Video Editing Export Quality

boybrown

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Does the strength of a processor, hard drive, and memory generally change the outcome of the exported video? Or does it just usually just effect the time of render?

For example, will the video export quality of lets say an old 2008 MacBook pro have degraded quality against the new retina MacBook pros? Or, like stated above, just affect render times.
 

Zwhaler

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Render times only. In programs like Compressor and Handbrake, they queue up every bit of data that needs to be processed at the specified quality and then sequentially 'crunch' through it. Theoretically, a faster computer will deliver higher quality video but in practice the only difference is in the time it takes to process the file.
 
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boybrown

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Render times only. In programs like Compressor and Handbrake, they queue up every bit of data that needs to be processed at the specified quality and then sequentially 'crunch' through it. Theoretically, a faster computer will deliver higher quality video but in practice the only difference is in the time it takes to process the file.
How about for programs such as Final Cut Pro or Adobe After Effects? Still the same outcome on how you explained it?
 
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Zwhaler

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Definitely for Final Cut Pro X, not sure about AE because I don't use it for editing videos.
 
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boybrown

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Alright, thanks! Here's an off-topic question. Would it be alright if I used a SSD as a scratch disk? Or would it be better to purchase a RAID in order to do that?
 
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