Video Editing Computers


Computers can truly make or break your video editing experience. Having the right components can be the difference between creating master pieces and sitting at your desk in limbo for hours trying to edit a video or make a disc. There are so many choices out there. You’ve got to choose from so many features and customizable options that it can become quite confusing. With a little help (from us The Guide of course) you can pick or build a computer that will have you zipping through editing and sharing your videos with friends and family.

A video editing computer can be bought or built. Regardless of which way you go you want to make sure you have the right components in order to make sure you are able to do everything you need to do and have a smooth error free (or crash free) editing experience.

Recommended Options

  • Get a lightscribe dual layer DVD or Blu Ray burner. This will allow you to create professional looking DVD discs. Remember, though there are Blu Ray lightscribe burners on the market but there are not any Blu Ray lightscribe discs. Crazy but true.
  • Go with a 500GB or higher hard drive. Video files take up a lot of space especially if you are creating high definition video. Make sure it is a SATA type (not IDE or EIDE) for faster speeds.
  • Get at least 4GB of DDR3 (not DDR2) dual channel (normal) or better yet three 6GB. This will insure faster speeds when rendering video files.
  • Look for Intel i5, i7, or an AMD ‘Phenom 2, 3, or 4 core processor with a minimum 2GHz. I7 and Phenom 4 core processors are quad core with hyper-threading which means that you can get 8 tasks going in parallel to really reduce the elapsed time to do things like video rendering.
  • Make sure you have a good graphics card! An ATI Radeon HD 5770 at minimum or go for better graphics with a 5870 or 5970.
  • Get firewire connectivity – If you want to connect your camcorder directly to your PC firewire is the best interface around.

Manufactured Computers

HP Pavilion Elite e9270t

Our PC is a HP Pavilion Elite e9270t (pictured right). It is a marvelous machine which allows us to stream, edit, and author with ease. It offers remarkable usability and it looks sharp as well. This PC has enough power, memory, and space to do everything we need. Here are the specifications:

  • Memory – 8 GB (4 x 2 GB) DDR3 PC3-10600)
  • Processor – Core-i7-870 (L) (2.93GHz / Socket LGA1156) (95W); 1 MB L2 + 8 MB shared L3 cache (95W)
  • Hard Drive – 1 TB 7200 rpm SATA 3G (3.0 Gb/sec)
  • Optical Drive – SuperMulti Blu-ray Player with LightScribe Technology with external eject
  • Front Ports – 15-in-1 (4 slot) memory card reader with passive IR sensor + 1 USB, 1394 + Aud L-R + S-Video + Comp Video + Audio (headphone and microphone jacks) (Includes video editing software)
  • Graphics Card – nVidia GeForce GT220

We like HP and Alienware PC’s. Both brands are customizable, but Alienware PC’s are easier to upgrade in the future if your needs change.

If you are looking for a laptop which is powerful enough to edit your videos we recommend the HP ENVY Laptop which was named the #1 computer of the year by Wired magazine.

Custom Built Computers

Fang Evo

Building a PC is pretty easy these days. If you don’t know how to you can get a company like, or to build one for you. This way you can upgrade key parts when they become obsolete instead of breaking the bank on yet another non-upgradeable PC. When building PC’s for video editing go with our recommendations above or ask a salesperson, expert, or friend for help if you have additional specific needs. Recommendation
HP Z400

If you are a professional video editor or if you’re simply looking to step up to a high-end video editing machine we’ve got the one for you. The HP Z400 delivers faster speeds, higher quality, flexibility, and reliability. It allows for customization where it counts. The HP Z400 can hold up to 24GB of Ram and 8TB of hard drive space due to its 6 DIMM memory slots and the ability to handle four hard drives. You may never need this much memory or hard drive space but it’s good to know you can add it if needed. The HP Z400 can handle the best graphics cards as well. This device can be tailored to meet your needs and edit any video project with ease. The HP Z400 was truly designed with video editors in mind.
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