Video Editing and Graphics Card Quality

Starr Duskk
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If I record a video on a laptop with a great graphics card, then I move that video to a pc with a lesser quality graphics card to edit it, will the edits be less quality now? or will it matter what kind of card is on the editing machine?

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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More information required.

What type of edits are you considering?
What format is the video in?  MPEG, AVI or something else?
How did you record the video on your laptop?
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The graphics card used in a computer has no effect on the quality of video being edited.

Quality of video being edited is determined at the source.  It depends on the resolution of the camera that took the video, and how it stored it -- whether it is raw or encoded, the resolution, and the color depth.

An 800x600 24-bit color raw video file does not suffer in quality by being edited on a system with a 640x480 256-color display.  The quality as seen on the display will suffer, to be sure.  But the contents of the video file itself are unaffected.

Once a video is encoded for final presentation the quality may suffer if it is being sent through a lossy codec.  But the losses would be the same (provided that the same codec and settings are used) no matter what system did the final encoding.
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Actually, the original video is not on a camera, but is recorded using Camtasia on a machine with a nice graphics card. it is recording the screens on the machine.

I've noticed if I take screenshots on the lower quality machine, the resulting images used on a webpage are lower quality than the screenshots from the other machine with the nicer graphics card.

I have been recording using Camtasia on the lower quality machine, but I have now started to record on the higher quality machine.

But I thought I would do my edits on the lower quality machine if the resulting video would be the same.

Ultimately I will be exporting the video to youtube.

Thanks!
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.

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>>  I've noticed if I take screenshots on the lower quality machine, the resulting images used on a webpage are lower quality than the screenshots from the other machine with the nicer graphics card.

Lower quality?  Are you talking of the resolution of the image?

The edits on the lower quality machine should be the same as Dr. Klahn states.

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