Effectiveness, Accuracy and Reliability
When building a post-production workstation, the main things to consider are :
- the system needs to be powerful enough to keep up with your working speed. The worst thing to happen is to wait until the footage is loaded or the video to be rendered in real-time. without skipping any frames.
- The accuracy is also very important, especially in colour grading. The monitor (or better - monitors) should be calibrated and should reproduce accurate colours.
- The system must be reliable. Often the less powerful system would freeze in the middle of a video export or when rendering and calculating various complex effects.
As well as with the video production equipment, building a video editing workstation is a fragile balance between price and productivity, You should plan your build with your current projects in mind and futureproof it for a year or two. The hardware is always changing, there something new and "disruptive" every year but it's not necessarily the best option out there.
My post-production Studio
In my post-production studio, I have two video editing PC workstations and an Apple Mac mini for cross-OS transfers.
The main workstation is dedicated to refined video edits, work with colours and the creation of animations and complex VFX. It's a dual monitor system, equipped with a BenQ SW271 Pro video monitor for precise and accurate colour grading.
Being a dual monitor system as well, the second workstation is used for draft cuts, as a backup system, as an additional workplace and with his big 43" 4K secondary monitor - for quality assurance, to make sure the final video deliverables look great on a big size screen.
For my post-production work, I mainly use the Adobe Creative Cloud package - Premiere Pro, After Effects, Photoshop and Illustrator as well as DaVinci Resolve. I'm also comfortable with Sony Vegas and Soundforge, and for more complex tracking and rotoscoping tasks, I would use Boris XF MochaPro and Foundry NUKE.
I'm always keen to chat, give advice and discuss the post-production hardware and software with anyone who's interested in building their own video editing workstation. In case you're curious, you can check the link below for the full technical specs of mines:
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