August 9, 2014

build a studio
I spend a lot of time editing and working on videos, so I decided to set aside some time to plan for the best working space. This week I’m showing some of the things I’ve done to make my home studio an efficient and comfortable place to work!

 

Aside from the obvious, I think there are three things to consider when putting together a working space for video editing.

1. Audio

  • The placement of your speakers, desk and any extra acoustic treatment are really important. I do sound design, mixing and recording in my home studio, so this is pretty high on my priority list.

2. Storage

  • A studio is a good place to store both data and equipment. For me, it’s really helpful to have frequently-used gear in a place that is easy to access.

3. Filming?

  • Green screens, infinite black / white backgrounds are very valuable in a studio, because you can leave everything setup to save time. In my case, I had to consider the DSLRguide set, and leave space for it.

Check out this weeks episode for more information about setting up a home studio:

PRODUCT LINKS:

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imac27″ iMac (2011) imac27″ iMac (2011)
speakersM-Audio Studiophile  speakersM-Audio Studiophile
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tablet Pen Tablet tablet2Pen Tablet
 card readerCard Reader card readerCard Reader
 keyboardmusicM-Audio Keystation Keyboard keyboardmusicM-Audio Keystation Keyboard
4tb4TB External Drive 4tb4TB External Drive
 foamAcoustic Foam foam2Acoustic Foam

NOTES:

Acoustic Treatment:

Sound bounces off walls. This ‘echo’ will affect the audio you are using in sound design, music production, recording voiceovers / foley.  I’ll include some links at the bottom of this post about acoustic treatment, as there are many people out there who know far more about this subject than I do.

But, here is what I’ve found out after looking into it.

To minimise these reflections, you have to consider both the placement of your speakers, and how absorptive (pretty sure that’s a word) the room is. To put it simply, ideally you will have the speakers in the middle of a room. The common mistake is to put a desk right up against a wall, but this will introduce problems with those pesky sound reflections. Your speakers need some air around them!

Other than that, you can use acoustic foam to absorb reflections too. The wall behind the speakers, and the two side walls are a good place to start with the foam. There’s a very famous trick for finding where to put the foam, which involves sitting in your chair and asking someone to hold a mirror against the side wall. When you can see the speaker in the mirror, you know that that is the focal point for the reflections. Put the foam around that spot!  More info about this technique. 

This stuff does help, but don’t obsess over it – your studio doesn’t have to be perfect, and it’s easy to get caught up in the technicalities of it all. Do the best you can without sacrificing too much time or budget!

LINKS:

Running Film (for those who are interested in my other work!)

Info about acoustic treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?d=l2w…

More info about acoustic treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3q…

The importance of acoustic treatment: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp5…

Simon Cade

Filmmaker, and host of DSLRguide. Since I was making my first film age 11, I have always been fascinated by the way films are produced, and the effect it can have on the audience.

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