? Mac laptop system for on the road video editing - external or internals?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Marian, Jul 13, 2003.

  1. Marian

    Marian Guest

    I will use a Mac laptop for one purpose - making imovies to create
    mini-Dv and DVD versions on the road. My question is cost versus
    practicality. I see that external storage is available, even up to
    200GB ($400). Also DVD burners are for sale.

    Would it therefore make sense to buy an older (how much older -
    minimum and recommended) powerbook and just add on externally? There
    must be a point where it becomes cumbersome or problematic yet to buy
    the very best newest powerbook just isn't possible. What is a sensible
    compromise? And perhaps there is a point where saving money hardly
    makes sense - i.e. for $100 more I can get it built in.

    Is there any technical problem using an external harddrive? In 2001 I
    heard that they could be used for storage but were not suited for
    taking footage from the a camcorder. I set up shop every three months
    in a major city in Asia where I can store some peripherals, but the
    bare bones for rough editing while travelling must fit (along with all
    my professional and personal belongings) in a carry on suitcase plus a
    small packsack.

    P.S. I am not technically inclined, which I why I switched from PC. It
    has to be major problem-free and and basically no hassle. In my
    experience anything that isn't built in doesn't always work. I don't
    tinker. I need reliability and economy. My experience is with imovie2
    and a Cube - basically OK except for audio (and OS9 did crash

    I have US$2000 to work with.
    Marian, Jul 13, 2003
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  2. If you plan on using iDVD to burn DVDs, know that it only comes with
    Macs that have a built-in SuperDrive (CD/DVD burner). And iDVD won't
    work with external DVD burners.


    I believe that DVD Studio Pro will work with external burners. It has
    more features than iDVD, but it costs $500.

    I'd suggest you ask about this on the MacDV List. There are quite a few
    pro and semi-pro folks that hang out there.

    Gordon B. Alley, Jul 13, 2003
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