Re: laptop for avid?

From: Rob Danielson (email suppressed)
Date: Wed Aug 15 2007 - 10:34:47 PDT

At 8:15 PM -0700 8/14/07, db wrote:
>On Aug 14, 2007, at 1:18 PM, Rob Danielson wrote:
>>Avid allows everyone to economize and focus on the important part:
>>learning to edit.
>if you wish to talk economy
>Avid Express Pro (DV): $ 765.00
>Avid Express Pro 5.5 $1480.00
> (w/Mojo: $2100.00)
>FC Studio 2: $1200.00
> resolution independent
> picture/sound editing software
> sound editing software
> 3D motion design/compositing software
> Title Design software
> DVD authoring software
> compression software
> networkable through Q-Master
>just saying...
>ps, Avid's upgrade path has sucked almost from the beginning; and
>making their software stupider (by disabling certain functions--aka
>Avid Express) so they could sell it "competitively-priced" with FCP
>truly sucked.

Hi dB--
It does take some extra work to locate the better deals. Xpress Pro
5.7 may be purchased for $250 from academic vendors and MC 2.7 is
$300 for departments, faculty and staff. Studio is about $700 for
students. Xpress Pro 5.7 is comparable to FCP even as a
feature-limited variation of MC 2.7. Most commercial developers
create tiered products including Apple with FCP Express. FCP session
docs are not backward compatible which forces students and programs
into mandatory upgrades.

Here's one PC laptop I quickly found by searching the model number of
an Avid recommended card "ATI MOBILITY RADEON X600" in a vendor's
site for $700:

In the larger consideration of "tools" I think self-sufficiency and
the ability to play outside of the rules is important. Open source,
shared and free software seem to have greater promise than commercial
options. We prohibit the use of any software costing over $30 in our
first production course and try to lay out all the options. Rob

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