A biologist I know is getting budget for a 360 video editing machine for his lab and wanted my opinion on specifications for a machine to do editing. I believe the machine his lab gets should handle at least 4K video, but will need to go higher in the future. The intended use is scientific analysis of natural structures, not to produce entertainment videos. I believe they are using Premiere Pro. I do not know if they intend to use After Effects.
I recommended a budget system below. As I am not a video professional, I would appreciate feedback.
- RAM: 32 GB: $300
- CPU: i5 8400 6 core at $220
- GPU: GTX 1060 at $250
- motherboard, case, power support, hard disk: roughly $450 using mid-tier parts
Total cost is $1250 to $1450.
They may use the system to produce some public-facing videos to attract scientific interns or to communicate to other researchers, but I do not think they need to create cinematic videos with heavy effects. If the video resolution of the next-gen THETA is higher, there doesn’t appear to be any budget problem in upgrading to more expensive equipment. Thus, the video editing system should be able to handle current gen THETA V, limited to 4K for their use, and next gen models that we don’t know what the resolution is, but hope is higher than 4K.