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Visual Hudson

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  1. I've been using Amazon Music occasionally for a few years, but in the last six months or so I've been using it more since deciding to pay for the monthly subscription. And for my needs, it's perfectly fine. No major problems. Sure the app is a bit glitchy, but it's fine. One major issue I have with it though is that I often will go to Recently Played, press Shuffle and want to let the songs play out on my commute to work / home, however it repeats the same songs over and over and over and over and over again. What makes it more annoying, but also explains why it's doing this, is that if you look down through the list you'll see it look something like this: "Song A" "Song B" "Song C" "Song B" "Song D" "Song B" "Song F" "Song C" "Song D" "Song B" So in my top 10 last played songs I have a grand total of 5 different songs actually being played, made up of 4 plays of Song B, 2 plays of Song C, 2 plays of song D, 1 play of Song A & 1 play of Song F. The lack of variety here is incredibly infuriating and I'm beginning to think it might be a deal-breaker for me. I really hope there has to be a way to stop / change / fix this. A song should only appear once in the list, I don't need 25 replays of Song B in the list. Once it's played, move it from it's old position and now that becomes the most recently played song. Don't leave it at it's old position AND also make it the most recently played song. For example, if I go to Recently Played and Song B is the first one to come on then the list should look more like this: "Song B" "Song A" "Song C" "Song D" "Song F" "Song Q" "Song W" "Song E" "Song R" "Song T" I feel like this is standard behaviour in any other music app I've ever used. I can't see any options in the Android app to change this, but I'm hoping that someone out there understands my frustrations and can help me with this, or am I going to have to either live with it or move to a different platform?
  2. I am pretty much a novice to Premiere Pro but I have been working on some two different holiday videos this week, and with both of them Premiere Pro crashes pretty much every single time I try to export my project. I have been able to successfully export only once for each project; for the first video I think it was set to Export Settings > Format "H.264" > Preset "Match source - High bitrate" and for the second project it was definitely set to "Match sequence settings" which produced a video with format "MPEG Preview" (they are mostly videos taken from my Canon 750D DSLR). One project is about 15 minutes long, the other is about 28 minutes long. My computer is running a 3770K with 16GB of RAM, plenty of HDD & SSD space, and a GTX 680. It's not the newest computer, sure, but it should be perfectly capable of rendering some videos surely! Ideally, I was trying to export to H.264 and the "YouTube 1080p Full HD" preset. The thing is that PP crashes at completely different points every single time. It's not like it always crashes at a certain particular point in a project, sometimes it might be 8% in, sometimes, it might be 22% in, sometimes it might be 50% in, etc. When it crashes I am usually given the option to send an error report and then PP automatically closes down. Once or twice it has blue screened my computer. Other than this I don't have any stability issues on my computer, I've had it since the 3770K was brand new and now mainly use it as a Plex server. Anyway I have tried everything I can think of, and everything I can find on the internet. For instance, I have: Changed to the Format to HEVC (H.265) Changed the Source Range from Sequence In / Out to Entire Sequence, as well as Custom and trying to split the videos into smaller chunks Cleared the Media Cache both inside of PP and manually through deleting the folders within AppData Closed all other programs and attempted to export then Made sure PP is the only major program running after a reboot and attempted to export then Changed the Renderer to Mercury Playback Engine Software Only instead of GPU Acceleration (CUDA) and vice versa Decreased the "RAM reserved for other applications" to as low as it will go (3GB) Uninstalled and reinstalled Premiere Pro from the Creative Cloud suite Updated my nVidia graphics drivers Created a brand new project, as in this problem wasn't just happening with my first project, I made a second project and was still having the crashes Pre-rendered the entire sequence before attempting to export The first project did have some clips with Warp Stabilizer but they were Nested, whereas the second project had no such clips whatsoever (I've heard Warp Stabilizer can sometimes cause crashes) There may have been other things I've tried to but this has been causing me so much stress this week that I can't think of anything else, and it makes me not want to continue to produce any more projects in Premiere Pro if I'm just going to have all of these issues. So if someone can please shed some light on what I could do, that would be hugely appreciated!!
