I've been diving into PE2018 and now PE2021 this year like I didn't expect. But alas, in this weird year of 2020, what else is there to do but learn cool new skills. 🙂 I'm a singer and a musician and this year have been learning how to produce virtual choir videos. We're currently on our 9th project. I posted a few days ago some questions about the new Draw tool in PE2021. In this current project, I have 30 tracks for choir singers, 1 for a soloist, and a few more for music, static background image, titles and credits. I have used the Draw tool on 30 of the choir tracks. This is bogging down my PC much more than in previous projects. So, I've a few questions about PCs and video cards. Please let me know if this is not the right forum to post these questions.
As a musician, I build my PCs, optimized for audio work. Here are the specs of my current machine, roughly 5 yrs old: i7 5820K (Haswell E), ASRock X99 Extreme 4 sys board, 32GB DDR4-2132, OS = Win 10, Samsung EVO SSD drives, video card = AMD Radeon HD 5450 (1GB).
I chose the AMD card because it is fanless and thus completely quiet. Great for an audio workstation, but now I'm finding not so great for a video editor. With the AMD card in PE2021, for example, "Use GPU accelerated effects..." in Preferences/General is grayed out, not even selectable.
I plan to build a new PC next year, and would like to know about any special requirements for a video editing machine. Prior to this complete system rebuild, I plan to get a new video card. I know that I won't be able to stay fanless. What are recommendations for video cards for PE2021 and Premiere Pro if I decide to upgrade? What about requirements for the PC itself? Again, if this is not the right forum for these questions, can you suggest another forum? I can also ask in audio/DAW forums (like kvraudio.com).
I bought all of my components from NewEgg and Amazon, since I am not really familiar with BHP
I do have to agree that the component market is a mess right now due to Covid delays... for my build having to switch to a different motherboard was only a few dollars added to my total, but did allow 3200 ram instead of the 2666 I had originally planned to buy
By buying at 2 places I was able to get everything I wanted 'all at once' but don't be surprised if you have to buy over a period of time... the Covid vaccine will help, but it may not be until the end of this year before things are even mostly back to normal
John, I usually do Newegg and occasionally Amazon. BHPhoto is starting to look pretty good, too, in the computer components area. Better prices on the vid cards and AMD CPUs I want to pick up now, but, alas, all on back order. <sigh>
I did some testing with 4k video that I downloaded... I have not tried to 'share' to anything yet, but playing on the timeline works with no delays or artifacts that I can see (my old computer really struggled with 4k) but I'm still not going to buy a 4k camera... not when my target after editing is a DVD to share with family... I'll just be able to edit my current files a LOT faster!