Tips For Optimizing Your Computer for 4K

PremiumBeat by Johnathan Paul

Video editing in 4K? Here?s a few technical considerations for optimizing your machine.

Last year I made the switch to shooting and editing videos in 4K. I quickly realized that in order to work efficiently in post I would need to do a major computer upgrade to handle the increased file size of the 4K video format.

From my own experience I?ve compiled 4 crucial technical considerations every video editor should make before making the jump to 4K video.

Lighting Fast Storage

For internal memory you want a solution that will process data quickly?these days an SSD is your best option. SSDs have no moving parts so they are less prone to failure and are quicker than traditional hard drives. It?s worth noting that different drives have different transfer rates ? a drive that can effectively do this is the Samsung 1TB SSD which runs at 540MB/s. You?ll need to shell out more than double the money for a SSD but worth the investment for pro users.

Expand Your Brain

You don?t have to go crazy with your computer?s processor, but you want one that is solid and can run multiple tasks with relative ease. Intel is currently in both Mac and PC. With Intel you have two clear cut choices, the Intel i7 and the Xeon e5.

You can go either way here. Both the Xeon e5 and the i7 will give you the processing power you need to get the job done. The Xeon e5 is rated just a little better than the i7 and packs a little harder punch, but its also around twice the price. See CPUBoss for a full comparison. read more...

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