27″ iMac 3.4GHz

imac32GB Memory
4GB Graphics
3TB Fusion Drive
27″ (2560 x 1440) Display
Thunderbolt support

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    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!

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     Seagate 4TB External Drive

cheap harddrive


USB 3.0 or Firewire
Works well as backup disk for TimeMachine
Has good ratings on amazon!

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     Lexar Card Reader USB 3.0

card reader


SD, microSD, CF, and many more types of card.
Can be closed to prevent dust

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    MIDI Keyboard (M-Audio Oxygen 61)



Plenty of keys for full range
Compact enough for desks
Powered by USB

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     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.

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     Logitech Trackball Mouse



Trackball is the way to go!

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      Pen Tablet

pen tablet


Really helpful for drawing storyboards
Also useful for graphics in GIMP or photoshop!

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    Final Cut Pro X


Intuitive to use
Much cheaper than Premiere
Very fast background rendering
Built in audio syncing

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     Film Convert Pro

film convert


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.
10% off with code ‘DSLRGUIDE’
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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

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     Motion 5

motionWorks well for basic key-framing and compositing.
Can keep up with After Effects on most things
Only costs £35 ($50)!
Not really for professional VFX 

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     Logic Pro X



Somewhat industry standard for music production
Great for MIDI and audio recording / mixing
Huge range of plugins available

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    MPEG Streamclip



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
Motion tracking!



Pretty much as good as photoshop
Many tutorials on YouTube
Effects, Compositing, Retouching