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Video editing is the process of combining and manipulating video files to create a finished project. The first step when looking for a computer is to check the minimum system requirements for your chosen software. Each system requirement will specify a compatible operating system, processor type, graphic card and the minimum amount of RAM. Typically, you want to ensure your specifications are significantly above the minimum system requirements to ensure your computer runs effectively. Video editing software could be a very graphics intensive software depending on the project, but we still recommend going with a dedicated graphics card in the mid-range level. On top of running your other software, video editing software itself is also utilizes a lot of RAM, especially with footage at high resolutions like 4K. We recommend at least 16GB of RAM just to be on the safe side as the latest operating systems are also becoming more and more RAM intensive. However, if you work with ultra high resolution footage, very complex projects or use multiple applications simultaneously, you may need 32GB or more of RAM. Most video editing software uses multi-threaded processes. Therefore, your CPU choice should weigh both on the CPU Clock speed and the core count. We only recommend a Solid-State Drive for your operating system and programs instead of a traditional mechanical hard-drive. You can use a mechanical hard-drive as a secondary drive for storing your data if you wish, but we also recommend having your footage on a solid-state drive so the playback and speed of your editor is not bottlenecked by the read and write speeds of your storage device. If you do happen to go with a solid-state drive to hold your footage, ensure you have enough space because file sizes for footage can be really large. You may also want to consider purchasing a color-accurate monitor and/or monitor color calibration device.

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