Is It Possible to Edit the 8K Footage of the EOS R5?

The 12-bit 8K raw video of the new Canon EOS R5 sounds exciting, but how would you manage to edit an 8K video on a Mac or PC?

8K video has been around for a while, but the announcement of the new Canon EOS R5 will certainly change the things we used to do. We will see more 8K footage around and eventually possibly end up buying 8K televisions and monitors. However, from a creator’s perspective, there is more to consider, as the 8K editing will be more challenging.

In this video, creator Max Yuryev tests the editing performance of the 8K and 4K footage of the Canon EOS R5 using a Macbook Pro, Mac Pro, and a Razer Blade Studio with Windows 10. Using Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, and DaVinci Resolve, he compares the editing performance of 8K footage on both Mac OS and Windows platforms. Yuryev gets some interesting results when working on clips with different frame rates at different resolutions. Performance on each platform varies considering the effects of different components such as the graphics card and processor, but overall, editing an 8K video might be challenging even with the most high-end editing suites.

What do you think about working with 8K footage? Do you think is it too early for everyday content creators? Let us know in the comments.

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Felix C's picture

Sorry, but Max is not the most savvy technical YouTuber out there (He totally did not understand Apple ProRes RAW when it first came out). All his computers that are having issues are with the actual video input. Certain Apple Macs can play three streams of 8K footage, they do currently with Red cameras format. In the video, Max changes the timeline from 8K to 4K thinking that will make a difference. It will not because the computers he is using are having a problems converting the initial 8K footage into a usable format. Now, it you convert the Canon 8K video to more computer friendly ProRes, I am sure the later higher end Macs will play the streams without any issues.

And if worse comes to worse, you can alway edit with proxies, that is how the original Red 4K footage was edited when the Red One first came out.

David Penner's picture

The biggest thing with high bitrate video is storage speed. Running m.2 in a raid configuration for a scratch disc will solve some of those problems. Also the only time you really want to keep the video at that high bitrate is during color grading. Once the color grading is done just use a proxy to do the rest of the editing.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

I think this exercise was to see if you can edit in real time without having to resort to proxies or transcoding. He is aware of those options.

Bernie Retallack's picture

I'm sorry but if you want to edit this in real time, atleast get a decent computer and not an overpriced piece of trash Apple computer with 12 cores for an ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS price of $15K. I'll stick to my Intel Xeon W-3175X @4.5GHz with 192gb RAM @3800MHz CL15, 2X TITAN RTX, Intel Optane 905P 1.5TB(for low latency storage and scratch disks) and custom loop but thanks. Come back when you get a system capable of editing even 4K footage instead of honeybacking off the Apple fanboy wagon with trash systems.

And yeah, transcoding the footage with FFMPEG might help first.

Rich Pulham's picture

Silly man. Laptop computers are wimps compared to a desk top computer built for editing video.

Kyle Ford's picture

Of course, it is. I edit 8k RED RAW footage on my MBP more than once a week. Proxies make it easier, but honestly, it's not that bad if you set it to 1/16th and do most of the coloring and effects at the end. It's when you start forcing the computer to do the on the fly calculations that it gets intensive.