If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you’ll have seen that talented animation designer Alex Amelines has been sharing his words of wisdom when it comes to building a PC for editing and creating videos. In his previous posts (part One and part Two) he looked at motherboards, hard drives, processors, memory and software. In his third and final post, he discusses graphics cards and peripherals, as well as those all-important components for putting the whole machine together.
Especially if you’re working in 3D, the graphics card will play a major role in creating these graphics, and will take some of the work of the processor, further improving the speed of the system. While gaming graphics cards are cheaper, many of the programs you’ll be using will be able to take advantage of the additional functionality provided by dedicated visual effects cards, such as the PNY Quadro 2000D.
If you’ve chosen the right video card, then you’ll be able to use two monitors. While it might seem a bit extravagant, a lot of video editing and visual effects programs have massive interfaces, so that extra screen real-estate will be vital. I’d suggest getting a higher-quality monitor for colour calibrating and grading and a less expensive one for the interface and other less-graphic intensive programs.
If you’re into visual effects then you might also want to shoot your own video. While there are many affordable cameras out there, Canon makes quality hardware which you can get for a relatively low investment, such as its EOS1100D.
Other peripherals are completely optional, but can make your life a lot easier. Wacom makes great graphics tablets, such as the Intuos 4, allowing you to draw freehand directly into your computer. The ShuttleXpress wheel can also make it easier to quickly move through videos, especially when editing, speeding up your workflow and productivity.
When you combine these components with a keyboard and mouse as well as a power supply and case, you can get the whole system for around £1540, excluding software. The right components will last you for a good couple of years, giving you plenty of time to work on your latest masterpiece, without having to wrestle with a slow, aging system.
If this post has inspired you to create your own video editing PC, why not drop us a line to discuss your requirements, and if you have built your own system let us know in the comments how you got on.