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HD Vegas Editing + battery life

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October 27, 2011 3:11:08 AM

1) What is your budget? NZ$1000

2) What is the size of the notebook that you are considering? Would consider anything up 15" i guess, smaller the better

3) What screen resolution do you want? I've edited on 800x600 but bigger would obviously be better

4) Do you need a portable or desktop replacement laptop? Portable

5) How much battery life do you need? A couple of hours editing, but bear in mind I may need to render whilst on battery power

6) Do you want to play games with your laptop? Not. At. All. Video editing and rendering only, wireless would be an added bonus but not at all neccesary.


7) What other tasks do you want to do with your laptop? small amounts of photoshopping (CS3)

8) How much storage (H.D.D Capacity) do you need? Consider anything over 80GB

9) If you are considering specific sites to buy from, please post their links.

10) How long do you want to keep your laptop? I'm travelling around the world for a year, so as long as it last the duration. It will be well protected in my pack so doesn't need to be a toughbook :) 

11) What kind of Optical drive do you need? Not neccesary

12) Please tell us about the brands that you prefer to buy from them and the brands that you don't like and explain the reasons.
No brand preference but I do have a couple of good toshiba batteries from a portege m300 and a tecra M5, would be great if I could re-use them but not holding out much hope


13) What country do you live in? NZ but can buy from UK

14) Please tell us any additional information if needed.
I don't care much about how old the laptop is and it doesn't need any bells and whistles. I just need to be able to edit HD footage through Sony Vegas and then render it. Movie length will be around 15-30 minutes. Just to let you know it takes 2 hours to render 15 minutes worth of footage on my current Tecra M5. Not nearly good enough for what I need. I also have a custom built "PC Specialist" laptop which cost me a fortune and am not willing to take with me. That only takes around 10 minutes per 15 minutes of HD footage to render. But up to an hour for rendering would probs be my limit

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October 27, 2011 9:54:23 PM

cr4gger said:
I do have a couple of good toshiba batteries from a portege m300 and a tecra M5, would be great if I could re-use them but not holding out much hope
Good - it's not likely they're meet the tech requirements or be the correct format for a new laptop model.


What does NZ$1000 work out to be in GBP?
a c 572 D Laptop
October 27, 2011 10:09:57 PM

It's not looking good for a desktop class portable workstation.
For ~NZ$1000 it looks like you can get a [http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC7842/hp-pavilion-dv6-6...]HP DV6 Core i5-2410M & 15" 1366x768 LCD screen.[/url]
Radeon HD 6490M graphics, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD
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October 28, 2011 12:50:49 AM

WR2 said:
Good - it's not likely they're meet the tech requirements or be the correct format for a new laptop model.


What does NZ$1000 work out to be in GBP?



About 2000quid
a c 572 D Laptop
October 28, 2011 12:54:49 AM

cr4gger said:
About 2000quid
You wish!


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October 28, 2011 12:57:13 AM

WR2 said:
It's not looking good for a desktop class portable workstation.
For ~NZ$1000 it looks like you can get a [http://dicksmith.co.nz/product/XC7842/hp-pavilion-dv6-6...]HP DV6 Core i5-2410M & 15" 1366x768 LCD screen.
Radeon HD 6490M graphics, 4GB RAM, 320GB HDD
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Yeh, I looked at all the options in dick smith and harvey norman etc. I guess I should have really stressed more that I'm looking for something 2nd hand rather than new, hopefully that way I'll get more bang for my buck, I'm not really asking for people to search for new stuff out there as I can do that (much appreciated though), I was asking more for your opinions on older laptops that will do the job, as there is quite a good second hand market for laptops over here on TradeMe (an NZ only eBay type thing). I here ther lenova t61's are pretty good ??? It doesn't have to be a super smart fast processor, just one that will get the job done. My current video editing is a dual core 2.4 but it has a 512 graphics card, which I assume is wsgat makes it so quick at rendering???

Thanks for thoughts
October 28, 2011 1:09:34 AM

You already had the right idea, Trademe.co.nz is already the best source for second hand computers in NZ. Other than mates of course.
October 28, 2011 4:37:56 AM

mickey21 said:
You already had the right idea, Trademe.co.nz is already the best source for second hand computers in NZ. Other than mates of course.



Yeh, trademe is awesome but I need to know what to look out for on there..... is it the processor that will help speed up video rendering or if the graphics have dedicated ram.....or both? which is more important in your opinion?
October 28, 2011 6:49:13 AM
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I wish id been drunk reading that it may have at least been funny, but seeing as though I wasn't it was just plain annoying. thanks akilibunny
a b D Laptop
October 29, 2011 6:33:01 AM

GPU will not make a huge difference in rendering for Vegas (though it would not hurt). You will want as many cores as possible, as much RAM as possible, and a fair amount of HDD space to store your project files.
Looking used do not expect the battery to last long. Plan on getting an oversized aftermarket battery for whatever you buy; That will get you the extra time you need.
Editing while mobile is a tricky thing. The more horse power, the faster the project gets done, and the less battery you need, but the faster it drains. Going the econ route will give you longer battery time, but it will also take much longer to render, which kinda defeats the purpose and you end up in a catch22. Personally I would find something like a good Dell with a car power adapter. That way you can edit all you want until the battery runs down, then leave it plugged in the car while it renders.

Obviously, you can save a huge chunk of battery by turning off BT/wireless, dimming the screen, limiting background processes, etc. on whatever you purchase. If editing SD video then you can do a ton with a duel core processor (C2D, not Pentium D) and 2-4GB of ram, but if you are doing HD then you want a minimum 8GB of ram and a quad core proc.

Happy hunting!
October 29, 2011 6:45:54 AM

CaedenV said:
GPU will not make a huge difference in rendering for Vegas (though it would not hurt). You will want as many cores as possible, as much RAM as possible, and a fair amount of HDD space to store your project files.
Looking used do not expect the battery to last long. Plan on getting an oversized aftermarket battery for whatever you buy; That will get you the extra time you need.
Editing while mobile is a tricky thing. The more horse power, the faster the project gets done, and the less battery you need, but the faster it drains. Going the econ route will give you longer battery time, but it will also take much longer to render, which kinda defeats the purpose and you end up in a catch22. Personally I would find something like a good Dell with a car power adapter. That way you can edit all you want until the battery runs down, then leave it plugged in the car while it renders.

Obviously, you can save a huge chunk of battery by turning off BT/wireless, dimming the screen, limiting background processes, etc. on whatever you purchase. If editing SD video then you can do a ton with a duel core processor (C2D, not Pentium D) and 2-4GB of ram, but if you are doing HD then you want a minimum 8GB of ram and a quad core proc.

Happy hunting!



Thanks for that. I was expecting to buy an extra battery or two which is fine. But my other laptop which I don't want to take with me is only dual core and only has 3gb of ram and edits/and renders HD no problem, even grading and effects. Is it because it has a 512 graphics card?? I'm confused because you said the GPU wouldn't make a huge difference??

Time doesn't matter ultimately for the editing, I don't mind doing the editing in stages so if editing HD makes the battery drain faster then that's fine, i'll just wait until the next power socket. I just don't want to have to wait more that an hour (approx length of battery) for 15 mins of footage to render. I'm not going to be doing much to it, just a quick fade here and there and maybe a bit of audio.

Any 2 year old laptop models to look out for???

cheers, keep em coming please:) 
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