Build a Video Editing Machine

Build a Video Editing Machine – Budget, Mid-Range & High-End

If you want to build a video editing machine for any budget, this guide will provide useful information and insight on which component to purchase, all the way to other equipment necessary to set up a standard video editing studio. Video Editing places a heavy demand on PC hardware. Some major video editing apps such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Avid Media Composer, Da-Vince Resolve Studio and Sony Vegas always provide updated versions of their editing suites. These latest versions are always tuned to take advantage of the latest advances in hardware.

For instance, Premiere Pro CC 2018 is designed to take advantage of multi-threaded CPUs, as such if you are serious with your video editing work, you should consciously get a powerful processor that can handle your video processing workflow with ease. Please follow along as we dissect all the information you need to build a video editing machine, set up your studio, and be profitable. See the reasons why you should build a custom PC instead of buying a pre-built PC.

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AMD VIDEO EDITING PC BUILDS

AMD BUILDS PRESENT VALUE AND PERFORMANCE. Take your pick from 3 options – Budget, Mid-range and High-end builds

BUDGET AMD VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options AMD Ryzen 5 1600AF 

Alternatives
AMD Ryzen 5 1600X
AMD Ryzen 5 2600
AMD Ryzen 5 2600X
AMD Ryzen 5 3400G
AMD Ryzen 5 3600
AMD Ryzen 5 3600X

Graphics Card Options Radeon RX 570

Alternatives
RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1660
Radeon RX 550 4GB
Radeon RX 560
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GT 1030
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GT 710

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternatives
WD Black 2TB
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
Seagate BarraCuda 6TB

Boot Drive Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB

Alternative
Sabrent 256GB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart 500W
Motherboard Gigabyte B450M AMD Ryzen AM4 Motherboard

Alternatives
MSI ProSeries AMD A320
ASRock AM4 MicroATX
Asus Prime B450M-A

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Alternative
Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Case Options Phanteks Eclipse Compact EATX Mid-tower Case

Alternatives
ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX

Display Options BenQ 24 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P

Alternatives
Viewsonic 24 inch Professional Monitor
ASUS 23.8” Monitor, 1080P
Philips 32″ Curved Frameless Monitor
Asus Eye Care Monitor Full HD 27″ Frameless
ASUS 24″ ProArt Professional
HP 23.8-inch Full HD 1080p IPS LED Monitor

MID-RANGE AMD VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options AMD Ryzen 7 3700X

Alternatives
Ryzen 7 1700X
Ryzen 7 1800X
Ryzen 7 2700
Ryzen 7 2700X
Ryzen 7 3800X
Ryzen 9 3900X

Graphics Card Options GeForce RTX 2060 Super

Alternatives
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 980
AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super 

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 6TB

Alternatives
Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Seagate BarraCuda 8TB

Boot Drive Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternatives
Samsung 970 EVO SSD 500GB M.2 NVMe
XPG Pro 512GB 3D NAND NVMe
WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

Alternatives
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB
Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 600W ATX

Alternatives
Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Motherboard GIGABYTE B450 AORUS Elite Motherboard

Alternatives
MSI Arsenal Gaming AM4 ATX
Gigabyte B450 AORUS Elite
ASUS ROG Strix B450-F

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Best Budget Alternative
AmazonBasics USB Wired Computer Keyboard Mouse 

Case Options Thermaltake Versa H15 Black Micro ATX Case

Alternatives
NZXT H510 Compact ATX
darkFlash Darwin Black ATX Mid-Tower
MSI 
Premium Mid-Tower PC Case
Cooler M
aster MasterCase ATX Mid-Tower
MSI MPG 500P Full Tower
Thermaltake Comma
nder C36
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500

Display Options BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor

Alternatives
Dell Ultra Sharp LED-Lit Monitor 25″
ViewSonic VP2771 Professional 27″
Philips Brilliance 27″ Monitor, 4K UHD IPS, 122% sRGB,
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers
LG 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10
LG 27″ 5K IPS LED Monitor
LG 34″21:9 Curved UltraWide WQHD IPS sRGB 99%

HIGH-END AMD VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options
(The Ryzen 9 3950X must be paired with an AM4 motherboard like the Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite)
AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

Alternatives
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3960X 24-Core, 48-Thread
AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3970X 32-Core, 64-Thread

Graphics Card Options GeForce RTX 2080 Super

Alternatives
AMD Radeon VII
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1080 TI 
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX TITAN X 
GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK
GeForce GTX TITAN Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA Titan RTX

Storage Drive Seagate BarraCuda 8TB 

Alternative RAID Storage
Synology 2 Bay NAS DiskStation
Synology 5 bay NAS DiskStation
WD 8TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID
30TB Mobius 5-Bay RAID Hard Drive Array
TerraMaster D5-300 5-Bay RAID 5 Storage

High End RAID
Synology DiskStation DS2419+

Boot Drive Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD

Alternative
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2
WD Blue 1TB NVMe
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe M.2 Extreme

Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB

CPU Cooler Cooler Master ML240R Liquid Cooler

Alternatives
NZXT Kraken X53 240mm AIO
DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX WH, RGB AIO 

Power Supply Rosewill Gaming 80 Plus Bronze 1000W PSU

Alternatives
CORSAIR HX1200, 1200 Watt, 80+ Platinum Certified
EVGA Supernova P2 80+ Platinum 1200W
ROSEWILL Gaming 80 Plus Gold Certified 1600W Full Modular 

Motherboard Gigabyte X570 AORUS Elite (Must be paired with Ryzen 9 3950X)

For Threadripper CPUs
Asus ROG Strix AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper ATX Motherboard
ASUS ROG Zenith II Extreme Gaming AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper
Asus Prime AMD 3rd Gen Ryzen Threadripper ATX Motherboard

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Best Budget Alternative
AmazonBasics USB Wired Computer Keyboard Mouse

Case Options Thermaltake View 71 RGB 4-Sided Tempered Glass Case

Alternatives
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case

Display Options BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor

Alternatives

Dell Ultrasharp 32″ Monitor UHD 4k
EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 27″
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor Photo Editing IPS
EIZO ColorEdge Professional Graphics Monitor
LG 27″ 5K IPS LED Monitor
ViewSonic 34″ UWQ 14-bit 3D LUT & Color Calibration

