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Computer Spec For Editing HD Video

by Charles Francis
(Raleigh, NC)

Dear Mr. Video,

I was wondering how much computer capacity I will need in order to edit and produce a DVD. I currently have an HP with 2.19 GHz CPU and about 2 gigs of RAM. I just got a Flip video camera for rehearsing and plan a renting a more professional camera for shooting the actual footage. I noticed that when I downloaded sample video from my Flip camera onto my computer, it looks pretty choppy, even though it looks fine when playing it back on the camera itself. Is my computer capacity too low?

Please advise.


Comments for
Computer Spec For Editing HD Video

Hi Charles,

If you are shooting and editing HD video (720p or 1080p), you will need a fast computer (dual or ideally quad core processor)with a MINIMUM of 4GB RAM to handle it.

If the video is choppy when viewed in your editing system, then it normally means your computer is struggling.

For smooth HD video editing, I recommend a Quad core processor with 8GB RAM and a 1GB video card. You can get away with less, but editing and rendering video may be slow.

Obviously, you also need a video editing program that supports HD video

Hope that helps, and best of luck.

Mr Video :-)

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