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4k Editing

What do I ask for when buying a computer for 4k editing? Is there a laptop under $1000 that can edit 4k?

What are you guys using? I don't want a MAC...


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Re: 4k Editing

Hello @glenne3675. Although not particularly for 4K, the information presented in the article HEVC Explained might be useful. Other members may have other ideas to share so please watch out for their replies. Best regards!

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There's plenty of laptops or pc's much much cheaper than $1000 that will edit 4K, the question is though, how fast do you want to be able to render 4K?  Or convert 4K and edit in 1080P (which is an odd way to do things, but to each their own).


Also if you're on a budget, you should consider how long a clip you'll be editing.  For instance if you were only going to be making 3 minute clips for youtube, then you can cut back on specs.  However if you were wanting to edit and render a 30 minute video, then you're going to want to up the specs.


So it may help to know what it is you're going to be doing before you invest your money.  For what it's worth, I would spend the maximum possible on a video editing pc or laptop as the more you spend, the longer it will last you.  For instance if a certain camera company were to release another round of camera's this fall, a budget PC that could render 4K this year, may not be capable of handling the newer resolutions and frame rates for large projects.


In this order, I would look at the following:

Processor speed.  The newer the processor the better, and do comparisson checks online for video rendering speeds.

Ram, the more the better.  You don't want to have to be creating large swap files, so get the max you can.

SSD.  Essential for video editing, and honesty, I wouldn't get an SSD under 1TB.  Most laptops will give you the option of having an SSD as a primary drive and a standard 7200rpm drive as a secondary.  Just remember, when installing programs and software, try not to install them on the SSD, instead that leave that free for video processing and decoding.  

If your video editor supports hardware decoding, then you should look at getting a fast graphics card too.  


For my own video editing laptop I did break my own budget and it's been well worth it.  Hope all of this helps.



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You wrote number of pages and nothing senseful. Processor is very important but
6-8 core @2.3 will be usually way quicker than 4 core@ 3.8ghz. There is absolutely no need for more than 16 GB ram. Usually editing 4k videos using no more than 10 so I would even say that 8gb would be enough in most cases. Rendering time doesn't make difference, you can leave it over the night and that's it. The problem is live editing in 4k. MOST OF NEW LAPTOPS under 1000 WILL NOT BE doing that quick enough. For example i5 8300H, 16GB ram, g-force 1050 and 256 Ssd is fine for full hd however struggling a lot with 4k live edit, looks like powerpoint presentation. So please say nothing if you have nothing interesting to say. Thank you
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1) you are rude
2) you spent more time on your book disparaging another member than actually writing anything useful
3) Feel free to post, but try to reframe from telling others that they shouldn't.

A good start is looking at gaming laptops. Your budget is a little low for a decent 4K video editing experience. Do you have a preference when it comes to your video editor? A good graphics card is important, but some rely on it more than others.

Also, you can use proxies, which will help a lot of your system isn't a video editing powerhouse. This is a very good video that explains using the Auto generated lrv files in GoPro cameras as proxy files.

Both of the post above offer some good advice. Basically though, if you get a gaming system, you should be ok. I personally use an i7-9700k 16GB DDR4 RAM NVIDIA RTX 2060 with 1tb SSD and it works great with DaVinci Resolve 16 (free). I was using an i7-8600 32GB (upgraded from 16GB and yes, it made a big difference) NVIDIA GTX 1050ti 256GB SSD with 1tb 7,200rpm hard drive. It worked fine with 4K in Adobe Premiere Pro and fair with DaVinci Resolve, but for the best performance I would need to use proxies (I don't with my new computer).
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Hi guys


I would like to share my experience. 4k resolution is outstanding especially in GoPro7 but you need a really good kitchen (PC) to cook some nice video. In my opinion laptop is not a good device to do hard jobs like edit 4k videos, but this is my presonal experince. So, I have PC with Ryzen r5 1600 - 3.2Ghz 6 cores and 12 threads.  + GTX1060 6gb + 250GB Nvme SSD Sasmung 970 + 32 GB Ram. One week ago I bought another 16GB or RAM and I thought will be enough to render in Sony Vegas 15 PRO. Yesterday I rendered 19 minutes movie - most of clips 2.7k/60fps + 2 short clips 1080/240fps + some small light effects + some transistions = 2h and 30m render time. Sony took 29 GB of RAM and left 4GB for Windows ;) CPU ~ 100%.


I think all you need to have is:

- multicores/threads CPU

- lot of RAM

- fast SSD


but do not count that previous video will be smooth ;) I am gonna stay with 2,7k which is better than 1080p and sliggtly worst than 4k - its like good choice between easy montage and nice quality.




PS: I still remember my 1 core Celeron 400Mhz which renderedsome short  of 3D Studio scene like 14 days :) I was a kid and my mom was mad...... ;)



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 On  the laptop make sure that GREEN sticker is there called Nvidia, my machine is older now does edit,  with some struggle, what you may call  not good may be good for me....


Editing want a fast editor  Cyberlink PowerDirector 18 Ultimate. want a Slow editor for rendering  Magix 2020 premium.  Want another editor that is faster thn Magix Filmora9.


I'll demo a 4K with PowerDirector Record. and each camera differs as well I use a DJI OSmo that I can edit 4k Better then a gopr ohero 7 reasons is the codecs they both use. One is MOV, the other MP4 just a  more compressed container.


I'll take a few clips and show. on three editors, as my machine can handle a few programs running