Which Computer for Photo & Video Editing?

Which Computer for Photo & Video Editing?

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Good ($550 at Amazon): Sony a6000 http://help.tc/a6000
Better ($1,400) at Amazon: Nikon D5500 http://help.tc/D5500 & Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 http://help.tc/s35
Best ($3,150) at Amazon: Pentax K-1 http://help.tc/K1 & Pentax 24-70 f/2.8 http://help.tc/p24

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Best ($4,300 at Amazon): Panasonic GH5 http://help.tc/gh5 & Metabones Speed Booster XL http://help.tc/mbxl & Sigma 18-35 f/1.8 http://help.tc/s35 & Sigma 50-100 f/1.8 http://help.tc/s100

Beginner ($400 at Amazon): DJI Phantom 3 http://help.tc/p3
Travel ($1,000 at Amazon): DJI Mavic Pro http://help.tc/Mavic
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  1. Kiran Holt on May 4, 2021 at 3:25 am

    Update this vid! 😀

  2. Den Est on May 4, 2021 at 3:26 am

    hey guys im still trying to register it in my mind lol….. like for example, you raise your brush size to idk (4000px) most pc it will lag bc itts alot of pixels at once ….okay that said…. what will have to be upgraded to SMOOTHEN that brush size’ stroke

  3. The Wilderness Hiker - How To See The World on May 4, 2021 at 3:27 am

    This is 5 years old. Could you do one for 2020?

  4. Skip Rope on May 4, 2021 at 3:28 am

    Film/Slides in slide folders in a Steel File Cabinet. Faster faster and faster…And you never ever have to back them up. Easy to find if filed properly. So now you got tons of lousy digital shots for one.

  5. AmRV on May 4, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I’m still editing on my laptop screen blah.!

  6. Romie Miller on May 4, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I never use Lightroom, but I do use Photoshop and another program.

  7. Ariel Netz on May 4, 2021 at 3:31 am

    time to update? 4 years is a lot…almost worthwhile to consider removing this video

  8. Dalton on May 4, 2021 at 3:32 am

    Sounds a little like ZFS… though I think I’ll still stay with ZFS due to how proven it is in large industries and how versatile it is.

  9. UncompressedWAVmusic on May 4, 2021 at 3:33 am

    I’m impressed, however you gave a figure of $10,000 at the end of the computer for a bigger system, and I was thinking your system might be more than that. Either way very impressed with you desktop. Also that you wrote 10 books on Microsoft if I heard you right. You also wrote many books on photography. I guess it all ads up and that’s how you now have 1.4 million YouTube subscribers. Keep leading the way Tony and with your beautiful, intelligent and good sense of humor wife Chelsea as your partner in the business.

  10. Caio d'Lima on May 4, 2021 at 3:33 am

    is a dedicated gpu very important to run lightroom in a 4k monitor??

    or the integrated graphic of a i7 7500u is enought to run it ?

  11. Otaku United A.S. on May 4, 2021 at 3:35 am

    what monitor are you using in the video

  12. Caro Talbot on May 4, 2021 at 3:37 am

    Fantastic! Knowledg … I would like betting more on Nvidia graphic card or what is yours?

  13. Mike Pawlik on May 4, 2021 at 3:38 am

    In 2019, the answer to this question is easy. For Lightroom and Photoshop, any modern i3 or newer. For LR, on-board graphics is fine, for PS, a discreet GPU will help. 8GB of RAM or beyond is great, 16GB in 2019 is highly desireable.

    For video editing, more is always better, and your hardware can never be enough. More RAM, faster i7s or even i9s, AMD chips are great too these days, and the best GPU you can put in (preferably Nvidia). Anywhere from 32GB to 128GB of RAM will be amazing, but again, the more the better.

    Off you go!

  14. Richard Everett on May 4, 2021 at 3:38 am

    Thanks for this great video Tony! I am having a customized computer built and your video gives me some ideas on making my system even better. Figuring out that a customized computer would best fit my needs got me out of the cookie cutter computer purchasing mentality. If I had three thumbs this would be a three thumbs up video!

