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Roger Alexander
Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Sep 29, 2011 at 12:36:45 am

I'm going to be working mainly with Sony Vegas Pro and Adobe After FX (not at the same time) to edit HD video from a Canon 7D DSLR to edit music videos. I've had a technician compile a list of components to build my own desktop to handle the work. In this list, there's no graphics card included. I've searched the internet and found 2 sides, one side says graphics cards will not make a big difference on video editing. They say it will help the display in the software editor but not necessarily the quality or render speed of the finished product. The other side says it will, and you need a high-end card for videoediting. I'm not sure who to believe. If it does not make a significant difference I would like to stay away from buying one and save money for a better monitor.

Here is my list. I understand that video editing relies heavily on the CPU and RAM which is number 2 and 3 on he list. What do you guys think, would it be beneficial to add a graphics card in there?

1 525667 1 GIGABYTE GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3 1155 119.99 119.99 *
2 200170 1 INTEL BOX Intel Core i7-2600 249.99 249.99
3 221093 1 CORSAIR 8GB 2X4 D3 1600 DIMM 84.99 84.99
4 802686 1 COOLMAST 500W EXTRME V3 ATX2. 37.99 37.99
5 824953 1 SONYBULK SONY 24X DVDRW SATA 18.99 18.99
6 775288 1 THERMALTA V4 BLK GAMING CHASS 39.99 39.99
7 646901 1 SEAGATE 1TB 3.5" SATA 7200RPM 49.99 49.99

For those who reccommend I get a graphics card, I would like suggestions that give the best bang for my buck. I would like to keep a $100 limit on the card. Which I know is severely limiting, but I cannot see myself paying hundreds on video cards mostly used for gaming, also I just don't have that kind of money. Thanks


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Gary Bettan
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Sep 30, 2011 at 2:14:59 pm

more and more NLEs are tapping into the graphics card. Adobe Mercury playback engine is the best example. Sony Vegas 11 just announced also taps into GPU.

From our recommended systems guide
http://www.videoguys.com/Guide/E/Videoguys+System+recommendations+for+Video...

We recommend nVidia Quadro based graphics cards for video editing because of their superb CUDA and Open GL support. Adobe Premiere Pro, Photoshop & After FX, Avid Media Composer, Red Giant Magic Bullet & Boris FX all take advantage of Open GL. You will see more and more video editing software take advantage of Open GL GPU power as new versions of NLEs get released. This is the key the reason why we recommend Quadro cards over less expensive 3D gaming cards. While you can do fine with a 3D gaming card, Quadro cards are designed and engineered for this kind of work - and the NLE engineers are optimizing their applications to take advantage of this GPU Open GL power. Below is a short list of our top GPU recommendations by NLE:

  • Avid Media Composer 5.0+: Quadro FX1800/3800+ or Quadro2000/4000+
  • Adobe Premiere CS5+ Mercury Playback Engine: GTX470/570 or Quadro 2000/4000+
  • Adobe Premiere CS5+ Mercury Playback Engine (Mac): Quadro4000 Mac
  • Sony Vegas Pro 10/11: GTX470/570
  • Grass Valley Edius: GTX470/570 or Quadro 2000/4000+
  • Pinnacle Studio / Avid Studio: GTX470/570


Gary

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anu gupta
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on May 11, 2015 at 3:28:38 pm

I have been doing video editing for my personal use with pinnacle studio 10 on my PC so far. Now I want to buy a laptop for more portability....pls tell me if video editing is possible on a laptop, and if yes, what is the configuration needed in my laptop with respect to OS, processor, RAM, graphics card, hard disc and anything else if needed.


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Gary Bettan
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on May 11, 2015 at 5:40:29 pm

we recommedn a core i7 quad core CPU, min 8GB of RAM (16 is better) and nvidia GPU with 1GB RAM and at least 768 CUDA cores. SSD boot drive and 7200RPM drive fro video.

