Today we dive into the wild whacky world of video editing, where the deer and the antelope roam. I've been at this ye olde editing business for about 6 or so years. So in dog years I should be a master by now, right?
Let's dive into my set up. Keep in mind most editing systems come down to personal preference, I have gone down the custom PC route and the Mac route, I have always come back to Mac for a machine that is super fast and just plain works every time. Here are some pictures of my set up then I will breakdown what's what.
This is where the magic happens. Got my dudes making sure I am working hard always. In case of an attack I've got that covered too. That's probably the most organized wire clutter you've never seen before.
Audio Technica AT2020 mic going into the Scarlett 2i2 for sweet barry white voice over action. Spit shield for when I have Donald Duck over.
WD 6TB back up networked drive, G-Raid Studio 8TB Raid Thunderbolt 2 editing drive, 2TB Cache drive, 27" IPS display, Scarlett 2i2 interface, 2TB export drive, Apple Superdrive, Lexar USB3 SD reader, 2013 MacPro 6-core 32g ram dual 3g video, gaggle of external drives.
Oscar the deer holds it down when I am away on shoots.
Here are some past editing set ups over the years.
Alright let's get down to brass tacks. Why so many hard drives? Speed! Ideally you don't want to read and write from the same drive. So a good set up looks as such:
Computer Drive: Editing software
Drive 1: Footage that you are editing
Drive 2: Footage all the cache/render files are saved to
Drive 3: Your export drive
Drive 4: Back up drive
It's a good idea to use an SSD for your computer's operating system. This just makes your software run a lot quicker. If you can, try to set up a raid for your editing drive so that you combine two hard drives to make them one very fast drive. The other drives can be basic 7200rpm drives.
For audio I use KRK Rokit 5s. They have a decent punch and they are very clear without adding much to the sound. I have them running into the Scarlett 2i2 interface which plugs into the computer via USB. I then have the Audio Technica AT2020 mic going into the back of the interface via XLR.
Software... It's pretty tough to beat Adobe right now. For 30 a month you can get Premiere Pro, for 50 a month you can get their entire suite. Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere, Audition, After Effects. A very powerful lineup of tools at your disposal. Final Cut Pro 7 is still being used but to be honest it's getting outdated very quickly. Final Cut X to me seems like iMovie Pro. I tried it but I really couldn't see myself using it long term. Avid Media Composer is also a very strong system being used by many industry professionals.
An addition I have below the desk is a Cyber Power 900 watt backup. I have my main hard drives and my mac connected to this. That way if a swarm of zombie pigeons take out the grid, my system won't just shut down possibly losing data right away.
Remember, no matter what system you are running you can still edit great videos! The bigger and badder your system gets is mainly for a good and fast workflow. Don't feel like you are limited by what you have to work with. I started on a small laptop like most of you will or have.
What's your set up look like?
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