ideal computer ... any suggestions on graphics card

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Does the Nivida 960 or AMD R7 A360 graphics card make a difference in edting and rendering video .

Currently im using HP allinone Q119 with 12 gigs of ram I5 and im really struggling with constant crashes

I saw in the past some method reducing the speed boast or some confiuration that prevents crashing.. any ideas
I was planning upgrade to the the AMD R7 A360 Graphics 4GB DDR3 graphcis card
or the nivida 960 graphcis card

Is a 4 gig graphics card gonna be the difference??

any thoughts :) Bill
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Yes and No, a quality graphics card will give you smooth timeline playback in most cases.SO it can help with the editing process to visualize your work in real time. I lean toward Nvidia cards myself as I've found that AMD cards "At least of the Past" don't work nearly as well for video editing.

Camtasia doesn't use the graphics card at all for rendering. So it won't help there at all.I cannot point you to the thread that covers this but it was a TechSmith employee that pointed out that Camtasia 9 doesn't utilize the graphics card for rendering.

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Bill, Here a couple of old threads.

This thread is on improving rendering speeds.  At the bottom there is a link to another Techsmith page on improving rendering speed.

Joe mentioned this thread from 3+ years ago so perhaps the change "on their radar" may have been introduced at some point.   Excerpt from the employee.

Currently by default we'll use the video card for scaling, rotation, transitions and some other effects but not for hardware-accelerated video encoding. It's definitely on our radar though!
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I understand the importance  of a high powered graphics card with regards to video editing. Camtasia has a long way to go to catch up with the competition.
Here's their most recent take on it.

  I wasn't referring  to that 3+ year old thread you dug up.

Adobe,Sony Vegas and other high end video editors have been exploiting the power of Nvidia Graphics cards for years.

AMD is notorious for falling well behind in the video editing department.Yes they've made improvements but they haven't caught up.I would never purchase an AMD processor or graphics card.

Nvidia's "Cuda"
CUDA® is a parallel computing platform and programming model invented by NVIDIA. It enables dramatic increases in computing performance by harnessing the power of the graphics processing unit (GPU).


Hey Bill, your processor is not that impressive but you shouldn't be experiencing a lot of crashing either. Intel's i7's are the way to go in my opinion.
 I'm running windows 10 anniversary update and I haven't had any issues with crashing.
You should contact support and let them take a peek at system.