27″ iMac 3.4GHz
LaCie d2 4TB Thunderbolt External Hard Drive
Thunderbolt or USB 3.0
I use this as my secondary drive, since it’s quick enough to edit from!
Seagate 4TB External Drive
USB 3.0 or Firewire
Works well as backup disk for TimeMachine
Has good ratings on amazon!
Lexar Card Reader USB 3.0
SD, microSD, CF, and many more types of card.
Can be closed to prevent dust
MIDI Keyboard (M-Audio Oxygen 61)
Plenty of keys for full range
Compact enough for desks
Powered by USB
M-Audio Studiophile Speakers
Large 4-inch woofer, 1-inch tweeter; 20 watts per speaker.
Inexpensive, great value monitor speakers.
3.5mm mini-jack, perfect for computers.
Logitech Trackball Mouse
Trackball is the way to go!
Really helpful for drawing storyboards
Also useful for graphics in GIMP or photoshop!
Final Cut Pro X
Intuitive to use
Much cheaper than Premiere
Very fast background rendering
Built in audio syncing
Film Convert Pro
Uses film stock emulations specific to your camera
Very quick way to get great results from grading
Same effect could be achieved by a skilled colorist with color wheels, but it wouldn’t be easy.
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Compresses to multiple locations, great for working with Vimeo or YouTube
Works very well for compressing for delivery, but not transcoding before editing. Save that for MPEG Streamclip
Logic Pro X
Somewhat industry standard for music production
Great for MIDI and audio recording / mixing
Huge range of plugins available
Perfect for transcoding footage to ProRes ready for editing.
Supports batch lists
Fairly easy to use and fast to transcode.
Can create amazing things once you learn the keyboard shortcuts and basic ideas.
Cycles renderer makes life easy!
Includes modelling, texturing, animating, compositing and editing.
Great resources for tutorials at blenderguru.com
DaVinci Resolve Lite
Extremely powerful colour manipulation software
Works very well with Blackmagic cameras
Very slow workflow
Requires powerful computer
Pretty much as good as photoshop
Many tutorials on YouTube
Effects, Compositing, Retouching