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#1 ComeFromAway

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Posted 10 November 2018 - 09:07 AM

Wondering what kind of computer you all are running for video editing? Specific specs would be useful. Looking to upgrade to something that can handle more complex tasks. Thanks in advance!



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Posted 12 November 2018 - 04:00 AM

Following. In the process of looking at computers so this could be interesting to see what everyone else is using.

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Posted 12 November 2018 - 12:31 PM

I just bought a mac mini 2018. 2 TB SSD hard drive 6 cores and I use final cut pro x and 32 GB memory with an LG ultrafine 5K screen which is great

I also have an external 2 TB SSD that I use to import GH5 files XAVC 400 mbps

It works fine however it does not manage to render real time 4K files from the GH5. This may be due to the fact it has an integrated GPU not discrete

However I have to say when I went to the apple store the only machine that could do real time render of 4K files was an iMac with a video card with 8 GB VRAM

So I ended up using proxy files it works and I can still switch to originals in case I make certain corrections that are intensive (I don't really lol)

this replaces my 2011 iMac that is still ok but nowhere near this set up

i think PCs will be cheaper


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Posted 12 November 2018 - 02:51 PM

Blackmagic Design has a new Blackmagic eGPU Pro model featuring a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory coming. The Pro model is intended to be a workstation-class graphics performance enhancer for any Thunderbolt 3–enabled MacBook Pro and iMac as well as the new Mac Mini.



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Posted 12 November 2018 - 02:57 PM

Blackmagic Design has a new Blackmagic eGPU Pro model featuring a Radeon RX Vega 56 graphics processor with 8GB of HBM2 memory coming. The Pro model is intended to be a workstation-class graphics performance enhancer for any Thunderbolt 3–enabled MacBook Pro and iMac as well as the new Mac Mini.

Yes however Blackmagic products at present give the most benefit with their own software
Final cut got an update under mojave but have not found any in depth tests to see how it improve matters



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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:25 PM

OK today I bought the blackamgic eGPU and it stutters it does not accelerate anything during export as this is mostly a CPU job

I checked again my 400 mbps timeline and if in final cut pro I run with original file performance optimised at 50% (1920x1080) it does not stutter during real time playback

In essence this GPU is a waste of time and am sending it back...


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Posted 15 November 2018 - 01:54 PM

Wondering what kind of computer you all are running for video editing? Specific specs would be useful. Looking to upgrade to something that can handle more complex tasks. Thanks in advance!

I'm using an Asus ROG for all video and photos editing, no issues at all with any editor I've tried so far

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 04:35 PM

I'm using ASUS ROG too, with Core i7 and GTX 1060. Software I use all Adobe Creative Cloud, Premiere Pro, Lightroom, After Effect, etc.

 

So far ok for full HD editing, but slow for 4K.

 

I guess if you are on the Apple "ecosystem" with Final Cut you better go with mac family.


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Posted 18 November 2018 - 04:33 AM

Am about to try an external enclosure with a radeon vega 64 stay tuned


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Posted 11 January 2019 - 03:42 AM

Depends if you want desktop or laptop.  You can get a much higher spec desktop for the same price but the obvious downside is its not portable.

 

Generally speaking for decent editing you're going to want a decent i7 or higher CPU (8th gen or newer for h265), 16gb or more of ram and a nice big, fast SSD.  In addition a good quality screen and colour calibrator (dont bother with touch or 4k, gimmicks and not useful for video editing).

 

A dedicated graphics card is helpful, especially if you're dealing with effects as well.  If not, its mainly CPU used for actual rendering so although nice its not the most important thing.

 

Most gaming laptops will meet those requirements as the actual demands aren't all that different.

 

I used to use a 2016 15" Alienware R3 laptop and it handled everything without issue.  I managed to kill that so now using a Dell XPS15 which also handles it well with the added benefit of being MUCH smaller and lighter with significantly better battery life.  I put a 1TB SSD into it instead of the supplied smaller one.

Flies through both HD editing from my DSLR and 4k from my drone.

 

Personally i wouldn't touch apple as you don't get a lot of value for money regarding the spec (you can get a better spec PC for less money).  And its the same software (Da Vinci, Premiere, Lightroom, After Effects, Photoshop etc) unless for some reason you insist on FCP.



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Posted 11 January 2019 - 02:59 PM

As an alternative, here is my experience. Most of my videos are travel related, both scuba and land based. I’ve been using a MacBook Air for the last 5 years. Having switched to 4K about 2 years ago I ran into limitations on the MacBook. My workaround was to use iMovie (which works very well with 4K) to build the timeline and sync my video to music. Once completed, I export as ProRes and imported that video to DaVinci resolve for colour grading. This worked fine until I started using h.265 4k60, iMovie couldn’t keep up.

Now I’m using a 2018 iPad Pro 11” with LumaFusion as my video editor. This thing cuts h.265 4k60 no problem and renders 100mbps projects in real time (up to 150mbps with the latest update). Now there are the usual apple limitations but I’ve worked around most of them I think.

On the colour side if there is something I can’t do, I will do it in Resolve and import that LUT into LumaFusion. There are some LumaFusion limitations as well but for me it was worth the trade off of having an easily portable video editing machine that can handle anything I throw at it.

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Posted 03 February 2019 - 08:11 PM

I'm using XPS 15, Core i5-6300HQ@2.30GHz, 8GB, 1TB hard drive and I'm going to upgrade soon.

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