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    I am starting to get into video editing, and since I’m builidng a pc soon, how much ram do i need?
     
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    Hello.:)

    It is maybe depending on which Tool/Software you want to use.
    And which Operating System.

    From my personal Experience with Windows 10 x64 using 8 - 16 GB is really ok and enough.
    Tools which used are MAGIX Video Easy,Wondershare Filmora 9 and Wondershare UniConverter.

    Thank you.:)
     
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    What type/scale are we talking? E.g. short form, long form, 4K, etc.

    Remember as well to take the GPU into account for acceleration.

    Do you also plan on playing games, etc? How many slots will the motherboard have?
     
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    I’m using sony Vegas, and it’s long form, I also plan on playing games
     
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    As above it depends what you want to do and what programs you want to use.

    If you just want to take footage from a camera and chop out the bad takes, splice in stuff shot out of order and whatnot then if the machine plays it back in the first place you are good.
    Adding in basic subtitles, static images or premade animations is nothing really on top of that.
    You could probably add a basic key (what most people call greenscreen) for nothing notable over what a standard higher end/gamer style PC build will be these days.

    Some software might choke a bit if you have 1000 clips and want to make an hour long edit with the typical every 50 frames jump cut style so popular with the kids these days. Other software will not notice anything as it only fetches what it needs when it needs it.

    Where it starts getting fun is when you start to restore and enhance footage, do 3d graphics on top of things and start adding in the big boy effects. You can still do it on a more modest machine (we have been doing such things in the "not a Hollywood film editing suite" side of things, indeed even open source, for the better part of 15 years and things have got better in computer world since then) but if you want to start editing 4k footage as 4k (various phones, gopros and whatever else will do it, bit overkill if you ask me but 4k can be nice to crop down after the fact in case you did not perfectly frame things) then it will start to strain resources.

    You can probably learn on 8 gigs and also do happily for 99% of what I see online and even TV*, indeed most things would not see a benefit from 16. Indeed if you wanted to take the difference and invest it in either a bigger hard drive or a fancy microphone (assuming you want to talk over your videos online) that will probably be the better use of money.

    *I say that but

    That was their 2009 reel and much of that aired earlier still.
     
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    Wow thanks, this is probably the best answer I’ve gotten on the internet ^_^
     
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    Yeah he gives a lot of details which is always good even if it may seem overwhelming. Just better to grab some water or snack and read at your pace.

    Anyway, what kind of games you will be playing? Are they for live streaming, commentary, review purposes, walkthroughs, "how to" speedruns, compilations, jokes or skits even? :P
     
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    Tl:dr: You need atleast 16GB these days.

    Don't build a pc now, wait till atleast Nov 5th or 6th to build one.
     
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    I always buy more RAM than I think I need, but within a reasonable price range. Like, I'd love to get 64GB+ realistically, but my budget only allowed me to get 32GB. I use 8GB as a HDD cache, which gives my HDD SSD-like speeds when I need to write large files to the drives, like installing games or moving ah HD movie to it. Then I have a portable version of Photoshop CC "installed" to a 5GB RAMdisk of it's own, as drive P:\, my Photoshop drive. It makes loading up Photoshop nice and fast. That only leaves me with about 16 to 17GB free for Windows and other apps, and I could definitely benefit from more RAMdisks. I used to host a small 8 person Minecraft Server from my RAMdisk. Nobody had any complaints about world generation lag or anything like that. I think RAMdisks still serve a good purpose today, especially if you're stuck rocking mechanical harddrives. ALWAYS buy more RAM than you think you'll need. By the way, my RAMdisk gets speeds of 12800+ read and 10,000+ write, and I'm just using DDR4 3600 CL16, overclocked at 3666. That's still better speed than some 4x NVMe RAID setups I've seen!
     
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    8 is recommended
     
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    If the motherboard you get has 4 slots you could buy 2 sticks (if you want dual channel) and then have room to expand in the future if you’re unsure.

    Having a quick look at prices where I live, it doesn’t seem that much more expensive to go for 16GB (2x8GB). If that’s the case where you live, I’d go for 16GB.
     
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