How to Choose the Best Computer for Video Editing (DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro)

July 28, 2019 posted by

hi I'm Alex organs from learn color grading and film simplified comm one of the questions that I get a lot is what are a good specs for an editing machine now before we discuss the guidelines for an editing computer I think it's important first to understand the basics you know what are the main components you know of a computer and how do they help in editing and in color grading so that when you want to get a new system you know what to look for so let's start now with a very simple presentation that I put together that should first explain the basics so if we take a look at a computer there are four main things in every system that are important the CPU for the central processing unit the GPU or the graphics processing unit the RAM or random access memory and the HDD or your storage so let's take a look at each one of these components first let's take a look at the CPU you can think of the CPU as a worker so someone who does the job you asked them for so for example if you get an image and you ask the computer to turn the image into a black and white image this is a job for the CPU so the CPU will process the image so it does the work you asked it for so this is the CPU so what's the GPU you can simply think of the GPU as another worker however this is a very specialized worker that only works on graphic related things so both workers work together for example the CPU handles your video and your graphics but at the same time it handles the operating system itself like for example Windows or Mac it might handle things like lowering the volume of the computer and all other tasks however the GPU will kick in and help only for video related stuff so it's graphical it's another worker that works only on graphics so these are the CPU and the GPU what's the ram now imagine if these two workers are working on something you asked them for you can think of the RAM as simply a table in front of them where they put information they're working on currently at this particular point in time on this table so the larger the table is they can put more stuff to work on at the same then let's take a look at the HDD or the storage in this case I'm just using HDD as an example because it's the most used word however HDD is simply one type of storage you can think of this as when the workers are working and they have their table in front of them the HDD is this storage is where the computer keeps all the extra information that the workers are not working on at this particular moment however the information is to be stored somewhere in case they needed it so how does the information flow here first you have this storage so all the information is stored and let's say you want to edit something this is where the computer will transfer this particular piece of footage you're working on from storage into RAM or the table that the workers can work on then the CPU will start working on your footage and for graphics related things like video for example or changing the colors of your video it will ask for help from the GPU so these are the basic components of a computer and now I'll be discussing the recommendations so this is all I guess easy you know theoretically again disclaimer this is not like a super look into a computer this are just for you to understand the basics of the components for working with I'm just trying to simplify or even oversimplify things so let's start with the processor what are the recommendations for the processor there are many things we won't be discussing here like hyper threading for example but this is just a very easy and simple overview every processor have cores you can think of course as how many tasks a processor can do at the same time think of it like instead of having one worker if you have a dual core you have two workers and maybe if your system have four cores you have four workers so having more cores will enable your CPU to do multiple things at the same time this means that your CPU will do the job faster for example and again this is not the most scientific way to explain it but imagine if you have an image and you ask the processor to for example increase the exposure or change the colors theoretically the processor if it's for example a quad core or four core processor it will cut the image into different parts where every quarry the processor will work only on 1/4 of their butt so the work can be done much faster again remember this is an oversimplification but just think of it this way so whenever I look for a processor one of the most important things I look for is how many cords at this point I think four course would be the sweet spot if you're working from a laptop at the newer Intel processor they have six cores and of course if you go to desktop you can get up to 18 cores for example but for the most part 4 cores would be sufficient enough then the processor will have speed you know like 4 gigahertz 2 gigahertz 2.5 gigahertz this is also important however personally I usually prioritize the number of cores on speed however that's my personal preference let's move to the next component GPU now remember when we discussed Ram we said Ram is like a table where the workers work on one of the things I did not mention is that the GPU can have its own small table to the side which is separate from the main table they're working on so it can have its own round to the side that it only can access and this is usually called veeram so this is a dedicated DRAM or table you know only for the GPU so before we get into recommendations now you understand that there's something called V around there are two main types of GPUs integrated and dedicated so what's an integrated GPU the integrated GPU is a low-power