4K video quality is a new standard in the marketing industry. 1080 Full HD videos are still fine, but if your company wants to be perceived as professional, you need to take this step forward and start making high-quality video content in 4K for your marketing purposes.

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But how should you choose a proper computer for your 4K editing? Do you need a gaming laptop or other device that can handle professional video editing software? Today we will try to figure out what PC or Mac will be perfect for your 4K video editing needs and share with you our top five favorite devices for this matter. Without further ado, let’s get started!

Why do you need a specific computer for 4K editing

Is 4K video editing different from other types of editing? Why and how? Maybe you don’t need a new computer, and your current Apple laptop will handle this kind of editing with flying colors? Maybe.

You see, even if you use easy video editing software that is not very demanding, you still need a laptop, PC, or Mac that is powerful enough to save large files. When you edit FHD videos, you need far fewer resources to save them properly on your computer, but when you need to edit and save the UHD video files, you talk about the highest resolution, not less than 60 frames per second and uncompressed colors. Quite a task for any computer.

In addition, you will probably add special effects and filters to your video, and all these factors create a massive file, too big and complex to handle on regular computers.

Requirements for the 4K editing software

So now, from theory to practice. Here we will look at the exact things you need to consider while choosing your computer. And we will start with…

  1. Graphics Card. Good, professional graphic cards make all the difference when you use them for your 4K editing. Yes, you can edit with a mediocre card if you have a decent CPU, but your video editing software will be running much more smoothly, and the editing process will be much easier with a professional graphics card, so we cannot recommend purchasing it more.


  2. CPU. It is the most important part of your editing computer. That’s why you should choose the best processor for editing you can afford. A fast processor from companies like Nvidia or Ryzen will give you enough power to run all the tools you need for your editing purposes.

  3. Monitor. You can’t really evaluate the results of your editing job without a 4K computer monitor. With one of the best monitors for editing on the market, you will get amazing color accuracy, enough space to look at content in all the details, and, most importantly, an opportunity to see the content in 4K from the start.
  4. RAM is the memory your programs and software used for their purposes while they’re running. It is really possible that you will have multiple programs opened during your editing work, so it is essential to have decent-sized RAM on your PC. And the bigger, the better, but consider a minimum of 8GB. The same rule applies to Apple computers for an excellent Mac performance of your software in this task.

  5. Coolers. If you choose a desktop computer, not a laptop, you need the best cooler you can get to help your computer perform correctly. Powerful hardware can reach the highest temperatures extremely quickly, so do not choose cheap coolers for 4K editing tasks to save your computer from overheating and breaking.

  6. Storage. You will need a lot of virtual space for your video content because UHD videos are quite heavy. Please choose at least 1TB HDD or SSD storage, and we recommend using cloud storage like Google Drive or Dropbox for the backups.

Our top 5 of the best computers for 4K video editing

  1. Apple iMac Pro. The Apple classic, this computer is the best fitting for video editing tasks among the Mac line. Including 4K video editing. It perfectly works with specially created Mac editing programs like Final Cut Pro and Mac Video Editor. However, if you prefer Adobe video editing software, your iMac Pro will not disappoint you: Adobe Premiere Pro works perfectly on Mac.
  2. Microsoft Surface Studio 2. Computer from Microsoft with the powerful 7th generation processor, professional GeForce graphics card, and decent internal storage of 1 or 2TB. It is a bit inferior device compared to the iMac, but it is still a powerful machine and one of the best editing computers on the market as of today.
  3. HP Pavilion Desktop PC Tower. This computer is just a bomb! With dual displays, 16GB RAM, 3TB SSD storage for smooth performance, and a range of processors to choose from, this desktop computer takes a special place in our hearts. We only tested it with Lightworks, but man, it was a life-changing experience for sure.
  4. Dell XPS 27 AIO. The name of this Dell computer says it all: AIO machine or all-in-one computer. It is a powerful, reasonably priced all-in-one device for professional editing needs. It is excellent for performing video editing 4K and 8K videos, sound editing, and any other graphic tasks on the most demanding professional software.
  5. Asus ZenBook Pro 15. Let’s finish with a laptop from Asus, a small but powerful Zenbook Pro 15. It is a lightweight computer with great power hidden under the smooth surface. Great i7 or i9 Intel Core processor, an abundance of Random Access Memory, powerful GPU, and 4K display: what else do you need from a 4K editing laptop? That’s right: nothing.

Conclusion

Choosing a computer for editing in 2021 can be more than a daunting task. When you are bombarded with special offers and tons of contradicting information in this oversaturated market, it is easy to get lost.

So when you need to purchase a new computer for 4K editing, use our guide and choose the very best one for you. Good luck!

Umair Ahmed
Umair is a web & graphic designer based in Newcastle. Umair started designing and drawing from a young age and most of his design skills and knowledge are self taught. He moved to Digital Media while doing Multimedia course at Newcastle College. Umair loves writing about games and emerging technologies. "The one thing I love most about writing is it feels like an accomplishment." He can be reached at: [email protected]
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