Whatever it is, if you’re serious about your video editing work, you’ll need a serious video editing PC.
Well, welcome to the home of truly serious video editing PCs - CCL.
We’ve designed a range of professional video workstations that are optimised to meet the demands of even the most demanding video editing professional.
Whether you’re looking to do 4K or 8K video editing or complex 3D rendering and animation work, you’ll find a video editing PC that’s perfect for you here at CCL.
Our team of expert PC builders has carefully designed our range of video editing PCs with the components and specifications that’ll deliver maximum performance, reliability and value.
Take a look ‘under the hood’ and you’ll find that CCL’s video editing PCs contain powerful graphics cards such as NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 series cards, high-performance CPUs such as Intel Core and AMD Ryzen processors and of course, high-capacity HDD and SSD drives.
We know that video editing PCs get worked hard. They’re the workhorses of the PC world; so all CCL video editing PCs come with a 3-year collect and return warranty - so, if anything goes wrong, we’ll cover the cost of any labour or components that are required to get it back up and running (plus, we’ll cover the cost of sending your PC to and from our workshop).
Is it time to take your editing efforts up a notch? Then do it with a CCL video editing PC.
Video editing PC buying guide
If you’re on the lookout for a new video editing PC, then you’re going to be presented with a dazzling array of different choices.
How do you know which video editing PC is right for you?
It can be a challenge finding one that meets your requirements, but if you know what you’re looking for you’ll be in a much better position.
That’s why the team at CCL have put together this buying guide. We answer the most commonly asked questions about video editing PCs and include our top buying tips too.
Keep reading and find out how to buy the best possible video editing PC!
What is a video editing PC?
Okay, this may seem like a question with a rather obvious answer, but there are more nuances than you may initially expect.
Whilst many computers will state that they are capable of video editing, the reality is very different.
If you want to edit, render and encode video smoothly, then you’ll require a system which has been designed specifically with processing and graphically heavy tasks such as video editing forefront of mind.
Video editing PCs also tend to be optimised for video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro, DaVinci Resolve, Sony Vegas Pro, Edius Pro and others.
What’s the difference between a video editing PC and a gaming PC?
Whilst there are very many similarities between video editing PCs and gaming PCs, there is one key difference to be aware of.
Video editing PCs tend to feature a very powerful, multi-core, multi-thread processor which is capable of multi-tasking.
Gaming PCs on the other hand tend to feature processors which have powerful single core performance.
Both types of PCs tend to have powerful graphics cards, and of course it’s always handy to have a good GPU, but for the purposes of video editing, you really want to make sure that the processor is up to scratch.
What components should a video editing PC have?
If you want to buy a video editing PC that’s going to give you years of reliable, smooth video editing service, then you need to make sure you purchase one that has the right types and combinations of components.
Whilst every component in a PC system has an important role to play, for video editing there are particular components that you should pay particular attention to.
We’ve outlined these components in more detail below.
As Adobe Premiere Pro is one of the world’s most popular video editing programs, we’ll be using this as a benchmark in terms of the performance level of components that you require.
As we mentioned earlier in this guide, the processor is the most important part of a video editing PC.
As video editing programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro use a considerable amount of processing power, it’s important that you select a system which has a powerful multi-core CPU.
It’s multi-core that’s the particularly important part of that last sentence.
Video editing requires considerable processing power, so the more cores you have in your CPU, the smoother your video editing experience will be.
For the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro (February 2022), HD video editing requires at minimum an Intel 6th Gen (or newer) CPU or an AMD Ryzen 1000 Series (or newer CPU). For 4K video editing you’ll need an Intel 7th Gen (or newer) CPU with Quick Sync, or an AMD Ryzen 3000 Series/Threadripper 2000 Series CPU.
This may seem counterintuitive, but when it comes to video editing, the graphics card isn’t quite as important as the CPU.
So, you don’t necessarily have to go all out and buy a system with an absolute top of the line GPU.
The only exception to this, is if you’ll be editing with DaVinci Resolve. This is because Resolve uses the GPU primarily for processing power rather than the CPU.
If you’re going to be using Adobe Premiere Pro, then it’s generally accepted that NVIDIA graphics cards offer the best optimisation.