INTEL VIDEO EDITING PC BUILDS

INTEL BUILDS ARE STILL RELEVANT, OFFER VALUE AND PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, THERE IS STILL ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. Take your pick from 3 options – Budget, Mid-range and High-end builds

BUDGET INTEL VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options Intel Core i5-9600KF 

Alternatives
Intel Core i7-9700K
Intel Core i7-8700K

Graphics Card Options Radeon RX 570

Alternatives
RX 5500 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Super
Radeon RX 580
GeForce GTX 1650
GeForce GTX 1660
Radeon RX 550 4GB
Radeon RX 560
Geforce GTX 1050 Ti
GeForce GT 1030
GeForce GTX 1060
GeForce GT 710

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Alternatives
WD Black 2TB
Seagate BarraCuda 1TB
Seagate BarraCuda 6TB

Boot Drive Samsung SSD 860 EVO 250GB

Alternative
Sabrent 256GB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 8GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake Smart 500W
Motherboard Gigabyte Z390 UD 1151 Motherboard

Alternatives
Gigabyte B365M LGA1151 Micro ATX
ASUS PRIME LGA1151 B360M-A
MSI B360 LGA 1151 GAMING PLUS
GIGABYTE H310M LGA 1151

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Alternative
Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Case Options Phanteks Eclipse Compact EATX Mid-tower Case

Alternatives
ROSEWILL ATX Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case
NZXT H210 Mini-ITX PC Gaming Case
Enermax LL30 RGB Mid Tower
CORSAIR 110Q Mid-Tower Quiet ATX
darkFlash Micro ATX
Cooler Master MasterBox MB511
Zalman T7 ATX Mid Tower
Cooler Master MCB ATX

Display Options BenQ 24 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P

Alternatives
Viewsonic 24 inch Professional Monitor
ASUS 23.8” Monitor, 1080P
Philips 32″ Curved Frameless Monitor
Asus Eye Care Monitor Full HD 27″ Frameless
ASUS 24″ ProArt Professional
HP 23.8-inch Full HD 1080p IPS LED Monitor

MID-RANGE INTEL VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options Intel Core i7-9700K

Alternatives
Intel Core i9-9900K
Intel Core i9-9900KF
Intel Core i9-9900

Graphics Card Options GeForce RTX 2060 Super

Alternatives
GeForce GTX 970
GeForce GTX 980
AMD Radeon R9 390
AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT
GeForce GTX 1660 Ti
GeForce GTX 1070
GeForce RTX 2060 Super
GeForce RTX 2070
GeForce RTX 2070 Super 

Storage Drive Seagate Barracuda 6TB

Alternatives
Seagate Barracuda 3TB
Seagate BarraCuda 8TB

Boot Drive Samsung 860 PRO 512GB SSD

Alternatives
Samsung 970 EVO SSD 500GB M.2 NVMe
XPG Pro 512GB 3D NAND NVMe
WD Blue 1TB NVMe

Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 32GB

Alternatives
Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB
Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB

CPU Cooler Bundled
Power Supply Thermaltake SMART 600W ATX

Alternatives
Corsair CX Series 750 Watt 80 Plus Bronze Certified 
Thermaltake Toughpower Grand RGB 850W 80+
EVGA 850 80+ Bronze 850W
GAMEMAX Rainbow 750W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
GAMEMAX Rainbow 850W Fully Modular 80+ Gold  
EVGA SuperNOVA 850 P2, 80+ PLATINUM 850W

Motherboard ASUS Prime Z390-A Motherboard

Alternatives
ASUS ROG Maximus XI Hero
MSI MEG Z390
Gigabyte Z390 AORUS ULTRA

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Best Budget Alternative
AmazonBasics USB Wired Computer Keyboard Mouse 

Case Options Thermaltake Versa H15 Black Micro ATX Case

Alternatives
NZXT H510 Compact ATX
darkFlash Darwin Black ATX Mid-Tower
MSI 
Premium Mid-Tower PC Case
Cooler M
aster MasterCase ATX Mid-Tower
MSI MPG 500P Full Tower
Thermaltake Comma
nder C36
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500

Display Options BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor

Alternatives
Dell Ultra Sharp LED-Lit Monitor 25″
ViewSonic VP2771 Professional 27″
Philips Brilliance 27″ Monitor, 4K UHD IPS, 122% sRGB,
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers
LG 27″ 4K UHD IPS Monitor with HDR10
LG 27″ 5K IPS LED Monitor
LG 34″21:9 Curved UltraWide WQHD IPS sRGB 99%

HIGH-END INTEL VIDEO EDITING PC BUILD

build a video editing machine

PART BRAND/MODEL
Processor Options

Intel Core i9-9940X X-Series Processor 14 Cores 

Alternatives
Intel Core i9-9900X
Intel Core i9-9960X
Intel Core i9-9820X
Intel Core i9-9940X
Intel Core i9-10900X
Intel Core i9-7940X
Intel Core i9-9820X

Graphics Card Options GeForce RTX 2080 Super

Alternatives
AMD Radeon VII
GeForce GTX 1080
GeForce GTX 1080 TI 
AMD Radeon RX Vega 64
GeForce GTX TITAN X 
GeForce GTX TITAN BLACK
GeForce GTX TITAN Z
GeForce RTX 2070 Super Founders Edition
GeForce RTX 2080 Ti
RTX 2080 Super Founders Edition
NVIDIA Titan RTX

Storage Drive Seagate BarraCuda 8TB 

Alternative RAID Storage
Synology 2 Bay NAS DiskStation
Synology 5 bay NAS DiskStation
WD 8TB My Book Duo Desktop RAID
30TB Mobius 5-Bay RAID Hard Drive Array
TerraMaster D5-300 5-Bay RAID 5 Storage

High End RAID
Synology DiskStation DS2419+

Boot Drive Samsung 970 EVO 1TB NVMe M.2 SSD

Alternative
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe PCIe M.2
WD Blue 1TB NVMe
Silicon Power 1TB NVMe M.2
Sabrent 1TB Rocket NVMe M.2 Extreme

Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport LT 64GB

Alternative
Corsair Vengeance LPX 64GB

CPU Cooler Cooler Master ML240R Liquid Cooler

Alternatives
NZXT Kraken X53 240mm AIO
DEEPCOOL Castle 360EX WH, RGB AIO 

Power Supply Rosewill Gaming 80 Plus Bronze 1000W PSU

Alternatives
CORSAIR HX1200, 1200 Watt, 80+ Platinum Certified
EVGA Supernova P2 80+ Platinum 1200W
ROSEWILL Gaming 80 Plus Gold Certified 1600W Full Modular 

