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mskuma
02-12-2008, 02:55 PM
Hi

I'm getting a new laptop for HDV editing. Any successful users editing HDV with SE, please tell me your laptop model/specs.

So far I can establish dedicated graphics & dual core are good. More than that, I am not sure. Thanks.

Regards

Michael.

CreatvGnius
02-12-2008, 03:41 PM
So far I can establish dedicated graphics & dual core are good
No, not necessarily -- you need more detail on that dedicated graphics issue: should have at least 126MB per display of either ATI or nVidia CPU, for high def (IMHO) --

Intel Core™2 Duo, t7500 or better processor (4MB of Level-2 Cache is good) is what I'd recommend (not merely citing the description, "Dual Core"; Moreover, a 1066 MHz system bus would suit you just dandy, although 800MHz will do.

I have a middle-of-the-road consumer-oriented HP dv9000T, but am not cutting HD.
-PeterG :hey:

cholo
02-12-2008, 03:59 PM
I run SE on a Macbook Pro and it works. I've cut entire programs on it.

mskuma
02-13-2008, 02:56 PM
Thanks for your replies. cholo, I'd be interested to know what your CPU speed is.

cholo
02-13-2008, 07:01 PM
2.3

Adam_LightPlay
02-13-2008, 07:52 PM
I'd also make sure it has the newer Express Card slot, (kinda like PCMCIA but faster). Then you can buy an inexpensive e-Sata controller Express card, and then mount one or two e-Sata external hard drives.

CreatvGnius
02-13-2008, 10:02 PM
I'd also make sure it has the newer Express Card slot, (kinda like PCMCIA but faster). Then you can buy an inexpensive e-Sata controller Express card, and then mount one or two e-Sata external hard drives.

Yeah, ExpressCard 54 is one variant, I believe. It's in this HPdv9700t notebook we've got here.
http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Usage&v1=Entertainment&series_name=dv9700t_series
(http://www.shopping.hp.com/webapp/shopping/computer_can_series.do?storeName=computer_store&category=notebooks&a1=Usage&v1=Entertainment&series_name=dv9700t_series)

As far as I can tell, it appears HP is really working hard at offering quite a lot of bang for the buck in notebooks in the 15"-17" $899 - $1399 class these days.
-PeterG

mskuma
02-14-2008, 02:04 AM
Thanks. I agree about eSata. I also wonder about screen size.. I see NewTek suggestion 1280 x 1024 min. I could agree after trialing it on my 1440 x 900 screen - I can imagine 900 is a fraction too short, and most notebooks are like mine or around 800. From your experiences, please let me know what is the optimum screen res for SE?

mskuma
02-14-2008, 02:07 AM
Considering cholo's spec, I'm guessing nvidia 8600M is a min requirement. Anyone have any confirmations about their notebook video spec for HDV?

CreatvGnius
02-14-2008, 09:06 AM
Considering cholo's spec, I'm guessing nvidia 8600M is a min requirement. Anyone have any confirmations about their notebook video spec for HDV?

nVidia 8400M GS with 256MB of RAM (able to access up to over a Gig of system RAM if I recall correctly) is the discrete graphics card in the unit we have here, and I'd consider it adequate (perhaps as a minimum for decent SpeedEDIT HD use?).

As for the 1400x900 display we both have, I should mention that if you opt for an optional higher-res screen, it'll cost you, but you might like having the luxury of enjoying pixel for pixel representation of what's on your timeline, right?

The 1280x1024 display spec NewTek provides as a SpeedEDIT recommendation, I believe, relates to the need for the preview window to be able to resolve at a really decent quality, so as to, among other things -- facilitate smooth color gradation (important for critical color correction, no?). Hopefully, someone will chime in to improve upon my educated guess.
-PeterG

CreatvGnius
02-14-2008, 09:09 AM
I have a middle-of-the-road consumer-oriented HP dv9000T, but am not cutting HD. hey:
Naw. This is a dv9700t instead.
-PeterG

cholo
02-14-2008, 03:40 PM
Actually my graphics are 256MB radeon mobility X1600. It works well enough. :)

mskuma
02-26-2008, 04:23 AM
Thanks for all the responses - though it's early days, I seem to be doing ok with an Asus G1S notebook which is a 2.2GHz Core2Duo machine with 2Gb RAM & 8600M GT video. I'm wondering how much better esata is compared to USB2. I found when dragging in a lot of HDV clips from the add media window, it took a long time for SE to return control back to me to start work. Maybe esata is better in this regard..?