Are you thinking about creating an at home video editing studio? Not sure where to start? No worries! Here are some tips for creating the ultimate at home studio.

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The Computer

The computer is the most important part of your home editing studio. It doesn’t matter what camera you use and what software you work with if your computer is not powerful enough to handle the work. Look for a computer that has a fast processor and lots of RAM so nothing will lag while you’re editing. If your office space is limited, try to find a computer with a large monitor (so you don’t need two) and one that does not require a tower. You could also consider getting a laptop and just buying a large monitor to hook it up to, so that if you need to take your project on the road you’ll be good to go.

Video Editing Software

Pick a program that you’re familiar with and a brand you can trust. The three big video editing programs are Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premiere, Avid. Sony Vegas is emerging as another strong player, but it does not have quite the power of the previous three. Think about what exactly you need from the software. Will you also need to make graphics? Will you be editing any sound? If so, you may want to consider buying an entire suite, such as the Adobe Creative Suite or the Final Cut Studio. It may seem like a big investment at first, but depending on your needs it may be worth it in the long run.

Hardware and Accessories

Make sure you have all the hardware and accessories you need to get your footage from your camera to your computer, as well as your final project from your computer to a DVD or hard drive. If your camera shoots to miniDV, a firewire cable should do the trick. If your camera shoots to a memory card, a memory card reader is an obvious necessity (and is built in on many computers). Keeping a stack of DVDs and cases on hand will make sure you are always ready when it comes time to burn a project. Also, having an extra external hard drive to work with will be great if you need to send the project file off to someone else or if you just need a little more space to save things on.

Your Space

Find a space in your home or apartment that is going to let you get your work done. Avoid high traffic area. Working in a dimly lit area is also often preferred so you can reduce the amount of glare from your computer monitor. Picking an area with lots of wall space will also help you maximize your studio space by allowing vertical organization. Hanging shelves is a cheap and easy way to really get a lot of use out of very little square footage. If you have a whole room to work with, or even a half of a room, consider incorporating a small green screen set into your studio. With either a purchased green screen or painted wall, you can instantly open up hundreds of more possibilities when editing.

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