The perfect gifts for Video Editors and Compositors this Christmas

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Christmas is fast approaching, and if you're looking for the ultimate gifts for the video editor in your life, then AMD has you covered. With the Ryzen™ Threadripper™ Pro processor, along with the Radeon™ Pro VII and W5700 graphics cards, AMD has created the ultimate creative platform that can crush broadcast and media projects without crushing your budget.

Buying these components on their own, or investing in a workstation that features them, allows you to gift high-class media performance for very reasonable prices. How? Let's take a look at some of the best gifts for video editors and creators this Christmas, powered by AMD.


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The new GPU standard for ultra-high definition projects

As any video creator will tell you, content these days has become ever more complex. Not only are video effects becoming more ambitious and life-like, but with ultra-high definitions of up to 8K, editing modern videos can be even more demanding on your hardware.

That means having a cutting-edge graphics card can transform the workflow of the professional video editor. By encoding and decoding videos at blistering speeds, and 16GB HBM2 video memory for crunching through large and ambitious high-resolution media projects, video editors and creators can work faster and smarter, including from home. Combined with the cutting edge Ryzen Threadripper Pro, AMD Radeon Pro VII can make use of the super-fast PCIe® 4.0 interface for even more impressive workload acceleration.

Built to last in demanding 24/7 environments and backed up by a 3-year limited warranty, the AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU will be a UHD video creation powerhouse into the future. For those on a tighter budget but needing good performance with multitasking leadership, should look towards the Radeon Pro W5700 as a great alternative.

AMD Christmas Gift Guide

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The ultimate processor for the professional workstation

Processors are the brains behind any creative workstation, and the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro 3000WX series are the absolute pinnacle of workstation CPU performance. With ground breaking single threaded and multithreaded performance, PCIe® 4.0 interface support and unrivalled memory bandwidth, the processors are some of the fastest and most versatile workstation processors ever made. Combined with the Radeon Pro VII GPU, you have a system that is future ready for demanding UHD workloads.

In essential creative tools like Adobe After Effects®, Adobe Premiere Pro® and Autodesk®, the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro processor shows leadership performance, and enhancing render times, simulation solving and 3D modelling. For digital creatives, this is the ultimate processor.

Personalise your home workstation

While anyone unwrapping an AMD Radeon Pro VII GPU or Ryzen Threadripper Pro CPU will be over the moon, if you’d rather not mess around with installing the components yourself, why not gift a personalised workstation, specially built for the video editor in your life and based on AMD’s powerful hardware?

Laptops are great, but working from a dedicated workstation means you have access to a wider choice of high-end options. Specialist system builders like Armari or Maingear allow you to configure your own workstations, so you can fine tune and tweak the workstations to suit your budget and needs. Pick the design and specs, and the company will build it for you and deliver it to your door.

When choosing or building a workstation, as well as including AMD’s latest hardware, you’ll also want to make sure you have plenty of RAM. For workstations we’d recommend 16GB, as this allows you to run numerous apps and tasks at once. If you’re buying for an even more ambitious multitasker, consider 32GB or more.

Storage is essential as well. Video editors need a lot of storage space for their projects, so look to get an SSD (Solid State Drive) of 1TB or more. We recommend SSDs because of their improved speeds over traditional hard drives, which makes storing, moving and opening large files faster than ever. Thanks to PCIe 4.0 support with the AMD Ryzen Threadripper Pro, you can make use of incredibly fast PCIe 4.0 NVMe M.2 SSDs, such as the Samsung 980 Pro, which offers read speeds of up to 7000MB/s – almost 100 times faster than a traditional hard drive! But remember, lots of speed is great, but only if you can display the results with a multitasking GPU like the AMD options above.

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Make use of multiple monitors

Thanks to the power of the AMD Radeon Pro VII and Radeon Pro W5700 graphics cards, you’re able to use up to six high quality monitors at once. By adding additional monitors to the workstation, Video editors can vastly improve productivity by comfortably having multiple apps and windows open at once.

Having a larger digital workspace to create on isn’t just about productivity, it’s also more comfortable as well. It doesn’t mean chucking out any old monitors either, as that can be part of the setup!

Check out professionally-calibrated monitors from HP and Dell, as well as others, for ideal Christmas gifts for digital creatives. Monitors with high resolutions, support for HDR (High Dynamic Range) and wide colour gamut are a must. The entire AMD Radeon Pro range of GPUs support 10-bit colour depth for true colours as standard.

Whether at the office or working from home, AMD has all the options for building a specialised pro system that meets your needs and budget, (and when you’re not working, AMD also powers the latest gaming consoles.)

AMD Christmas Gift Guide

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