Laptop system for video editing

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Alison, Sep 30, 2003.

  1. Alison

    Alison Guest

    I am considering a Dell laptop solely for video editing, probably
    their Inspiron 8600 or 8500 models. Has anyone had experience with
    either of these? Are their configurations powerful enough for
    glitch-free editing? What editing software can you recommend? (I use
    Sonic Foundry's Vegas' "little brother" Video Factory on my Dell desktop.)

    - Is there an advantage to buying a 128MB video card vice 64MB for

    - Dell's laptops come with 4200rmp hard disks. Is that too slow for
    editing? Their 8600 can be equipped with a 7200rpm - would a
    smaller-capacity 7200rpm be preferable to a larger 4200? (I already
    have an external Firewire 7200rpm I can attach.)

    Any advice you can offer, including other laptop systems besides
    Dell's, would be appreciated.
    Alison, Sep 30, 2003
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    Kevin Guest

    I'm editing on a D800 (the Centrino version of the 8500) and I love it. The
    WUXGA screen is excellent for viewing large timelines and clip galleris,
    though it means that even a full 720x480 preview takes up less than 1/4 of
    the screen. I have a 5400 RPM drive and I'm using Media Studio Pro 7. It's
    decently fast, previewing is not fully real-time but it's pretty close for
    simpler, shorter projects.

    I have 512 MB of RAM.

    Perhaps this unit isn't as powerful as a desktop streamlined for video editing,
    but it's a mobile solution that works well and I am getting great results.
    Kevin, Oct 1, 2003
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