Motherboard Asus Prime X299- A II ATX Motherboard

Alternatives
ASUS Prime X299-Deluxe II X299 LGA 2066
ASUS ROG Rampage VI Extreme
ASUS ROG Strix X299-E

Keyboard/Mouse (Optional) Logitech MK550 Wireless Wave Keyboard and Mouse Combo

Alternatives
Havit Rainbow Backlit Wired Gaming Keyboard Mouse Combo
Logitech MK270 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Logitech MK710 Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo
Dell Wireless Keyboard & Mouse Combo

Best Budget Alternative
AmazonBasics USB Wired Computer Keyboard Mouse

Case Options Thermaltake View 71 RGB 4-Sided Tempered Glass Case

Alternatives
ASUS TUF Gaming Mid-Tower
Cooler Master Cosmos C700P
MSI Premium Mid-Tower Case

Display Options BenQ PhotoVue 27 inch QHD Photography Monitor

Alternatives

Dell Ultrasharp 32″ Monitor UHD 4k
EIZO ColorEdge CG2730 27″
BenQ 27 inch 4K Monitor Photo Editing IPS
EIZO ColorEdge Professional Graphics Monitor
LG 27″ 5K IPS LED Monitor
ViewSonic 34″ UWQ 14-bit 3D LUT & Color Calibration

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Hardware Priority Chart for Video Editing Machine Build

The hardware priority chart is a visual presentation of the most crucial components that you should devote a major chunk of your budget to if you intend to build a video editing machine. The components are rated on a scale of 1-10. If the components score a 10, then it means you should devote the highest budget priority to that component. If possible, get a high-end component instead of a low-end or mid-range version.

For instance, if the graphics card scores 10 on the chart, then you should devote between 20-30% of your budget to getting the graphics card. This means that if your budget is $1500, then your graphics card should take at least 400-$500. For this guide on building a Video Editing Machine, the processor and graphics card have the same level of budget priority. This means that if your budget is 1500, then your processor and graphics card should take between 800 – $1000.

Now these are the reasons for this: you need the best processor your money can buy because the processor plays a vital role in video rendering. The CPU is almost always responsible for rendering your edited video. The rendering speed is a function of how many cores and threads the processor has, and the clock speed.

Likewise, the graphics card also plays a vital role. Most editors today support GPU accelerated effects and even GPU rendering. This is most important if you want to maintain the smoothest workflow, as the CPU is freed to do normal computations in the video editing workflow.

Next in order of importance is the RAM and SSD. They both rank 9 on the scale. These two are the next most important components, though with lesser budget priority. You can scale down on the RAM quantity, like instead of buying 32GB, you can still function with 16GB. Same with the SSD. The storage hard drive has a still lesser budget priority. This means you can just make do with 1TB, instead of getting an 8TB or 12TB drive. You can use an external HDD to back up your video clips and assets.

Most important components for Video Editing PC

  • PROCESSOR
    For the best performance in video editing, your processor must be a multi-core processor, preferably from 4 or 6 cores to as many cores as you can afford. This is because of the nature of video editing, which places a huge demand on raw processing power.
    At the budget level, you should get at least a six-core processor. You should also go for a processor with multi-threading, which effectively multiplies the number of cores you have on the processor. This way, you cut down the time it would take to process jobs, such as rendering your edited videos or transcoding.
    With a six-core processor, you can comfortably edit 4K videos with effects and transitions thrown in. If you are going to be editing 8K videos, you should go for probably a ten-core processor or something higher.
    Right now, the AMD Ryzen 9 3900X is the best-rated processor for video editing, with its 12-core/24 thread and higher frequency offering and lower pricing, it hands-down beats its Intel competitor, the i9 9700K in video encode tests (see link in the table below).

  • BOOT DRIVE
    You should go for a speedy SSD, or better still go for an M.2 SSD. M.2s are much faster than traditional SSDs. A budget video editing build should go for an SSD, while a high-end build should go for M.2 storage.
    Additionally, it is advisable to use a separate SSD for caching file data, apart from the boot SSD or M.2 drive. For example, Premiere Pro creates a cache anytime you add media files to the project. For the best performance, get two SSDs or M.2 drives – one for the boot drive, the other for file caching.
  • STORAGE DRIVE
    Video editing involves large amounts of files, especially if you are editing ultra-high-definition footage, such as 4K or even 8K. You need as much storage as you can afford to get.
  • RAM
    You need lots of RAM. Video editing apps are RAM hungry, due to the fact that you will be handling large video files, working with effects-heavy compositions, rendering, and transcoding.
    Well, you need as much RAM as your motherboard can take. For budget builds, at least 16GB of DDR4 RAM is adequate. High-end builds should take up to 64 or 128GB of RAM.
  • GRAPHICS CARD
    For the best performance, you need a high-end graphics card on your video editing PC. Graphics cards are playing an increasingly prominent role in video editing. For instance, Premiere Pro supports GPU-acceleration for rendering some effects.
    Graphics cards also come in useful in video rendering/transcoding. Most of the applications support GPU rendering, which speeds up your workflow considerably.
  • MONITOR
    As a video editor, you need a monitor that is capable of reproducing colors accurately. You shouldn’t just go for that fancy 4K 32-inch monitor. Not all monitors deliver the best in color accuracy.
    For budget builds, we recommend the BenQ 24 Inch IPS Monitor for media professionals. If you are going to build a high-end video editing PC, then the BenQ 32-Inch 32″ IPS, Post-Production Monitor is for you.

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Do I need a high-end GPU to build a Video Editing Machine?

Short answer. Yes, and No.

The major reason is that when you are editing video, your graphics card is responsible for rendering some effects, called GPU accelerated effects. The thing is, if your card is incapable of performing this function, your system simply shifts the work to the CPU.

This can tell on the CPU if it’s a low-budget chip, leading to hang-ups and seriously degraded performance. Also, transcoding utilizes the GPU to a large extent. This is based on the rendering engine utilizing the inbuilt proprietary computation libraries, such as the NVidia CUDA and the AMD Open CL. There’s also Intel Quick Sync for Intel processors. These libraries help to accelerate GPU transcoding substantially in video editing and transcoding apps. To cut a long story short, your budget determines whether you should get a high-end GPU. However, if you can, then get a high-end GPU by all means.

