music video

There are a few things that set netbooks apart from traditional laptops. They’re smaller, cheaper, and generally have less processing power than most modern computers. But while the conventional wisdom is that you wouldn’t want to run CPU-intensive applications like Photoshop on a netbook, the truth is that you really can.

Musician Arman Bohn has been using a Lenovo IdeaPad S10 since last year. And he used the 10 inch netbook with a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor to create a significant portion of his animated music video for the song “No Escape!”

Arman tells me he drew the backgrounds on a netbook in Photoshop and then added them to After Effects for animation. He did much of this work while sitting in cafes. The final rendering as done on a more powerful desktop PC with a 24 inch monitor that could actually display the video at its ful 1920 x 1080 resolution.

You can check out the video after the break.


No Escape! – from the album “Bits” by Arman Bohn from Distropolis on Vimeo.

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6 replies on “Music video created in large part on a netbook – Video”

    1. Yes … but the sprites move across the 1080 … and some of the scrolling backgrounds roll smoothly across a 1080 field as well.

      In some ways, I wish I had made the movie at its true resolution … the netbook would have had no problem rendering a movie at 96×54! Some of the animations and scrolling would have suffered though …

      Thanks for watching!

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