Having drunk from the HD camcorder cup we can safely say that we won't be dirtying our hi-def screens with footage from mere standard-def cams ever again.Still, unless you want to pipe your raw home movies direct from the camcorder, then there is the small matter of how to edit all that luscious 1920x1080 footage down and get it saved onto something your telly can chew on sans cam.Step forward this behemoth of a desktop from Sony. Eschewing one-box convenience it actually comes in two parts and misses off a monitor (that's extra).One box housing the blistering Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600, video-supping GeForce 8600 GTS graphics card and HD-swallowing 1TB of hard-disk space can be tucked underneath the desk. Meanwhile, the second smaller box, suitable for conveniently gracing your monitor's side, plays host to the Blu-Ray drive ready to burn your footage to ever capacious 50GB BD discs.It comes pre-loaded with Adobe Premiere Pro 2.0 and a utility to import footage from Sony's AVCHD cams directly into Premiere, which is just as well because it doesn't support it otherwise. And, no, there aren't two mice in the picture - that larger one's a dedicated controller for editing functions. Sweet.The most impressive feature? Take a look at the front of the main box. There are 10, count 'em, USB connectors and three dedicated i-LINK ports. Finally our legion army of useless USB gadgets finds a home. Personal can-cooler anyone?Essentials sony Vaio M1N Price: £2500 On sale: July Contact: Sony Related stories: Reviewed: Sony HDR-UX7 MacBook Pro makes it to Santa Rosa Evesham lappy replaces the desktop replacement
Sony Vaio RM1N – the ultimate HD editing suite?
Having drunk from the HD camcorder cup we can safely say that we won't be dirtying our hi-def screens with footage from mere standard-def cams ever ag