Laptop for Video Editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Neil, Aug 4, 2003.

  1. Neil

    Neil Guest

    Hi all. I had the distinct displeasure of buying a laptop for
    purposes of doing video editing with Premiere 6.5 Even though, on
    paper, the unit looked real nice (2.66 gHz, 512mb, 64m of video
    memory, firewire, etc.) when it came to to raw horse power it was an
    absolute dog. I thought it was running a bit slow, and then I checked
    it with Dr. Hardware and sure enough, in every important aspect it was
    less than half the speed of my 2.4gHz desktop.

    Other than a Mac or G5, can anyone suggest a good laptop for this
    purpose?

    Thanks;
    Neil


    P.S. The unit I bought and then returned was a very new HP laptop, a
    higher end model.
     
    Neil, Aug 4, 2003
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  2. Neil

    info-02 Guest

    Hi all. I had the distinct displeasure of buying a laptop for
    purposes of doing video editing with Premiere 6.5 Even though, on
    paper, the unit looked real nice (2.66 gHz, 512mb, 64m of video
    memory, firewire, etc.) when it came to to raw horse power it was an
    absolute dog. I thought it was running a bit slow, and then I checked
    it with Dr. Hardware and sure enough, in every important aspect it was
    less than half the speed of my 2.4gHz desktop.

    Other than a Mac or G5, can anyone suggest a good laptop for this
    purpose?

    Thanks;
    Neil


    P.S. The unit I bought and then returned was a very new HP laptop, a
    higher end model.


    --- Many laptops, including my Dell run at 1/2 sppeed, when running off
    the battery. You have to specifically configure it to run full speed. On the
    A/C adapter, it should run full speed.
     
    info-02, Aug 4, 2003
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  3. Neil

    BLITZ Guest

    Too bad you have already eliminated Mac. I have a power book running a
    pretty full blown desktop NLE setup and it handles it all.
    You might want to reconsider. Mac is pretty easy to learn and has been more
    stable than my PC. I am not a Mac-head, but it does what I need it to do.
    Linux may deserve more credit than Mac for this, but it works and works
    well. No crashes since I got it last December.
     
    BLITZ, Aug 4, 2003
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  4. I have a Sony VAIO laptop (850 MHz win2k) since 3 years and video editing
    with Premiere 6.5 is working fine: capturing, editing and exporting as avi
    or mpg files without any problem; speed with such a slow PC is not at the
    level of newer unit but it works
     
    Jacques Ciana, Aug 4, 2003
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  5. Neil

    Zestypix Guest

    I have used macs and they are great for video editing..
    the only time I ever pined for more speed
    is when I am using sophisti-graphics effects
    or composting, but NLEs run smooth and well...

    have to say though, premiere is not my fave NLE..
    try the avid xpress dv ..not only a better app
    but when you learn to use it you know how to
    edit on most avid systems leaving you
    with a new with which to get jobs.

    (no I do not work for avid..but I have used both apps
    and PC & Apple laptops...none are perfect,
    but the apples preferable...and on apple you can also use final cut pro or a
    small version called final cut express
    which is a snap
     
    Zestypix, Aug 4, 2003
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  6. Neil

    David Chien Guest

    absolute dog. I thought it was running a bit slow, and then I checked
    1) keep in mind that when on battery power, most mobile processors
    automatically 1/2 speed. Yep, that 2Ghz laptop runs at 1Ghz or less on
    batteries by design. Plug it in to speed it up.

    Also, most 9.5mm HDs don't run as fast as the latest 7200rpm 60GB
    Hitachi 9.5mm or their 80GB 5400rpm 9.5mm. Simply replace with the
    above and you'll see a big difference.

    Make sure you have a minimum of 512MB RAM for WinXP and video
    editing.

    2) Compaq X1000.

    Baby should rocket through most edits.

    For as low as $1032:
    http://www.fatwallet.com/forums/messageview.cfm?start=0&catid=18&threadid=198456

    Forums:
    http://www.x1000forums.com/viewforum.php?f=1&sid=2acf191f3ba5f8435f5c1eec8c01ec41

    The 1.5Ghz Centrino (P-M) CPU runs faster than a 2.2Ghz Pentium 4
    mobile on AC.

    ---

    Bump up the speed to a 1.5-1.7 Centrino, drop in a 80GB HD, add a
    16xx by 1050 or 1920 x 1200 high resolution screen and you can easily
    edit multitrack videos all day long without much trouble. (1920x1200
    gives you 4 normal 800x600 screens to edit on on screen at once!
    Stretch out that video editor!)
     
    David Chien, Aug 4, 2003
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  7. Neil

    Nogami Guest

    Hmm... Running a P3 1ghz laptop, works fine with Avid DVXpress 3.5 on
    WinXP. Works even better with an external firewire drive to keep the
    load off of the relatively slow internal 2.5 IDE drive.

    The interesting thing was that it was an absolute dog (benchmarked out
    at around 26fps when capturing) until I located a BIOS upgrade to fix
    a problem with the firewire port.

    Benchmarks at 200fps now with the BIOS upgrade.

    You didn't say though what you found was slow - slowdowns in editing
    can be a number of things, but without knowing what you're trying to
    do, it's hard to pinpoint where the problem is.

    N.
     
    Nogami, Aug 5, 2003
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  8. Neil

    Hal Lowe Guest

    Hal Lowe, Aug 5, 2003
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  9. Neil

    Neil Guest

    HI Hal. Glad to hear you're enjoying the Vaio, I've heard similar
    reports from other owners. I guess Sony did their homework.

    Be well;
    Neil
     
    Neil, Aug 6, 2003
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  10. Neil

    John Guest


    ANY PC is better than Mac. As an additional benefit a PC will be compatible
    with the real world unlike the non-standard Mac.
     
    John, Aug 6, 2003
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    Enough Guest

    Enough, Aug 7, 2003
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