For the latest version of Adobe Premiere Pro (February 2022), to do HD video editing, you’ll need a card with at least 2GB of GPU memory. For 4K video editing, you’ll need a graphics card with at least 6GB of GPU memory.
Note - if you’re going to be gaming on your PC as well, then don’t skimp on the graphics card. Buy a system with the best graphics card you can afford!
To enjoy a truly smooth video editing experience, it’s important that you have enough of the right type of RAM in your video editing PC.
The capacity of RAM that you require is largely determined by the resolution in which you’ll be editing. For example, if you’re going to be editing in 1080p then you’ll need 8GB of RAM at an absolute minimum.
Likewise, for 4K video editing, you’ll need at least 16GB of RAM.
If you’re going to be editing with Premiere Pro, then Adobe recommends that you use 8GB of RAM for HD video editing, and 32GB of RAM for 4K video editing. They also add that the RAM should be dual-channel.
There’s no getting around the fact that video files are large. So, to avoid any frustration further down the line, we recommend buying a PC with as much storage as possible.
As well as thinking about capacity, you should also give some thought to storage type.
You’ve got two choices; SSD or HDD.
For video editing it’s generally recommended that you go with SSD drives. This is because SSDs provide much better read/write performance than HDDs when you are undertaking complex editing tasks and the multiple playback of clips etc. HDDs tend to drop frames when you are playing back clips in high res such as 4K.
Get these four components in particular right and you’ll end up with a great video editing PC that’ll provide you with years of editing fun!
Do I need a video card for a video editing PC?
One of the things that you’ll often hear when shopping for a new video editing PC, is that you require a ‘video card’.
But, what does this actually mean?
The term video card is a bit of an outdated term.
What people actually mean by this, is a graphics card.
And, as we’ve talked about above, it’s a good idea to include a good-quality graphics card in your video editing PC.
Although the CPU will do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to video editing, a graphics card will be used to assist with certain editing functions, such as:
- Video effects - like brightness, contrast and colour balance.
- Transitions - such as cross dissolve, dip to black, fades etc.
- Accelerated presets such as fast blurs, mosaics etc.
Remember - although the CPU is generally the component that has the most work to do during video editing, certain editing programs such as DaVince Resolve, rely on the graphics card instead.
How much does a video editing PC cost?
Because of the high level of componentry required, video editing PCs tend to be at the higher end of the price scale.
But, that’s not to say that you have to spend an absolute fortune just to get a half decent video PC.
Here at CCL we’ve designed and built a range of video editing PCs to accommodate most budgets.
Our range of editing PCs includes models from just under £2,000 which are packed with great components such as RTX 3070 GPUs, Intel Core i7 CPUs and more, all the way up to £5,000 for systems with top of the line GPUs and CPUs.
Can I build my own video editing PC?
Yes! We know that many video editors have their own preferences when it comes to particular components, designs and builds.
So, we make it easy to create a bespoke video editing PC that’s completely tailored to your requirements.
To create a custom video editing PC, you have two options:
- Use our custom PC building service. You can hand pick every single component for your new PC and our team of master PC builders will put it together for you.
- You can modify one of our existing video editing PCs.
Modifying one of our existing video editing PCs is super easy - and is the best option if you only want to upgrade one or two parts of the system.
To modify one of our existing systems, simply click on the one you want and then click on the ‘Customise this PC’ tab in the product description.
You’ll then be presented with a list of customisation options. In many cases you’ll have a choice of more than one upgrade option per component.
The cost of each upgrade is also clearly labelled, so you’ll know what the final bill will be before you hit the ‘buy’ button.
What monitor do I need for a video editing PC?
A monitor is one of the most important things you’ll need to go with your video editing PC.
There’s no point spending your hard earned money on a high-end video editing PC, if you’re then going to connect it to a cheap, low-res monitor.
So, if you’re going to be editing in HD, 4K or higher, you’re going to want a monitor that’s capable of displaying video in these resolutions.
In addition to resolution, you’ll have to give some thought to the monitor and PC’s input types. Whilst HDMI is the standard, more sophisticated input types such as DisplayPort are quickly becoming the go-to connection type for many video editors.
