We’ve finally finished our PC build. The finishing touches were made possible thanks to Razer in the form of a keyboard, mouse pad, and mouse.
Before we get to that, though, let’s talk about performance. If you’re looking for some details about what’s inside the rig, check out our last video on the subject. In short, the guts inside of the PC wreck anything else at our office. We did a few rough tests just to get an idea of how much faster the rig is compared to other computers we’ve been using for editing and export. Here’s what we found: The rig winds up exporting at about a 2:1 ratio in terms of minutes.
The test video we used was the Razer video from CES (which you can check out here). It’s about two minutes long, and using our new rig it took 4 minutes to export without using previews. On all the rest of the machines we tested on, the closest we could get to that time was 6:51 for the same video. With ‘Use Previews’ checked, the ratio goes down to 1:1, which means one minute of export time to every minute of video length. This is precisely what we were after. We’re already in the habit of rendering out the video for a final watch before export, so this cuts down our turnaround dramatically.
This is just for a two minute video, mind you. With longer videos, the return will be an order of magnitude larger. Doubling a 6 minute long video for export is much more doable than what would normally wind up happening, which is somewhere in the vicinity of 30-40 minutes. Beyond that, performance on playback has skyrocketed. The rig has no problem crunching through raw 4K video right out of the camera. Once you start adding effects and layers, it certainly has to think a bit more, but the improvement is huge and it’s great being able to actually see what I’m working on as I’m working on it.
So, I did mention those Razer products, didn’t I? The company was kind enough to send us a Blackwidow Chroma mechanical keyboard, a Diamondback Chroma mouse, and a Firefly hard mouse pad. These things are so much fun to use and they’re very comfortable. I wish the Synapse software were a bit more reliable, but the hardware itself is strong. I miss typing on that keyboard whenever I’m not using it.
You can check out the video if you want to see the products in all their deliciously colorful detail. Suffice it to say that they’re the appropriate peripherals for the intended purpose.
Let us know what you guys want to see us do next! Learning is more fun when we do it together.