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Maintaining Your Computer for Digital Video Editing

written by: Shane Burley•edited by: Rhonda Callow•updated: 7/4/2011

Video editing programs are demanding on home computers, so here are some tips on how to maintain your computer for video editing.

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    Video editing is demanding to say the least. If you are not using a specially purchased professional editing workstation, which is unlikely, then you may have a lot of work to do on your home computer to keep it capable of editing digital videos. Here are a few tips on how to keep up your computer so it can run real-time non-linear editing software.

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    Computer Use

    Try to use your computer only for video editing when possible. This doesn’t mean that you cannot use word processors or browse the internet, but make sure that you are not cluttering up your hard drive with random programs and games. Your computer should be as dedicated to video editing as possible.

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    Disease Free

    Make sure that your computer is virus and Trojan free. A destructive virus can slow down your computer and even delete all of the sensitive video work you have done. Use proficient virus scanning programs regularly and always run a firewall.

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    Try to make upgrading your hardware a regular thing. It is best to update your disk space and RAM annually so you always stay ahead of the game. Video editing programs take a lot to run well so keep this in mind. The processor speed is going to be important so try to upgrade that as often as you can. Do the same thing with your operating system.

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    Program Use

    Try to avoid running other programs at the same time as you are editing. This will really slow down the process and can even create media management issues. When you are editing that should be your only focus.

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    Media Management

    Make sure that you create specific folders for your video projects, and then do not move them. Disconnecting media is a common problem in video editing and it happens often when on a home computer. This is because files tend to be moved around quite a bit because it has such a diverse range of uses. Create a spot for video work, clearly label every project and media file, and do not change its location.

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    Rules to Live By

    These little rules will not solve every video editing difficulty, but they can help prevent many of them. The best thing to keep in mind is that this is a sensitive type of application, so your computer must be treated with conscientious care.