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Is my PC strong enough to handle AVCHD format?

Moni
05-20-2010, 03:52 AM
I have a Toshiba Satellite L500D/00V

Here are the specifications:

CPU AMD Sempron SI-42 (2.1GHz, HyperTransport™3: up to 3.6 (GT/sec), 512kb L2 Cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32bit) (includes recovery partition for Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit)
Screen Size 15.6" Widescreen HD TruBrite® Display (1366 x 768), supports 720p
Memory 2GB DDR2 (800MHz) expandable to 8GB
Storage 320GB (5400rpm) SATA
Graphics ATI Radeon™ 3100 Graphics (256MB - 1471MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory)
Optical Disc Drive DVD SuperMulti Double/Dual Layer
Speakers Stereo speakers
Sound High quality stereo speakers

http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/notebooks/satellite/l500d/pslt0a-00v001/specifications#details


I really don't know how much about technology, so I'm sorry if I found really stupid.
I'd really like to buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX110, and I receive Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum with it. Will my PC be able to edit videos in HD? I don't require quick performance, I'm use to lagginess.

My laptop is quite new, so I don't have many things stored on it (if memory's a problem). I also have another PC (Acer) which I could delete files off, if I need more space.

I'd just like to know if editing AVCHD would work on my laptop. Thank you!!

oblioman
05-20-2010, 12:54 PM
I have a Toshiba Satellite L500D/00V

Here are the specifications:

CPU AMD Sempron SI-42 (2.1GHz, HyperTransport™3: up to 3.6 (GT/sec), 512kb L2 Cache)
Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium (32bit) (includes recovery partition for Windows® 7 Home Premium 64bit)
Screen Size 15.6" Widescreen HD TruBrite® Display (1366 x 768), supports 720p
Memory 2GB DDR2 (800MHz) expandable to 8GB
Storage 320GB (5400rpm) SATA
Graphics ATI Radeon™ 3100 Graphics (256MB - 1471MB dynamically allocated shared graphics memory)
Optical Disc Drive DVD SuperMulti Double/Dual Layer
Speakers Stereo speakers
Sound High quality stereo speakers

http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/products/notebooks/satellite/l500d/pslt0a-00v001/specifications#details


I really don't know how much about technology, so I'm sorry if I found really stupid.
I'd really like to buy the Sony Handycam HDR-CX110, and I receive Sony Vegas Movie Studio 9 Platinum with it. Will my PC be able to edit videos in HD? I don't require quick performance, I'm use to lagginess.

My laptop is quite new, so I don't have many things stored on it (if memory's a problem). I also have another PC (Acer) which I could delete files off, if I need more space.

I'd just like to know if editing AVCHD would work on my laptop. Thank you!!

Editing won't be a problem at all. It's your final output that puts the pressure on your cpu. Your laptop is on the light end and will make your render times extremely long. All of your editing, cutting, adding, audio puts a relatively light load on your computer. If you are comfortable with the long render times, by all means go for it. Me currently uses Vegas platinum pro 9 and it is worth it. (Canon HF20)

Moni
05-20-2010, 02:46 PM
I just realised I said "I found really stupid". Wow. :banghead:

Editing won't be a problem at all. It's your final output that puts the pressure on your cpu. Your laptop is on the light end and will make your render times extremely long. All of your editing, cutting, adding, audio puts a relatively light load on your computer. If you are comfortable with the long render times, by all means go for it. Me currently uses Vegas platinum pro 9 and it is worth it. (Canon HF20)

Thank goodness! I don't mind waiting at all. I had an extremely slow computer which spontaneously froze for 20 minutes all the time, so I'm quite patient. Well I'm very glad that AVCHD and Sony Vegas will work on my computer. It makes everything much easier for me. Thanks for answering, oblioman!

oblioman
05-20-2010, 03:03 PM
I just realised I said "I found really stupid". Wow. :banghead:



Thank goodness! I don't mind waiting at all. I had an extremely slow computer which spontaneously froze for 20 minutes all the time, so I'm quite patient. Well I'm very glad that AVCHD and Sony Vegas will work on my computer. It makes everything much easier for me. Thanks for answering, oblioman!