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Now if your budget is between $600-800, you may not be able to get a high-end card. You are limited to a low-budget card of between $200-300. If your budget is up to 2K to $3K, then you can be able to afford high-end cards that your editing software will love. At the end of the day, this decision saves you money and also makes you money. This is due to the fact that time is money in this industry.

If you can be able to render your videos in seconds, you’ll get more done in less time, saving you money. This also translates to more jobs getting done in less time, making you money in the long run.

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What about the Monitor?

If you are building a video editing PC, the monitor is equally important in the equation. Why is this so? The monitor shows you how the finished job will look like on a regular TV. Now this is super important. If you are doing lots of color grading and look development, then your monitor must be super-accurate in its representation of color. You want to accurately match colors, and ensure that the output is consistent with your vision, or your customer’s specifications.

There are professional monitors designed for this purpose and more. These monitors are designed to accurately reproduce consistent color in production scenarios. They are able to achieve this by special LUTs hardwired into the monitor electronics. Also, most consumer monitors are rated at 8-bit depth. This bit depth may not be able to accurately match the whole RGB gamut.

Professional monitors are able to output 10-bit images for deeper and more balanced output. When getting a monitor, ensure it is a 10-bit monitor. The only downside is that 10-bit monitors are pricier, compared to their 8-bit counterparts.

Just how much storage should I get?

This is simply a function of the size of videos you shoot and work with. If you are shooting with your smartphone, chances are your footage will probably be 1080p, and you might need like 2-3TB hard drive.

A RAID setup is probably your best bet for reliable
storage for footage

On the other hand, if you are shooting with professional 4K or 8K capable cameras, and are going to be editing those videos, then you need terabytes of storage for your footage. Video consumes lots of storage space. Therefore, there’s no amount of storage that is too big, because eventually it will get filled up. Of course, one of the ways to keep your storage freed up is by deleting old jobs lying around on the drive.

If you want to take it further, you can invest in a simple raid array for storing your footage. This ensures your data is safe and secure, mitigating any eventual crashes or data corruption. You are far better off investing in enterprise-class RAID storage, utilizing NAS hard drives than just using a single or double regular hard drives. NAS drives have better reliability and performance quotient than regular hard drives.

The need to invest in the best available hardware, then upgrade

One of the challenges that video editors and content creators face is the fact that hardware that is considered the latest today will eventually become obsolete in a few years’ time. Also, software developers are constantly coding much more powerful applications which in most cases, the previous generation hardware does not have the capability to handle.

What usually happens is in 10–15 years’ time, technologies have advanced so much that computers made now will be too slow to handle them. It’s always wise to build a brand new PC with the latest components and make sure they are high-end. This is because video editing apps are always evolving, getting more powerful. So if your PC parts are brand new today and high-end, then it will probably take up to 10 years before they become totally obsolete.

This is called future-proofing. However, there are arguments for and against future proofing your video editing PC build. Some of the arguments include the following:

  • Future-proofing isn’t for everyone – the only segment that would really benefit from future-proofing are those that use their PCs for light work including typing, movie watching, and browsing. That way, the PC can remain relevant and useful for a very long time, all things being equal.
  • Warranties don’t last that long – warranties for major PC components are quite shorter than the 5 years in most cases. This kind of defeats the purpose of future-proofing. If the parts start failing after the warranty period, then you may be forced to upgrade.
  • PC technology isn’t improving by leaps and bounds – technology has kind of peaked in recent years, and users don’t see a huge amount of improvement in performance, compared to previous years. In addition, manufacturers are making parts more energy efficient, which improves their longevity. What this means is that even if you get the best hardware now, you are not going to see vast performance improvements when compared to the previous generation. This has been largely true with processors.
  • Future-proofing is only viable if you overclock – if you are not going to overclock your processor, then future-proofing is not viable. This is because, in a few years, your processor power is going to struggle with new rendering technologies yet to be released. A good point is the ray-tracing feature of Adobe After Effects which previous generation hardware wasn’t designed to handle, but overclocked processors still performed better than non-overclocked ones.
  • Future-proofing isn’t cost-efficient, compared to rolling upgrades – there is always the tendency of your spanking new hardware failing in the next couple of years. When that happens, you have no choice but to upgrade. In terms of cost, it’s better to save some of that money, instead of buying top of the line hardware. In a few years, you can fall back on your savings for upgrades.

However, despite all these reasons, it is better, in our opinion, to get the best hardware you can get for your money, and still prepare for upgrades in the future. This is because video editing needs the best hardware for the best results. It is simply a matter of time you spend rendering and transcoding video. The less time you spend, the more money you are making, and the more money you get to save in energy bills. So what’s our verdict? Buy the best now, prepare for upgrades.

Video Production & Editing Equipment

build a video editing machine
Setting up a proper video editing studio takes a lot of effort and resources. l IMAGE CREDIT windowsreport.com

If you are going to create video for YouTube or for customers, you are going to need some basic equipment to get started. Video content matters, as well as quality. YouTube accommodates up to 2K video resolution, while normal broadcast video can range from 1080p to 4K.

Even though broadcast TV hasn’t gone up to 4K, right now you can find 4K content in many places. Most of the major streaming services, like Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu all have 4K available. So, it would be wise to be able to produce 4K content because most TVs right now are 4K resolution capable.

Video Production Hardware – Cameras

Definitely, you need a camera best suited for your purposes. There are lots of options out there, but it would be wise to invest in a quality DSLR camera. GoPro also makes good action cameras. Some of the best DSLR brands include Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, and Blackmagic.

For purposes of clarity, we’ve grouped the different types of video cameras into these categories:

  • DSLR Cameras
  • Mirrorless DSLR Cameras
  • Action Cameras
  • Digital Camcorders
  • Professional Cameras

DSLR Cameras

Digital single-lens reflex cameras, or DSLR cameras, have evolved over the years. Most photographers actually opt for this piece of equipment because of its major advantage of portability and versatility. Another advantage is the option to choose from a variety of interchangeable lenses, which give this camera type more versatility and better performance, coupled with better image reproduction, thanks to its sensors. This way one is able to extend the functionality of these cameras and produce better images.

We’ve rounded up some you might be interested in below.

