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
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Great ($3,200 at Amazon): Nikon D500 http://help.tc/d500 & Nikon 200-500 f/5.6 http://help.tc/n500

Beginner ($500 at Amazon): Panasonic G7 http://help.tc/g7 & Panasonic 14-42mm http://help.tc/p42
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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. Jody Ellis on November 17, 2019 at 7:45 pm

    Well, thanks but… if I want to upgrade my monitor what do I need to know? Shd I be looking at HDMI or Display? I’m confused.

  2. Lisa Murphy on November 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    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.

  3. Walkertongdee on November 17, 2019 at 7:47 pm

    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.

  4. Juan jotabe on November 17, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    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

  5. Rob OX on November 17, 2019 at 7:49 pm


  6. Bob C on November 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    I hope your computer didn’t fall off the desk after you shot this video. One leg seems to not be touching the table. I would never place my computer near the edge of a desk, especially after investing thousands of dollars on a computer. I was worried during the entire video and didn’t hear half what you said. Sorry, but it’s really bugging me. 😱 Thanks for all the info anyway.

  7. Paul Navas on November 17, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    Great video Tony.

  8. Sam Ward on November 17, 2019 at 7:52 pm


  9. john4kc on November 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    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

  10. Jim Duffy on November 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Please do updated video on this subject

  11. Himanshu Chanchal on November 17, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing this info…

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  14. Angela on November 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    He looks like a sim character

  15. Grokme Amadeus on November 17, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Mac needs to realize industry professionals want to upgrade ram, monitors, keyboards, ssd’s. They certainly used to.

  16. Kęstutis Šliauderis on November 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Watching this in 2018 and the situation with 32 tb of storage still looks impressive 🙂 however I also have 1 tb of ssd which is not expensive anymore, bought it for 150 euros.

  17. Bill Lanam on November 17, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    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.

  18. Mike Pawlik on November 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    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!

  19. Me and my Nikon D500 on November 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    We are 2019 this is 2015 WOW !!LOL

  20. Richard Graham on November 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Whilst I agree with having a 1TB SSD (obviously this was pre NVME) for your digital content, I am surprised that you would recommend having the Lightroom / Editing software AND your stored images on the same drive as the operating system. Why would you not use say a 256GB SSD (or 120GB) for your OS and main program files and then have a totally separate drive – (The 1TB SSD) for all of your image files, and even another 256 or 512 GB drive for your scratch disk? As for your multi disk array setup, boy you really are an optimist setting up your storage in a type of RAID configuration. No way on earth, even setup as you have in mirroring mode, would I ever trust my photos or any other valuable files to a multiple disk array. I would rather pay and back up on a single drive then have that synced to the cloud. If you make a mistake and delete your file on the RAID setup, it is gone from both drives forever! If you were to get a virus or malware onto one of your RAID drives, it would instantly duplicate itself onto your second drive, as would any oddball file corruption. RAID is not a substitute to a backup, it is to minimise hardware failure, not to prevent data loss.
    As for USB, it would be great to be able to get a USB 3.0 GEN 2 reader, there are not many round and cost about $100. The Gen 2 "C" type is becoming a lot more available on today’s motherboards, but the peripherals are a long way behind.

  21. Marcus Bunce on November 17, 2019 at 8:06 pm

    Interested to know your thoughts on defragging your main storage drive ( after external ) backup,, any comments on scratch drive?
    I use a 500gb scratch ,,, Adobe and editing installed to C:/ and storage on E:/ then backup to external raid NAS:/ which is backed up to cloud at end of day,, am I paranoid or just efficient 🤪

  22. MH0709 on November 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm

    As I’m sure know, but you forgot to mention, there are two (2) types of SSD-type storage media. The new M.2. storage memory also has two (2) types of interface: a SATA interface and the faster NVMe interface. The SATA interface version is nearly as slow as an SSD with a SATA 3 connection.

  23. Gryff Longprong on November 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm


  24. Brandon Kapana on November 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    can we get a 2019 update covering the same topic, maybe geared towards the newer monitors

  25. Nicolae Liviu Fratila on November 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

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  26. Music Maker on November 17, 2019 at 8:11 pm

    Finally.. a SANE person giving advice

  27. Rudolf Abelin on November 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    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!

  28. [PBG] PointBreakGalaxy on November 17, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    I have an Intel I7-7700HQ and RTX 2080Ti, can I use the program of photo editting? I also have Quadro P6000

  29. Russelline Steinbuhler on November 17, 2019 at 8:14 pm

    Good Video but its 3 years old. Isn’t it time for an update?

  30. Dennis Estrada on November 17, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    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

  31. Tassilo Erath on November 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    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. Alexander Gadaun on November 17, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    The best, most comprehensive tech advice for aspiring graphic designers / videographers. Thank you!

  33. Otaku United A.S. on November 17, 2019 at 8:19 pm

    what monitor are you using in the video

  34. Nice Trade on November 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    LMFAO Apple makes amazing hardware.. Foxconn crap ..yeahh Foxconn also makes Apple PC components

  35. Marcus Bunce on November 17, 2019 at 8:21 pm

    Woah ,,, I noticed how close the back foot on your pc rear foot is falling of the table… nice spec though 🤪

  36. David Sherman on November 17, 2019 at 8:22 pm

    What is the 2019 computer recommendations? thanks

  37. Richard Graham on November 17, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    Is that an ASUS Motherboard you have in that box? Tony, how about doing a video that would cover setting up color spaces to deal with software hardware, monitors etc. Then calibrating your monitor display to correlate with your printer. There are a few reasonable videso covering some of this online, but nothing I have found can go into the same detail or be as clear of an explanation as you manage to get over on our tutorials.

  38. tectorama on November 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    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.

  39. Caio d'Lima on November 17, 2019 at 8:30 pm

    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 ?

  40. Lyfan Deth on November 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    But now, what is it, NVME? that is twice as fast as conventional SSDs.

  41. Tomer Eshel on November 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    I think that this video needs to be updated.. Its been almost 3 years..

  42. Bijesh Amatya on November 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    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.

  43. Greg Wallace on November 17, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    Why do you not use a Mac?

  44. Jenny Reyes on November 17, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    can you make a list of desktop recommendations. From Best to OKs’, Including price

  45. [CleverUsername] on November 17, 2019 at 8:35 pm

    This is really weird watching this near the end of 2018. In 3 years things have changed so much. The main difference is that theres no RGB on anything lol.

  46. Neria Cohen on November 17, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Can you do a new one for 2019-20 ?

  47. basspig on November 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    I built a dual Xeon E5 2667 computer with 128gb of ram back in August of 2015. Even so it is still what I regard as barely adequate for 4K video editing.

  48. ArianOby♈ on November 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm

    2 words! "Computer Fair" …………. build and custom your own PC buying parts at a computer fair

  49. Daniel Johnston on November 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm

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

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