  3. I know I'm limited by my budget, but I still want to try to get the best that I can especially considering I do plan on using the laptop for some photo and video editing, hence why things like brightness and colour reproduction are something I'm concerned about. However I'm not a professional editor, and with my budget, I'm not expecting the absolute best. Just not the absolute worst! I think I've covered my priorities pretty well in my original post, but what is my top priority? I really don't know. It is a bit of a coin toss between GPU performance and the screen, but also cooling as I get so frustrated by burning my hand on laptops that can't cool very well. But then cooling leads to noise, and noise is a pain, but I can deal with that. I definitely did like the idea of a touchscreen, whilst I'd probably be disappointed if I didn't get one, it wouldn't be the end of the world. There's just so many factors, I just don't know... And yes I'm fully aware that the Thinkpads have "outdated" hardware but honestly I'm not too bothered if it's a generation or two behind. My desktop rig is running with a 3770K and a GTX 680, I've been running that since they came out like 5 or 6 years ago, and I'm not planning on upgrading just yet. If I did any upgrade on my PC, it would be my graphics card but only because I want a HTC Vive, but a lot of people I've read have said that a GTX 680 can run a Vive no problem so if that's the case then I wouldn't be bothered about upgrading. Anyway, my ooint being, I wasn't bothered about it being older. If anything I thought that was a good thing!! As it allowed me to get a better quality laptop at a much lower price than it would cost for me to purchase brand new. A Thinkpad X1 you're looking well over £1000 but here I can get a used one for £650? I mean, that seems like a steal to me? Seeing as you mention it, why do you think that the MSI and Asus FX504 are terrible? Someone on reddit has actually just recommended the FX504 funnily enough! Haha
  4. I understand that display variance happens across most if not all the laptops, however I had read that it was particularly a bad issue on that laptop exacerbated by the fact that the screen wasn't much good anyway. I've been looking up this Acer laptop you suggested but it's also appears as though most people are saying that the screen is not very good in that it's not very bright or it's colour reproduction isn't great for people who want to do photo or video editing. now I'm certainly no professional editor, however it is something that I am concerned about as I do use Photoshop and Premiere Pro. But that being said it isn't of the utmost importance, like it isn't the very top of my list of needs in this laptop. ( before you ask me what actually is top of my list of priorities, I'm not too sure to be honest) Is it possible that you, or someone else, could look through the laptops that I have linked and give me your thoughts on them? Edit: Also, wouldn't the AMD Ryzen 5 with the APU perform better than the MX 150 which is basically just a rebadged GTX 1030?
  5. I linked to a number of stores, well infact a number of laptops directly in my original post?
  6. I thought that I'd covered budget and requirements in the post, quite extensively really. Screen size doesn't really bother me. I guess I'd prefer larger over smaller, but I get that smaller is more portable. Battery life, again, longer would obviously be better especially when I'm taking it travelling, but realistically we're talking about a difference of what a couple hours at best? Ultimately they all need to be plugged in for any real use. Budget wise... obviously cheaper is better but value for money or bang for your buck is most important. Hence I was looking at refurbished models of previously higher end devices which appeared to bring me around about the £600 to £700 mark. However some of the models I listed were both way below and also slightly above that figure. As I say, if you read through my original post, I think I cover all of this pretty extensively.
