Buying a new Desktop to edit film.

Can someone tell me if the computer Im interested in is strong enough? I have Pinnacle Studio 20 Ultimate. The following is the software requirements. And the desktop specs below that.

Internet connection required for installation, registration and updates. Registration required for product use.

Windows 10 recommended, Windows 8.x, Windows 7, 64-bit OS highly recommended.

Intel Core Duo 1.8 GHz, Core i3 or AMD Athlon 64 X2 3800+ 2.0 GHz or higher.

Intel Core i5 or i7 1.06 GHz or higher required for AVCHD and Intel Quick Sync Video support.

Intel Core i7 or AMD Athlon X4 or higher for UHD, Multi-Camera or 360 video.

2 GB of RAM or higher, min. 4 GB for Windows 64-bit, 8+GB highly recommended for UHD, Multi-Camera, or 360 video.

DirectX 9 (or higher) graphics device with Pixel Shader 3.0 support like:

NVIDIA GeForce 6 series or higher (CUDA enabled required for CUDA support).

ATI X1000 series or higher.

Intel GMA X3000 series or higher.

HEVC (H.265) support requires supporting PC hardware or graphics card.

128 MB VGA VRAM.

Display resolution: 1024 x 768 or higher.

Windows-compatible sound card (multi-channel output required for surround preview).

8 GB HDD space for full installation.

Accessories:

DVD burner for creating DVD and AVCHD discs.

Input Options:

Capture from DV, HDV and Digital8 camcorders or VCRs (requires a FireWire port).

Capture from analog camcorders, 8mm, HI 8, VHS, SVHS, VHS-C, SVHS-C, or VCRs (NTSC/PAL/SECAM) (requires Dazzle video hardware – sold separately).

Import from AVCHD and other file based camcorders, digital still cameras, mobile devices and webcams.

Import Formats:

Video: MVC, AVCHD, DV, HDV, AVI, MPEG-1/-2/-4, DivX, Flash, 3GP (MPEG-4, H.263), WMV, Non-encrypted DVD titles (incl. DVD-VR/+VR), MOV (DV, MPEG-4, H.264), HEVC (H.265), DivX Plus MKV, XAVC, MXF, DVCPRO HD, XAVC S.

Audio: MP3, MPA, M4A, WAV, AMR, AC3, AAC, Vorbis, WMA.

Graphic: JPS, BMP, GIF, JPG, PCX, PSD, TGA, TIF, WMF, PNG, J2K.

Export Formats:

AVCHD, DVD (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R or DVD+RW, dual layer).

Apple iPod/iPhone/iPad/TV, Sony PSP/PS3/PS4, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox compatible formats.

DV, HDV, AVI, DivX, WMV, MPEG-1/-2/-4, Flash, 3GP, WAV, MP2, MP3, MP4, HEVC (H.265, H.264), DivX Plus MKV, JPEG, TIF, TGA, BMP, XAVC S.

Dolby Digital 5.1-channel.

Blu-ray Support:

Requires purchase of a separate plug-in from within the product.

Requires Blu-ray Disc reader and/or burner.

Supported Languages:

Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Swedish.

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This is the desktop specs:

windows 10, Intel core i5. HD 250gb. Ram 8gb
Graphics Processing Type: Integrated/On-Board Graphics Form Factor: Small Form Factor (SFF)
Processor Speed: 3.10GHz Hardware Connectivity: DisplayPort, VGA, USB 2.0
Features: VGA, DisplayPort, 10 USB 2.0 Ports, Windows 10


I am also concerned about the integrated gaphics card, should I be?
 

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Um well if you are going to be editing 4K you should have a 4K monitor, HD, HD monitor... etc. 720???
 

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Okay so get a HD monitor. I really like my dell 24 inch HD.
 

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Because 720 is not full HD, and you are shooting full HD. So you need to see the res you shoot.
 

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PS. 19" is very small for editing. 24" would be the minimum to edit comfortably.
 
Because 720 is not full HD, and you are shooting full HD. So you need to see the res you shoot.
If I use a 720p monitor to edit, the full 1080i HD will show on the rendered disc as full HD, right? So the problem would just be in the editing? I wont see it as full HD while editing, but the final product would be full HD, right?
 

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It's my onion only. But 19 is very cramped.
 
I will be shooting full 1080i HD resolution.

You're really shooting Interlaced?

Because 720 is not full HD, and you are shooting full HD. So you need to see the res you shoot.

This is not accurate. I often edit 4k/5k on a 1080p monitor. You'll require the good stuff when you're finishing/grading higher end deliverables.

PS. 19" is very small for editing. 24" would be the minimum to edit comfortably.

I find a single 24" cramped. I personally prefer a 3 monitor setup.

If I use a 720p monitor to edit, the full 1080i HD will show on the rendered disc as full HD, right? So the problem would just be in the editing? I wont see it as full HD while editing, but the final product would be full HD, right?

That's usually the case, yes.

Does it matter if I buy a tv or monitor? Is one cheaper or better than the other?

For video editing, in theory it'll be fine, but the resolution is so low, you'll need to make sure that your system and software will accept it. Some software requires resolutions higher than that.

I connect to a large TV as a directors monitor and output an image to that when a director wants to sit in and plonk themselves on the couch. Other times, we connect to the projector. The issue with those is reading text puts a lot of strain on your eyes. When editing, you want less fatigue on your body parts not more so you'll be at your peak state for longer.

If you're looking at editing long term it might cause damage to your eyes if you're trying to read on that monitor. You'll need to determine whether the long term health of your eyes is worth the additional cost.
 

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This is not accurate. I often edit 4k/5k on a 1080p monitor. You'll require the good stuff when you're finishing/grading higher end deliverables.

True I almost wrote color grading but most people do it themselves these days so figured he should have the right display.
 

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One is HD, one is HD but taller giving you more vertical space. Up to you!
 
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