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I just purchased my first HD camcorder ( AVCHD) to get ready for my upcoming trip and will also use my go pro HD (.MPEG4). I was curious to see what video software you guys use and also what can of hosting you like best ( I like youtube and vimeo), I will also use a notebook ( didn't buy it yet ) so I need a software that can work on good notebook (dual core and at lease 200G memory)
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I just purchased my first HD camcorder ( AVCHD) to get ready for my upcoming trip and will also use my go pro HD (.MPEG4). I was curious to see what video software you guys use and also what can of hosting you like best ( I like youtube and vimeo), I will also use a notebook ( didn't buy it yet ) so I need a software that can work on good notebook (dual core and at lease 200G memory)
I have never heard of a notebook with 200 GB of memory!

Do you mean 2GB?

I have a windows 7 laptop that promises to play HD video, but it cant play compressed HD video, and certainly cant edit it. You really want to max out the specs on your laptop if you want to edit HD video on the move. The most powerful unit you can get, with a good graphics chipset and at least 4GB of RAM.

Sony Vegas HD Platinum is a good program to start with, and not expensive. If you are a more experienced editor and want a more comprehensive editing suite, look at Sony Vegas Pro, or Premiere Pro by Adobe. If you are using a Macbook Pro, then I know documentary film makers who do almost everything on one of those using apple's final cut pro.

If you want full professional software then Avid Media Creator is the go, but you will need a pilots licence to use it.

My suggestion, start with something simple yet capable, like Vegas HD platinum 11.
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When i first tried to edit avchd video my dual core laptop was no use, the play back would stutter and freeze etc. the same laptop would edit dv no problem. I now use a pc with a quad core i7 chip, a dedicated graphics card with 1.5GB of graphics memory and 12GB of system memory.Avchd, because of the compression codec is very cpu intensive when editing. I`ve done a fair bit of trial and error on this and found that sony vegas pro 10 works really well for avchd video as does adobe premiere cs5, I much prefer vegas as i find it intuative and quick to use. I think it`s a big ask of a dual core notebook to edit avchd movies, so it might be an idea to convert your files to an intermediate codec like cineform neoscene which is much easier on your cpu and retains all the quality of your video, or you could use your NLE to convert your footage to dv and then edit that, you will loose resolution this way but if you only intend the output for youtube it will still look good if you have the correct render settings, you will of course still have your original files to archive for future editing ! You can also use low res proxy files to edit, then render out at full res, I`ve never used this method so i cant comment on how effective it is. Do you intend editing while you are on the road or back home ? If at home, I would take a cheap note book on your trip and a portable usb powered hard drive (or 2) to store the avchd files, make sure your note book will power the drives as some notebooks have the power bus disabled to increase battery life.
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Forgot to say i`m using windows 7 ultimate 64 bit on a machine that is only used for editing i.e. not connected to the internet . I tried to run on vista but i had all sorts of problems with codecs etc. So make sure to use windows 7 cause it all worked straight out the box. Bear in mind some netbooks run windows 7 starter which has much fewer features than full versions. Hope this helps.........Marty
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Thanks for the help guys , I guess I will convert the file and work some of them on the road and do a better job back home , now I will start the search for notebook or maybe small laptop.

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Just completed 31 days (8525 miles), and 36 x 2 to 8 GB SD cards of HD video. (Use minimum 8gbs to get any time to speak of. 2gb are not big enough) My Toshiba notebook would not download ANY of the clips via WiFi, nor can I edit very much on my 6gb laptop back home. Not many off the shelf video editing programs will actually work on HD without spending £20,000. Convertinng back to non=HD is easier.

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what kind of software did you use for your basic editing ? , as far as laptop I think I will go with a dual core and 8 G , hopefully this will work , if not I can always change the format and later on do some editing at home.
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I've just bought a new laptop for this year. I am using a newer Aspire netbook with 228 gb SSD (no hard drive so no mechanical problems hopefully) and storing a lot of the video files on usb thumbdrives and portable hdd as back up.

I plan to edit on the road as I never seem to get it finished at home due to other things getting in the way. Work etc.

I alo have an ipad and discovered that it is good as a second screen using a special $10 app so heres my solid state setup for this year.
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Two years ago I bought a Acer Aspire One which has a 500GB HD and small 10inch screen, its very light and small and the battery lasts a good 7 hours. I usually carry it in a tight small laptop bag and then place in amoungst my clothing in my top box.( I can recharge it off the bike as well)
I also carry a number of media cards and spare batteries for my cameras so that I can change them on the fly durring the day then download backup all the media cards onto the Acer Aspire at night making individual directories for each day togther with a criptic diary to remind me of the days events for later.
When I get home I then transfer all the media files onto a external HD.
I use a Apple Imac and use Final Cut Pro for all my editing. It usualy takes me weeks to edit all my video and photos and make some sence of it all but that is all part of the fun and it helps to prolong the holiday feeling.
The one good thing about using a small laptop to back up too is that you can check to see if your cameras are still working OK and if they need any adjustment rather than get home home and find out they are trash.

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