How Much Ram Do You Need for Video Editing?

Hey, everybody, this is RobertoBlake of robertoblake.com, and today I’m geeking out with you about RAM.

We’re gonna talk about how much RAM you need for video editing.

Video editing is one of the most intensive things you’re going to do on a computer, whether it’s a desktop or a laptop, whether it’s a Mac or whether it’s a PC.

You’re gonna hear a lot of talk about RAM, but I’m gonna keep it simple for you.

A lot of you are not super tech savvy, and you don’t need to be to understand this.

Here’s the bottom line.

Eight gigs are your bare minimum, 16 gigs are your sweet spot, 32 gigs is comfortable, if not overkill, and 64? You’re not usually gonna need it.

That’s pretty straightforward.

If you want to, you could probably stop the video right here, and that’s good enough.

All right, all right, let’s qualify this a little bit.

Let’s go deeper.

When it comes to RAM, after 16 gigs, you’re not getting that much more regarding shorter render times when it comes to exporting your videos.

You’re paying twice as much money to go up to 32 gigs, or maybe you’re cheating out, and you’re going to 24 gigs, and guess what? You’re not cutting render times in half by having double the amount of RAM.

After 16 gigs, it is not working that way.

You’re getting diminishing returns, so to speak.

So bang for the buck, 16 gigs are the sweet spot.

You do get better render times from eight gigs to 16 whether you’re using FinalCut Pro or Adobe Premiere, or any number of other video editing applications, it doesn’t matter.

That’s usually the way it works.

CPU is probably the most important thing when it comes to video rendering times.

Maybe after that, I would make an argument for GPU and RAM being kindof on equal footing there.

It just depends on what you’re doing, because if you’re doing heavy color grading and effects, GPU’s gonna matter a lot more, and you could utilize a lot more RAM.

Typically, I’m doing very basic stuff, even though I am doing color grading and a little bit of motion graphics.

I have 32 gigs of RAM in my4K video editing machine, and it is overkill.

I can still surf the web while I’m rendering, I can still do plenty of other stuff, I can watch a wholeYouTube video in HD quality or 4K quality, and it will not slow down the render times, and that’s why I like having all of that extra RAM.

However, it’s not necessary for the majority of you.

You can do eight gigs, and you can do 16, and that will be more than good enough, whether you’re on a laptop, a desktop, whether you’re on a Mac, whether you’re on a PC, and you guys know I own all of these things and I have plenty of friends and colleagues who do as well.

So this is tried and tested.

With my 4K setup right now, my average renders time for one minute of 4K video is somewhere between three and four and a half minutes, depending what the footage is and how big the file is.

And that varies from a lot of different reasons.

Mostly my 4K footage is coming out of the Panasonic Lumix G7, so it is true 4K video.

It’s not like coming from a Go Pro or a webcam or anything like that, or a smartphone.

So this is the real 4K video we’re talking about.

When it comes to HD video, oh wow.

It’s cutting through that like a hot knife through butter.

I’m able to render a five minute YouTube video in two minutes.

That is fantastic.

And that’s with color grading and with some effects.

So I’m enjoying that.

Like I said, eight gigs, more than enough.

I was doing that for years.

12 gigs, 16 gigs that are fine.

You don’t have to go out and buy 64 gigs of RAM.

You just don’t.

When it comes to Photoshop, this is a little bit more tricky, but I will cover that in another video.

Anyway, if you have questions about video editing, specs, and what you should buy, definitely leave those in the comments section.

Also, in the description, there are links to my entire4K video editing build and a lot of other recommendations for PC parts if that’s something you’re interested in.

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As always you guys, thanks so much for watching and geeking out with me today over RAM for video editing.

Something that people make more complicated than it needs to be.

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