Editing multiple tracks of 4k videos with a Windows PC

I’ve been using ShotCut for a few years, really as a hobbyist. I started using it for video editing for my church. My geezer PC can’t handle four 4k (4 tracks) videos, let alone one. I am using a church owned MacBook Pro 2020 with M1 chip for this and have no issues.

I am at a stage where I need to replace this old piece of crap PC with a new system.
My question is, can HP OMEN 30L- Gaming Desktop with AMD Ryzen 5 5600G, HyperX 16 GB DDR4-3200 Memory, and a GeForce RTX 3060 12GB be able to handle editing four tracks of 4k videos?

Other recommendations keeping in mind my budget is no more than $1,500 would help.


Those specs would meet the minimum system requirements for 4k.

For Shotcut, the three pillars of performance are:

  • CPU - get the fastest you can. Shotcut gains more performance from clock speed than cores. So consider a CPU with fewer cores if it provides a higher clock speed.
  • RAM - Personally, I would try to upgrade to 32GB RAM - especially if you might be doing 4 tracks of 4k.
  • Fast disk access is critical to avoid lag. I recommend M.2 NVME for video editing.

The CPU, RAM and Disk speed will be more important than the GPU. You could back off the GPU if you need to save some money. But maybe you want the GPU for other applications.

Thanks! I priced out individual components and will be doing my own build. Better deal all around.

I built the new system and VERY PLEASED with the performance. Loaded four 4K tracks with hour long videos in each track. Hit play and it didn’t even choke or stutter. CPU was running at 5%.

These are the final components for the system:
Case: Fractal Design FD-CA-FOCUS-RD-W Focus G ATX
Motherboard: GIGABYTE X670 AORUS Elite AX
CPU: AMD Ryzen™ 7 7700X
CPU Cooler: ARCTIC Freezer 34 Esports Duo - Tower CPU Cooler
SSD: Crucial P3 Plus 2TB PCIe Gen4 3D NAND NVMe M.2 SSD
RAM: Kingston Fury Beast 32GB (2x16GB) 6000MHz DDR5
Graphics: MSI Gaming GeForce RTX 3060 12GB
Power Supply: GAMEMAX 1050W ATX 3.0 & PCIE 5.0

I haven’t tried out for gaming yet although my primary use is for editing videos.

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Sounds great! Out of curiosity, what was the encoding format of those 4K videos? H.264 or a more intermediate format?

I use HEVC (H.265).

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