I am wondering if I should go for i3 or i5 or i7?
I understand that i7 is definitely the best, but its also most expensive. Do I need something that powerful?
Also, does Snagit and Camtasia support multi-core and hyperthreading?
Thanks in advance.
Video editing is highly demanding on any processor. There is no such thing as a processor that is to fast or
powerful for video editing.
I run a 4th Generation Intel Core i7-4770 processor (8M Cache, up to 3.9 GHz). To me it's worth every penny. I can render a typical 1080P video at a speed under 1 to 1. In other words, a video that is 10 min in duration I can render in about 10 minutes or less. There are many factors that can increase render times. Special effects, editing dimension conflicts, etc.
I will also add that I do all my video work on a Desktop. A desktop costs far less than a laptop. The biggest reason is that lap tops need to function with low power consumption due to the need to run on batteries. High powered components are very expensive as a result. You can get a high powered laptop but it will cost you 50 to 100% more than a desktop with the same specs.
An i5 processor can do a decent job with video editing. If you do very little video editing, then you could save a few dollars and go that route. I wouldn’t recommend running an i3 at all.
Bottom line, a i7 processor will give you the best performance overall.
Camtasia has no problem utilizing all the cores on my computer.
I haven’t really tested SnagIt for multi core rendering. I will be
perfectly honest, when it comes to SnagIt and recording videos I don’t care for it. On my
computer it only records at a frame rate of 9 to 10 FPS. Any video that
contains motion is very jittery as a result.
So I hope that gives you something to think about if you have any further questions I will be more than happy to try to help.
Regards, JoeYou may find this interesting. It's an exchange I had with another computer seeker in the past.
It comes down to your actual needs what computer may be best for you. Good luck and I would love to here what you've decided to do.
Thanks for your input and suggestions.
I am wondering which 'stage' of video production needs the power of a good processor the most?
I ask because I currently have a i7-4790 comp that I use for other tasks, and its in the basement.
I am trying to build another low-budget computer to be placed in my room (if possible, as low as an i3), The new i3 comp will mainly be used for 'recording' on camtasia only.
I will then bring it over to the i7 computer for editing and rendering.
Do you think this would be a good idea? Or would I need an i7 to record as well?