Premiere Pro hardware articles to read before you buy or build

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https://community.adobe.com/t5/video-hardware/article-by-dave-helmly-on-hardware-for-running-premier...
https://community.adobe.com/t5/video-hardware/the-best-4k-premiere-pro-video-editing-pc-build-for-20...
https://community.adobe.com/t5/video-hardware/premiere-pro-cpu-performance-intel-core-10th-gen-vs-am...

 

Test your computer to find out how well it will work
https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/PugetBench-for-Premiere-Pro-1519/
-Benchmark test program available for Premiere Pro CC2019 and CC2020

 

Laptop ideas https://community.adobe.com/t5/video-hardware/best-laptop-for-running-premiere-pro/td-p/9525675
-and cooling https://www.amazon.com/AICHESON-Cooling-Notebook-MacBook-Computer/dp/B07CGMHP24/
-and https://mylaptopguide.com/best-laptop-for-video-editing/

-and https://ebestlaptop.com/best-laptops-for-video-editing-under-1000/

 

Use the Power supply calculator http://extreme.outervision.com/index.jsp (the PRO version has more options) to determine your power supply needs

 

Buy a ready made Desktop Video Editing PC
-http://www.sharbor.com/ or https://www.pugetsystems.com/
-UK http://3xs.scan.co.uk/Category.asp?SystemMasterCategoryID=14

 

https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/system-requirements.html
-Win7 is dead https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/windows-7-end-of-life-support-information
-Win8 is also no longer supported https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/4580358/windows-8-1-update

 

An EXAMPLE concerning trying to use only ONE Hard Drive for Video Editing... this was written for spinning platter drives, so an SSD will be better since there is no physical read/write head to move... I do not know how MUCH better, so I built my computer with 4 SSD drives for maximum speed

 

You are a music conductor, with a baton that you use to point to various parts of the orchestra... this is like the operating system pointing to various parts of the hard drive to do file housekeeping or to load program segments for various functions

 

Now, at the same time and with the same hand... while still using the baton to conduct the orchestra... pick up a bow and play a fiddle... this would be doing something with your video file at the same time as all the other work

 

You as a person cannot do both at the same time with the same hand

 

A computer is a LITTLE better, in that it can switch from one kind of task to another very quickly... but not quickly enough for EASY video editing

 

You need AT LEAST two hard drives (separate drives, never a partition on one drive) with Windows (or Mac OS) and software on your boot drive, and video files on a 2nd drive so the boot drive is not slowed down by trying to do everything

 

Do not try to use a USB2 external drive for video editing, the USB2 file transfer speed is too slow

 

External eSata or USB3 or Firewire are all fast enough for video editing (maybe not for 4k video)

 

A possibility is this USB3 dock with fan to swap 'bare' drives for backups

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-SuperSpeed-Docking-Station-Cooling/dp/B0055PL2YI or http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147511

 

I built my computer in 2014, so it is now out of date... but it works VERY well with the 1280x720 video from my Canon SX510 to then make a DVD to share with family, using Encore CS6

 

This is an example of using multiple drives to "share the load" of video editing... being a list from 2014, some of the components are no longer available... as I said, an example

 

i7-4930k CPU LGA-2011 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16819116939
CPU Cooler Hyper 212 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16835103099
Asus Sabertooth X79 MB http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131801

Corsair 2x16Gig Ram http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820233536
RaidMax Full Tower Case http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16811156288
Added Case Fans for cooling http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=35-103-052
Raidmax 1000W Gold http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817152044
Samsung 256Gig SSD Boot http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147193

- 256Gig SSD Boot for Win10 64bit Pro and ALL program installs, about 80Gig is used
Crucial M550 512G input http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148792
- 512Gig SSD data for all input... video files and pictures from camera
Crucial M550 256G temp http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148791
- 256Gig SSD data for temporary and video project files
- Create project here, work files follow, so my boot drive is not used for the media cache folders and files
Crucial M550 128G out http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820148790
- 128Gig SSD data for all exported output video files
MSI 2Gig GTX760 http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814127745

Samsung DVD Burner http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151269

 

CPU temp at rest 32-37C, while running Encore 50-55C (did not monitor temp while exporting from PPro)
-SSD temps Samsung 27c Crucial 31c and nVidia graphic adapter temp 32c

 

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