doesn't feel fast to me.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 03:29 AM   #8
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I'll chime in!

I've got a 2.8Ghz Core 2 Extreme and am using Vegas with HDV and in the past AVCHD. AVCHD wasn't much fun, but HDV is ok for a hobbyist.

I would agree the render times are long, but I find timeline and previews are pretty good. It depends how long your projects are, is this just a hobby?

But then I don't think you'd get the 2.8 Extreme for 1000 USD.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 09:28 AM   #9
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I picked up an asus dual core, 2.4 ghz. I use it to edit with my ex3 in the field. it does a great job. I even edit with Magic bullet, and it does fine. render times are a little slow when you add a bunch of effects, but if its just straight video, its pretty fast.
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Old April 30th, 2009, 09:34 AM   #10
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Actually, many pros use laptops, I just don't know how they cope with it.
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Old May 5th, 2009, 09:12 AM   #11
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You may find that you prefer Windows XP Pro over Vista. That said, a clone would be the more likely choice. If you want something like a Dell, only certain models have the option for downconversion from Vista to XP. You could try to find XP drivers for the laptop and install it yourself.

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The displays are often not the greatest when it comes to displaying videos and the mfg. changes the display suppliers regularly.

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Hey John what u get?A M6500 Dell?
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Hey John what u get?A M6500 Dell?
I have a Dell Vostro 1500, but I would never use if for video editing unless I had no other choice. I use it to dump memory cards in the field from my Sony PMW-EX1. I much prefer a desktop computer for video editing. Faster. Easier to type on the keyboard. Much more value per dollar than laptops.

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Old May 11th, 2009, 10:34 PM   #14
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I would not recommend vista, i would get a windows xp machine from dell. or wait till windows 7 comes out. with my laptop i am running a duo core and with win xp and it runs pretty good. It would be nice to have a 7200rpm hard drive compared to mine is 5400. I would also check into the solid state drives, those are the real deal. good luck.
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