My editing desk

This is my editing desk: a 2.4 Ghz Core2Duo DELL PC, 6 GB of RAM, an nVidia card, Vista 64 bit, with Sony Vegas Pro 9 32bit (for plugin/codec compatibility reasons), and two monitors. The 28″ one runs the main Vegas interface at 1920×1200, and the secondary 22″ one previews the actual video in 1:1 ratio size at 1920×1080 (so I can see all pixels as they truly are and edit/color-grade accordingly).

The video project loaded is a music video that I am working on for a Bay Area singer/songwriter. I used 18 tracks there. The look I chose for this video is a green-ish low-contrast look. I am hoping to have the video released by Sunday, after we re-shoot a few scenes on Saturday.

On the left side you can see my Canon HV20, 120 GB iPod, and my new smartphone, the HTC Hero. I still need to use better speakers with that PC system though. We have some very good high-quality Logitech speakers in storage, we just haven’t taken them out to connect them. So I am still editing with these $10 speakers (although most of the time I am using some very good headphones, so it doesn’t really matter much).

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William Eggington wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 5:15 PM PST:

Thats a lot of cuts.


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 5:22 PM PST:

Yeah, music videos are fast-paced usually in terms of scenes.


Jorge wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 6:35 PM PST:

Cool. Now you just need one of those SSD drives. Have you considered it ?


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 6:37 PM PST:

SSD drives are too slow for the job. In video editing it’s important to have fast drives, like regular ones. They’re cheaper too, since we need lots of space.


Kevin wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 11:27 PM PST:

Looks great. I like how you have set things up. How well do you find the PC performs will the 6 gigs of ram? I’ve been holding out for a good quad core system, but yours seems to be able to handle about anything.


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Eugenia wrote on November 9th, 2009 at 11:36 PM PST:

As I mention above, I am using 32bit versions of apps in the 64bit OS for plugin/codec backwards compatibility reasons, so none of the apps use more than 2-3 GBs.


Xenio wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 2:41 AM PST:

Switch to Windows 7, I am working with W7 64bit and it is amazing compared to Vista, It works very well with Vegas 64bit, I have same problem too with the plugin/codecs. 🙁


Robert wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 3:41 AM PST:

Logitech??? High-quality ??? Jajaja, go and get a true speakers like GENELEC


Dustin wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 7:56 AM PST:

what kind of nvidia card do you use?


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Eugenia wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 1:04 PM PST:

>Switch to Windows 7

No, Vegas and its plugins have not been tested for it. I am not 28 anymore, trying to hop from one OS to another. I need things that are known to work for what I do.

>Logitech??? High-quality ???

The specific speakers were good.

>what kind of nvidia card do you use?

A 8600GTS I believe. More than enough, since Vegas doesn’t support PureVideo2 anyway.


xiaNaix wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 1:07 PM PST:

What’s the model number on that Vizio? Looks like it has a nice picture.


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Eugenia wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 1:34 PM PST:

I actually want to replace it because of what I describe here.


xiaNaix wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 8:37 PM PST:

Eh, that’s too bad. If you find something nice let me know.


ojimenez wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 9:34 PM PST:

Just out of curiosity: why not Macs, technically speaking?

Cheers!


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Eugenia wrote on November 10th, 2009 at 10:08 PM PST:

Because I like the usability of Sony Vegas compared to FCP/Premiere.


zima wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 2:31 AM PST:

I wonder about one thing regarding preview monitors for video editing – you seem to want something “nice”; but vast majority of people will get POS ones. Is it still more important to make the video look good on fine quality one? (perhaps because cheap ones are too “random” to target them anyway?)


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Eugenia wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 4:06 AM PST:

The monitors I use are cheap. They work fine.


ojimenez wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 10:30 AM PST:

Sony Vegas vs. FCP/Premiere
Can you define “usability”? is it performance? ease of use?
just trying to make some expensive decisions. Your help is very useful and trustworthy… thanks.


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Eugenia wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 11:54 AM PST:

Ease of use.


Dakkar wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 7:18 PM PST:

That was my question. How good is the Vizio for color correction/grading?

I’m also looking for an extra monitor…


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Eugenia wrote on November 11th, 2009 at 7:31 PM PST:

I gave a link above about it.


ypesh wrote on November 12th, 2009 at 7:22 AM PST:

looks wicked!


Michael wrote on November 12th, 2009 at 4:15 PM PST:

Love your blog.

Two questions.

1. What would you replace the vizio with?

2. How did you calibrate the vizio for preview?

Thanks


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Eugenia wrote on November 12th, 2009 at 4:25 PM PST:

>1. What would you replace the vizio with?

Any monitor that doesn’t have its problems. 😛

>2. How did you calibrate the vizio for preview?

I didn’t. I used it in its default configuration. The whole point is to be able to look good on normal TVs. And since people don’t change their default color settings (which are usually over-saturated and over-contrasty in order to sell better to housewives), there’s no point calibrating anything.


Michael wrote on November 12th, 2009 at 4:36 PM PST:

Thanks 🙂


Vast Majority wrote on November 12th, 2009 at 11:56 PM PST:

“…there’s no point calibrating anything.” – Eugenia

Ha!


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Eugenia wrote on November 13th, 2009 at 3:36 AM PST:

If you are doing pro work, calibration is important. If you are cutting for the web, friends, and family, no, there’s no point calibrating since all their TVs will be jacked up on saturation and contrast like hell. That’s the reality of it. Each TV manufacturer is setting all that up differently.


Tim wrote on November 18th, 2009 at 1:52 PM PST:

Are you using an analog or digital connection from the computer to the Vizio? Have you tried both?


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Eugenia wrote on November 18th, 2009 at 3:19 PM PST:

I am using DVI-2-HDMI. I don’t want to use VGA.


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