Closer Look at Software
It is supposed that the gigantic (for a notebook) screen with a resolution of 1920x1200, the two hard drives with a total capacity of two hundred gigabytes, and the TV-tuner from AVerMedia make it possible to use the VAIO VGN-AR11SR for video processing as well as for watching movies and TV programs, listening to music, etc. What else would you want a notebook with such gorgeous characteristics for?
The market positioning of this model is clearly indicated by the stickers “Full HD 1080” and “Blu-ray”, and the preinstalled applications (running on top of Windows XP Media Center Edition) will help cut your costs on purchasing special-purpose software for working with multimedia content. Let’s see what exactly the notebook offers when it comes to processing video.
First of all, it offers Windows Movie Maker version 2.1.4026.0, the standard tool you can find in almost any version of Windows. Besides this basic functionality, there are more advanced programs available. I used them to capture video in HDV 1080i format from a camcorder and then burn it on a Blu-ray disc.
This program offers you to choose from four options when you launch it:
It’s all very simple as you can see. I will try to capture video from a Sony HDR-HC1E camcorder (in HDV 1080i format), so I choose the first item in the menu.
Then I attach the camcorder to the computer via FireWire interface (note that you need a FireWire cable with two 4-pin connectors for that). The capture process goes smoothly and without problems. Files in .m2t format are saved into the folder you have specified and become available for further processing in video-editing applications.