December 2, 2016 at 12:49AM

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4K System For Editing ( PC )

Hey !!! I AM HERE TO ASK IF I HAVE TO EDIT 4K VIDEOS , AND I WANT TO GO WITH A CUSTOM BUILT PC WITH WINDOWS OS , WHAT SHOULD BE MY SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS , AT LESS PRICE , POSSIBLY LESS THAN A MAC(APPLE) SYSTEM ... :)

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Most clients will still accept a good 1080p video. Let's start with this fact.

To edit and export 4k files, with the ease of doing it like they were 1080p files, meaning smooth, effect packed, timelines, you will need to invest a great amount of money. That's especially true, if someone's working with RAW video files.

The systems specs proposed to anyone, should be based on his individual needs. Do you edit shorts? Commercials? Weddings?

To finally answer your question, the minimum requirements, go as that:

- A fast i7 cpu. Generally, core-speed favors timeline smoothness, more cores favor export times.
- A fast gpu with 4-6Gb of ram.
- 32Gb of system memory.
- fast storage for your source media, fast storage for preview files. If there are raw video files, look for raid 0 or ssd solutions.

So, about 1600$, with some basic perihersals. And you can never stop going up from this price tag. As a friendly suggestion, try to save this amount of money from previous works and the investion to a new pc will feel natural and well worth it.

December 3, 2016 at 7:06AM

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Panos Economou
Director / Editor
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Nice and remember this is only for the system, not including the monitor.

Keith Kim

December 9, 2016 at 12:29PM, Edited December 9, 12:29PM

December 4, 2016 at 11:41PM

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Ben Meredith
Cinematographer/Filmmaker
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This build has some unnecessary components, but it's relatively solid. I've planned a new build for myself since I haven't upgraded my system in almost 4 years. If you wanted to take a look, check out the link - just a note, there's no GFX card on there since I plan on using my GTX 970 from my current build, but if anyone needs a recommendation, go for the GTX 1060 6GB - that seems to be the best Price-to-Performance buy right now.

https://pcpartpicker.com/list/B7Kfnn

Matt Antonucci

December 8, 2016 at 12:00PM

I'm getting increasingly angry that marketing liars are tricking the populous into buying all new equipment when Hollywood, who makes movies for 10M+ tall screens, doesn't care about UHD or 4K. In fact, Panavision actively asked their clientele if they wanted higher resolutions and the answer was almost unanimously "no, but we could use more dynamic range", which more pixels would actually reduce. The only camera that truly approaches film's latitude and color is the Alexa, a Super-35mm format 2.8K raw camera. It's also the #1 camera for big budget productions. I know a guy in LA that says they use 8x networked HP desktop computers with multiple GPUs (and some specialized software) so they can preview stuff in real time at the same quality of the final product! On my system, raw HD runs at about 2fps at maximum quality and I have a pretty beefy GPU. I-frame CODECs run pretty close to full, not so much long GoP CODECs. If somebody ever sent me UHD or 4K, I'd have to make proxies before even attempting editing.

December 5, 2016 at 8:04AM, Edited December 5, 8:04AM

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That's interesting info, Stephen. It's good to know that 4K doesn't necessarily provide more dynamic range.

Glenn Bossik

December 14, 2016 at 4:23PM

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December 12, 2016 at 2:56AM

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