video editing

What's the best computer for video editing?

Dell XPS 13

Episode 1224

Frank from Vancouver, WA

Frank says that editing his videos is taking forever to render, so he's looking at a new Dell XPS computer. Will it matter? Leo says absolutely. More RAM will also help. A graphics card with a good GPU helps as well. The GPU is always the bottle neck and these days, modern computer software tries to harness the graphics processor to handle all the heavy lifting.

Frank should check out PCPerspectives for the best combination for video editing. The GTX750 is what they recommend.

How can I edit AVCHD files?

Episode 1216

Doug from Los Angeles, CA

Doug just got the Sony A6000 camera with a kit lens and he thinks it's a great entry level camera. Amazing camera, especially with video. It shoots though in AVCHD, which is new to him. Leo says it's a very standard format. It's essentially Sony's own version of MPEG4. But don't worry, every editor can import it. If he wants to convert it to a more familiar format, he can try Handbrake.

What computer do I need for video editing?

iMac with Retina 5k display

Episode 1188

Marilee from Highland, IN

What computer should she get for video editing? Leo says an iMac is the way to go, but some say the Mac Pro is better. Leo disagrees. She'd still have to buy a monitor and other externals if she got the Mac Pro. The iMac is faster and she'll get that huge 5k display, making it easier to edit. She's not doing advanced rendering, so the 5K iMac is ideal. And she'll want more memory, at least 16GB. As far as the processor goes, the faster clock speed is more important than the number of cores. She won't need to get an upgraded video card either.

What video editing software would be best for me?

Episode 1180

Fakhar from Islamabad

Fahkar recently bought a laptop at Best Buy for video editing. He's trying to enhance MP4 files and he doesn't like the Cyberlink Director. Leo says that it's very consumer focused and as such, a bit dumbed down for that kind of stuff. Higher end programs like Adobe Premiere that also offer additional plugins for what Fahkar is trying to do. Premiere Elements may also be able to do it.

Is there much of a difference between a Dell XPS i7 and a Mac Pro for video editing?

Apple Mac Pro

Episode 1152

Ken from Cape Girardeau, MS

Leo says there's not much difference between the two. He uses a Mac Pro at home and likes it, but it's not very upgradeable, and any upgrades he could do would have to be external. On a PC, if he gets a tower case, upgrades are easy. Leo just got all of the video editors at TWiT Dell PCs and they will be moving to Adobe Premiere. The Mac Pro is expensive for what you get, and for pro video editors it's probably not the best solution.