  7. So first of all, I hate hate hate laptops. Compared to a desktop, they're more expensive, lower power, less reliable, and... I could go on. However I tend to go travelling or on trips away between half a dozen to a dozen times a year, and I've been toying with the idea of getting a laptop to have guaranteed access to a computer on my travels. I do already have an iPad 4 which I've been using for years which serves most purposes, however there's functions it doesn't have which I would like to have whilst we're away. For example: Unloading pictures and videos from my DSLR (& other cameras / drones / etc) SD cards to a HDD Potentially being able to edit them whilst I'm away instead of having to wait to get home and use my more desktop PC. So being able to run Photoshop & Premiere Pro would be something I'd want to do. Ability to potentially play some games on the go, however it wouldn't need to be anything super excessive. One of my favourite games is Civ V. Whilst any laptop will do it, the ability to more easily remote desktop into my computer would be handy. Splashtop works perfectly fine on my iPad & OnePlus 3T, but being able to do it through a computer would definitely be easier. I do like the idea of the 360 degree folding laptops, as it allows them to be used similar to a tablet, but I suppose it isn't something that is absolutely necessary. I would also like it to be touchscreen, but again it isn't something that is absolutely necessary. I'd prefer 16GB of RAM, but given the price point I'm looking at I'd settle for 8GB. The potential to upgrade in the future would be nice. With my general disdain for laptops, I don't want to purchase a cheapo laptop, get disappointed and frustrated with it's crappy performance because then I'll just never use it. However, I also can't afford do spend thousands, nor would I want to on a laptop. So I have been thinking about buying a refurbished laptop with the idea being that I'd be able to get a slightly used or somewhat older model that is higher spec without having to pay full price for it, similar to buying a used car instead of a new car. Which has seemingly lead me to the following laptops: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 3rd Gen - £629 (with Windows 10 Pro) (for a modern, X1 Carbon you're looking well over £1000): https://www.tier1online.com/728-20bts0mx00/lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon-3rd-gen-8gb-240gb-ssd-i7-5600u-full-hd-grade-a HP ENVY x360 AMD Ryzen 5 - £679.97 (brand new on HP's website they're £850, so it's nearly a £200 saving): https://www.laptopsdirect.co.uk/refurbished-hp-envy-x360-amd-ryzen-5-2500u-8gb-1tb-128gb-ssd-amd-radeon-v-a1-2ph22ea/version.asp HP Envy x360 again but £0.02 more expensive, but otherwise looks to be the same: https://www.laptopoutlet.co.uk/hp-envy-x360-15-bq150na-15-6-full-hd-touchscreen-2-in-1-laptop-amd-ryzen-5-2500u-2-0-ghz-3-6-ghz-turbo-quad-core-processor-8gb-ram-1tb-128gb-sshd-windows-10-home-64-bit-2ph22ea-abu.html?___SID=U Tier 1 Online also has some slightly even older, bit more damaged X1's that are a couple hundred pounds cheaper but ARE touchscreens: https://www.tier1online.com/refurbished-lenovo-thinkpad-x1-carbon/?sort=bestselling I was pretty settled on the X1 Carbon 3rd Gen but realistically, whilst Thinkpads are legendarily reliable, it probably doesn't actually best suit what I want. Although I wasn't sure I'd find a better deal. Then I came across these HP Envy x360's with the AMP APU which seems like it would actually be better suited in many ways, however the more I research into it, I've found lots of people complaining about issues with the laptop freezing, the screen being too dim and poor representation of the sRGB palette, not to mention the displays coming from a bunch of different manufacturers which is causing quite the variance in quality. Whereas I'm aware that the particular Thinkpad I've found isn't the Yoga version, isn't touchscreen, and won't be any good for games, but being a Thinkpad I presume / except it to be much more reliable especially given the fact I'm looking at purchasing a used / refurbished model. Further helping it, the Thinkpad does come with a one year warranty, whereas the Envy x360 comes with only three months. There is currently an X1 3rd Gen on eBay at about £250 but with a day or so to go, it's likely to go up in price and doesn't look like it would come with any form of warranty from the seller: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Lenovo-ThinkPad-X1-Carbon-14-Third-gen-excellent-condition/142833567220?epid=141019033&hash=item21418b45f4:g:i7EAAOSw0J9bIn9G One person mentioned that the Envy x360 came with a privacy screen function, where you press a button and the makes it impossible for the people next to you to see your screen, which I thought sounded like a fancy, but good feature. However I can't find any mention of this anywhere else, other than for the more expensive Spectre models. So... basically, can anyone help me pick a laptop? Well I'm either buying a laptop or a HTC Vive, but whilst my heart says go for the Vive, my brain says that the laptop is the better purchase as it will serve more use in the long run. What do people think of these laptops / deals? Should I be looking elsewhere, or for any other laptops? Any advice at all, really? Edit: I've also found some other slightly more expensive laptops, but not really had chance or now got time to really look into them or see how they compare. Ideally these are more expensive than I'd like to pay, but if anyone can advise me on these as well that would be great! Oh and as far as I'm aware, these are all brand new, unless I'm mistaken. So I suppose that is something to bear in mind with the price. MSI GL62 15.6" Intel Core i7-7700HQ GeForce GTX 1050Ti 8GB RAM - £749.97 (appears like other websites list this as the GL62M, although not sure why?): https://www.tesco.com/direct/msi-gl62-156-intel-core-i7-geforce-gtx-1050ti-8gb-ram-1000gb-256gb-ssd-windows-10-gaming-laptop-black/369-9390.prd?skuId=369-9390 Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 - i5-6200U, 8GB RAM, smaller screen but is touchscreen and folds over 360 degrees - £786.93: https://www.ebuyer.com/821231-lenovo-thinkpad-yoga-260-2-in-1-laptop-20fes4st00 FX504GD NVIDIA GTX 1050 2GB, 15.6" FHD, I5-8300H, 8GB DDR4 - £679.99: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-fx504gd-nvidia-gtx-1050-2gb-15.6-fhd-i5-8300h-8gb-ddr4-gaming-laptop-lt-25b-as.html FX504GD NVIDIA GTX 1050 4GB, 15.6" FHD, I5-8300H, 8GB DDR4 - £769.99: https://www.overclockers.co.uk/asus-fx504gd-nvidia-gtx-1050-4gb-gddr5-15.6-fhd-i5-8300h-8gb-ddr4-gaming-laptop-lt-250-as.html
  8. Am I correct in thinking that the card you linked before wouldn't do RAID if I later wanted it too? If I want to do RAID later on, do I need to buy a RAID card? If I did buy a RAID card, can I choose to not use RAID until I later wanted to and just use it in the mean time as a PCIe SATA card?
