Laptop purchase for video editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Sandman, Dec 18, 2003.

  1. Sandman

    Sandman Guest

    Hi,

    I know that there's much better software out there, but I'm used to
    Pinnacle Studio 8 already (home hobbyist). However, I need mobility
    now (baseball swing analysis w/ a local facility) and I could use some
    help on minimum laptop purchase to produce an instructional video. I
    also need a DVD writer for quick transport between this and my desktop
    (and at least one other desktop).

    NICs are irrelevant, as most don't come w/ wireless, and that's what
    I'll add.

    Here are some on sale right now, if they're not too low-end to work
    effectively:

    Toshiba Satellite P4 2.3GHz - M ($900 after rebate): 533MHz frontside
    bus, 512MB DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" TFT, 60gb hard
    drive, Intel 852GM 32MB video, 2 USB 2.0 ports

    Sony VAIO P4 2.8GHz ($1200 after rebate): 533MHz frontside bus, 512MB
    DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" XGA TFT 1024x768, 40gb hard
    drive, ATI Mobility RADEON IGP 34M 64mb graphics, IEEE 1394 interface,
    Sony Memory Stick media slot

    Sony VAIO 2.4GHz Celeron ($750 after rebate): 533MHz bus, 512MB DDR
    SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" XGA TFT 1024x768, 40gb hard
    drive, ATI Mobility RADEON IGP 34M 64mb graphics, IEEE 1394 interface,
    Sony Memory Stick media slot
    Other choices from Dell, Compaq, HP, etc.?

    Any other things I s/b considering for peripherals?

    Thanks a lot,
    Mike
     
    Sandman, Dec 18, 2003
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  2. Sandman

    Melchizedek Guest

    Hi,

    I know that there's much better software out there, but I'm used to
    Pinnacle Studio 8 already (home hobbyist). However, I need mobility
    now (baseball swing analysis w/ a local facility) and I could use some
    help on minimum laptop purchase to produce an instructional video. I
    also need a DVD writer for quick transport between this and my desktop
    (and at least one other desktop).

    NICs are irrelevant, as most don't come w/ wireless, and that's what
    I'll add.

    Here are some on sale right now, if they're not too low-end to work
    effectively:

    Toshiba Satellite P4 2.3GHz - M ($900 after rebate): 533MHz frontside
    bus, 512MB DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" TFT, 60gb hard
    drive, Intel 852GM 32MB video, 2 USB 2.0 ports

    Sony VAIO P4 2.8GHz ($1200 after rebate): 533MHz frontside bus, 512MB
    DDR SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" XGA TFT 1024x768, 40gb hard
    drive, ATI Mobility RADEON IGP 34M 64mb graphics, IEEE 1394 interface,
    Sony Memory Stick media slot

    Sony VAIO 2.4GHz Celeron ($750 after rebate): 533MHz bus, 512MB DDR
    SDRAM, DVD-ROM/CD-RW combo drive, 15" XGA TFT 1024x768, 40gb hard
    drive, ATI Mobility RADEON IGP 34M 64mb graphics, IEEE 1394 interface,
    Sony Memory Stick media slot
    Other choices from Dell, Compaq, HP, etc.?

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    Toshiba P25-S5093 P4 3.0GHz 512MB 80GB DVDRW/CDRW 17" WXGA
    Windows XP Home Edition
    Microsoft Works

