Originally Posted by slim_jim
Hey, Im going to be living in another country for a few months and i want to bring a video camera with me. So I was wondering what would be a good notebook to buy and put on about 136 hours of video, pictures, and a lot of music? And what would be a good video editing program thats not to complicated but a good program?
As far as the laptop is concerned you will be a lot happier with something more high end. I would make sure I picked something with a fast CPU, (dual core would be nice now), a lot of RAM, and especially a big hard drive, (fast would be good here too), and you will probably need to make sure you have a firewire (FW) port for importing video from your camera. Then you will likely need an external HD, (again something fast with a fast port to your laptop like USB 2.0 or FW). Also making sure you get a computer with a decent graphics chip. Toshiba's Tecra M5, S3, or Portege S100, may work, (I currently own both an S3 and S100) and I like the specs of ASUS's new A8JM (which is what I would get now if I could sneak it into the house without anyone seeing me). Milestone PC (http://www.milestonepc.com/
) will even let you upgrade the CPU, RAM and HDD with your order of the A8JM. This is just a start. There are plenty of capable laptops out there like these.
In terms of video editing under Linux, it's going to take some work to find a good solution. You can start with;http://www.exploits.org/v4l/
It's a good place to start getting some information on Linux video editing packages. But there are a couple that I've looked at that are not on this list, they include;
I am currently using Kino, as previously mentioned in this thread, which is decent but I've been having a hit or miss time with importing video over firewire. (There are also a couple of other buggy things with it) I also installed pitivi and have started to play with it a bit too. It's pretty cool but it interestingly only saves the video in "open" formats, (ogg audio and theora video), at least from what I've been able to see in 15 minutes of monkeying with it. In my opinion both Cinelerra and another program not mentioned called Jahshaka, are pretty high end, and pretty difficult to install and use, for small casual video editing kinds of projects. Obviously all of this is IMO.. Good Luck..
BTW, you didn't ask but my new favorite music player for Linux is called Listen, and Google just released a photo manager that runs under Linux called Picasa, but I've been playing with another cool one called F-Spot..