The Best Video Editing Computers and Software

Mac Studio and Macbook Pro

If you ask 100 video editors what their favorite video editing software is, you might get 100 different answers. And while the choices are a bit more limited with computers compared to software, you would still likely get a variety of answers to the question of which computer is the best for video editing. 

To help answer these tricky questions, we’ve compiled our two favorite video editing computers and two favorite video editing software options. But first, let’s take a look at the important factors that went into our decision-making process. 

Picking the Best Video Editing Computers

When selecting a computer for video editing, you want to make sure you have something with plenty of power. Nothing is more frustrating than diving into a project and being slowed down with lags and freezes. Or even worse, full-on shutdowns. 

Although it can technically run with just eight, working with powerful video editing software requires extra RAM to function smoothly. A quick discrete GPU will also be helpful once you move beyond simple editing and begin using transitions, overlays, and other sophisticated effects. Storage is also important to keep in mind. 

Picking the Best Video Editing Software

When it comes to picking the best video editing software, there are quite a bit more factors to consider like the skill level of the editor. Many programs are going to be specifically built towards professional editors and are feature-rich to create professional videos. On the other hand, many programs are made for beginners with a focus on ease-of-use. And while great looking videos can still be made on these programs, they sometimes sacrifice functionality for usability. 

With this in mind, we picked the best software solutions for pros and beginners. 

Top Video Editing Computers 

MacBook Pro 16’’

One of the best computers around, and unquestionably one of the best for video editing, is the MacBook Pro 16-inch released in 2021. It utilizes the potent new M1 Chip variations – either the M1 Pro or the M1 Max if you require the maximum speed – and is thus twice as fast as the 2020 MacBook Pro.

This means that the MacBook Pro 16-inch can handle editing several video streams in real-time without rendering. Due to the ProRes accelerator built into the CPUs, video processing is also more effective and won’t be as draining on the battery.

The MacBook Pro can be customized with up to 8TB of storage, which is great because you will want as much storage as you can get if you work with a lot of video.

eTech Rentals has the MacBook Pro 16’’ available for rent here. 

mac studio for office and desktop

Mac Studio 

Apple’s new Mac Studio is a potent workstation that has been tailored for video editing. It provides unmatched performance for challenging tasks like editing 8K video or creating 3D animations. This is made possible by the new 10-core M1 or 20-core M1 Ultra processors. 

The Mac Studio has Gigabit Ethernet and Thunderbolt 3. It can connect with up to five external displays. You can connect extra storage units and high-quality displays. 

Consider the Mac Studio to be a Mac Mini that has been given a boost. It is compact but powerful enough to meet all video editing needs. 

eTech Rentals has the Mac Studio available for rent here. 

Top Video Editing Software 

Premiere Pro Video Editing Software

Adobe Premiere Pro

Adobe Premiere Pro is used to create all kinds of videos, including marketing reels and studio movies. The software increases efficiency by segmenting everything into distinct workspaces, including editing, effects, and audio. Each workplace assists in managing a certain activity while reducing distraction. It works well on both Mac and PC. 

You have a great degree of control and precision with the cutting and editing capabilities, which the software provides in 4K, 8K, and VR formats. You can work on an infinite number of video tracks, which can be imported from just about any source. Premiere Pro is continually updated, just like the other Creative Cloud applications, and subscribers receive all upgrades at no cost. 

Adobe Premiere Pro is a phenomenal video editing application for all levels of video-editing skill, but its feature-rich functionality makes it ideal for professional editors. 

iMovie video editing software

Apple iMovie 

Apple iMovie is the best option if simplicity and beauty are what you’re after. If you’re filming on your iPhone or have been editing a project on your iPad, you can utilize AirDrop to wirelessly and easily move your project over to your Mac. iMovie’s filters are some of the most elegant in the video editing space. 

Custom music and sounds can be added to movies thanks to iMovie’s direct integration with iTunes and GarageBand. Release your movie into the world via iMessage, Facebook, YouTube, or any other of iMovie’s conveniently connected channels once it is finally ready to go.

Green-screen, audio, and social network integration are standout features. The best part? The application comes free with Mac purchases. 

techradar recently reviewed both software, take a look at what they have to say about Adobe Premiere Pro and Apple iMovie.

Check out Keith Kinnel’s video on using Adobe Premiere Pro with the M1 Chips!