Mac Setup: The Cinematographers Desk

Dec 9, 2012 - 15 Comments

Cinematographer Mac desk setup

This weeks great Mac setup comes to us from Caleb M., the owner of a production company in New Zealand that specializes in cinematography with rapid turnaround. The Apple gear is used to edit, color, process, and deliver materials. Hardware includes:

  • MacBook Pro 15″ (early 2011) – 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB RAM, 240GB SSD
  • iPad 16GB (3rd Generation) 
  • iPhone 5 16GB
  • 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • Western Digital My Book VelociRaptor Thunderbolt Duo (2x1TB Raptor Drives, RAID 0)
  • Seagate GoFlex Thunderbolt Adapter – for offloading media on SSDs
  • Twelve South Hover Bar for iPad
  • Rain mStand Laptop Stand for MacBook Pro
  • ElevationDock for iPhone 5
  • Logitech Wireless Solar Keyboard K760
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Diecast DeLorean for awesomeness

The HoverBar is a great iPad accessory, and in this case it lets the iPad be used as a third display from time to time. You can try turning your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch into an external display by using AirDisplay, which now has a free version available for anyone to test.

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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. Austin says:

    What program is the macbook pro on the left running? I like the setup

  2. Ryan says:

    Do you any external speakers or do you just listen straight through the MBP? I’m considering getting rid of my desktop (and the extras like speakers) and using my MBP as my full-time editing machine but I feel I’ll need speakers to ensure quality audio in my movies?

  3. Occcamsgillettefusionrazor says:

    No one in film seriously uses FCP X. Avid Symphony, RED Cine X or the old FCP studio suite for online finishing.

    • Caleb says:

      FCPX has come a long way since release – the recent native RED controls are really handy. It certainly still has its limitations – but at the end of the day it’s only a tool, and a very fast one with some neat new editing paradigm shifts at that. XML to Resolve is what I’ve been doing alot of.

  4. Tom says:

    Very cool clean setup! Me Likey!

    Great thread and site guys!!

  5. b0bby says:

    What program does he use ?

  6. Robbertvdd says:

    Indeed. This is an amazing Mac setup. That DeLorean is certainly a piece of awesomeness. When it arrived at that desk it thought: “Where am I? Am I back to the future?” A MacBook Pro, a Thunderbolt Display, an iPhone, an iPad, a Solar Keyboard, a Magic Mouse: It really is the future. This is Docs wet dream. I’m sure he’s enjoying the from behind the wheel of that DeLorean.

  7. Mr. Hilarious says:

    he doesn’t need apples time machine – he got his own!

  8. David says:

    AMAZING set up. how do you like working with the Twelve South Hover Bar?

    • Caleb says:

      HoverBar is really great – takes a bit of installing and moulding to get the right balance of support/angle but it hasn’t budged since. I use AirDisplay with it on occasion – you can just select it as a third monitor and then position it accordingly. Retina screen is great too. Typically I leave Mail/Messages open on it while editing, so that I don’t have to navigate away from FCPX while in fullscreen mode.

      Basically it’s a great way to dedicate apps/RSS readers. Get the most out of the 27″ Thunderbolt.

  9. Peter says:

    Now THAT is a great Mac setup!

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