Nowadays, everyone is uploading videos up on YouTube, whether its daily vlogs or stupid pet tricks, it's a sure bet you'll find it all on YouTube. Before you upload videos to YouTube you'll need to do some editing so you can put out quality content, provided that you're not randomly capturing the moment with your mobile device. Still, if you want to upload creative quality content to YouTube or you want engage in several video projects altogether, you'll need just two tools for editing, a good quality PC, and software, that is all. Let's take a close examination at one tool that we're all in familiar with, and that's the computer.
If you're buying a PC
Whether you're buying a computer or building, you'll need a decent system to handle the intense grind of video editing. I say grind because when you edit videos, part of the process involves encoding which is taxing on the computers processor.
Buying a PC for the sole purpose of video editing is a simplified task. Difficulty comes to play when you're uncertain what hardware is needed to handle video editing. Its always important that you at least have the basic knowledge of computer hardware so you can make the right purchase. Like with any device you have in mind to purchase, make sure you do diligent research. Consider the following, you'll need a powerful multi core processor, a minimal of 8GB of RAM ( you may get away with 4GB), a decent graphics card to high end graphic card.
Now for what computer or computers you should purchase, I have a few in mind. If you a few pennies saved up and money is no object I strongly recommend you go with Apple's ever so popular MacBook Pro laptop which is perfectly constructed for video editing. When shopping around for a MacBook, you have different variants from the low tier option to high end which has a $1399 base price with an option to bump up your hardware specs, speaking of which, to start you get an Intel 2Ghz Core i5 dual core Intel processor , turbo boost up to 3.1GHz, 256GB PCIe based on Board SSD configurable 10 512-1TB SSD. 8GB of RAM. As you can though its a laptop it have more enough in hardware to handle any resource intense task such as video editing.
You'll fine many film makers who edit videos using the Mac Pro, Apple's own high end desktop. The hardware in this particular computer a bit dated, its origin of market release dates back to 2014. Still, this desktop computer is used by many mainly because the hardware that's under the hood is at best, impeccable. The Mac Pro itself don't come cheap with a $3,000 start price. Hardware overkill within this cylindrical desktop computer is not a bad thing if you plan on doing any heavy duty hardcore video editing. It packs a 3.7GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon E5 processor, 12GB of DDR3 RAM, Dual AMD FirePro D300 with 2GB GDDR5 VRAM, 256 PCIe-based flash storage drive.
I've given you two Apple alternatives, now I bring you a Windows based system that's tailor made for video editing, I mean there are consumers out there that just loathe anything made by Apple. So here's some recommended PC based systems ( Windows) that can craft video editing. This particular desktop computer is not as expensive as the other two computers I recommended which by the way has a $1,249.99 base price. The hardware in the Asus Zen AIO Z240IC can handle any type of video editing task thrown its way. In it rocks a 2.8 GHz Core i7-6700T, 16GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and 1TB hard drive, Nvidia GeForce GTX 960M.
Maybe you want to build a computer
Maybe you're the computer novice who wants to construct a PC for video editing, or maybe you're the not so computer savvy individual that's in the process of building his or her very first PC for, yes video editing, then continue to read this passage. Lets put together a system that can handle the strenuous task of video editing.
Let's start off with the processor, you can't go wrong with an Intel Core i7-6700k, for graphic card lets install what I think is the best graphic card on the planet NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 , 16GB of RAM, Samsung EVO 950 512GB, 4TB Seagate HDD for our file storage . We won't mention the obvious which is the computer case because it has nothing to do with functional hardware. The total price of this computer build is $1800, give or a take a couple of dollars. The main thing is the hardware that I've listed is powerful enough to handle not only video editing, but during your down time you can engage in some high level gaming.
It comes to software
We just talk about the hardware requirements, now lets take a look at your software options. If you're on the Apple platform, the popular choice is definitely Final Cut Pro . Heavily laced with some much features I don't think I can fit it all into one paragraph. You have visual timeline navigator, lasso select edit points, timeline locked makers, just to name a few.
On the Windows platform, you have several options one of which is free of charge. we have Adobe Premiere and After Effects, top choice amongst Windows users. This software is very popular with YouTube vloggers. Here's the real life fact, I just purchased Adobe Premiere, not because of the name because there are a lot good features that rivals Final Cut. Not just for Windows, Premiere and After Effects can also be used on the Mac.
Another popular video editing software constructed for Windows is Sony Vegas Pro. Its considered to be a powerful software yet more user friendly. Features similar to Premier Pro, it has numerous plug-ins for specific tasks.
Then there's the free alternatives, Windows Movie Maker is what you'll use if you're just getting into the video editing game. If simplicity is what you're looking for, then this software is it.