Me would suggest keeping your first video projects simple,,,say 10 - 15 minutes and render as mpeg2,,720 just to see how your computer handles the render. And since it be a laptop make sure you have sufficient air flow to keep 'er cool. Another thing to do is to turn off all unnecessary applications, especially resource hogs's like office, mcaffee, norton.

GymBrat98
05-20-2010, 04:21 PM
Me would suggest keeping your first video projects simple,,,say 10 - 15 minutes and render as mpeg2,,720 just to see how your computer handles the render. And since it be a laptop make sure you have sufficient air flow to keep 'er cool. Another thing to do is to turn off all unnecessary applications, especially resource hogs's like office, mcaffee, norton.

Listen to Obiloman, he is like my favorite person on this site, he totally knows what he's talking about.:):hithere:

oblioman
05-20-2010, 05:55 PM
Listen to Obiloman, he is like my favorite person on this site, he totally knows what he's talking about.:):hithere:

aww shucks Gym,,ya chapped me cheeks,,,,now back to those banana lessons,,,,:banana:

Moni
05-21-2010, 08:22 PM
Me would suggest keeping your first video projects simple,,,say 10 - 15 minutes and render as mpeg2,,720 just to see how your computer handles the render. And since it be a laptop make sure you have sufficient air flow to keep 'er cool. Another thing to do is to turn off all unnecessary applications, especially resource hogs's like office, mcaffee, norton.

Most of my videos would only be around 5-6 minutes anyway, and 720 seems fine! :)
With Sony Vegas, how many video formats are there?

oblioman
05-21-2010, 09:35 PM
Most of my videos would only be around 5-6 minutes anyway, and 720 seems fine! :)
With Sony Vegas, how many video formats are there?

Disregarding the pal and secam templates, you will have about 12 different options (and options within the option). Everything from low grade youtube to HD 1920x1080 16mbs.

Moni
05-22-2010, 12:57 AM
Disregarding the pal and secam templates, you will have about 12 different options (and options within the option). Everything from low grade youtube to HD 1920x1080 16mbs.

Ahh, that's good then. Can you only watch the footage on PCs after editing/changing format? I don't have a AVCHD player, and I don't have HD TV either (I know, sad :mad: ). How will I view my recordings?!

Moni
05-22-2010, 04:44 AM
Oh no. I've done more research and have found out that:
You need to PAY for a software that allows you to watch HD on PC. I guess AVCHD format isn't too common at the moment and it's very hard to find converters etc.

Oblioman, if I played HD footage on my SD TV, would the quality still be alright?

oblioman
05-22-2010, 07:24 AM
Oh no. I've done more research and have found out that:
You need to PAY for a software that allows you to watch HD on PC. I guess AVCHD format isn't too common at the moment and it's very hard to find converters etc.

Oblioman, if I played HD footage on my SD TV, would the quality still be alright?

Yes. Render the footage as mpeg2, and burn it to DVD - you will be surprised at how good it looks even on standard definition. The platinum pro package includes DVD Architect. Once Vegas is done rendering it will ask you if you want to send it to DVD Architect,,just answer yes. DVD Architect will automatically open and import your rendered product. Here you can either create a top menu and submenus, or just burn to dvd.

Moni
05-22-2010, 07:39 PM
Yes. Render the footage as mpeg2, and burn it to DVD - you will be surprised at how good it looks even on standard definition. The platinum pro package includes DVD Architect. Once Vegas is done rendering it will ask you if you want to send it to DVD Architect,,just answer yes. DVD Architect will automatically open and import your rendered product. Here you can either create a top menu and submenus, or just burn to dvd.

Well that'll be great. Sony Vegas Platinum (not pro) would still include DVD Architect, wouldn't it? I was also wondering how the quality would be on SD TV if I connected the camcorder directly to the TV.
I was searching for an online AVCHD player, and they all seem cost a lot of money. I have Windows 7, and apparently Windows 7/Windows Media Player 12 supports AVCHD because that format is "native" (not sure what that means). I also found a freeware media player online called "Splash" which plays AVCHD format, but I'm not sure about the quality yet as I've never tested it.

Anyway, thanks a lot for all your help oblioman. I really appreciate it!! :D