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    Default Viditing on a laptop

    Eldest daughter wants a laptop to take with her to do video editing (and watching DVDs)... I have a budget of up to 700. I think that, for that, I can pick up something with a reasonably fast processor, half a gigabyte of memory, a separate graphics card, a firewire port and a DVD rewriter.

    Question: anyone have any thoughts as to the feasibility of viditing on a laptop? Any recommendations? Anything to look out for? Any/all inputs gratefully received.
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    I think laptop hard drives are not fast enough (4200 - 5400 rpm), so she should definitely carry around an external 7200rpm HDD.

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    Thanks SVHS. Perhaps for Christmas...
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    Although not ideal, it'll be fine provided you keep the drives in good order (defrag etc).

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    Thanks Marc. Thanks Marc. Thanks Marc. Thanks Marc. etc. etc. I was thinking about SVHS's recommendation, though: isn' there an element of "it's as broad as it's long"? By which I mean an equation in which (internal transfer speed + slow rpm) = (external transfer speed + high rpm)? Or is the fatal flaw in my surmising the fact that external transfer isn't slower than internal transfer?

    I think I've identified what I want. It's a Dell Inspiron 8600 with 512MB, a 128MB graphics card, 60GB disk, 1394 interface and what is by all accounts a very sexy WUXGA screen - and 10 under budget...
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    ...oh, and an 8x DVD+/-RW...
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    Speaking from experience, as long as you keep the drives in good condition you'll be fine. You could also capture to an external drive with a higher RPM and firewire connection too.

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    Have we got a teensy weensy problemette on the board this evening - multiple postings the same, postings apparently not being posted then arriving?
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    My connection is a little slow...

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    Gotcha. I have the same problem with my brain...
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