Mac Setups: Beautifully Minimalist Video Editing Workstation

Dec 28, 2013 - 13 Comments

Thunderbolt Display and MacBook Pro

This weeks Mac setup comes to us from B. Van, a video editor and student who has a nice and clean desk and great hardware config, let’s learn some more:

What gear does your Mac setup consist of?

The setup includes:

  • 27″ Apple Thunderbolt Display
  • 13″ Macbook Pro – mid 2012 model – Intel Core i7 2.8 GHz CPU with 16GB RAM
  • Audyssey Wireless Bluetooth Speakers
  • Apple Magic Mouse
  • Apple Wireless Keyboard
  • iPhone 5
  • iPad mini

What do you use your Apple gear for?

I mainly use my setup for video editing, which the 27″ Thunderbolt Display is perfect for. It allows me to view multiple windows at the same time which greatly increases productivity. The setup also gets used for regular school work, which again, highly increases my productivity. Making everything smooth and quick, and allowing no lag, is the 2.8GHz processor, and high amount of memory at 16GB.

Mac setup video editor student desk

Do you have any favorite apps, or apps that you use most often?

My most used app is Final Cut Pro X, it’s extremely powerful allowing great quality video work at an extremely quick pace (editors note: there’s a 30 day free trial of Final Cut X available for those interested in trying it out). I hope it does get a redesign to go along with the newly updated apps like iMovie, iPhoto and Garageband.

The wallpaper I’m using on my display is one of the defaults from iOS 7, the blue Nebula, with the wallpaper optimized for Mac displays, it can be downloaded from here on DeviantArt.

Do you have anything else you’d like to share about your setup?

The poster on the wall is a poster of Steve Jobs, my biggest inspiration, holding the newly released first iPhone. I purchased it off eBay but is unfortunately not available anymore. There are multiple similar looking posters like this one or this one.

Do you have a Mac setup you want to have featured? We can’t feature them all, but answer a few questions about the setup, hardware, and usage, and send us a couple of high quality pictures to and yours might get picked!


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac Setups


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  1. Alec says:

    It’s a good setup, but if you’re a video editor and you’re using Final Cut? I’m sorry but it’s just a slightly more advance version of iMovie. The new iMovie sucks because it’s WAY to simple! Why would anybody want that for a program that’s already not an advanced editor?

    I’m not trying to rant or be negative. I would suggest getting Premiere Pro CC. If you’re tight on budget, then I understand. But, if you can, get Premiere Pro CC. It’s amazing!

  2. What says:

    Video editing workstation… It’s a laptop on a desk, give me a break.

  3. Bob says:

    Totally cool setup! The one question I always have when I see desks like this is, why leave the laptop closed? You paid $$$ for that gorgeous 13″ screen … why not use it?

    • Boudewijn says:

      I managed to crack the screen of my Macbook so I prefer using it closed, also I don’t need a second display.

      • ryan says:

        I recently cracked the screen of my MacBook Air and will be using it as a clamshell laptop mostly from now on too. Screens are so expensive to replace that it’s best to use NoSleep and hook up an external monitor, turn it into a desktop.

        For the MBA it’s $500 to replace the screen on a $700 laptop… no thanks, might as well turn it into a Mac Mini instead, heh.

  4. john says:

    you forgot to mention the ikea desk lamp

  5. Ryan says:

    Love the clamshell and Thunderbolt display. Any bigger shots of the setup with the Steve Jobs poster behind it?

  6. I wonder how long it took him to clean off his desk for those photos. I’m guessing a week.

  7. Poyan says:

    Very nice and beautiful setup. Where did you get that poster of Steve tho? :)

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