Hardware for Video ...

Hardware for Video Editing  



Theoretically, because the prices are still too high, I'm thinking about a hardware configuration for video editing.
- First question: is it better to think about the future and immediately take video cards and monitors that support 10 bits, HDR and DCI-P3 (Rec2020), or stay on the 8 bits sRGB to keep costs down? I think that within a couple of years the 10 bits will be STD and the prices will drop.
- Second question. CPU: intel/AMD? GPU: Nvidia/AMD? Do AMD gaming video cards support 10 bits in Linux? As for Nvidia, do you have to use only PRO versions?
- Third question: (semiOT): Camcorder, mirrorless or smartphone)?

2 Answers

It depends on the purpose for which you want to buy this hardware. If you want to create highly professional promotional videos, documentaries or even feature films, then I would recommend the better hardware, if you only want to create videos for YouTube and learning platforms, then a simple hardware is also sufficient.

I know only a few devices that support 10Bit, most devices are still at 8Bit. I think it will take three to five years before devices with 10Bit will be accepted, until then 8Bit will be enough. In three to five years the devices will be significantly cheaper again.

Nvidia/AMD. In this question the price-performance ratio is decisive. I personally would prefer AMD, because they contribute a lot of their code to Linux, but unfortunately the graphics cards are often inferior to the Nvidia graphics cards. If you use a performance laptop, you can't avoid Nvidia. On the desktop computer AMD is certainly also usable.

To the third question: Also here it depends on the use. For vlogs on YouTube even a very good smartphone would suffice. I know a lot of YouTuber who successfully run their YT channels with mobile phones. For the somewhat higher demand on video quality, I would always use mirrorless cameras, because you have the greatest flexibility there. You can use it to film videos or take photos. The price is fair and you have a very large selection of autofocus lenses. But for real film productions you can't avoid a professional video camera. Netflix, for example, has minimum requirements for the cameras and there are almost exclusively Pro Cameras represented. The cheapest camera for Netflix costs 5000 Euro, that is the Blackmagic Design Ursa Mini Pro 4.6. Then the Canon cameras from 9500 Euro and RED cameras from 15000 Euro and Arri Alexa from 50000 Euro upwards.
I think it's amazing that you could start as a filmmaker with a 5000 Euro camera at Netflix. Of course you also need good lenses and audio and lighting equipment. Therefore you have to spend more money than just the price for the camera. Some video production companies don't buy such equipment, but rent it because it's cheaper.


Thanks for the good advice.

I'm sure to go from the laptop to the fixed one; the use I make of it is, as you said, Youtube and learning the video editing; no pro or semi-pro works . I like to buy hardware that will last me many years, so I always think of something more powerful than the real need. But in this case the difference in price is really a lot and it is better to take something cheap and wait a few years for the lowering of prices for the 10 bit.
A fairly advanced configuration could be (but I accept any advice):
- Cpu AMD Ryzen 2700 (12C/24T - Cin works better with many CPU cores)
- 32GB of RAM (or even 16GB plus any future upgrades)
- GPU nvidia 1060 - 1070 (but lately drivers give problems in Linux and the price is too high for nvidia policy)
- AMD Polaris 580 (still cause problems, but open source drivers are growing more and more)
- For the monitor I accept any advice. I have a Spyder5, so it must have a good performance after calibration.
Pierre in an old post said he felt good about  three 23" ASUS VC239H; other tips, maybe 27" QHD? (I don't want to go over 27" for space problems).


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