- Jul 31, 2018
Does anyone have suggestion for a computer/laptop that i can purchase for strictly video/photo editing? Not looking to spend a lot, but also want something decent.
Yes, this would be simply a machine used strictly for editing and uploading to youtube. Non comercial stuff, just as a hobby.Computers/laptops are mostly commodity items these days, but there are specific features you should look for related to video editing. Some basic guidelines for HD video editing include:
A display that can be color-calibrated will be useful if you're anticipating doing anything commercially.
- SSD for storage: 500GB to 1TB; SATA interface is OK, but M.2 preferred at 4x the bandwidth)
- Minimum quad-core processor (high-end Intel i5 or i7)
- 8GB RAM (the more the better)
- Discrete graphics (AMD Radeon or nVidia); modern NLEs use the graphics processor for rendering
As far as the software is concerned you can get an amazing commercial-grade NLE called Davinci Resolve from BlackMagic Designs for FREE. The free version has a couple of limitations (none that should affect the ability to edit video from a Spark), but the $300 commercial license removes those limitations while remaining a great value compared to other commercial solutions.
My video editing is strictly for my own use/pleasure, and I'm currently using a 2+ year old Lenovo T460p notebook with an Intel Core i7-6820HQ CPU, a 2TB SATA SSD and 32GB of RAM. The graphics processor is an nVidia GeForce 940MX (the low end of the spectrum) and is quite adequate for decent performance rendering the 1080p/30fps video, titles, transitions, etc. that I produce with Davinci Resolve. I have a 4K Lenovo ThinkVision X1 27" display as my primary, and a pair of Dell 24" WUXGA (1920x1280) as secondaries.
If you're handy, you might consider building your own PC. You can easily build a system that would blow my notebook out of the water for around US$1K, and be able to upgrade it incrementally as your needs change. If I ever invest in a drone that supports 4K, that's a very likely path for me. Laptops don't offer that flexibility.
What's your budget? "Not looking to spend a lot" is somewhat subjective. My T460p with an aftermarket 2TB SSD and 32GB RAM totaled around $2K (2.5 years ago, of course). A serious desktop that maximizes performance and rendering speed could easily cost twice that.Yes, this would be simply a machine used strictly for editing and uploading to youtube. Non comercial stuff, just as a hobby.
For home/casual use, I think a Mac is fine. What's sad, though, is that Apple used to own the professional marketplace when it came to video and image editing. It really seems like they've abandoned supporting high-end graphics processing over the last few years, and now that they're dumping Intel processors in favor of their own, I only see that trend getting worse.I think you can get something for less than $1200 but you need to be prepared to spend on the software, not just the computer. If your budget is really strapped, go PC, and you will find quite a few free software NLE's (video editors) that will do the basics. If you have some money to spend, get Sony Vegas (PC) or FinalCut Pro X (Mac). The main thing to remember is that editing/rendering video is resource intensive, so CPU and RAM are your main criteria to consider. i7 and 8Gb of RAM would be a minimum, but you can work on much less, it just takes longer to get to the final product.