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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body, Wi-Fi Enabled
Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only), Base
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
Nikon D3300 DSLR Body (Black) w/ 35mm F/1.8G
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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body, Wi-Fi Enabled
Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only), Base
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
Nikon D3300 DSLR Body (Black) w/ 35mm F/1.8G
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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
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Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body
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Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
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Sony A77II Digital SLR Camera - Body Only
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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body, Wi-Fi Enabled
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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Digital SLR Camera Body, Wi-Fi Enabled
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Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only), Base
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Nikon D500 DX-Format Digital SLR (Body Only), Base
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body
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Nikon D3300 DSLR Body (Black) w/ 35mm F/1.8G
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Nikon D3300 DSLR Body (Black) w/ 35mm F/1.8G
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Mirrorless DSLR Cameras

Mirrorless cameras offer more portability than DSLR cameras, and you also get similar image production, thanks to its sensors. There’s also autofocus and stabilization to compensate for light conditions and camera shake.

These cameras also have a high-speed shutter system, which also helps you capture more frames per second (fps) courtesy of its electronic shutters. Hence, they are able to detect and see light quicker than a camera with a mirror, which requires the reflection of the light before seeing the image in its entirety. Though they are both smaller and lighter than DSLRs, they still don’t sacrifice image quality since the sensor is more advanced.

Here are some options you might consider below.

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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel...
Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens...
Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) - Silver
Nikon Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera & 45mm f/2.8...
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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel...
Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens...
Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) - Silver
Nikon Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera & 45mm f/2.8...
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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel...
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Panasonic LUMIX GH5 4K Digital Camera, 20.3 Megapixel...
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Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens...
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Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens...
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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) - Silver
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Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only) - Silver
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Nikon Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body
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Nikon Z6 Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Body
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
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OLYMPUS OM-D E-M1 Mark III Black Camera Body
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Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera & 45mm f/2.8...
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Sigma fp Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera & 45mm f/2.8...
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Action Cameras

Action/sports cameras are designed to capture outdoor activity in its entirety, particularly extreme sports and related activity. These cameras are portable, and are handheld. They lend themselves to being conveniently strapped onto helmets or other physical objects to record through the moment with the person shooting the footage.

Additionally, the image stabilization included in these cameras helps to maintain clarity even in the most extreme shake due to these sports activities, making it easy to relive the action. One of its downsides is the quality of the audio, which may not be of high quality. However, this is improving in recent years.

We’ve listed some below you might want to check out.

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Digital Camcorders

Digital camcorders offer flexibility and super-portability. Mostly used by amateurs and hobbyists, this little piece of equipment can be used to record home videos or even YouTube videos by beginners. If your production is leaning towards family-oriented shoots such as traveling with friends, attending festivals, trips to the beach, and smaller non-professional uses, this may be the perfect fit.

Some of its pros include being able to record your footage to a variety of media including flash drives, memory cards, and hard drives. There’s also the big display to help you record subjects correctly, and the ability to playback to a connected TV. What’s more, the quality of the video keeps getting better as better models are released.

The camcorder is an inexpensive option for beginners and hobbyists. Here are select options you may consider.

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Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Black)
Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder Kit with CFast Card &...
Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR Camcorder, Black
JVC GZ-RY980HUS Everio GZ-RY980-Quad Proof 4K Full HD Video...
Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder...
Panasonic 4K Cinema-Like Video Camera Camcorder HC-WXF991K,...
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Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Black)
Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder Kit with CFast Card &...
Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR Camcorder, Black
JVC GZ-RY980HUS Everio GZ-RY980-Quad Proof 4K Full HD Video...
Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder...
Panasonic 4K Cinema-Like Video Camera Camcorder HC-WXF991K,...
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Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Black)
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Sony FDR-AX100/B 4K Video Camera with 3.5-Inch LCD (Black)
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Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder Kit with CFast Card &...
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Canon XC10 4K Professional Camcorder Kit with CFast Card &...
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Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR Camcorder, Black
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Sony FDRAX700/B FDR-AX700 4K HDR Camcorder, Black
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JVC GZ-RY980HUS Everio GZ-RY980-Quad Proof 4K Full HD Video...
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JVC GZ-RY980HUS Everio GZ-RY980-Quad Proof 4K Full HD Video...
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Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder...
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Sony - HDRCX405 HD Video Recording Handycam Camcorder...
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Panasonic 4K Cinema-Like Video Camera Camcorder HC-WXF991K,...
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Panasonic 4K Cinema-Like Video Camera Camcorder HC-WXF991K,...
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Professional Cameras

These class of cameras is for those who produce video for a living, such as filmmakers and small production studios. We may not be accurate to label these cameras as professional (since most professionals also use DSLR cameras), but the differences are obvious.

Advantages include better image and video quality, thanks to the huge image sensors, processors, lenses, bigger ISO and aperture range, and more. There’s also provision for microphones via XLR inputs, ability to record HD formats including AVCHD, MP4, and even “raw”, uncompressed video clips which gives more versatility when it comes to post-production in video editing software.

Furthermore, you also have a lot more control when it comes to the video itself, such as manual focus instead of relying on the auto-focus system. The major downside to these class of cameras is the price, as some of them cost thousands of dollars. However, go this route if you’re serious about what you’re doing. The investment usually pays off handsomely.

We’ve assembled some brands you should check out below.

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Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HD Compact NXCAM Camcorder
Canon XF405 Professional Camcorder
Canon XA40 Professional Video Camcorder, Black
Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder 2218C002 with 64GB...
Panasonic AG-UX90E 4K-UHD FHD Camcorder (50 Hz/PAL Model)...
Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder
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Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HD Compact NXCAM Camcorder
Canon XF405 Professional Camcorder
Canon XA40 Professional Video Camcorder, Black
Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder 2218C002 with 64GB...
Panasonic AG-UX90E 4K-UHD FHD Camcorder (50 Hz/PAL Model)...
Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder
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Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HD Compact NXCAM Camcorder
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Sony PXW-Z90V 4K HD Compact NXCAM Camcorder
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Canon XF405 Professional Camcorder
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Canon XF405 Professional Camcorder
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Canon XA40 Professional Video Camcorder, Black
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Canon XA40 Professional Video Camcorder, Black
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Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder 2218C002 with 64GB...
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Canon XA11 Compact Full HD Camcorder 2218C002 with 64GB...
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Panasonic AG-UX90E 4K-UHD FHD Camcorder (50 Hz/PAL Model)...
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Panasonic AG-UX90E 4K-UHD FHD Camcorder (50 Hz/PAL Model)...
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Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder
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Canon XA11 Professional Camcorder
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Lighting Kits

Lighting is indispensable in video production, and as such, you need to make the right choices. The thing is, if you’re just starting out, you may not have the funds to invest in expensive lighting kits. But you can still get good results by getting a basic kit.