GPU that does not have its own ramp it shares the RAM available or the table available with the CPU so it doesn't have a dedicated veera and in very simple terms you should always try to stay away from this kind of GPU and no matter how much the salesperson tells you that this is a very powerful and a good GPU if it's integrated you should always try to stay away from it then we have the dedicated GPU this is a GPU that is more powerful and one of its main features is that it has its own dedicated RAM as vira so of course the more we run the better this is where you get these numbers were for example this is a four gig GPU this is referring to the amount of VRAM available to the GPU now how much vram do you need of course the GPU has way more things you know that you need to understand however just as ballpark's you should always try to look at the amount of VRAM it has because all video editing environments works way better with a dedicated GPU so even if you don't have the most expensive GPU still I would say a dedicated GPU is a must for video editing so how much of your RAM do you need I would say at this point that the lowest you can go is two gates so 2 gigabytes of vram however this is also the standard today I mean for is it's just normal for gaming laptops a lot of gaming laptops come with with 4 gigabytes of RAM due to the requirement of the GPU I think usually most gaming laptops even if they're slightly lower and if it's a gaming laptop it should work fine for video editing just due to the fact that gaming laptops tend to always have dedicated GPUs so I would say that at this point try to get a 2 to 4 gigabyte GP ok let's move on to RAM or the table that the workers work on in a very simple way 32 gigabytes of RAM is great 16 is what's recommended 8 is the minimum however this machine has 8 gigabytes of RAM and it's been working fine for me like I've been having no issues however just to go with the recommendation usually try to get 60 gigabytes of RAM 8 is the lowest and 32 is great also there are two different types of from this refers to how fast the RAM is in processing information or how fast you can put things on the table and remove things from the table there is the ddr4 Ram which is at this point the fastest I guess and it's great and if you can get it they'll be great however there's also ddr3 what's works absolutely fine for video editing this is also a ddr3 machine finally let's move to the storage which is one of the most underlooked parts of computers because you will go to buy you know a laptop for editing and it will have you know a lot of fun like this has 32 gigs of RAM and it has this and that GPU and isn't that CPU however it will have a mechanical hard drive inside it which is pretty slow because we used for information think about it this way what good is the information if it's stored but it's very slow to move from the storage to the table the workers work on so the workers can work fast the table as fast the whole production is fast however moving the information from storage to the working area is pretty slow this will make your whole system slow so the speed of a storage device is very important so what to look for here first you need to understand that generally storage falls into two main categories SSDs and HD DS so hard disk drives and solid state drives HD DS or hard disk drives have mechanical parts inside them so the mechanical parts have to move physically to retrieve the information and this makes them extremely slow I do understand that in certain configurations like raid configuration it can get fast hard drives but at that point you know what you're doing if you're getting a laptop and you're working from it if it has a mechanical drive or hard disk drive that's definitely a problem not to say that you cannot edit from it but it's definitely not the fastest thing you can do it will just make the whole editing experience feel a bit slow the next type is solid-state drives or SSDs these have no mechanical parts that move inside and they're very fast and they're definitely what you should be trying to get and in your system because they're faster however as is these tend to be smaller in size just keep that in mind one important thing also is that to use different drives in your system so for example you have drive a which is inside the laptop itself you know running the operating system or their Mac or Windows handling all the normal operations of your system then getting an external SSD or an external hard drive if you want but I would prefer an SSD and connecting it to your laptop and have all the video files inside it however there is one important thing to remember let's say you have a very fast external SSD and you connect it to your laptop however the connection between the SSD and the laptop itself is very slow then what's the point of having a fast SSD so you need to make sure that your SSD if you get an external SSD supports USB 3 at least which will be fast enough to you know to transfer the data so the SSD must support USB 3 your computer must support a USB 3 and the connection used must be usb3 which is pretty much the standard now I doubt that at this point you can get us b2 but it just worth mentioning so I just want to emphasize one thing the most important thing about your system is that all of these components function good enough so there should be no bottlenecks that you don't get the fastest GP or the fastest CPU with a hard disk for example or you have all the other requirements for writes but you have 4 gigs of trap it's very important that even if you cannot get the facet things to get everything functioning well enough this is the most important thing in a system so if you like this please visit us at learn color grading and some simplified it cop thank you film simplified calm


