I shoot television news on DVCPRO. I ingest my footage into my $300 craptop, and then use Vegas to render a 4Mbps MPEG4 file from the original AVI file. I am finding that my laptop takes about 3x the time of the video length to render into a 720x480 MPEG4 file. This is not acceptable, as I am in a hurry to get video on air every morning. I am curious as to what laptop specs or features I specifically require, to convert a standard DV AVI file into a 720x480 MPEG4 file. I need to buy a new laptop specifically for these conversions, and I want to make sure I get the right specs/features for my application. Everywhere I look I am reading about GPU this and GPU that, but if I understand things correctly, Vegas only uses GPU to render FROM AVC MP4 files, not from AVI-MP4. I am very confused, and a support email to Sony has gone unanswered for over a month.
If you would like to help me offline pick out a new custom laptop, I would be more than apreciative! :-D