Can YOU Use the Cheapest Dell XPS 15 9500 (2020) as Your Only Video Editing Computer?!

by birtanpublished on November 27, 2020

The Dell XPS 15 from 2020 this computer was just refreshed and it has a lot of options out there that creatives are gonna love namely check this out I'm gonna blow your mind a full SD card slot that's amazing but could you use this as your only video editing computer let's find out I don't want to I'm still not used to this table yet and how hard I can slam some paint what we're finding out I'd like to thank today's sponsor Squarespace what's up everyone I'm the everyday dead and if I can figure it out you can figure it out so I'm really excited about this I haven't used a Windows computer to edit video in like

Three years since I transitioned to all advil stuff windows always has entranced me because I really like the hardware they have on display like the screen on here is beautiful the computers not that big it's got a full SD card slot like that's I'm kind of hopped up on coffee right now so let's find out if we can fully video edit on this thing and what's cool about this but I know we're dragging the intro out a little bit but what's cool about this is I didn't have to buy anything else to make this work the HDMI dongle came with the computer the SD card slot is in the computer so I

Didn't have to buy an SD card reader I didn't have to buy an HDMI dongle I did buy the screen recorder though to make sure that I could get as little of the processing done in the computer as possible so let's plug all this stuff in I actually prepared ahead of time surprise surprise not waste anybody's time because who likes having their time wasted certainly not me we could just do this with this close I'm actually going to do this in dual window mode because I do want to use this trackpad since I'm so used to the Magic Mouse I'm so used to having a trackpad to do my video

Editing we are yeah we are gonna be using a free program called DaVinci Resolve I've already moved what I've done is I took yesterday's unboxing of the XPS 15 and I already imported it and we're gonna just see can we edit it can we do stuff now there are a few things I did ahead of time you have to really to get the most out of resolve and to not have a lot of problems you have to set some manual things so just so that everybody knows where we're at when it comes to preferences I changed the GPU processing mode I turned it off of auto and I turned it straight to OpenCL

Manual I want it to always be manually using my the internal graphics you can get a version of this with it with an internal graphics card so let's see what we got here now that we've got the three layers one of the things that I do really like about da Vinci one of the reasons I've considered using it over final cut because I am a normally a final cut person is it has really great audio processing and look at that so we started off I'm not it's stuttering a little bit but not like too much we can scrub perfectly well I'm not seeing any real drops and scrubbing but

Let's the reason again the reason that you do this you can see we'll go over here you see the audio is not really processed right yet you come over to what they call fair light look that you get a full oh it's beautiful now this audio was not recorded as well as I'd normally preferred only when I record audio like I'm recording right now I do the master track through the zoom which basically gives you it only records what happens you don't get a lot of self noise see all these lines right here this is self noise so it's not it's not perfect you might have heard that

Yesterday during the video that I probably put music on a little louder than normal to make sure but okay so we've got the audio processed I don't really need to touch the color too much oh and it crashed okay not what I wanted to see welcome to windows I promise I will not be saying it how much better Apple is doing this but one of the nice things about Final Cut is it's always saving so if it does crash generally when you come back in you won't have an issue so let's redo this audio right about there looks good we won't mess with the colors because

I'm using this new Fuji camera which has beautiful colors right out of it so let's see here let's do some cutting I think the experience of editing is going pretty well I'm not having any problems getting the audio edited I'm not really having any problem scrubbing the footage which there are two parts of video editing right there's the edit that we're doing right now and then there's the render so we're gonna if we can get to the render part we'll be able to see but I really like just how quick and easy it is to do the audio the editing has not been

Terrible so let's delete this let's control save so let's go over here to the beginning cut that ripple delete okay so let's zoom in let's expand the timeline all of this is going pretty well I'm you know I've always generally been like iffy about editing on Windows computers just because I'm so used to editing on Final Cut model what comes in the Bison it's not getting hot though this thing if you saw the unboxing video this thing has heat management like there's a gigantic there's a gigantic vent on the back there's two gigantic

Vents on the sides and it's working it's working good these speakers sound really good too I'm pretty impressed so far you could figure that okay so will you configure now as I've said like when we were doing an editing on like the MacBook Air I don't edit off like the timeline I don't edit off of what Gary is doing in here I edit off of the audio waveform so you'll see even though this playback isn't the best it's not terrible like just because the playback isn't the best doesn't mean it's unusable so here we go there's that so now we've got our zoom

