The Editor’s Tool Kit – What every editor needs.

So you’ve just moved into a new space? Started up your own editing suite? Or maybe even thinking about changing around your edit bay? Here are a list of tools you’ll need to get the perfect job done every time.

cpuComputer. You’re computer is the only piece of equipment you absolutely need. The rest of the list you can do without but with no computer you’ll be stuck editing on your old Steinbeck, or worse, in-camera. Get a computer that will last and more importantly get one that is fast, remember, time is money. The longer you wait for a render the more money you lose. Also, whether you’re a mac person or a pc person theres a piece of software out their for you. I’ve used them all, they’re all the same. It really comes down to personal preference – more on that below.

Software. Okay, this is the other essential part of your kit. Adobe premiere seems to be the new kid in town. With seamless integration with after effects and photoshop, premiere is the way to go if you run an all-in-one shop. If you’re looking to work at some of the biggest studios you may want to consider running an avid – many consider this the industry standard. Final cut was almost dead, and now its back but I don’t think it’ll ever return to the top of the podium.

light leak effectsPlugins. Products such as Red Giants Magic Bullet suite will be pivotal in helping you define the look for your projects. It’s also extremely handy to have effects such as light leaks, lens flares and film burns as they are quick, easy and require almost no training to apply. Check out for some a free sample package.

Sound effects. Get a decent sound effects library. One that will offer you a wide range of effects from ambience to animal sounds, you never known when you’ll need to do a bit of sound design or clean up work.

genelec1Headphones/Speakers. It’s always a good idea to invest in a solid pair of headphones. Ones that are comfortable and will last for a while. Alternatively, having a good set of speakers will help your judge the sound quality of your projects – is it meeting the professional standards?


Update** Check out this video on final cut x

Stay tuned for a more detail “wish list” post. Where I’ll put some of the best tools on the market. Dare to dream.