I get e-mails now and again asking about the computer I edit on. These stats aren’t a requirement by any means. In fact most people don’t need 24GB of ram for editing. If i’m working on editing with little to now effects, 6 or 8GB of ram work just fine. I only really notice the effects of 24GB of ram when i’m working in after effects. With that much ram I can watch an AE preview of 2 to 4 min without much problem. My 2.67GHz i7 processor is a little bit dated, but it still handles HD footage with out a problem.

I know a few of you might cringe at the fact that i’m running Windows Vista on my primary editing computer, but despite all the complaints I’ve seen, I haven’t had much of a problem. Ram is cheap these days so there isn’t any good reason to skimp and i7 desktops are starting to show up for under $600 all over the place. So if you’re on the hunt for a new editing computer there are a lot of options out there to choose from.

I haven’t had time to post results of my AMD server running Premier pro but it does manage to handle it without much problem. It’s nice to know that a good editing computer isn’t nearly as expensive as it used to be. Chances are, even a low budget system will handle your next project without much problem.

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