  9. Awesome, thanks for all your help! I knew this would be the place to come for this kind of help
  10. I've seen those on Amazon, but I'm dubious because there's thirteen different models all listed with the same set of reviews and Q&As, so you don't really know how good the one you choose to buy actually is. If that makes sense? They're also like no-name brands so who knows what you're going to get. I'm not against having a card that would allow to RAID later down the line, so if that was a feature that could be handy, but as I say it's certainly not a priority right now. I just need to get this HDD into my case! haha
  11. I've run out of SATA ports on my motherboard and need to add more HDD space. I've recently bought another 4TB WD Black HDD but as of right now have no way of connecting it to my computer. I'm getting a bit confused when trying to find the best PCIe card to buy so that I can throw this drive in my rig. I'm not looking at using RAID at the moment, so that's not a priority. It's something I may consider later down the road, but as of right now that's not what I'm looking for. I'd prefer as many SATA 3 6GB/s ports as possible, as I imagine that I'll be needing to purchase more HDDs in the future. I've seen them with 2, 4 and more ports. But surely the read / write speeds will slow the more drives you have running off of one card? Or am I totally wrong? I'm from the UK if anyone can direct me towards any particular models / good deals? Sorry if this is posted in the wrong forum. I wasn't sure if it should go here or in the Servers & NAS sub-forum.
  12. Unless Jessops sell third party batteries, I would have to use cash to purchase third party batteries which at the moment I don't want to do. Anything I get from them I don't have to pay for 12 months. Want as few expenses as possible before we set off. 4 micro sd cards were meant for two for my mavic pro and two for my go pro. And then two full size as cards for the 750d
  13. So I was just putting everything in my basket to total up how much I wanted and with the tripod I end up wayyyy over budget haha Without the tripod it all comes to £1355.57 I have £1359 to use, with the Mavic Pro, and an extra £22.49 I was thinking of cancelling off the order from a Go Pro chest harness and just using a cheapo one that comes in one of those Go Pro accessories kits off Amazon. So that totals £1381.49. Minus the prospective Jessops order that's £25.92 left. I suppose for that price I could either: -Keep the official GoPro chest harness -Get another GoPro battery -Get the official GoPro Headstrap & QuickClip instead of using a cheapy one -Pay a little bit extra cash and get another SD / MicroSD card -Or not spend the money at all! haha It's a shame that I'm not going to be able to afford a tripod, but I suppose I wasn't planning on taking one anyway? So it's not the end of the world!
  14. Without being too much of a pain, can you see any better ones on the Jessops website that I've maybe missed? Haha I thought you did! Yeah, I tend to keep a torch on me, or atleast in the car!
  15. I really don't understand the point of the quick release capture clip, please can you explain that for me? Haha yeah I've noticed that Jessops are pretty expensive for bags, but it was just an idea what with the credit remaining because yeah I was planning on using the remaining £550 for it all. An SD card can is definitely a good shout. Had a quick look on Jessops' website earlier but couldn't see one. They would be cheap enough on Amazon though I imagine! A flashlight? As in one that mounts to the camera, or just a traditional normal handheld flashlight?