  15. T Ruiz on May 4, 2021 at 3:39 am

    2020 update thank you please Tony 🙏🏼

  16. Bill Lanam on May 4, 2021 at 3:41 am

    To my favorite photo educator (Tony), you get most all things right, but you’ve got it wrong on the speed at which data transfers to/from the outer tracks on a disc v. the the inner tracks on a disk. I know this is a very old post, so you’ve probably already got this feedback.

    The # of sectors on the inner tracks are the same as the # of sectors on the outer tracks. The disc surface may be moving faster on the outside v. the inside, but the amount of data in an outer sector is the same as the inner sector. The data is merely spread farther out on the outside v. the inside tracks. This is true from the time the drive is formatted throughout the writing and subsequent reading of the data. So, the data transfer rate is marginally the same.

    What slows the drive down as it gets older and fuller, is that the data gets defragmented, requiring the disc to seek from track to track GOBBLING UP TIME. Running "Defrag" helps to solve this issue. SSDs obviously don’t have this problem, as no seeking is ever required.

  17. The Rookie Fisherman on May 4, 2021 at 3:42 am

    We are 2019 this is 2015 WOW !!LOL

  18. Daniel Marshall on May 4, 2021 at 3:44 am

    Thank you, for the information. Also big up for the honesty regarding mac/PC laying your cards on the table.

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  20. Shaun Cain on May 4, 2021 at 3:45 am

    2020 and I ditched Adobe as HDR was maxing out 8 gigs of ram and taking 20 minutes while the CPU was basically idle. Shitty software as 8 gigs should have been enough. Then I got 16 gigs and it is still slow… Looks like I am going to servers with dual everything now. lol Time for an update yet????

  21. Himanshu on May 4, 2021 at 3:46 am

    Thanks for sharing this info…

  22. Walkertongdee on May 4, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Hey unless you shoot 4k video a average laptop will do. This is a geek mania video. Dont give up if you are poor like me.

  23. The Truth H. on May 4, 2021 at 3:49 am

    Just ram and CPU is important. Gpu is not.

  24. Joey Tide on May 4, 2021 at 3:50 am

    Can you recommend a laptop or desktop and/or what specs I will require of such to run Photoshop/Lightroom, please in layman’s terms.

  25. Skip Saunders on May 4, 2021 at 3:51 am

    Might be time to update this… in 2020 I think you could survive with a more powerful machine….

  26. Sam Ward on May 4, 2021 at 3:52 am


  27. tectorama on May 4, 2021 at 3:54 am

    I wouldn’t even dream of buying an Apple product. They are just so over priced.
    SSD’s are fast, but if they fail you (will usually) lose everything. If a SATA drive fails, you can
    (usually) recover your data. As Tony says, all drives will eventually fail.

  28. Bijesh Amatya on May 4, 2021 at 3:56 am

    I prefer configuration is 2*2Tb Seagate Enterprise edition in Raid 0 with 10gb network link.For desktop PC I use quad core 32gb if ram,1080Ti, 256gb ssd with 10gb network link.

  29. Sean Sankey on May 4, 2021 at 3:56 am

    Would love an update on this with the fact that tech has moved on… Say three builds… Ultimate, Pro and Budget?!?

  30. Lisa Murphy on May 4, 2021 at 3:57 am

    So I’m done with Mac and looking for a PC for pro level video editing. I’m looking at the high end stuff (like Digital Storm) but right now I’m in the process of learning what everything is so I can figure out exactly what I need. My question is, would one very high end graphics card be enough for me? I make videos that require a lot of editing and special effects. Also, you didn’t mention cores. Are more cores necessarily better? The Digital Storm has 18 – is that overkill? Lastly, what sort of motherboard should I get? I know basically nothing about motherboards, or how to choose one.

  31. Tassilo Erath on May 4, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Ok enough is enough you like to brag thats not what I wanted to see what drives you have I wanted to know whats the best computer so please get with the program and don’t waste my time

  32. Romie Miller on May 4, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Several top photographers have told me that their Mac computers crashed a lot, and they have gone to a PC. The irritating thing with my PC is that Windows keeps putting junk files on my hard drive that slows down editing and interferes with my software. I have to delete them daily.

