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What do I need in a good computer for video?

 
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Sep 22, 2012 19:31 |  #1

I have a 7D and took a sample video yesterday in 720p (I knew 1080p would be too much for my computer!). I'm actually using a fairly old Dell Inspiron 9300 laptop which is maxed out at 2GB RAM. Viewing my video back in .mov format in QuickTime was PAINFUL! Soooo choppy.

What would I need in a new computer? I'd plan on getting a desktop; my laptop is fine for travel and isn't worth anything to sell. So a desktop makes more sense. Plus, better for photo editing, etc.

How much RAM? What other features would I need to view and EDIT videos?




  
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Sep 22, 2012 19:50 |  #2

When buying computers get the best spec you can afford. An i7 with 8 GB of ram would be nice and a reputable video card (Nvidia) with at least 1 Gb on board should make short work of most things. A fast hard drive is also a benefit.


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Sep 22, 2012 20:38 as a reply to  @ John Sims's post |  #3

Buy as much ram as possible. It makes more difference than anything. I use 32gb to edit on Premiere cs6 and when I use After Effects as well it easily uses 1/2 that ram for a big project.

An SSD to run your OS and main programs is also very effective. At current prices there is no reason to not have one as your main drive and a 7200rpm drive for video storage. 128gb ssd should be the minimum, get a 256gb if you can afford it.

An intel i7 chip will help speed up transcoding and rendering.

Adobe CS5 and CS6 uses modern video cards to speed up various tasks. Check out Adobe's site for compatibility, though hacks are available to get non-listed cards to work, rule of thumb is to get nVidia.

Most other stuff won't make much difference, but a USB 3.0 card reader is nice to have.




  
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Sep 22, 2012 22:30 |  #4

for a bit of savings you could always look at getting;
AMD 8-Core FX-8150 CPU instead of Core i5/i7
good MoBo
AT LEAST 16Gb RAM
a 10k RPM HDD for OS/SW vs SSD
..I use the WD Velociraptor 450Gb, was ~$100..way more room than an SSD for the $, and still very fast..

I built my own processing/editing desktop using these parts above...everything I used was highly rated on Newegg or Amazon(everything was purchased through these companies, great prices and rep).
I am able to run 1080p all day long and never have choppy ANYthing. my brand new ($800) core i5 laptop cannot even touch it. And I built this desktop for ~$800...
It is brilliant. I am very happy with it.

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Honestly, these are worth EVERY penny too...keeps this MASSIVE "heater" of a PC running cool. I have three and when at LESS than 50%, it sounds like a jet is in my office...my wife freaks out all the time when she hears it...even months later lol
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Add it up, it is right ~$800...
no monitor..had those already..along with OS and SW..and a couple HDDs..so the price will go up if you need these..even if you need to purchase everything, to do it 'right', I think this would be the minimal for an 'on the cheap' route...if you want Intel i7,etc expect to pay a bit more.
FWIW, from my experience the AMD 8-core is as fast, or slightly faster, than the quad-core i7..


Also, I would highly recommend dual monitors...of ~21-24" each..it really helps when editing video..
I have a 23" and a 15" and will be replacing the 15" with another 23" of the same make(Samsung) as soon as the wife lets me :cool:

This combo of equipment simply amazes me how high quality, and how reliable it has been(knock on wood!)
I have a very good friend that builds and fixes PCs for a living, he recommended some of these items, I am VERY glad I listened to him..


All of this is IMHO and AFAIK and YMMV lol ;)

Good luck!


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Sep 22, 2012 22:32 |  #5

as others have said, ram, ram, ram. As much as you can get. Fast drives. 7200 or 10k if you dont mind the sound of some of them.


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Sep 23, 2012 09:44 |  #6

Review the requirements published by your NLE vendor. Graphics card requirements may vary, e.g. some software may utilize the GPU onboard processing capabilities whereas another may depend more on the CPU. Most editors keep the data on external drives so look at options that maximize performance and throughput on your external drive subsystem.




  
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Sep 27, 2012 10:10 as a reply to  @ J Michael's post |  #7

Many professinals rely on apple based systems for a more "one time purchase" type of deal. You wont really have many upgrade options down the raod with say, an iMac, but they work great for folks that are not too interested in all the customization and upgrades.


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Sep 28, 2012 07:14 |  #8

processor and ram is the most crucial for encoding.

you are going to want fast HDD at least 7200rpm honestly getting a 10,000 rpm HDD is overkill unless time is an extreme issue

for $800 i just upgraded to a i7-3770, 16GB RAM, 128GB SSD, middle of the road motherboard, with a case and dvd drive. already owned a video card and monitor.

my new computer renders/encodes lightning fast assuming i dont pile up adjustment layers too much. but an i7 processor handles video extremely well

i highly suggest looking at the deals that microcenter has every month. i got my parts there and the deals are pretty incredible




  
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Sep 28, 2012 14:48 |  #9

All you need is a MacBook pro!


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Sep 29, 2012 01:22 |  #10

pkilla wrote in post #15054947 (external link)
All you need is a MacBook pro!

not too sound like a fanboy, but my '11 i7 mbp with a 256gb SSD and 750GB HD for storage is more than enough for me to run premiere cs6 and after-effects without a hitch.


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Sep 29, 2012 04:39 |  #11

And another Mac vs PC thread is born.


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Sep 29, 2012 10:39 |  #12

Kento wrote in post #15057038 (external link)
And another Mac vs PC thread is born.

I hope not. I just wanted to let the OP know what kind of specs he should look for in a cpu.
I will say a SSD is a must not matter what system you go with.
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Oct 02, 2012 10:46 |  #13

Mac with fat i7 and 8-12gb ram




  
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