What do you think of the Sony Vaio Laptop VGN-A117S laptop (or Sony Laptops/Vaio laptops in general) for video editing? Any bad experiences?
1.6Ghz Centrino/Pentium M. I know you can pay a premium for Sony but I won't put price over capability - I want something that will do the job.
The X black high contrast, very high resolution UWXGA screen on this machine is excellent. It also seems like a laptop built with video editing in mind, since Adobe Premiere is included as standard.
It has a 5400rpm hard drive so, on Marc Peters advise, I thought there may be frame loss with DV capture. So I took my DV camera into the shop and played out a few minutes of video - Adobe Premiere captured it with zero i.e. 0 i.e. no frame loss, no dropped frames. The salesmen explained that I may have to capture in stages i.e. pause-save clip then restart recording for really long captures, since the risk of frame drops may be higher with such long captures. Is this true. However, this might be acceptable for me because it gives me a feeling that I can do something myself to avoid frame loss.
Apparently doubling the RAM from 512Mb to 1024 would greatly reduce the risk.
Well it looks like a good result for a 5400rpm drive.
But I can't understand why Sony include a 5400rpm drive when Adobe's minimum spec for a hard drive is 7200rpm? - See http://www.adobe.com/products/premiere/systemreqs.html
Sony would have liaised with Adobe to supply the software included so surely Adobe would have refused if the Sony wasn't up for the job?
It would be a bit silly for either party to simply throw the software and laptop together and hope for the best, silly because either or both would be put into disrepute. Don't you think?
I believe I can myself replace the harddrive. Is this really possible? 5) Any bad experiences? I would replace this with a 2.5" standard size 60Gb 7200rpm Hitachi Laptop/Notebook harddrive See
I would rather do this than add an external drive at the moment. I prefer less fiddly and bitty bits to carry around - I like it all in one box so to speak. But as my needs grow I could buy an external - for backup etc. But I like to know that the basic laptop can do a reasonable job first of all, on its own.
I'm not interested in Pentium 4 laptops - noise due to fans, low battery life, more bulky, also possible greater heat problems (especially if I want to fit a faster notebook harddrive) not am I interested in a desktop machine - I don't want to be tied to a room.