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anu gupta
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on May 15, 2015 at 11:29:00 am

thanks for your reply...on searching I got to know that most laptops offer 5400 rpm. Will it be enough for my personal video editing.also there is a major cost difference in a core i5 and core i7...can I settle for a core i5. I do not do any gaming but I want a hassle free system for video editing..whatever cost it works out but ofcourse lesser the better.


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Gary Bettan
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on May 15, 2015 at 1:29:58 pm

If you plan on editing highly compressed footage like DSLR, AVCHD or GoPro you really need an i7. While an i5 will work, it is going to be slow going during the editing. The final video will still look great.

The CPU & GPU have no bearing on video quality. It's just your workflow will not be as smooth. Scrubbing, previews and adding effects will be slower.

Gary

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Daniel DeCarli
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 16, 2012 at 1:39:15 am

If you really want to save money buy a USED one.
That GPU this guy stated here (the GTX 470) is about $170 on Ebay used but for only $40 you can buy a 9800 GT 1GB which will be about 3x slower but for a very good price.
I believe it is just good to have a video card just because of OVERALL PERFORMANCE. Because the system can actually use the processing power of the GPU for itself, making the system faster. WHICH will translate in faster editing(OR, faster preview of your video).
BUT, I and many people have seen that it can happen a LOSS IN QUALITY on the rendered footage if one enables rendering through both CPU and GPU(CUDA). Sony Vegas enables this option but for quality purposes I would recommend you only render using the CPU.
I hope I helped in some way. Thanks!


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Gary Bettan
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 16, 2012 at 6:41:01 pm

We do NOT recommend the 9800. For video editing you want 1GB of RAM and 196+ CUDA cores. The GTX470 ot GTX560ti are you best budget choices. The GTX570 is our go to card and top recommendation for pro-sumer video editors.

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Daniel DeCarli
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 16, 2012 at 9:53:08 pm

Gary,

I have a great respect for you and all CreativeCow.com members.
I thought the best solution to that guy was a 9800 GT because of his budget.
I also know the GTX 470 is a very nice card. But it is over $100.
I also just say that because I edit 1080p videos on a 9800 GT 512mb from 2009 and it looks smooth with preview:half.
But yeah, I agree. If you have the money go with GTX 470/570/670 and beyond!
Thanks!


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Luc van Vliet
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 17, 2012 at 12:54:26 am

Get the 2600K version and OC to at least 4 Ghz for transcoding/edit./playback the type of footage you use (AVCHD)
Watch your temperatures (CPU)look for more HDD's (not SSD's)
Larger Psu >750watt.
And After Effects (and Premiere pro) (CS6) will benefit much from a cuda videocard.
Best bang for the buck: GTS 450, with 2 fans =/-$100,- with 1Gb ddr5 and 192 cudacores.

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Daniel DeCarli
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 18, 2012 at 2:15:42 am

Totally agree. Listen to Luc van Vliet.
I did some research and the GTS 450 gives the best bang for the buck. This is the way to go.


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Gary Bettan
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 17, 2012 at 4:04:23 pm

With CS6, CUDA cores are so important. That;s why we push teh extra bucks for the GTX470. With 196+ CUDA cores, you just get so much realtime performance, and with 384 - even more!!

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Daniel DeCarli
Re: Will a graphics card make a difference for video editing?
on Aug 19, 2012 at 4:08:50 am

Hey your config looks pretty good except I would make a slight change.
You want a power supply with more W. I would say 600W or 700W because it is going to last longer.
I would consider i7 2600K instead of the 2600 because although they have the same performance the K on the end means it has been better prepared for overclocking - just looking to the future.
Also guys I have a new question. I have a PC from 2009 and I'm thinking about upgrading it. My specs are:
-8GB Ram DDR2
-Core 2 Quad 8400 (forgot the ghz but probably 2.4ghz)
-PNY 9800 GT 512mb
-Aztec 700W Power supply
So the problem is I want a better experience rendering and specially previewing my video. And I can only upgrade right now ONE component such as processor or video card. Which one should I upgrade?
I have on mind either i5 2500K or Geforce GTX 560 2GB.
I know that this nvidia card is for gaming but it is so much cheaper than the GTX 570.
Please help!


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