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Brian ReisdorfMar 27, 2020 4:00:00 AM< 1 min read

What separates high-end and low-end video editing workstations?

If you've looked at purchasing a new video editing workstation you've seen that there are a wide range of options and price tags. There are low-end workstations, aimed for amateur editors. On the other end of the spectrum are high-end machines geared for professional video editors and visual effects artists. 

What separates these from one another? Mostly it is a question of scale. So you're talking about are:

  • More RAM
  • More GPU
  • Larger GPU
  • More processors
  • More processing cores

There is some other stuff, special video decode cards things like that are a little more targeted depending on exactly what you're doing. Then you got the storage side of it too.

Generally one of the big differences between most video editing systems includes local storage or attached storage. What kind of storage can you connect to it? Thunderbolt adds different connectivity options. So it's mostly a question of scale.