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Best budget friendly computer for editing 4K video? Phantom 3 Pro

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Sambrooklyn, May 28, 2015.

  1. Sambrooklyn

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    Hi, just got my Phantom 3 Professional and I know 4K video on my current computer won't cut it. Let alone trying to watch it.
    I'm wondering what you guys would recommend in terms of a computer. Preferably a laptop. On a budget but willing to spend on something that will work.
    Lots of people are telling me I should just get a Mac Book. If so which one do you recommend?
    Thanks so much
    Glad I found this forum.
     
  2. Sambrooklyn

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    Sweet! I'll look into these.
    Thanks
    Btw what editing software do you use? Final cut pro seems to be pretty legit.
     
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    I have a Macbook Air early 2014 - 1,7 GHz Intel Core i7 - 8GB RAM

    4K Playback smooth in Finder Preview - 4K Cut in Premiere CC not bad.
     
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    Final cut only works on a Mac. You should get a Macbook Pro. Look at the refurb models on apples store.
     
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  5. Sambrooklyn

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    I see. I'll check that out. Me not being such a Mac guy I'm just not sure. In terms of editing though would there be a drastic difference between using a Mac vs let's say a 4K Acer or Lenovo?
    I'm going to get a computer based on editing power and efficiency doesn't matter so much the brand.
    Thanks again for the tips
     
  6. jlo

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    At minimum...

    2.4ghz i7, 7200k HDDs, 8gb RAM, GeForce 750GT or better GPU.

    I have a year old Lenovo Yoga with and i7 8gb RAM, SSD HDD, and 4k is choppy. My GPU is just not up to par. I work with video on my desktop.

    If you go Macbook, you'd want one of the new ones. The PCIe attached storage is a pretty sweet feature. I believe they can all output 4k video, but you'd want to configure with 8gb RAM. A macbook pro is not a budget laptop, by any stretch.
     
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    Lenovo y50 4k for me 256 SSD I use a Samsung external 1TB SSD for storage. This laptop kicks *** playback not a problem. Renders 4k like a champ.
     
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    (you don't need to have a 4k screen to edit your footage) I have the ASUS that was on the linked page, simply the normal screen model for a good $900 less. Exact same specifications and you can edit 4k Phantom vids no problem (See my Vegas Video)...
     
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    Premiere cc
     
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    There is no such thing as a "Budget" computer for 4K editing, not unless you want to grow old waiting for it to render. Get the best you can afford with the fastest processor, 16GB RAM and a SSD. I use a iMAC i7 with the above and final cut pro and it works pretty good, could be faster.
     
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    It's funny, I had just upgraded my laptop last month and was FINALLY happy with my HD rendering time on my projects...

    ...and then I go to edit all my 4k footage for storage and here we go again. It's like 2008 all over again. ;)

    But still, it's pretty fast (i have the i9 and 16gb of Ram)...
     
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    I know it's very processor intensive just to watch a 4K video. I have iMac i7 as well and a lot of times the fan will kick in. I didn't even know my mac had a fan until I started playing 4K video..LOL
     
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    Not a budget notebook but this one is loaded. I think I got a ***** looking over the specs...HeHe

    http://store.apple.com/us/product/G...-28GHz-Quad-core-Intel-i7-with-Retina-Display
     
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    Woot just had refurb towers $800 would get you an i7 3.6 ghz, 32 gb ram and 2 tb 7200 rpm hard drive. All sold out now.
     
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    totally agree
    about a month ago i upgraded from a core i3 pc to an imac retina 5k and im loving it, its way to far from low budget but its worth every dollar i payed for it.

    in my old pc i rendered a 4 minute full hd video vbr 2 pass in 8 hours...
    in the new imac a 5 minute 4k video vbr 2 pass is rendered in 45 minutes
     
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    Get the best computer within your budget, and edit in proxy. You don't need the latest and greatest for 4k editing.
     
  18. DrewFlies

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    To be quite honest I use a iMac 2010. When playback its choppy and sometimes rarely has lines going through the video. However, as soon as I throw it in cs6 and render. Its as smooth as can be so I will be keeping my 2010 for one more year it seems lol. You can pick up a used iMac on craigslist for around $400-$1,200 depending on your budget. I would buy the 5k iMac. But, something is telling me to wait for 8k and 16k resolutions.
     
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    The trouble is, you might always be *waiting* for the next latest and greatest, I was doing the same and just bit the bullet and got the current best option at the time. There is always going to be something better in the pipeline every 6 months or so. I have had my 27" iMac 'Sandy Bridge' for going on 4 years, I really want the 5K also but can't justify the expense as this one is still doing the job (a bit slowly for my taste). I am lucky in that my Spouse could care less what I buy (has something to do with the $5K in sewing and crafting stuff SHE has :) )
     
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