In okay but we also need to add the effect right here so go over to the effects library what video transitions will do a push right here okay so that's going pretty well that's going pretty well and you could make the playback better if you generated all the optimized media if you made like proxies and did it that way but just editing the straight-up 4k has not been as bad as I thought it would be so let's go back over here let's go to our media pool so we've got our introduction pretty much edited out like the introduction is pretty much good to

Go we've edited the audio you can see some very nice waveforms down here on the bottom that would just that will make editing this audio that'll make editing this video so easy I'm telling you if you don't edit by audio yet you you too let's do title we had titles we'll do a lower third right there editing on a Windows computer has the world ended question mark question mark question mark maybe I never thought I'd be editing on a Windows computer okay so how does that then look I don't know Gary I don't know what is going on but

That looks pretty good you can do some weird he transformed a little bit you can crop dynamic zoom that looks pretty good go back over the media pool let's add some b-roll now I like that the audio even though I've deleted the clip the audio still stays linked that's pretty nice let's see here delete this come back over here okay let's try it oh there's a stutter in the there was a stutter in the scrubbing but I haven't seen any stutters like doing the actual editing it's not as fast as I'm used to for final cut but it's not like inhibitive ly like it's not so bad that

I couldn't use it dang can you see that there's no slowdown on this one and this so that these are both 4k files man can you see that there is no slowdown it's running at 30 frames per second which is what I shooting that's impressive like that's I find that to be pretty darn impressive that okay now there's a little bit of a slow so that's two layers of 4k and it still run pretty well let's add another layer but we also need to move back over to Gary doing something over here so we can see if that's really working anymore laptop

True story let's crack this thing open because I'm pretty and there's not I'm not seeing any slowdowns here either that's look it's still that's also running at 30 frames per second okay okay I'm I'm getting more excited as we're making this video like I'm pretty impressed this is the version like I said this doesn't have an GPU this is just the integrated graphics and I really didn't think this is gonna work that well so let's so we've seen that you can edit can you use this to edit in DaVinci Resolve yes make sure you do a lot of control saves because

We've already had two crashes but besides that I think it's doing pretty well so what we're gonna do now like I said there's two parts of video editing we've seen that the edit can work perfectly fine so now let's see how fast the render goes so we've got that clip with three layers of 4k we'll extend this because we we also put Macbook through its paces like this so we've got three layers of 4k we've got edited audio we've got a transition and we've got some titles so what you do is you go over to this little guy this is the XPS test let's get our timer ready to go so

We will export the video and we'll do mp4 because this would go up on YouTube we will continue to do 4k Ultra HD quality I'll leave that in automatic so let's add everything to the render queue add to render queue add and then let's hold on let's get the timer ready I'm sorry the stopwatch why do I say timer ready get set go start it's probably gonna take a while look at this it says 20 well it's going down pretty slow so hopefully it doesn't take 24 minutes to render this video that would that would be pretty rough it is slowing down so it's probably gonna take

About 20 minutes to do this 5 minute clip but we do have the timer going so through the magic of this video editing you guys don't have to sit here and wait but I do I do I have to sit here and wait so we'll see you back in just a couple minutes ok and we're back and we have just about finished up it says we have about 15 seconds left something before the render stops that I want to mention is the fans kicked on pretty quickly as we're doing this so editing is a very intensive task for CPU and GPU so I would expect in a laptop to have the fancier con but something I'm

Noticing and it took us hold on it took us 22 minutes to render that it just completed took 22 minutes and 16 seconds but hold on like it's not that hot like it's warm but I do think the thermal performance on this thing is going to be pretty darn good because it's been working at max capacity for 22 minutes and it's warm but it's not overly hot and that's very impressive to me I really think they did a good job with the thermal performance here so to answer the question the beginning the video candy used then brand new XPS 15 is your only video editing computer yes

Absolutely you saw we had no problems besides the crashes but that's that's a program thing there are lots of different editing programs that you could use there's Premiere Pro there's DaVinci Resolve there's premiere rush there's all sorts of stuff you could use so don't don't take the crashing necessarily as an indicator of Windows performance so yes you can edit yes you can render it did take a little bit longer but again there are optimizations you could take to make that even faster if you have a little more time on the front end but yes you could absolutely

Use this as your only editing machine things I liked I really liked the SD card slot I really liked the thermal performance I really liked this keyboard I really like this trackpad and this display is gorgeous I continued to enjoy it and also to make this video possible I really liked that the HDMI dongle came with the computer we didn't have to buy anything excess like we didn't have to buy any dongles to make this video worker to even set this up to be like a desktop type replacement and thanks to today's sponsor Squarespace you can create your own very beautiful website

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