If you are a beginner, you can use reflectors to maximize ambient light, of which Neewer is a good brand. An entry-level reflector is an affordable way to start lighting your videos better. You can get a 5-in-1 reflector with translucent, white, black, gold, and silver surfaces.

A soft-box is a better and more versatile lighting solution. These are large cloth boxes that cover bright bulbs to give you a soft fill light. You can also opt for LED lights because for video because they run for a long time off battery power while providing good levels of lighting and low heat levels. Some models also offer different color temperatures for matching the color of different light sources.

Here are our recommendations below.

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Memory Cards

A good memory card is indispensable for video recording, with sizes up to 256GB or more. The best high-speed memory cards should have the following ratings: 10MB/s (Class 10, UHS Class 1, V10); 30MB/s is better (UHS Class 3, V30) and 60MB/s is ideal. Lexar, SanDisk, Transcend, PNY, etc are some good brands.

If you are going to be shooting 1080p videos, then you should get at least a 64GB card. Also, if you are going to be doing 4K shots, then you should look at 256 to 512GB.

Check out these options below.

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SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card - 100MB/s, C10,...
Lexar Professional 633x 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card...
Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card...
SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card - 100MB/s, C10,...
Lexar Professional 633x 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card...
Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card...
SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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$33.30
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SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 256GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card - 100MB/s, C10,...
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SanDisk 128GB Ultra SDXC UHS-I Memory Card - 100MB/s, C10,...
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Lexar Professional 633x 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card...
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Lexar Professional 633x 512GB SDXC UHS-I Card...
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$99.99
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Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card...
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Lexar Professional 2000x 128GB SDXC UHS-II Card...
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SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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SanDisk 512GB Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I Card - C10, U3, V30, 4K...
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External/Lavalier Microphones

You should also pay great attention to the sound and audio recording. Most of the pro cameras may have great video quality, but fail in the sound department. Investing in a good external mic is a good investment.

You might want to get external mics for attaching to the camera, or lavalier mics that could be attached to the subjects’ shirt. These mics are powerful, cut out background noise, and capture clean audio that you can sync with the video in your editing software.

Here are some options below.

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Neewer NW-088 Handheld Microphone Boom Arm with Built-in XLR...
Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone...
Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone...
Rode SmartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for...
Sennheiser Pro Audio ME 2-II Omnidirectional Lavalier...
Rode Lavalier GO Professional-Grade Wearable Microphone,...
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Neewer NW-088 Handheld Microphone Boom Arm with Built-in XLR...
Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone...
Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone...
Rode SmartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for...
Sennheiser Pro Audio ME 2-II Omnidirectional Lavalier...
Rode Lavalier GO Professional-Grade Wearable Microphone,...
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$220.00
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Neewer NW-088 Handheld Microphone Boom Arm with Built-in XLR...
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Neewer NW-088 Handheld Microphone Boom Arm with Built-in XLR...
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Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone...
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Rode VideoMicPro Compact Directional On-Camera Microphone...
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$220.00
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Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone...
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Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mounted Condenser Microphone...
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Rode SmartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for...
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Rode SmartLav+ Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone for...
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Sennheiser Pro Audio ME 2-II Omnidirectional Lavalier...
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Sennheiser Pro Audio ME 2-II Omnidirectional Lavalier...
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Rode Lavalier GO Professional-Grade Wearable Microphone,...
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Rode Lavalier GO Professional-Grade Wearable Microphone,...
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Tripods & Gimbals

A dedicated video tripod is also needed for extra stability and vibration reduction. It will also provide much smoother camera movements during your shoots. You need a tripod if you are going to be doing a lot of steady shooting.

On the other hand, a gimbal does the work of a tripod for a handheld camera. A gimbal stabilizes the camera during a hand-held shot. You will find different sizes and brands, some as small as smartphones, whereas some are as big as professional-level video cameras. When your camera is still, a tripod will work. If you’re moving around, you’ll need a gimbal.

Check out the options below.

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Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit...
Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod...
Velbon 200R Sherpa Tripod with PH157Q Panhead
ZHIYUN Crane Plus 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR...
FeiyuTech AK2000C Gimbal Camera Handheld Stabilizer with...
The Official Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer Limited...
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Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit...
Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod...
Velbon 200R Sherpa Tripod with PH157Q Panhead
ZHIYUN Crane Plus 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR...
FeiyuTech AK2000C Gimbal Camera Handheld Stabilizer with...
The Official Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer Limited...
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Manfrotto Compact Advanced Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit...
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Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod...
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Neewer Portable Aluminum Alloy Camera 2-in-1 Tripod Monopod...
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Velbon 200R Sherpa Tripod with PH157Q Panhead
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Velbon 200R Sherpa Tripod with PH157Q Panhead
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ZHIYUN Crane Plus 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR...
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ZHIYUN Crane Plus 3-Axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer for DSLR...
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FeiyuTech AK2000C Gimbal Camera Handheld Stabilizer with...
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FeiyuTech AK2000C Gimbal Camera Handheld Stabilizer with...
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The Official Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer Limited...
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The Official Roxant Pro Video Camera Stabilizer Limited...
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Display Monitors

The display monitor helps you see things “the way they should appear” on a regular TV, all things being equal. If you are producing movies, look is everything for video editors. You don’t want to grade your videos and the final output isn’t what you were seeing on your monitor.

So what should you look for in a suitable monitor? There are a couple of factors among other things. These include color accuracy, the monitor LUT, gamma (black level) and bit depth. You should also choose a monitor that is mountable on the wall.

We have selected the best you should check out below.

