Re: laptop for avid?

From: db (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 14 2007 - 07:25:19 PDT

I've been editing on a laptop for almost two years. Love it and find
many opportunities for editing in more pleasant environments than the
typical editing room with no windows. For instance, there was the
afternoon I drove out to a local park with a stunning view of the
coast range mountains. I edited while sitting on the tailgate
(plugged into the DC converter) and then watched the sunset. It was a
good one...

I've edited a three hour feature, done animations for two features,
rotoscoped for broadcast and edited an HD short off P2 cards, all on
a G4 laptop.

As computers get more powerful it is increasingly easy to work from
laptop. And while it is true that resolution and CPU/Hard Drive
demands are increasing it is quite easy to return to an online/
offline model. Using such a model there is no reason one couldn't
edit on laptop for 2k, 4k, 7k, 35mm...

But do watch out for those minimum requirements. If the computer
can't run the software then source format and resolution are moot.


On Aug 13, 2007, at 1:46 PM, Marcos Ortega wrote:

> Hi, Moria
> It depends on what are your specific requirements. What resolution?
> Are you going to edit SD, HD...? Also note that laptops are not the
> ideal platforms for editing video. A good place to start knowing
> what you should get is the "system requirements" page:
> Vendors usually set the "minimum requirements" above the real
> minimum level, but working below these can be a real pain...
> Regards,
> Marcos

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