OK, I did want to save space but I love how a desktop is capable of 1G of Ram and over 120 Gigs of hard drive space.
I really don't care for portability of laptops but it can come in handy. I don't see myself loggin that thing around on plane trips b/c thats a bigger pain in the ass.
My big goals (most recently re-worked)
hard drive space- at least 40gig
speed - at least 512 RAM
Flight Sim-(I only have Fly and am dying to get FS on my own computer finally)
I think I may avoid MAC b/c my goal to convert those vids/editing is a small goal. It may actually be cheaper to just have it professionally done later on. Or as the technology gets better in the years to come, we'll see how I handle that.
I went the library and pulled the Consumers Reports and Dell and Apple are both right up there. Apple has come a long way.
A minor problem on my end is that my folks already brought me a Dell 2350 and its sitting in a box in my room. My brother has a Dimension 8100 and dad's got the Dim 2350 (yep, we are a Dell family but I can be a black sheep), so in essense, I have a unopened trade-in for another Dell.
nontheless, I think I may go to Apple tomorrow in Roosevelt field and take a look. But considering that I see myself converting those vids (maybe 15 vhs-C movies) as only a limited goal, perhaps mac is out.
decisions , decisions. But your input is really helping me greatly!
Actually, take a look @ a dell product for editing and let me know your thoughts on it. It is from their website:
Dell Movie Studio Essentials turns your laptop into a state of the art movie making machine. With Dell Movie Studio Essentials you can:
Capture video (digital camera, webcam, digital video camcorder) and audio (MP3, WMA or audio CD clips) data that can be used to create custom movies
Create your own movies w/ special effects like voice-overs, transition screens, scrolling titles and music.
Produce Hollywood style DVD discs that can be shared with family and friends by through online posting or by copying your movie to CD (with a CD burner)
Dell Movie Studio Essentials
Designed to be everything you need to produce professional quality video discs. Some examples of ways to use Dell Movie Studio Essentials include:
Create a family video to share with family members who are far away.
Create training videos for your business.
Capture a video of household furnishings to track household inventories.
Customizing video clips to your favorite music.
Memorialize a special event by capturing the video, and adding music to create a special CD.
Utilize the Internet to share video clips with family and friends.
Dell Movie Studio Essentials allows users of all experience levels to create powerful video presentations quickly and easily. It is designed for use with digital camcorders, and provides fast and easy transfer of digital video to your computer. Roxio Movie CreatorTM movie editing software is included. The Roxio Movie Creator software features gives you the ability to:
Capture video directly from your DV Camcorder or webcam. Roxio Movie Creator previews your video while you capture and automatically detects individual scenes.
Extract audio directly from CD, or use your WAV, MP3 or WMA audio tracks.
Edit with CinemagicTM . Simply select the video and music clips you want to edit and the style of video you would like to create - Roxio Movie Creator does the rest!
Create polished, professional looking video productions using the integrated StorybuilderTM technology and included content.
Powerful StoryboardTM based editing lets you manually edit your video. Trim scenes, add special effects, add/remove audio and much more!
Burn your videos to VCD, cDVD and DVD discs and play them back on your set top player or computer.
Upload your videos to the Internet so you can share them with family and friends.
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