8 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2008 11:38 AM by New Improved Chuck Engels

    Best Laptop for editing under $1,000


      My laptop died and need to buy a new one. I have a small video business where I take video at events (not weddings :) edit them and burn them on to DVD disks. The videos at most are an hour - hour and half long, usually they are are about 8 - 10 min long.

      I have a desktop, Gateway tower 500Gb hard drive 4 GB Ram tri core processor which I use for the heavy lifting of the business.

      I use Adobe Photoshop 6 Premiere Elements 4.

      Have a cannon 60 GB HDD Vix20 camcorder.

      the laptop is for traveling where I need to put the video on a bigger screen for people to look at the raw video to decide what we want, to take the video of the camera while I am working on the desk top, take video off so have room for more video on the camera and some light video editing and burning.

      It needs to be a PC not a MAC (would have to learn stuff all over)

      Some people have suggested the new MIS XG360 a gaming laptop since it has a good graphics card and is a good price at $800?

      What do you all think thanks Sarah
        • 1. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
          Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
          Editing from a hard drive camcorder on a laptop can be pretty challenging, Sarah. Hard drive video requires a lot of on-the-fly conversion and rendering for the program, so your first priority is hundreds of gigs of free space.

          I couldn't find any camcorders with the model number you listed above, so I can't comment on that specific cam though. But, if it's a high-def (AVCHD) camcorder, you'll be even more challenged, as editing that format takes LOTS of power -- even challenging for a quad-core desktop.

          (I also was unable to find a laptop computer with THAT model number!)

          Remember, laptops are built for portablity, not power. So you may be able to find a desktop powerful enough to edit video for $800, but a laptop is less likely.

          But have a look at the specs we recommend in our FAQs and see if they're anywhere near that XG360.
          • 2. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
            Sarahn51 Level 1

            It is a Cannon VIXIA HG20 AVCHD 60GB HDD camcorder. Below is the laptop I think I am getting.

            i am sure I will be here asking more questions trying to figure out how everything works.

            what do you think? :) tks a big bunch

            also would I be better off upgrading to 7?

            HP - Pavilion Laptop with AMD Turion X2 Dual-Core Mobile Processor RM-70 - Bronze/Chrome
            Model: dv7-1135nr |
            AMD Turion X2 dual-core mobile processor RM-70; 4GB DDR2 memory; DL DVD±RW/CD-RW drive; LightScribe labeling; 17" widescreen; 250GB hard drive; built-in webcam; Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit with SP1

            AMD Turion X2 dual-core mobile processor RM-70* for true multicore processing
            HyperTransport 3.0, AMD PowerNow! and AMD CoolCore technologies to extend battery life; improved security with Enhanced Virus Protection.**
            4GB DDR2 memory
            For multitasking power, expandable to 8GB.
            Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive with double-layer support
            Records up to 8.5GB of data or 4 hours of video using compatible media; also supports LightScribe direct-disc labels using compatible LightScribe media.
            17" WXGA+ high-definition widescreen display
            With BrightView technology and 1440 x 900 resolution showcases your movies and games in stunning clarity.
            250GB SATA hard drive (5400 rpm)
            Offers spacious storage options and fast read/write times. HP ProtectSmart protects against data loss.
            ATI RADEON HD 3200 graphics RS780M
            Features up to 1918MB shared graphics memory for lush images. HDMI interface for additional connecting options.
            QuickPlay DVD button
            Puts your media within easy reach. HP mobile remote included.
            Built-in HP Pavilion webcam with microphone
            Makes it easy to chat with and send video mail to family and friends.
            5-in-1 digital media reader
            Supports Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO and xD-Picture Card.
            4 high-speed USB 2.0 ports
            For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. 1 eSATA/USB combo port.
            Built-in high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g)
            Wirelessly connect to the Internet.
            Built-in 10/100 Ethernet LAN
            With RJ-45 connector and V.92 high-speed data/fax modem delivers flexible wired Web connectivity options.
            Weighs 7.6 lbs. and measures just 1.7" thin
            For portable power.
            Good battery life
            Of up to 2 hours and 30 minutes.
            HP Intersect Imprint bronze and chrome finish
            Features an argyle-like pattern for a sleek look.
            Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit Edition operating system with SP1 preinstalled
            Software package included with Microsoft Works and more. 60-day trial of Microsoft Office 2007 Student and Teacher Edition also included.
            AMD, AMD Arrow logo, AMD Turion, AMD PowerNow!, HyperTransport and combinations thereof are trademarks of Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

