DELL Vostro V130 video performance

So my Christmas present arrived today, a Dell Vostro V130 laptop, with an i3 1.33 Ghz CPU (equivalent to Cure2Duo 1.86Ghz ULV), Win7 64bit, and Intel HD Graphics. The laptop is nice, but its touchpad driver would crash on me, so I had to uninstall the custom DELL Synaptics driver, and install the generic one, which worked better and had the options I needed (I couldn’t disable horizontal scrolling with DELL’s UI).

I needed an ultra-portable at a good price, and I found this to be the best solution out there. I was hoping that the device would be able to manage 1080p h.264 video, but unfortunately, it’s a hit and miss. Here’s the review about it:

YouTube/Vimeo Flash 1080/30p at 16:9 aspect ratio: CHOPPY
YouTube/Vimeo Flash 1080/24p at 1:85:1 aspect ratio: SMOOTH (less area, and fewer frames to decode — decoder at its limits)
YouTube/Vimeo Flash 1080/24p at 16:9 aspect ratio: CHOPPY but watchable
YouTube/Vimeo Flash 720/30p at 16:9 aspect ratio: SMOOTH
Windows Media Player 1080/30p: SMOOTH
VLC 1080/30p: CHOPPY/FROZEN at times
WMP/VLC 720/30p: SMOOTH
Quicktime: CHOPPY, no matter what res (no big surprise there)
Sony Vegas Pro v10.0b 64bit: When project properties are set properly, and preview window is set to preview/auto and 640×360 preview resolution, it’s smooth for the most part, at any video resolution! At 1080/30p is struggling a bit, but it manages better than other editors. The laptop is obviously at its limits there. 720/30p editing is smooth.
HULU desktop app, connected to TV as a secondary monitor via HDMI: In “High” Hulu video quality (480p), when the TV resolution is set to 1080p, the decoder drops frames. When the TV resolution is set to 720p, it manages ok. If Hulu was to upgrade its “High” 480p standard to actual 720p video, then I reckon the decoder wouldn’t manage anymore.

The biggest disappointment here is Adobe and it’s badly optimized Flash player. I tried both 10.1 and 10.2b, but performance was the same. Windows Media Player showcases that the GPU is able to do just fine with these full-HD files, but Flash falls short. I do put the blame to Adobe here and not Intel. It’s just another clue that some Adobe teams are much worse than others, and much worse than the Microsoft ones.

In conclusion, I believe that this laptop is fine for editing 720p files. Since this is a very portable laptop, you can easily use it for editing your Canon digicam 720p video files. 1080p is possible, but it will put lots of strain on the machine.

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Juan Urquhart wrote on December 24th, 2010 at 1:40 PM PST:

Thanks for the info…i really like this machine, even taking into account it’s limitations, for editing 720p files from canon…BTW, i bought an sx130 is, great video as all of the small models, exposure lock, flat colors, manual focus and 12x zoom…it’s a bit expensive here in my country ( 370 U$S) but i believe it’s 170 there, which is a bargain…
My point is that with Vegas 10 this machine will be a breeze to edit those files
On a side note i wanna say thanks for all your advice, knowledge and inspiration…
Happy holidays and 2011!


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Eugenia wrote on December 24th, 2010 at 2:16 PM PST:

Yeah, that’s a nice camera. It’s $180 in the US, which is indeed a bargain for the things it can do. The Vostro V130 with the i3 CPU and Vegas Pro 10 will be able to edit these files fine. Vegas Platinum 10 uses an older codebase though, so it’s slower and crashier than Pro 10 with h.264.


Juan Urquhart wrote on December 24th, 2010 at 2:34 PM PST:

yes, i meant Vegas pro 10 , i know the weird naming scheme of Sony products…i tried my hands on color correcting the files shoot with your flat settings and indeed you are completely right . i’ve been using a borrowed Nikon p100, a much more expensive camera, with 26x zoom and 1080p mode, and a complete piece of shit… auto everything in video mode, exposure jumps like crazy, noisy even when it claims a backlit cmos sensor, and even worse compresses the 1080 footage in 15mbps!!!!
For all the people saying that canon performance in low light is bad, my opinion is that you can fight noise in post , but exposure jumping is a nightmare and there’s nothing to cure it, even multi thousand bucks tools like furnace in nuke… it just does not work…


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Eugenia wrote on December 24th, 2010 at 2:36 PM PST:

Yup, this is why I always suggest Canon’s cams. Low light is not great, but you get a lot more than that, things that can create a professional-looking video. Besides, if you’re doing serious videography, you make sure you shoot at a place where there’s enough light.


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