Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

Post by yuna1971 »

Hi everyone!
Wow..ages since I posted. Well I'm on the lookout for a good laptop on a budget which will run videostudio 7without flaws or any probs.
The laptop is only going to be used for this, as I've got an imac for my other stuff.
I don't really want to go near eBay as I'm just a bit wary of what money I'm paying out and what happens if things go wrong.
I've noticed HP and Lenovo seem decent but concious about making sure I get the right spec to run and edit my vids without problems , for the money I'll pay

Any suggestions/links - would be really grateful.

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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

Post by skier-hughes »

Maybe give us a clue of what sort of budget you are looking at spending, and also link through to a few models you are considering.
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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Around the £600/£650 mark

Is this any good?
http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/59395010 ... #DetailTop

This website seem to have some fair choices and prices not too bad.

Thanks :)
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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It may also help to print the System Requirements list given in the VS X7 product page of the Corel web site.

I did this when I bought an updated computer from my dealer. I gave him the list and asked for a new PC with a spec as good as if not better than the minimum system requirements.

You may need a laptop for other reasons but I always go for tower systems as:-
1) they are easier to update and add to. I had a IEEE 1394 FireWire card added for my Canon HV20 camera. and
2) I can run two screens off the PC, my main screen and a 16:9 wide screen for the preview window.
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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I would really prefer a laptop as it's portable and to be honest I don't have the space for a normal PC including an all in one.

Wondered what you thought of the link?
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I really like the MSI laptops...if only :(
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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yuna1971 wrote:I would really prefer a laptop as it's portable and to be honest I don't have the space for a normal PC including an all in one.

Wondered what you thought of the link?
On the face of it - good but I have not compared the spec to the Corel X7 requirements. I presume your camera records video on to SD cards and not on to tape. It is difficult to find a decent Firewire card to plug into a laptop.

Another reason I (personally) like the fixed PC is that I find the editing process (which is now IMO the more important and creative part of video) requires a system that will give me the best view of the video. ( The reason I now run a second 16:9 screen off the PC) I struggled with the initial presentation of the Edit screen where the Preview window is shown as 1/4 of the total screen. Now all the control of the edit is on the main screen and the presentation is on the second screen at full size of 19". It is like looking at a small TV and I can see so much more detail. I do accept that a Tower PC plus two screens, printer and all the rest of the kit!!! takes up a computer desk and space my wife would dearly love back for other uses!
I used to be indecisive. Now I'm not so sure.
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Haha, I bet Graham!

To be honest I'm not worried about the 2 screen thing. This isn't a professional thing, it's more of a hobby.
But I really don't have the space for a tower/table and screen.
As I said, I'm really just considering a good powerful laptop now.
What I do have is a new MacAir...I love it. But it's limited to the video editing program's it will allow and with 4gb of ram, and can't upgrade - it's just not powerful enough. Found this out by trialling adobe premier elements (very very slow on everything) and tried Final Cut Pro (again slow and I just didn't like the program)
I am used to Corels program, it's an excellent program and suits my needs.
I'm probably going to sell the MacAir as , as lovely as it is to look at and use - the money I can use for a bang off machine that'll take the Corel program and still be just as good.
I bought it in June this year....it's a shame but if I can't use it for video editing then it's just going to sit and gather dust :(
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

Post by faroukekilimanjaro »

the best laptop for any multimedia work is the dell latitude core i7 with 8 gig ram and 1tb
its a breeze, no freezing
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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Would you say the following is true for running with no probs the video editing software:

The more RAM the better
A good NVidia or the like graphics card
Good processor - at least an i5

If someone could find a good link to a real good machine at a pretty good price then would be grateful.
And by the way.....PM ME if anyone interested in buying my MacAir - bought June this year, still under warranty by loads, got box, all assesories and pristine condition. I would be looking around the £750-£800 mark though as it's so frigging new and under warranty still.
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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What are the specs of your iMac? If they are good, just install Windows 7 via bootcamp.
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It won't be any good I'm afraid. It's only 4GB Ram 256gb hard drive. I demo downloaded Adobe premier elements - it totally couldn't hack it. Lagging like mad. 4GB just won't do it IMHO.
It's a beautiful machine but it won't handle the graphic intensive program's such as Corel, Adobe, Avid etc.....sadly :(
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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yuna1971 wrote:It won't be any good I'm afraid. It's only 4GB Ram 256gb hard drive. I demo downloaded Adobe premier elements - it totally couldn't hack it. Lagging like mad. 4GB just won't do it IMHO.
It's a beautiful machine but it won't handle the graphic intensive program's such as Corel, Adobe, Avid etc.....sadly :(
That's not exactly true, lata and Ken Berry (2 of the moderators) do not appear to have issues with only 4GB of ram, however I do agree that Adobe Premiere Elements is much faster at rendering and does utilize up to 8Gb of ram, the 64 bit version of VSX7 does not perform as would be expected, hopefully the next version will show some significant improvement in speed.
An Intel i5 would be the absolute minimum, preferably go for an Intel i7, with a minimum of 6Gb ram, graphics card with 1Gb memory or more, and as much hard drive capacity as you can afford.

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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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Thank you Robert for the tips there
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Re: Help with buying a budget laptop for videostudio 7

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http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/ProductComparison

What are you're views on these 3?
Which one looks the better spec?

Thanks
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