    $1,949.99

    Item # 22533
    Plus Shipping & Handling == or == Direct from Store at Costco's

    Whether you take it from room-to-room or set it up for the whole family to enjoy, the Satellite
    P25 Series will delight your senses with its 17" theater-like display, rich harman/kardon®
    sound and smooth NVIDIA® GeForceT FX Go5200 graphics. At the heart of the system is a powerful
    Intel® Pentium® 4 Processor with Hyper-Threading Technology and 800MHz system bus.
    Processor & Memory:
    Intel® Pentium® 4 3.0GHz with Hyper-Threading Technology
    800MHz processor system bus clock
    512KB Level 2 Cache integrated on die
    512MB PC2100 DDR SDRAM (expandable to 1024 MB) (Both slots may be occupied)
    Intel 865PE + ICH5 Chipset
    Drives:
    80GB EIDE hard drive
    DVD-RW/CD-RW combo drive: CD-R (24x read/16x write); CD-RW (12x/4x); CD-ROM (24x); DVD-ROM
    (8x); DVD-R (8x/2x); DVD-RW (8x/1x); DVD-RAM (2x/2x)
    Graphics & Video:
    17.0" TFT WXGA active matrix display
    Resolution: internal support up to 16M colors @ 1440 x 900
    NVIDIA GeForce FX Go5200 graphics controller; 32MB DDR external video memory
    DirectX 9.0 support, OpenGL support
    Communications:
    Integrated V.92/56K modem
    Integrated 10/100 Ethernet LAN
    Integrated Wireless LAN 802.11g
    Audio:
    Realtek ALC202 Codec Chip, Software Sound
    16-bit Stereo, Windows Sound System Ver. 2.0; SoundBlaster® Pro compatible
    Built-in harman/kardon Stereo Speakers
    Direct 3D Sound (supported by sound driver); hardware acceleration for DirectSound and
    DirectMusic; Full Duplex and MIDI (play back) support
    Sound Volume (by Dial)
    Keyboard:
    Full sized, 85 keys with 12 function keys; 2.7mm key stroke, 6mm height
    Dedicated Windows keys support
    HotKey function
    TouchPad pointing device
    Expandability:
    Two memory slots (both slots occupied)
    Two PC card slots support two Type II or one Type III PC cards
    Ports:
    Parallel printer port
    RGB port (monitor)
    Four USB 2.0 ports
    One infrared port
    TV-out (S-Video)
    RJ-45 LAN port
    RJ-11 modem port
    i.LINKT (IEEE 1394) port
    Secure Digital (SD) card slot
    Operating System:
    Microsoft® Windows XP Home Edition
    Additional Software:
    Microsoft Works
    InterVideo® WinDVD Creator Plus
    Intuit® Quicken® New User Edition 2003
    Norton® AntiVirusT 2003 - with 3 month subscription
    Security Features:
    Slot for computer lock
    HDD and memory (2 screws)
    Main battery pack (sliding lock / sliding latch)
    User power-on password
    Setup security
    Screen Blank (by HotKey)
    Screen Saver by software
    Power Supply:
    Battery: 12-cell, rechargeable, removable LI-Ion (Graphite) battery; 14.8V x 6450mAh

    Battery Life: Up to 2H
    Recharge time (main off/on): 4H/12H
    Additional Information:
    Dimensions: 16.4" L x 11.5" W x 1.8" H
    Weight: 9.9 lbs.
    Warranty: One-year on parts, labor and battery

    [Model P25-S5093]

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    Melchizedek, Dec 18, 2003
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  3. Sandman

    Rick Guest

    I can tell you this. You DON'T want a Celeron if you are doing video
    editing.
     
    Rick, Dec 19, 2003
    #3
  4. Sandman

    Sandman Guest

    That's the kind of advice I'm looking for. Thanks Rick.
     
    Sandman, Dec 19, 2003
    #4
  5. Sandman

    mikep76 Guest

    Sanman:

    You were a great help to me some months ago, so I'd like to return the
    favor. Before you consider any VAIO, you should check carefully on
    this website:

    http://pub173.ezboard.com/bunofficialsony

    for some very candid comments on Sony gear in general and the Sony
    laptops you are considering.

    I am afraid my experience with Celeron-equipped VAIO's is not the same
    as Rick's. I have an old VAIO celeron which captures flawlessly even
    to this day, albeit somewhat slow in rendering, since it is about a
    433 speed. Mine is a very old desktop one, and I also have a very old
    VAIO laptop F-180 (I don't recall if it is a Celeron) which Sony did
    not even equip with their capture software, that I added DVGate
    software to and found it quite capable (although hobbled by a 4.3 gig
    hard drive) of capturing and editing DV video.

    That said, there are still some severe drawbacks to Sony VAIO's. For
    instance, there was a recent post that indicated a VAIO laptop with a
    P4 HT chip was experiencing severe overheating, and another poster
    pointed out that that was an inevitable result of the use of the P4 in
    a laptop. Apparently the P4 has the ability to either slow down or
    even (freeze, hibernate, pause?) processes to regulate temperature.
    Since I do not have a P4 laptop, I do not know the exact details, so I
    suggest you spend some time at the above site for a better description
    of the issue, which could be a show-stopper for your purposes.

    In addition, you will find that there are innumerable threads by
    frustrated VAIO owners, complaining about not being able to upgrade
    their Sony Video software, because Sony only provides their latest
    version of their proprietary software in new computers: if you want
    the latest software version, you must buy a another new VAIO!

    If you decide to change OS's, you will most likely find that some of
    the VAIO hardware bits and pieces (like the built-in selector wheel,
    the modem, the special functiion keys, etc.) no longer work, and Sony
    drivers may not be available for your new OS.

    I am not suggesting that VAIO's don't work properly, just that you
    need to evaluate the Sony "business philosophy" and the specific
    drawbacks of the VAIO's you are considering before you plunk down your
    cash.

    Good Luck
     
    mikep76, Dec 20, 2003
    #5
  6. Sandman

    Sandman Guest

    Thanks a bunch Mike.

    I'll check that site out.
     
    Sandman, Dec 20, 2003
    #6
  7. Sandman

    jack245 Guest

    I use Pinnacle Studio 8 on my Vaio Z505LE laptop, and I'm very happy
    with the results.

    Sandman, I can tell by your first post, that you are more computer savvy
    than I am. My position is, if "I" can turn out high quality home video's
    with my limited knowledge of computer's, anyone can.

    As long as they stay within the limit's of the software they're using.
     
    jack245, Dec 20, 2003
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