July 27, 2015
We aren’t talking about USB coffee warmers or pen holders. Here are 10 things you could actually use around your video editing workstation.
Make 14 hour editing sessions tolerable by getting your editing workstation in order. Here are some helpful things to have around your editing suite.
Note: We’re not sponsored by any of the products or vendors listed below. We encourage you to purchase products at the retailer of your choice!
1. Pen Tablet
Most video editors I know do their work with just a keyboard and mouse, but there are others, that simply swear by a tablet for a faster and more efficient editing experience. Wacom has made a name in recent years as the go-to manufacturer of pen tablets for creative professionals and their marketing to post-production pros, touting the benefits of better ergonomics, custom button mapping and a more fluid animating process.
If using a tablet seems intimidating, you can get in at a lower price point for some of the entry level models under $200. Give it a try in your editing work. If it sticks, upgrade to the Intuos Pro line and have your starter tablet as an on-the-go solution.
For more info on editing and animating with a tablet check out our previous post: Why Use a Wacom Tablet or Stylus for Post Production?
2. USB Hub
When you have a project on multiple hard drives and you already have your mouse or Wacom tablet hogging a port, you are going to need more USB ports. This is especially true when working on a laptop. Expand your USB capabilities with a hub…but avoid cheaply made hubs that likely won’t hold up to long term use (or being tossed around in a backpack). We love these aluminum Mac inspired models:
- 1byone USB 3.0 7-PORT Aluminum HUB – $29.99
- Xcellon 4-Port Powered USB 3.0 Aluminum Hub – $34.95
- Satechi Premium 4 Port USB – $24.99
Click here for the remaining 10 Things for Your Video Editing Suite Under $200