8K Real-Time Video Editing on a Laptop

8K is here, whether you want it to be or not. Plenty of people are excited to get their hands on some 8K cameras – the Canon EOS R5 comes to mind – and see what new things they can do. As well as just show off the incredible resolution and detail possible with such a high resolution.

Can you possibly edit 8K video with today’s computers? Or even a laptop. YouTuber Max Yuryev says yes you can, by using some top-of-the-line laptop choices and the latest graphics technology.

The laptop chosen for this video is the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition. Yuryev does emphasize that while this is the featured laptop, there are plenty of other computers than can do the same job. However, this is a good choice and definitely works for his 8K editing. It might even be able to replace a desktop workstation.

Yuryev dives into the specs of the Razer to give a good rundown of what an 8K-capable laptop looks like. Just by looking at it you can see the premium design.

An aluminum chassis, two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A ports, HDMI, Mini DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 3 are all great. Next to that is an SD card slot with support for UHS-III cards! I will say that an SD slot is the one thing I absolutely miss on my MacBook Pro.

A jaw-dropping spec is the display, which is a UHD 4K OLED touchscreen with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. They even beefed up the wireless by using Wi-Fi 6. The internals are the real parts that make everything happen.

It has a 2.6GHz 6-core Intel Core i7-9750H CPU with 4.5GHz of Turbo Boost, 64GB DDR4 RAM, and a 1TB SSD. The magic comes together with the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 with 16GB GDDR6 VRAM. It’s the most powerful graphics you can get on a laptop today.

If you are looking for a similar laptop, look at NVIDIA’s RTX Studio classification. This signifies that there is a baseline of power that makes it suitable for creators who need absolute power in their laptop.

The requirements include GeForce RTX 2060 or Quadro RTX 3000 graphics or better along with an i7 H-Series CPU, 16GB RAM, and 512GB SSD. That’s a good list of specs to use if you are looking for a new computer. NVIDIA Studio laptops do have distinct drivers that will maximize performance.

What about if you want to game on the side? Well, Yuryev’s benchmarks in Unigine Heaven scored it at 126 fps. That is awesome for any type of gaming. He shows off a little bit of Call of Duty running smoothly.

As for video editing, Yuryev claims that 4K editing is flawless. Loading up some notorious drone footage in Premiere, throwing on 5 LUTs and then a little more editing and he shows the computer playing it back in realtime.

Not only that, it only reached about a third of the graphics card’s max usage. Exports are up to five times faster than top-of-the-line laptops from only a year or two ago. Exports that used to take an hour now take just 12 minutes. That is some serious time saved.

NVIDIA’s RTX technology is a huge leap in graphics processing for video editing. Now that software has begun to catch up we can see some incredible improvements.

In this laptop without graphics acceleration, 8K footage struggles to be played back and it completely maxes out the CPU. When it is turned on, the CPU’s usage drops almost two thirds and the GPU isn’t even maxing out.

Yuryev then opens up DaVinci Resolve and with the same 8K RED RAW footage on an 8K timeline is able to get smooth playback with full graphics acceleration. And there is a bit of room to spare on the graphics card, meaning that this computer will be able to handle grades or other effects without completely breaking down.

I don’t think I need to explain how faster processing results in faster editing and potentially more earnings for creators and editors. Thinking of upgrading your laptop after watching this?

[source: Max Yuryev]

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