Mac Setups: The Desk of a Video Editor & Communications Student

Dec 14, 2013 - 10 Comments

Mac setup of a video editor and communications student

It’s time for another sweet Mac setup post! This weeks highlighted workstation is from Anthony Y., a video editor who is studying communications. Let’s learn a bit about the hardware, and how Anthony uses his Apple gear:

What hardware does your setup consist of?

Primary hardware includes:

  • MacBook Pro 15″ with Retina Display, Late 2013 (shown in center)
    • 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7 processor
    • 16 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory
    • NVIDIA GeForce GT 750 2 GB graphics
    • 512 GB flash storage
    • OS X Mavericks
    • 3360 x 2100 resolution
  • Two 20” Apple Cinema Displays (Model A1081), 1680 x 1050 resolution
  • Apple Wired Full Size Keyboard
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Apple Magic Trackpad
  • iPhone 5S, 16 GB
  • iPad, white 4th Generation, 16 GB Wi-Fi
  • MacBook Air with 13″ Display, Mid-2012 (closed on the left, shown in use below)
    • 2 GHz Intel Core i7
    • 8 GB 1600 MHz DDR3 memory
    • Intel HD Graphics 4000 1 GB graphics
    • 512 GB flash storage
    • OSX Mavericks
    • 1440 x 900 resolution
  • Wacom Intuous Touch Pen Tablet

The screen saver running on the MacBook Pro and dual cinema displays is called Minimal Clock (it’s free, covered by OSXDaily here).

Secondary hardware:

Other hardware that isn’t pictured at this desk includes the following:

  • Dekke Slope iPad stand (shown in the portable setup shot below)
  • Koss ProDJ200 Full Size Headphones
  • Apple Earbuds
  • iPod Classic, 160 GB

What do you use your Apple gear for?

I am a communication student, and video editor. I use the MacBook Pro driving both cinema displays primarily for video editing.

Tell us a bit about how you work and what apps you use?

I work within the Adobe Creative Cloud platform for editing… most often using Premiere Pro and After Effects. I break out the Wacom tablet for animation and graphics. I set my iPad to the left of the keyboard and run CTRL+Console, a digital jog and shuttle wheel that interfaces on the iPad and communicates with Premiere on the MacBook Pro. In addition to backing up to the 3 TB drive, I keep my working files on Dropbox.

On the very good chance I am not home, I use Air Display 2 for Mac and iPad while working at a local coffee shop. Air Display allows me to add a second monitor on the go with the iPad. Here’s a picture of my coffee shop setup before I got my MacBook Pro:

Portable setup with a MacBook Air and iPad with AirDisplay

As a student, I use Evernote for note taking and organization, and the iWork suite for presentations, papers, and spreadsheets. Sometimes when I need to collaborate with others on a document I will use Google Docs.

Almost all of my other communication is done with Mail and Messages, the default apps included in iOS and OS X.

As for the MacBook Air, it’s my old workhorse that I am starting to phase out of heavy use. It will become my travel computer, and eventually I plan to sell it.

Do you have any productivity tricks you want to share?

I use an app called Coffitivity a lot to increase productivity. Studies show that ambient noise increases creativity and productivity, and Coffitivity generates ambient noise that mimics the sounds from a coffee shop. So, iTunes + Coffitivity in the background is great, and I use it regardless of where I am.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac Setups


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  1. Matt says:

    What stand are you using for the iPad ? I’ve been looking for something like that for ages.

  2. Bagels says:

    3360 x 2100? Which Mac has that resolution?

  3. James says:

    Nice! How are the two displays hooked up? Is it with a USB extender?

  4. Ryan says:

    Great setup, the dual cinema displays look awesome. I wish Apple still made those pure aluminum models.

    I like the portable config too, but I’ve always had a hard time getting productive with AirDisplay. For me it has a lag that makes it hard to use, maybe the performance could be related to iPad 3, does it run better on iPad 4 and iPad Air?

    • Anthony says:

      Hey Ryan. I find that the best way to utilize air display while on the go is to hop off of any local/free wifi and create your own from your Mac. Public wifi just doesn’t have the bandwidth to support AD.

      If I ever need to be on the web after I’ve created that personal network, I will tether up to my iPhone’s data via bluetooth.

      Also, disconnecting from the internet and creating my own network helps me to stay off Facebook and other distractions.
      Try it out and hope it works for you!


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