Laptop Needed for editing movies

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I am in the market for a laptop. thing is, i am on the road alot and
need a
couple hours of battery life. but the reason i need it is for
making movies.
(surf and bike films, short movies and eventually
after i take a couple more
classes, long films) i am doing all the
editing on this computer and i am also
using it for school (microsoft
office, yadda yadda) so im looking to spend a
$1000 more or less im
not too sure how much they go for. so if you could point
me in the
right direction for the specs to look for and some laptop
recomondations, i'd appreciate it. also how are AMD processors on
battery life?
i hear they are good processors but i also need long
battery life. thanks.

Re: Laptop Needed for editing movies

On Thu, 23 Feb 2006 02:33:58 GMT, no@spam.invalid (gibsonone) wrote:

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I don't think "any" laptop/notebook will be very good for editing
movies.... Whatever you get, you'll probably need an external
USB-connected hard drive, and I'd recommend a large* gell-cell 12v
battery and the appropriate 12v adapter for your notebook.

* by large, I mean the kind that you can use to jump-start a car.
Charlie Hoffpauir

Re: Laptop Needed for editing movies

I've heard a similar recommendation a while ago regarding the 12v battery
used for jump-starting a car. However, I remember someone else mentioning
that using it for long periods of time to power a laptop could end up
damaging it (slow discharge vs. giving a large jolt to jumpstart a car).
Could anyone confirm this?
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Re: Laptop Needed for editing movies

Not so. A twelve volt battery is a twelve volt battery and the component
draws only the current it needs. There are auto-battery CHARGERS you can
adjust to put out extreme amps, but not the batteries.

The best type of battery for longevity of use would be a Deep-Cycle one
(also made in gel) that is designed to be drawn upon for extended periods ,
even with large motors such as fishing trollers. I have one (not gel) that
runs all of my boat electronics as well as a trolling motor equivalent to
3HP for days on the lake. Costs about $100US.

You could use an inverter plugged into the battery --an inverter changes DC
to AC, so you could plug in your household AC connector, but you would end
up using some of the precious battery life going up in exchanged heat
energy --better to use this in a car cigarette lighter.

There are combo car-jumper types you can buy with DC outlets and include an
inverter as well (sometimes radio, flashlight, and other trinkets.) I have
one of those that has lasted years --I plug it into my cigarette lighter
when I need to remove the car battery so it will keep the programming in my
radio (If it surged power like the poster mentioned it would certainly fry
my tiny radio fuse, but it doesn't) as well as a car-jumper, and a portable


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