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ViewSonic VP2768-4K 27-Inch Premium IPS 4K Monitor with...
BenQ 27 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech...
BenQ SW2700PT 27 Inch QHD 1440P IPS Photography Monitor |...
Philips 328E1CA 32" Curved Monitor, 4K UHD, 120% sRGB,...
BenQ PD2700U 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers 3840x2160 UHD...
ViewSonic VP2468 24-Inch Premium IPS 1080p Monitor with...
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ViewSonic VP2768-4K 27-Inch Premium IPS 4K Monitor with...
BenQ 27 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech...
BenQ SW2700PT 27 Inch QHD 1440P IPS Photography Monitor |...
Philips 328E1CA 32" Curved Monitor, 4K UHD, 120% sRGB,...
BenQ PD2700U 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers 3840x2160 UHD...
ViewSonic VP2468 24-Inch Premium IPS 1080p Monitor with...
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ViewSonic VP2768-4K 27-Inch Premium IPS 4K Monitor with...
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BenQ 27 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech...
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BenQ 27 Inch IPS Monitor | 1080P | Proprietary Eye-Care Tech...
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BenQ SW2700PT 27 Inch QHD 1440P IPS Photography Monitor |...
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BenQ SW2700PT 27 Inch QHD 1440P IPS Photography Monitor |...
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Philips 328E1CA 32" Curved Monitor, 4K UHD, 120% sRGB,...
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Philips 328E1CA 32" Curved Monitor, 4K UHD, 120% sRGB,...
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$349.99
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BenQ PD2700U 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers 3840x2160 UHD...
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BenQ PD2700U 27 inch 4K Monitor for Designers 3840x2160 UHD...
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ViewSonic VP2468 24-Inch Premium IPS 1080p Monitor with...
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ViewSonic VP2468 24-Inch Premium IPS 1080p Monitor with...
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$344.99

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Drones

Drones have truly evolved into indispensable tools for the serious video producer, though cranes and camera rigs are still relevant. However, shooting with a drone gives your shots a unique perspective which will be impossible to achieve with complicated rigs and cranes.

A good drone should be able to capture up to 4K video footage, with good battery life. Here is a list you should consider.

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Speakers

You should get good and high quality speakers for optimal audio monitoring in your editing (in addition to getting the best headphones possible). Your audio monitors must be able to reproduce the sound faithfully, and also last you a long time.

As you already know, you shouldn’t rely on your video monitor speakers, or your headphones, when playing back video for a customer. See the below list for some of the best speakers you should get.

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Behringer Studio Monitor, Black (B2031A)
Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
JBL Professional 306P MkII Next-Generation 6" 2-Way Powered...
Mackie CR3-X 3-Inch Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors...
M-Audio AV32 | Compact Active Desktop Reference Monitor...
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Stereo...
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Behringer Studio Monitor, Black (B2031A)
Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
JBL Professional 306P MkII Next-Generation 6" 2-Way Powered...
Mackie CR3-X 3-Inch Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors...
M-Audio AV32 | Compact Active Desktop Reference Monitor...
Edifier R1280T Powered Bookshelf Speakers - 2.0 Stereo...
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Behringer Studio Monitor, Black (B2031A)
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Behringer Studio Monitor, Black (B2031A)
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Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
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Yamaha HS5 Powered Studio Monitor
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$199.99
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JBL Professional 306P MkII Next-Generation 6" 2-Way Powered...
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JBL Professional 306P MkII Next-Generation 6" 2-Way Powered...
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$319.98
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Mackie CR3-X 3-Inch Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors...
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Mackie CR3-X 3-Inch Creative Reference Multimedia Monitors...
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$105.99
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M-Audio AV32 | Compact Active Desktop Reference Monitor...
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M-Audio AV32 | Compact Active Desktop Reference Monitor...
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Comfort Chairs

As a video editor, most of your time is spent on the computer, sorting, cutting, and editing your shots for the final output. It is essential to have the best office comfort chair that you can afford.

The best chairs for video editors need to be ergonomic, durable and should work well with your desk. A good chair will help prevent bad sitting posture that can lead to certain ailments. We’ve got some listed for you to check out.

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External Hard Drives

External hard drives give you portability, something your PC or laptop cannot give. Some of the factors you should consider include storage capacity, transfer speed, durability, and security. You can even take it a step further by getting an SSD drive, and converting it to an external portable hard drive. We’ve compiled a list you should check out.

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Video Editing Software

Editing apps represent the final stage in the production pipeline l Image courtesy of tomstechtime.com

Paid Video Editing Apps

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe’s flagship and expansive professional-level digital video editing program. Premiere Pro CC has everything today’s pro video editor needs, particularly when it comes to collaboration and tight integration with other Adobe software.

Final Cut Pro X

Final Cut Pro X from Apple is their professional-level video editing software. It brings a wealth of power in an interface simple for pros and consumers alike. Recent highlights include rich support for 360-degree content, improved stability, and new hardware and media-format support.

Magix Movie Edit Pro Premium

Though it can boast some advanced effects and tools, Magix Movie Edit Pro still lacks some features that are taken for granted in other video editing programs, such as usability and performance.

Adobe Premiere Elements

Adobe’s consumer video editing continues to improve with the addition of a new start page, Auto Creations, a redesigned quick-editing interface, and faster performance. However, it still lacks features like 360-degree editing and multi-cam support, but render speed has improved.

Avid Media Composer

Avid Media Composer has come a long way and is likely the most famous commercial video-editing package in existence — a longtime favorite used for many Hollywood movies and numerous commercials. According to Avid, 95 percent of movies and TV shows produced in 2016 were edited in Media Composer.

It’s no surprise that this pro tool has an exceedingly steep learning curve. Avid released a scaled-down, free version of this editor called Media Composer | First, which aims to help you learn the Avid ropes for free.

Magix Vegas Movie Studio

Vegas Movie Studio Platinum, now owned by Magix, has made some moves in the right direction, but it’s still got a long way to go to catch up with its more up-to-date competition, especially in usability and rendering speed.

It offers most of the tools you need for editing, but finding them in the interface is more of a challenge than in competing software. However, Vegas offers strong color grading features, slow-motion, decent help, deep effect and editing tools, and a slightly improved interface. It’s still missing some new effects and ease-of-use tools the competition has been adding all along.

Filmora9

Filmora video editing software from Wondershare may not have multi-cam or the hottest new VR tools, but it does have a pleasing interface and lots of effects. It’s worth checking out as an alternative to the big players.

Cyberlink’s PowerDirector is a serious app for serious video editors; it’s an excellent video editing app that delivers professional and high-quality features, without burning a deep hole in your budget. It features a 100-track timeline, stabilization and video correction tools, professional effects, multi-cam editing, motion tracking and surprisingly easy trimming.

There’s 360-degree video editing as well, together with support for all the industry file standards and formats you can imagine.

