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  1. JWarren

    Jun 19, 2014
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    From what I'm reading most computers can't handle 4K. Should I do 1080 at 30 fps? Input greatly appreciated.
  2. jwt873

    Apr 4, 2016
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    Woodlands, MB Canada
    You need a bit of horsepower to edit 4K. You may need to buy a more powerful computer. But as you note, most computer graphic cards and computer monitors can't even display 4K. You need a graphics card that can display 3840 pixels across and 2160 vertically and a monitor that can take advantage of the extra resolution.

    Cards that can display 4K on a computer monitor are rare and quite expensive. Most computer graphics cards can only produce in the 1920 x 1200 pixel range. When you view your 4K video it gets down sampled to the best the graphics card can produce (which is about 1920 x 1200). This is NOT 4K. As a result, many people believe they are looking at 4 K video when they aren't.

    If you don't have any way of displaying 3840 x 2160 pixels on your monitor, then you might want to use 1080 30 or 40 frames.

    However, in the future you may get a computer that can display 4k.. Or, you might pick up a 4k smart TV that will let you view your movies in true 4k. So, you may not see the advantage now, but you could in the future.

    Also, you have more latitude when editing 4k video. You can crop and still maintain 1080 quality. Finally, you may get that amazing footage that people will be willing to pay for. Higher resolution might demand a higher price :)