  33. vishal parihar on May 4, 2021 at 4:02 am

    Every editor’s dream pc

  34. john4kc on May 4, 2021 at 4:07 am

    Great video. There are far too few videos about computers that we ACTUALLY USE for WORK, vs what people are building for gaming. I built my last computer in 2013 and am ready for a new build. I also would love to see an update to this, although I need mine built pretty soon. Just too many scares! LOL

  35. Juan jotabe on May 4, 2021 at 4:10 am

    some things to notice:
    1) Adding a liquid cooling device will add extra risk to the pc itself, any fail in the cooling solution will mostly end up in a catastrophic fail of several components, mostly Psu and Mobo, which are basically the 2 single components that can burn everything else. An aftermarket air cooler in the range of Hyper 212 Evo can be a much wiser option, despite having a more limited OC headroom

    2) iGPU (integrated GPUs) are not a clever choice even for photo editing, they will "eat" some ram (from 256 to 1024mb, but 512mb seems the ok number) to be used as shared memory. A discrete GPU even a lower end from a couple of gens back like R7 250 or GTX750 can provide a really improved performance. For video Editing, even 4K, a mid range GPU like Rx 580 it is more than OK, but it is wise to expend a little extra to reduce render times

    3) RAM: not less than 8gb for photo editing, Layers tend to eat up a lot of ram… 16gb will be the desired number for video editing, but double those numbers will provide room to stretch.

    4) HDD/SSD: The best advice tony gave, the Disk array he assembled it is the one anyone should desire for his PC. Some cheaper less expensive build could also work

    5) CPU: at this point in time any modern DDR4 CPU with 4 cores or more will provide superb experience for photo editing, even 2nd gen 4core intels will be more than OK (i would say that Fx 8 core too, but i don’t want to get bashed). For video Editing 1080p should need those same requirements, but 4K vid editing takes at least 6 core 12 thread CPU, and to be honest, 8 core 16 thread should be the aimed CPU

  36. Daniel Johnston on May 4, 2021 at 4:10 am

    1TB ssd and i9 64g RAM..for the win…. (bragging a bit….he he).

  37. Neria Cohen on May 4, 2021 at 4:12 am

    Can you do a new one for 2019-20 ?

  38. Steven Robinson Pictures on May 4, 2021 at 4:13 am

    Tony great video. I messaged you via dpreview about this because this vid is old now and would like new advice. ReFS is only available on workstation versions of windows (not even available on pro). Can you give us an update or some advice? Do I go for workstation windows 10 and use ReFS with mirroring RAID 1?

  39. AmRV on May 4, 2021 at 4:14 am

    your pc is killing machine I’m dreaming bout it whoahh

  40. Rudolf Abelin on May 4, 2021 at 4:14 am

    OMG!!! This is so retro. September 2019 calling. After waiting a long time, as Tony pointed out in the video, Moores law was a bit slow for some years. But picked up here in 2019. Thanks AMD!

  41. Johnson Guite on May 4, 2021 at 4:14 am

    have been watching your videos for years for photography and they are so helpful, but glad that I found this one as I plan to make my own PC. For the drives that you mirrored, which HDD type do you use i.e. Regular Desktop HDD or NAS Drive?

  42. Jean Marc Lavoie on May 4, 2021 at 4:15 am

    Can you update this video for 2020?

  43. Gilles on May 4, 2021 at 4:15 am

    I wish you make a 2021 video about : Which Computer for Photo & Video Editing

  44. Vanit Yadav on May 4, 2021 at 4:16 am

    Can anyone recommend me the best monitor for video editing and some color work for under $250?

  45. Konrad Gustawski on May 4, 2021 at 4:18 am

    There are two kinds of people: those who do backups and those who will be doing backups.

  46. Pilar Bedoya Gómez on May 4, 2021 at 4:20 am

    Would love if you updated this topic for 2020.

  47. John Hartford on May 4, 2021 at 4:21 am

    This was EXACTLY what I was looking for ! Very well explained , thank you so much !

  48. Jose Hernandez on May 4, 2021 at 4:21 am

    How built your computer…my 10 years custom made just died. Had similar setup with 1 SDD and 8 storage internal HDS but the builder is not longer in business.

  49. James Mourgos on May 4, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Hi, Tony, can you update this video for 2020??

  50. Shahed Ahmed on May 4, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Nice Vid, lots info. keep it up.