Re: laptop for avid?

From: Mitsu Hadeishi (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Aug 14 2007 - 09:32:36 PDT

One thing to look out for with laptop editing is memory --- some
laptops top out at 2 gig, but you should buy one that can go to 3 or
4 gig if possible. Though you might not need it at first it is good
not to be stuck with a top end of 2 gig if you find things are
getting slow.

The new dual-core processors really help with speed of rendering, etc.

Try to get one that lets you swap out the internal drive easily. You
can get up to 300GB drives now for internal use... can be very
helpful if you're doing mobile editing. It also helps to get an
external drive that is bus powered if possible, so you can carry
extra storage in a portable format that doesn't require extra power

One word to the wise: back up everything to a desktop-style external
drive with massive capacity. Laptops can get lost, stolen, etc.
Those portable bus powered external drives, while convenient, can
also die fairly readily if you drop them or smash them inside a bag
or whatever (which is to say, also make sure you don't drop or smash


On Aug 14, 2007, at 11:43 AM, Sam Wells wrote:

>> there's also something to be said for
>> just straight memory, and to have the
>> ability to "work on" troubling issues
>> and sequences in your "mind's eye"
>> (does anyone remember that tool?)
> It's interesting, when I was cutting on a Steenbeck I could cut in
> my head so to speak; play back sequences when walking down the
> street and so on; but cutting on the computer I'm either in that
> world or not. (Admittedly editing for me is often way more than
> 'cutting' now.... it's compositing etc etc....).
> A neighbor of mine recently got back into photography after her
> kids went off to college etc. Both photochemical and digital. She
> asked me one day, "does something like this happen to you ? When I
> print from negatives I can think about how I'll do it even if I'm
> nowhere near the darkroom but when I work in Photoshop it's either
> on or off........"
>> when you
>> take a walk in the park, or even to gain
>> new ideas from nature,
> I just go get a cappuccino and sit in front of the local coffee
> shop, I tell people I need 3 dimensional space and more than 8 bit
> (monitor) color in my visual field ;-)
> -Sam
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