What does my PC need for 4K video edit­ing?

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Q My five-year-old HP PC has an In­tel i3 pro­ces­sor and is get­ting a bit slow for my needs. I want a desk­top PC that I can use for ba­sic edit­ing and view­ing of Pana­sonic Lu­mix G 4K video shot at 24 frames per sec­ond (fps). I read the reviews in ev­ery is­sue, but you don’t al­ways say if the gam­ing PCS are suit­able for 4K video.

Michael Green

A Any PC with a re­cent i5 desk­top pro­ces­sor, such as the Pal­i­comp i5 Ti­ta­nium (£500, see page 21) will play 4K video smoothly and should be fine for ba­sic edit­ing. But what’s ba­sic? You may want to ap­ply colour cor­rec­tion, tran­si­tion ef­fects, and per­haps more de­mand­ing op­tions such as mo­tion track­ing (see screen­shot) or sta­bil­i­sa­tion. Even a pow­er­ful PC will strug­gle to ren­der these as you watch, so you can put up with choppy play­back (un­til you ren­der the fi­nal ver­sion) or wait for ef­fects to pre-ren­der ev­ery time you make a change. An i7 will speed things up, as would a graph­ics card if your soft­ware sup­ports it. Start with the sys­tem re­quire­ments for your edit­ing pro­gram. Then use Google to find dis­cus­sions be­tween users on PC specs that they’ve used suc­cess­fully.

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