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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.
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.
Standard Definition or High Definition
3.8 W (SP Mode)
1/3.2" CMOS Sensor, RGB Primary Color Filter
Approx. 3.3 Megapixels
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
Instant AF, Through the Lens / Manual Focusing Possible
Auto, Program, Av, Tv, CINEMA, Portrait, Sports, Night, Snow, Beach, Sunset, Spotlight, Fireworks
Max Shutter Speed
1/2000, 1/500 (card)
Minimum Focusing Distance
10mm (wide) / 1m (tele)
Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Flourescent, Flourescent H, Auto, Manual
Night mode .2 lx (shutter 1/2 sec.)
SuperRange Optical (lens shift)
2.7" Widescreen LCD (approx. 211,000 pixels)
Built-In, 3.5mm stereo mini jack, Mini Advanced Accessory Shoe
Internal Hard Disk Drive (60GB) or SD/SDHC Memory Card
mini B, USB 2.0 Hi-Speed supported
component (output), composite (output)
Dolby Digital 2ch (AC-3 2ch)
Supplied Video Editing Software
Pixela ImageMixer 3SE
Type C 480i / 480p / 1080i Format Supported
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)
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.
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.
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
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.)
And you can check out Steve's article about version 7, and my video tour of Version 7 at Muvipix :)