ULTIMATE VIDEO EDITING DESK

By Scott Thompson

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There is nothing more epic to a video editor than a room full of knobs, controls , and huge 5k screens to edit video and create masterpieces on. 

Im talkin NASA control board…..

To me , your workstation sets the tone for your workflow. It sets the tone for how you edit

With so many tools and peripherals attached to our computers for editing videos, most desks eventually become cluttered with stuff.

This can slow us down and get in the way of our creative flow. 

Research shows,  a well organized desk can speed up your editing. 

In this article we aim to help you find your perfect video editing setup. 

It all begins with the desk.

We begin by looking at common types of editing desks, what features are important for video editing in 2020, lastly we will look at different furniture for various computer setups.

After our research , The best video editing desks are :

  • VASAGLE Industrial L-Shaped Computer Desk
  • Mr IRONSTONE L-Shaped Desk 50.8″ Computer Corner Desk
  • Foxemart Computer Desk 47″ Modern
  • SHW Electric Height Adjustable Computer Desk 48 x 24
  • Stand Steady Tranzendesk 55 inch Standing Desk
  • Tangkula Standing Computer Desk
  • Tatkraft Joy Portable Laptop Desk

COMMON TYPES OF VIDEO EDITING DESKS

There are a ton of different desks on the market. Common styles of desks are the L shaped desk, the regular desk, standard computer desk , adjustable height desk, and the portable desk. 

Depending on your available space and preference , these are the most common desks for video editing.

  • L SHAPED DESK ( RETURN DESK) 

The L shaped desk is going to take up the most space. The benefit to the L shaped setup as it pertains to video editing is that you have plenty of space to put multiple screens. The L design gives you plenty of space. The desk is also big enough to spread out your peripherals and accessories  in a clear logical manner.

  • REGULAR DESK

The Regular ‘ol desk has been doing a great job for years . You can get a standard desk in a lot of different proportions. There are many with different width , height and depth specs to fit your space perfectly.

  • STANDARD DESK WITH MONITER RISERS

Its nice to elevate the moniters to eye level. Depending on your desk setup you may want to add Risers.

  • ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT DESK

Many people have complained about back and neck problems due to our new norm of being computer bound for most of our workday. The adjustable height desk is a solution to that problem. The ability to adjust a desk height from seated to standing is great for our posture and helping us stay healthy. Many adjustable desks are available in electronic or manual adjustment systems.

  • PORTABLE DESK 

The portable desk is best for those who own a laptop of small computer setup and want something that wont take up too much space. The limitation of this setup is you won’t be able to put many peripherals and other items on your desk. However this may be all you need.

FEATURES TO CONSIDER IN A VIDEO EDITING DESK 

What are the most important features to consider when creating the ultimate video editing desk? 

  • SIZE OF SETUP :

 The first question to ask yourself is how much space you have to set up your desk. This will dictate how much room you have to work with. Secondly will be personal preference. Perhaps you have enough space but want a small setup. Once you decide the size of your setup you can choose the desk type that matches your decision.

  • HOW MANY SCREENS YOU WILL USE

Most people use 1-3 screens. Most common setup is 2. But you should decide on how many screens you will want (even if it is a future purchase ) . This way you can buy your desk and build it up as you have the budget.

  • PERIPHERALS

There are thousands of peripherals to choose from that work with computers. Many peripherals are based on personal preference. Some essential peripherals for video editing are listed below.

  • External drives /backup systems – Video editing requires alot of storage. You will need to think about where you will hide your external drives. Some desks have shelves in lower areas to hide computer parts and storage devices. This is something you will need to consider when shopping for a desk.
  • Usb hubs
  • Memory card hubs
  • Keyboard
  • Other hardware
  • ADDITIONAL ITEMS
    • FIELD MONITOR
    • LED DESK LIGHT

  • PORTABILITY

It’s amazing that in this day and age you can literally carry around a full editing studio in one hand. 

Another popular feature you may want to consider is portability. If you are using a laptop you may want your setup to be minimal. This way everything can fit in a backpack and be re set up anywhere. 

This is a great tool for editors on the move who prefer to edit in different places. So when searching for the perfect editing desk , its important to think about what desk you are looking for

  • laptop standing desk
  • OPTION FOR BED

COMMON SETUPS

  • 2 SCREEN DESK SETUP 

The two screen setup is one of the most popular among youtubers and content creators. 

After all ….2 screens is better than one!

The advantage of two screens is being able to separate the various tools with video editing software on two screens. The extra space helps you organize your desktop and not have 1000 tabs open while editing. If your looking for even more epicness you can get a ultra wide screen for one of your monitors. Two screens will require a bigger desk.

  • 1 SCREEN DESK SETUP

The one screen setup is better for those on a budget or with limited space. 

  • PORTABLE DESK SETUP

Another common setup is the RUN & GUN Laptop Editing Studio. Most Editors have a small home work area but many pieces can come with them to other areas. With Minimal and portable furniture you can setup up your desk in a hotel room or anywhere you need. This is best for those who cant be held down to one location.

CONCLUSION:

There are many options available for creating your perfect video editing workstation. Its important to decide what kind of setup you are looking to create. Thinking about how you will edit is a great way to pick furniture that will work best for you.

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