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Best HP Desktops for Video Editing

You may enjoy the portability of a laptop but working on a larger display makes editing video content a whole lot easier. Here are our picks for the best video editing computers and the technical specs required to get your work done.

    What to consider before buying video-editing desktop

    1. How many cores do you really need?

    More cores mean faster processing, but that’s not always true. More cores are faster only if programs can split up the tasks for the cores, and not every program can do this. Clock speed also makes a difference. For example, a newer dual core with a high clock speed is usually faster than a quad core from a previous generation.

      It’s also important to keep power consumption in mind. With more cores, you’ll be consuming more power, which means higher heat levels and the need for additional cooling solutions.

        What’s most crucial here is knowing specifics about the software you’re using for editing, because the best programs are often developed to maximize multiple processors. Look into your software of choice to help determine how many cores you need.

        2. What about RAM?

        Most digital filmmaking software performs perfectly fine with 8GB or 16GB of memory if you’re editing in 1080p.

          If you’re using a few editing tools at a time, you’ll want to opt for more memory like 32GB, especially if you’re working in 1080p or 4K.

            RAM doesn’t necessarily affect the rendering speed of your film projects, though. Instead, the CPU and GPU are the components responsible for speed, responsiveness, and ensuring visual representations like color adjustments and layer blending meet your expectations.

            3. Is SSD storage a big deal?

            A solid-state drive features no moving parts and can read and write data faster than a traditional hard drive. An SSD takes some of the pressure off other components, like your graphics card and your RAM, making for better all-around performance.

              If you upgrade to an SSD, you’ll notice a big difference when you first open a program. For example, Adobe software won’t take an extended period to load up, so you’re no longer left waiting every time you sit down to get some work done.

              Best HP Desktops for Video Editing

              HP ENVY All-in-One Desktop

              The HP ENVY is an affordable option for video editing and gaming as well. The Intel® Core™ processor and NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics bring plenty of power to the table, and up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage allow you to run multiple programs at once without any lag in performance.

                On top of all that, this desktop is one stylish machine. If you opt for the all-in-one for your video editing workstation, you'll get a complete unit with a 34-inch curved monitor perched on a sleek metal stand.

                OMEN by HP Gaming Desktop

                The OMEN desktop is a gaming PC that also works great for multimedia projects such as video editing. Because this computer was designed to support serious gamers, editors are bound to be impressed with its performance too.

                  It comes loaded with 16GB of RAM and an Intel® Core™ i7 processor, which keeps complex programs humming along smoothly.

                    On top of that, the HP OMEN offers plenty of storage in its 1TB hard drive, so you can store videos, photos, and your favorite tunes without issue. It also includes an NVIDIA GeForce® GTX graphics card, ensuring you won't miss any key details during the editing process.

                    HP Z2 Tower G4 Workstation

                    The HP Z2 Tower G4 desktop workstation is a powerful machine. It’s fast as lightning and offers plenty of RAM and may be best PC for video editing if you prefer to edit in Final Cut Pro with a million different tabs open at a time.

                      The HP Z2 Tower G4 comes loaded with Windows 10 Pro, but you're able to order Linux or Windows 7 if desired. The computer is really a star across many industries, because it’s certified to work with Avid, Solidworks, and Siemens, among others. It’s also recommended for CAD designers or those working with photo and video editing software.

                        Additionally, the HP Z2 Tower brings the Quadro GPU and Xeon CPU to the table, which allows it to power up to four 4K monitors using its display ports for an incredible number of pixels. You may or may not need all that, but it’ll look cool and give you lots of editing firepower.

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