33 Replies to “How to Choose the Best Computer for Video Editing (DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro)”

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  2. Jon W says:

    Good, quick and to the point!!

  3. Kevin Fearn says:

    Thanks for this!!! Simple and made sense!

  4. Lucy Crabtree says:

    Such a good video, easy to memorise, do you have any Mac recommendations without an integrated GPU?I would really appreciate advice ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Explore New Zealand says:

    What a fantastic description

  6. Achoti Gayil ื’ื™ืœ says:

    WOW! Thank you for this brief tutorial. Your simplified explanation to the computer compartments did not make me feel intimidated. And you presented yourself with humbleness. Thanks again.

  7. Splash Fire Films says:

    beautiful explanation

  8. grant dylan kovacs says:

    For a laptop, is it a better idea, for a GPU, if it is intergrated, to have more RAM? So a Intergrated GPU, but 12GB of RAM? Specs such as this: 12GB DDR4 RAM//Integrated Intelยฎ UHD Graphics 620, DirectX 12 Support

  9. Jamyang Nyima says:

    My laptop dell inspiron 5570 has cpu of quadcore with speed of 1โ€ข8 – 2 ghz. GPU is integrated. Soon I will upgrade ram to 8gb and have extra ssd for smoothness. Will the gpu halt my work badly?

  10. Morgan Pantoja says:

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  11. coppersandwich says:

    So, I was hoping to hear the differences between DaVinci, Premiere, FinalCut in what they rely more on: some on CPU, some on RAM, some on GPU, as they all have different approach to handling the video.

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  14. 1001LondonKnights says:

    Beautifully explained, well done.

  15. Toper Yow says:

    Hi, can you guys please elaborate more what he meant about on what he said on the last part of the video. Thanks for responding!

  16. Anna Gamarnik says:

    Thank you so much! You explained everything so simply and effectively!!

  17. scomerf says:

    very helpful. Thank you.

  18. serveTHATup says:

    I CANT THANK YOU ENOUGH. IM an idiot with IT, i tend to not care, cause my little brother is an IT guy, and he always took care of any issues/questions. But now he is further away and starting a family, so I am needing to get caught up. This was ideal. The simplification and analogies are perfect for someone like me that learns in that way. If I understand the "job" or function in simple terms, then I can build from there. So again, thank you and will be sharing!! Be WELL!!!

  19. andrewnorris1 says:

    Thanks for explaining this is such an accessible way, much appreciated

  20. James Wilkinson says:

    Wow! that was way better than reading all day through long technical explanations & sales pitches!

  21. Don TV says:

    Very professional video even though, I know this it good to look at the different ways people explain it.

  22. walkongrass says:

    Thank you, such a clear explanation! I'm moving from professional photography to video and it's such a scary leap, so confusing about what a proper video editing workstation should be. Your "lesson" was very illuminating, thanks so much!

  23. Gustave Umutabazi says:

    Waouh…. God bless you. You make it simple, clear and you're right on the point

  24. Filipe Aniceto says:

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  25. Petr Salz says:

    Nice๐Ÿ‘. One thing that I found makes a huge difference is the software. With FCP X you can do a lot with mimimum specs, Edius is also relatively easy on processing particularly because it a smart buffer that looks ahead in the timeline and uses available resources to calculate more complex parts of the timeline before it gets there. Premiere is average and Resolve needs really heavy equipment. Do you agree?

  26. RuslanArt says:

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  27. Milk Klim says:

    Wow thank you so much. I just learned so much important and potentially money saving advice and you saved me a great deal of time in my research which otherwise would have taken me much longer to know these technical details. You won a subscriber. Keep up the great work.

  28. Khary Tomlinson says:

    here's a big question how do you use an external solid state with an old mac, mine is newer than yours but I don't have USB c

  29. SAI PHANEESH says:

    Which processor will b suitable for 4k video editing???( which version? Preferably Intel)
    16gb ram
    8gb GPU
    1TB ssd

  30. HelloTravelHolic ์•ˆ๋…• ๋ฉ”์ดํ”Œ says:

    This was insanely helpful!! Thank you so so much ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. toucan l'oiseau says:

    Thanks for the info. Very informative, it's going to make my shopping for a computer so much easier. Best regards from Montreal Canada.

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  33. nicola casagrande says:

    Well done pal! Thanks

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