travel droppings wrote:
I even edit my travel videos on it.
What kind of Netbook is it? The Specs? What editing program do you use?
I really would like some other ideas for my video workflow. I want the ease of a netbook, but the power of a macbook pro. Please let me know more about your setup.
Considering that some of the main advantages of a netbook are the price point, size, and battery life, that's simply not going to happen. Netbooks tend to use specialized low voltage processors to get that 10 hours of juice from a single charge. The flip side is they're less powerful than full-fledged counterparts. Throw in the dedicated video card (or even the onboard mobile graphics of the entry level model) of the larger Macbook Pros and you're staring down the copper plumbing of a pipe dream.
If all you need is basic video editing, two applications to consider are Openshot for Linux and Windows Live Movie Maker for Windows. If you need more advanced editing, there's Avidemux for Linux or the Sony or Adobe offerings for Windows (Vegas and Premiere Pro, respectively.)
If you need basic photo editing, try gThumb and Pinta for Linux, or Picasa (or Windows Live Photo Gallery) and Paint.net for Windows. Pinta is actually a Linux version of Paint.net, but it has fewer features. Alternatively you can use Gimp for Linux or Windows, but I personally dislike the floating interface. Future versions will allow a more Photoshop-esque option for the layout.
The Windows Live Programs aren't as good as their Mac counterparts, but they're good, and they get better with each "wave", and Wave 4 is right around the corner.
Current netbooks aren't going to handle heavy video and photo editing very well because they're low power and lack dedicated video. If your timeline is flexible, there are improved dual core Atom processors on the horizon that should boost performance.
If price isn't an issue two computers you might consider are the Lenovo Thinkpad X201 or the Sony Vaio VPC-Z116GXS. The Thinkpad is fast and light, clocking in at about 3 pounds and hitting up to 11 hours battery life. But it only has integrated graphics, which means depending on your video editing needs means it won't be up to the heavier tasks. It runs around $1,000-1,200 dollars. The Sony is $1,600-2,000, also about 3 pounds, and has the same video card as the latest round of Macbook Pros. Performance-wise, it matches or wipes the floor with the 13" Macbook Pro in any test you can imagine. But its battery life isn't nearly as good as the Thinkpad, and is more comparable to the Macbook.
So it depends on how heavy the editing you're talking about is, how badly you need great battery life, and how much of a factor size and weight are. Macbooks are just damn heavy, and weigh in at 5+ pounds regardless of the model. Both models I mentioned above are ~2-3 pounds lighter than an equivalent Macbook, minimum.
If it's your livelihood, you need the extra processing juice, don't care about weight, and you're comfortable with OS X, I'd say stick with the Macbook (and possibly "uglify it"
.) If all you need to do is cut and convert a few videos and upload them to the web, and you have access to a more robust computer between trips, you're going to have a world of options as soon as the multi-core netbooks hit the streets.
A site I love to browse is Alternative To
. You type in your favorite program, and it gives you listings for similar programs to try. It's not exact, especially when dealing with software suites that are multi-function, but it's pretty handy if you're looking to switch operating systems or looking for inexpensive alternatives.