video editing

What computer do I need for video editing?

Dell Precision Workstation

Episode 1537

Gary from Walla Walla, WA

Gary wants to buy a PC for video editing. How much should he spend? Leo says that just about any PC can do video editing. The money comes from how much performance he'll want. Leo uses a Dell Precision Workstation with Xeon processors that scream. So they are very powerful and expensive. An iMac would be more than adequate, though, to capture and edit home movies. A MacBook Pro would also work.

What software do I use to edit video?

VEGAS Movie Studio

Episode 1489

Frank from Portland, OR

Frank is wondering what software he should use to simply edit together video clips. Leo says that any editor will do this. There are some free ones. VEGAS Movie Studio will work, but he should edit it together before he re-encodes the video in Handbrake. Otherwise he's compressing what is already compressed. He should start with the best quality video files he has.

How can I annotate my videos on YouTube?

YouTube

Episode 1485

Don from Rochester, NY

Don releases educational videos through YouTube and they've since killed annotations. Leo says that the annotation editor really didn't work all that well on the mobile platform, which people found annoying. Leo says that it's likely better to use the title utility in the editor to do what annotations used to. That's a much better option. But he won't be able to link to them. He could always put links in the descriptions, though. Or he can even use a plain old white board. Don should check out Vi Hart on YouTube and see the trope she uses to explain her subject.

What computer should I buy to edit video?

dell.com

Episode 1480

Kelsa from Los Angeles, CA

Kelsa is still using Windows Vista and has finally decided it's time to get a new computer. What should she get? She's a freelance reporter and actor, so she needs a lot of space and the ability to edit video. Leo says that for video editing, she should be looking to get either an iMac or Windows machine. Since she's against Mac, she should get a better quality Dell with an SSD and then use a lower budget editing program like Adobe Premiere Elements for under $100. Leo gets Dell Inspiron workstations for editing video at TWiT. An i5 or the AMD Ryzen processor would be fine. 16GB or RAM.

How can I edit my home movies?

Handbrake

Episode 1467

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard has some old 8mm home movies that were transferred to DVD. They were transferred out of order and he wants to redo them, re-edit the video files, etc. Leo says that those DVDs are a treasure chest but he'll need to make sure he gets those videos off them and onto a hard drive, because sooner or later that DVD may not be playable. Is there something online that he can use? Leo says that video files are too big to upload to the cloud.

What computer should I get for editing?

Asus ZenBook

Episode 1401

Doug from Belmont, CA

Doug is starting a video business and he's looking at video editing options. He's thinking about the Asus ZenBook. Leo says that's a nice notebook and he can load it up with RAM. He recommends 8GB minimum, but 16GB is even better. He'll want a solid state hard drive as well. Leo also recommends upgrading to a discrete Nvidia card. It'll have more cache for rendering. A desktop is going to give him more bang for the buck, and they're upgradable.

What's a good computer for making home videos?

Apple iMac

Episode 1372

Alex from Los Angeles, CA

Alex would like to make a video of his daughter growing up using video and pictures. He was thinking about getting a Mac for it. Leo says Macs have a great video editing program called iMovie that comes with all models for free. Leo expects new desktops to come within the next month or so, but even if he didn't wait, he wouldn't be losing out on performance. Apple's iMac would be ideal, but it would cost him more. He could save some money and get a 21", but Leo recommends spending more and getting the 27" iMac. The larger screen really helps.

What's a good affordable video editor for Windows?

Sony Vegas Movie Studio

Episode 1319

Rocko from Oregon

Rocko is looking to edit Let's Play Minecraft videos for YouTube and he wants a free or cheap video editor. He has a PC running Windows 10.

Windows Movie Maker is the best free PC video editor, but it isn't available for Windows 10. If he can find it, it will work. Leo's favorite is Sony Vegas Movie Studio, which is about $50. It also has a 30 day free trial.

What is a good laptop to edit video?

Dell XPS 15

Episode 1302

Mark from Tarzana, CA

Now that he's bought a good Canon camera for his son, what is a good laptop to edit video? He's looking at the 15" MacBook Pro or the Dell XPS 15. Leo says both are excellent and it really comes down to what OS he'll want. Leo says that if he's been using OS X, then getting the Mac is the way to go.

Leo also says he can edit video on Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve 12, which is free. Final Cut Pro is $200, and iMovie is free. Mac vs. PC really makes no difference now, though.