Corel Video Studio Ultimate

Corel Video Studio offers a great and affordable entry into video editing software, especially for beginners. One of its strong points is a well-designed interface, which means it’s very easy to get going with straight away. Some features include multi-cam editing, 4K video support, 360-degrees VR video support, a music library and loads of effects.

Adobe Premiere Rush

Rush takes some of the best features of Premiere Pro and puts it in the palm of your hand, that is your smartphone. It affords you the opportunity of editing quickly on the go, and posting to your preferred social media accounts. It features four video tracks and three audio tracks, and doesn’t cost much.

However, the starter plan allows you to export only three videos, after which you must upgrade.

Vimeo Create

Create is aimed at businesses seeking to produce professional looking social media videos. Those with no experience of video editing software can use and customize included video templates, with millions of stock video clips, photos and commercially licensed music tracks available to use for free.

The tool also makes it easy to produce videos with a variety of aspect ratios (eg square, horizontal, and vertical) to suit different social platforms. Please note that this is not a standalone app, but available as part of Vimeo’s Pro, Business and Premium membership plans.

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Free Video Editing Software

KineMaster

This app is solely for Android and iOS devices. It packs the ability to edit multiple layers, add handwriting and text annotations, experiment with up to four audio tracks and precisely edit at a frame and sub-frame level. This little mobile app gives you more than you’d expect from a video editor app.

Surprisingly, it’s free. You should probably just download this video editing app and give it a try.

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DaVinci Resolve

Resolve is surprisingly a free editor with some impressive features such as a powerful color grading and audio capabilities. Little wonder this editor is being used in big-budget TV and film production. If you need an app that has strong points in color grading and audio, then this might be what you are looking for.

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Lightworks

This is another professional video editing suite that’s been used on major Hollywood productions, and has a free version. Surprisingly, the free version has all the features, except that you are limited in the export. You can only export a 720p video format for web.

One of its outstanding features is a superbly designed timeline enabling a high degree of control, so you can trim and mix together your audio and video clips exactly how you want them. Overall, it’s a powerful piece of kit for a free app, handling video capture and advanced editing with ease.

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VSDC

If you’re making a video presentation and want to add text, lines, charts, and other special effects to it, VSDC helps you achieve that effortlessly. It includes Instagram-style filters, lots of special effects including color correction and blurring, and there’s a mask tool so you can apply effects to part of the video (for obscuring faces, for example).

There’s also a video stabilizer to help remove camera shake from footage taken with GoPros or drones, and a powerful chart tool for adding graphs to presentations.

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Hitfilm Express

This app is capable of producing feature films or music videos with nice 3D effects. It’s also good for making videos for YouTube, as direct uploading is built in.

The free version contains everything you need to make a professional-quality production, though in some cases you’ll benefit from expanding its capabilities by purchasing some of the add-on features. Add-on packs start from under $10, so you can pay for only the features you need and tailor the software to your needs for a reasonable price.

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Shotcut

Shotcut is a simple, uncomplicated, and customizable little editing app that gets the job done quickly. It supports a huge range of formats. There’s also a rich assortment of filters and quite advanced special effects that are easy to manage and apply. This is one of the best free video editors that will do anything you’d need for the majority of projects.

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Apple iMovie

This little app that comes bundled with the Mac OS deserves some mention. It’s not a heavy lifter, but it gets the job done. The result you’d get from this app is really impressive, the only downside, of course, being that it’s only available on a Mac.

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Apple Clips

This is a lite video editor that allows you to quickly add stickers, titles, captions, soundtracks, and filters to video that you import from your Camera Roll or just record there and then. When you are done, it allows you to quickly share on social media using your iPhone or iPad. Great for social media buffs who want to edit short videos and upload quickly.

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Avidemux

Avidemux allows you to perform simple editing operations including simple cutting, filtering, and encoding tasks on Windows 10/7/8. It includes support for AVI, DVD compatible MPEG files, MP4 and ASF.

There’s no timeline. If your needs are basic, then this free video editing app is for you. If you are looking to do advanced video editing, then this is not for you. The good thing is you can use it smoothly and learn it quickly if you are a new beginner video editor. Its strong point is its solid encoding performance and a user-friendly interface.

However, it doesn’t have video effects or transitions.

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Openshot

Openshot is an open-source video editing app that offers basic features like trimming and slicing. It also provides lots of transitions and audio effects to help you make simple videos. You also have unlimited video tracks in the timeline, title templates. and video effects.

Some limitations include the fact that you need to fix bugs or problems on your own as it is an open-source editor, and the video effects are also limited.

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Videopad Video Editor

VideoPad is an intuitive, feature-rich, and easy to use video editing platform. It features an intuitive drag and drop type timeline, lots of transitions, effects, and speed adjustment features.

VideoPad includes more than 50 transition effects, and you can also adjust video speed to make a slow-motion or fast speed video effect. For audio, you can also record narrations to make your video more detailed.

One of its major limitations is that it can’t be used to make a slideshow, so just pass it if you really care about this function. Another one is that certain features become unavailable when using the free version of the software over a longer period of time.

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Kdenlive

Kdenlive is an open-source video editing software that is compatible with Windows, Mac, and Linux. Features include a multi-track timeline, and the ability to add free add-ons for more functionality, and automatic backups so you don’t have to worry about losing data as you work.

Kdenlive combines the simplicity of entry-level video editors with advanced video editing tools frequently used by experienced pros.

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Free Web Based Video Editing Apps

ClipChamp

This easy-to-use free online video editor allows you to create a ClipChamp video editor in 3 Steps, create a new project and drag-n-drop your own audio, image, and videos to the editor to it, and then add text, titles, filters, and transitions or background overlays to the timeline to make a professional-looking video. You can at last export and save the video. You need to create an account on the site before you can use it though.

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Kapwing

Kapwing provides lots of video editing tools such as video trimmer, video resizer, video maker. Besides the most commonly used editing tools, Kapwing allows you to set up the output video aspect ratio to 1:1, 9:16, 16:9, 4:5, or 5:4, which covers most of the popular video sizes.

There aren’t many templates or transitions and filters compared to ClipChamp, but basically, you can edit and create a video online with this free tool without much effort.

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Conclusion

With the preponderance of computer hardware dedicated to video editing, it’s easy to get confused as to which components to buy if you want to build a video editing machine. I hope this guide was able to furnish you with the information you need. You can also check out this guide on the best Photo Editing PC build.
If you are a gamer, check out our guide on the best gaming PC build for all budgets.

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