Aside from these considerations, there are many other things you’ll need to take into account when selecting a monitor to go with your video editing PC, such as:
- Screen size/aspect ratio.
- Panel types.
- Refresh rate.
- Response time.
- FreeSync and G-Sync (if you’ll also be gaming).
- Peripheral ports.
To find out more about selecting the best monitor for your video editing PC, read our buying guide here.
Shop monitors at CCL now.
What video editing software do I need?
Of course, your video editing PC isn’t much use without some video editing software.
It’s probably the first program you’ll need to buy for your new PC, so what are your options?
Adobe Premiere Pro
Adobe’s Premiere Pro is currently the most popular editing software for video professionals across the globe.
Not only does it feature a highly-intuitive interface making it easy for beginners and experts alike to use, but it’s absolutely crammed with useful features.
The beauty of Premiere Pro is that it can be used on its own, in conjunction with one of Adobe’s many other platforms such as After Effects. After Effects is particularly useful as it can help you add detailed animations and visual effects to your videos.
Adobe also has a wider ecosystem of useful content creation tools such as Photoshop and Illustrator, clustered under the Adobe Creative Cloud banner.
In other words - it’s a brilliant one stop shop for content creators.
Although DaVinci Resolve originally began life as a colour-correction software, it has since developed into a popular alternative to Adobe Premiere Pro.
Like Premiere, Resolve is packed with features and is great for both beginners and experts alike.
As we noted earlier though, Resolve relies on the GPU for most of its processing requirements (as opposed to the CPU like most other editing tools), so if you’ll be using this particular program, you need to make sure your system has a decent graphics card.
Sony Vegas Pro
If you’re going to be editing video on a Windows-based PC, then Sony Vegas Pro is considered a great video editing tool.
It offers a full slate of editing tools, however they’re arranged in a way that can be somewhat intimidating to non-professional video editors.
One of the key selling points of Vegas Pro however, is that it is available for a one-off purchase price, whereas programs such as Adobe Premiere Pro commit you to an ongoing monthly subscription fee.
Where to buy video editing PCs
When it comes to actually ‘pulling the trigger’ and buying a new video editing PC, where’s the best place to buy one?
Sure, there are plenty of high-street stores selling PCs labelled as video editing PCs, but they’re often just that - ‘labelled’.
In many cases, high-street stores simply relabel gaming PCs as video editing PCs without giving proper consideration to the requirements of video editing work (e.g. using multi-core, high-performance CPUs).
Here at CCL, we design and build our video editing PCs so that they’ll be able handle even the most demanding video editing programs.
We have partnerships with many of the leading processor and graphics card manufacturers, so we are able to create systems that truly squeeze the most performance out of these components.
But, that’s not all.
All of CCL’s video editing PCs also come with a range of brilliant benefits.
3-year collect and return warranty
With over 30 years’ experience building high-specification PCs, we know how to create systems that will provide years of uninterrupted service.
But we recognise that even then, things can still go wrong.
That’s why we offer an industry-leading 3-year collect and return warranty.
So, if the worst does happen, and your video editing PC breaks, we’ve got your back.
Our warranty covers the cost of sending your PC to us, the cost of any labour or parts required to fix it, and the cost of sending it back to you.
It really is an unbeatable warranty!
As part of our mission to build the very best video editing PCs out there, we put all of our systems through very extensive testing programmes.
Every single CCL video editing PC is subjected to a battery of tests, being put under various loads and stresses to ensure that they are balanced, stable and reliable.
Our PC builders also put them through a quality assurance process, closely inspecting every inch of each PC to ensure they are perfect.
It’s only when your PC has passed all of these tests and inspections that it’ll be shipped to you.
Next day video editing PCs
When we have your video editing PC in stock, we will aim to deliver it to you the next working day.
So, if you need to edit a video in a hurry, choose CCL!
Should you decide to customise one of our PCs, or have a custom PC built from scratch, we will endeavour to have it with you within 4 to 5 working days at most.
Access to ongoing tech support and advice
Just because you’ve received your new video editing PC doesn’t mean CCL isn’t on hand to help!
Every person who buys a video editing PC from CCL has access to ongoing tech support and advice.
We offer advice via low cost telephone lines, or via a completely free email address.
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