Editing 4K Video: Minimum System Requirements

Editing 4K Video: Minimum System Requirements

Editing in 4k is not for the faint of heart. It is kind of like opening Pandora’s box. There are many considerations that one must reckon with, most of which affect budget and others that involve making wise decisions. This article is of particular value when it comes to considering both. A good read. –Stu Brown

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Editing in 4K: Minimum System Requirements

Looking to edit 4K footage? Needing a bigger and better machine to handle all that data? Determining the best computer system to edit 4K footage is a bit more complicated than just looking at the system requirements of the editing software you want to use. You need to consider your whole post-production workflow to determine the minimum requirements for the work you’re doing, not the minimum the software will run on.

To start off, you need to ask yourself some questions about your projects. What type of footage will you be editing: R3D, CinemaDNG, ProRes, XAVC S? How complex are your projects: single camera, multi-camera, animation, VFX? What are your output formats? How long do you have to deliver your edits? Finally, are you editing online or offline?

Offline Editing, Nothing to Do With the Web

Offline editing refers to editing a proxy of the original source footage; online editing is cutting the original material. If you don’t have to deliver right away then you can edit offline. Offline editing can also be a good option if you’re only delivering in HD.

Where offline editing takes more time and storage space, it allows you ease in editing your footage. It can help a less powerful system run more smoothly. If you’re working with minimal 4K footage and your final edit isn’t that long, like a short promo or a music –Read more: http://www.videomaker.com/article/17135-editing-in-4k-minimum-system-requirements?utm_source=enews&utm_medium=email&utm_content=article2_2014_fri_04_04&utm_campaign=traffic



  1. Scott Warren says:

    Even if you edit in offline, you could still run into problems if you are using heavy effects in your cut. For instance, if I am cutting a promo in offline and I utilize some of my effect plugins to create flashes, transitions, whatever; depending on the type of plugins I use (Boris Fx for example), it can still bog down your machine. However, I will say, from my experience, it was not a significant amount but if you are using a machine that could use some upgrades, you may experience some issues there. It’s still something to think about in my opinion.

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