"Video editing doesn't have to be difficult or complicated, but it does require the right equipment. Get started the right way with this beginner's guide to video editing. Video Editing Computer Video editing doesn't require an expensive computer, especially if you're a beginner. You'll need a decent monitor and video card, both of which come installed on most new computers. If you have an older computer, check it against your video editing software specifications to make sure it will work for video editing. Unfortunately, many older computers simply aren't fast enough for video editing, and you'll need to upgrade your whole system. When you choose a new video editing computer, buy one with a large hard drive or memory capacity. Choose one that has the necessary connectors for your video camcorder and external hard drive, if you have one. Select a computer that can be upgraded if you decide you need to add memory later on. If you don't already have a preference, a Mac computer is usually considered to be easier for beginners to work with, while a PC is favored for intermediate and professional editing, but either platform is fine for beginners. Video Editing Software Choosing video editing software can be daunting. There are many types of video editing software, all at different prices and offering different features. If you're new to video editing, start with free video editing software for your PC or Mac. Video interfaces tend to be complicated, but with a little trial and error time with any of these applications, you will soon be editing your own footage. Take the time to work through a tutorial for your software of choice."