            *Model number indicates relative mobility and performance among this AMD processor class.
            **AMD's Enhanced Virus Protection provides additional protection against buffer overflow viruses. AMD and its partners strongly recommend you continue to use third-party anti-virus software as part of your total security solution.
            • 3. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
              Sarahn51 Level 1
              Camera specs

              Digital Video
              Standard Definition or High Definition
              High Definition

              Power Consumption
              3.8 W (SP Mode)

              Image Sensor
              1/3.2" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter

              Total Pixels
              Approx. 3.3 Megapixels

              Effective Pixels
              Video: Approx. 2.07 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)
              Still Image: Approx. 2.76 Megapixels (1920 x 1080)

              Maximum recording time
              60GB Internal Hard Disk Drive
              LP (5 Mbps) 22 hours 55 minutes
              SP (7 Mbps) 18 hours
              XP+ (12 Mbps) 10 hours 50 minutes
              FXP (17 Mbps) 7 hours 50 minutes
              MXP (24 Mbps) 5 hours 30 minutes
              Greater recording time is possible by adding an SDHC Memory Card

              Zoom Ratio 12x Optical / 200x Digital
              Focal Length f=4.8 - 57mm
              Zoom Speed Variable / 3 Fixed Zoom Speeds
              Max. F/Stop f/1.8-3.0mm
              Filter Size 37mm

              Focusing System
              Instant AF, Through the Lens / Manual Focusing Possible

              Manual Exposure

              Programmed AE
              Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINEMA, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks

              Max Shutter Speed
              1/2000, 1/500 (card)

              Auto Date/Time

              Record Search/Review

              Minimum Focusing Distance
              10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)

              White Balance
              Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent, Flourescent H, Auto, Manual

              Minimum Illumination
              Night mode .2 lx (shutter 1/2 sec.)

              Image Stabilization
              SuperRange Optical (lens shift)


              LCD Screen
              2.7" Widescreen LCD (approx. 211,000 pixels)

              Built-In, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe


              Recording Media
              Internal Hard Disk Drive (60GB) or SD/SDHC Memory Card

              USB Terminal
              mini B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed supported

              Video Terminal
              component (output), composite (output)

              Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch)

              Accessory Shoe
              mini Advanced

              Supplied Video Editing Software
              Pixela ImageMixer 3SE

              HDMI Terminal
              Type C 480i / 480p / 1080i Format Supported

              Microphone Terminal
              3.5 mm Stereo mini-jack

              AV Mini Terminal/Headphone Terminal
              3.5 mm 4 pole mini-jack

              Operating Temperature range
              32 - 104°F (0 - 40°C) relative humidity

              (WxHxD) 3.1 x 3.0 x 5.4 in. (80 x 77 x 138 mm)

              Weight (not including lens and battery pack)
              1.0 lb. (465g)

              Weight (fully loaded)
              1.1 lb. (515g) (BP-807, including memory card)
              • 4. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
                Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                I would not recommend a laptop running those specs for HDV editing, Sarah. Hi-def video takes a tremendous amount of power, and you're more likely to get that on an under $1000 desktop -- less likely with a less than $1000 laptop.

                But that's just my conservative opinion. I tend to recommend people have lots of power and less problems than minimal power and more risk.

                But let's see if anyone posts a dissenting opinion.
                • 5. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
                  New Improved Chuck Engels Level 1
                  Same laptop at Amazon for Under $1000

                  It is a 2.0 Ghz dual core AMD processor, on the low end for editing HDV.
                  It has 4GB of RAM and a good size hard drive for a laptop, also nice graphics and a good size screen.

                  It might be something to start with and use for a year or so, but you will probably want more power before too long. Rendering times will be two or three times longer than a machine with a quad core or faster core 2 duo processor.

                  Will it work, yes.
                  Will you be happy with it, maybe not.
                  • 6. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
                    Sarahn51 Level 1
                    Thanks a bunch, the laptop is just for traveling purposes,$799.00 at best buy, not much editing is my plan, mostly load and look. I can upgrade to 8GB of RAM. Most of the editing will be done on the Gateway desk top. Also do you guys think I should upgrad my software to 7 from premiere 4 and photoshop 6? Thanks Sarah
                    • 7. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
                      Steve Grisetti Adobe Community Professional
                      Only upgrade if the features are worth the price. (You can see the list of new features in the FAQs at the top of this forum.)
                      • 8. Re: Best Laptop for editing under $1,000
                        New Improved Chuck Engels Level 1
                        And you can check out Steve's article about version 7, and my video tour of Version 7 at Muvipix :)