Sometimes, the video editing and visual effects jobs we get can demand some pretty hardcore specs for maximum performance. While we were at NAB 2019, we spotted a PC on the ASUS stand that definitely seemed to have specs that fall under that “hardcore” category. We spoke with ASUS to find out more.
Is it time to switch to Windows for video editing? Philip Bloom thinks so
Quite a few folks seem to have been considering the switch from Apple to Microsoft ever since the whole MacBook Pro dongle thing. Not everybody, though. Some chose to stick with Apple and either just dealt with the dongles or buy Type-C USB cables for their accessories. It seems, though, that the idea of switching from Apple to Windows has been popping up again lately.
With the price tag for the high end versions of Apple’s recently announced iMac Pro coming in at over $13K, it’s understandable. One such filmmaker is Philip Bloom, who’s been having a go with a new MSI 4K editing workstation to replace his Mac Pro, which seems to be getting slower by the day.
The 5 Minutes, 5 Dollars Monitor Hood
When you edit, and especially when you colorize, you want to do it in a relatively dim environment. And if you cannot achieve that, you at least don’t want any direct light falling on your monitor. That can really screw up the color your eyes perceive. If you are using a calibration tool like Datacolor’s Spyder (reviewed here) it will notify you when there is too much light hitting your monitor.
But even if you don’t have a tool for that, it is always better to work with a hooded monitor. Hoods for 21 inch screens run for about $30–$35, which is fairly reasonable, but I could not get one locally and did not want to wait. So here is how I made my $5 hood in 5 minutes flat.
Palette Puts Customizable Buttons, Sliders, and Knobs At Your Fingertips for Hands-On Editing
Photo editing used to be a truly interactive, albeit laborious, experience in the days of the darkroom. Now, most everything is done through mouse clicks, keystrokes, and digital tablets.
Palette aims to change that with their fully customizable modular array of buttons, sliders, and knobs. This exciting new piece of hardware, which seamlessly integrates with Adobe software such as Photoshop and Lightroom, literally puts the editing controls into your hands and snaps together in whatever configuration best suits your workflow.
The Ultimate DIY Photography Editing Table
If you spend a lot of time at your desk editing photos you know how crucial a comfortable desk is. No cable clutter… easy storage… and it definitely has to look nice. Photographer Tom Barnes (who build this on location workstation too), made a table to fit his needs not only as a photographer, but as a tall photographer too.
Aside for having the precise height for Tom, the table also had to feature a shelf for hard drives, storage space and be 99% cable free. It also needed a dual monitor mount sunk into the desk. Here is what Tom got with a little bit of google sketch up and some scaffold parts.
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