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Coolness Roundup: The Well-Appointed Edit Suite

Bi-Annual Product Suggestions to Make Your Editing Life Easier By Charlie White
We're in the middle of the dog days of summer, and we could use some cooling off. So it's time for our twice-annual special Coolness Roundup: Suggestions for a well-appointed personal edit suite that's not only efficient, but comfortable as well. We'll show you the products that have made our lives easier here at the Midwest Test Facility -- some have a lot to do with editing, and a few just make the hard work a little easier. And some, well, they're just fun and we wanted you to know about them.

And by the way, if you're interested in picking up any of these products for your cool edit suite, click on their accompanying graphic for more information.

Click for best priceShuttlePro Edit Controller
First, a trinket no editor should be without, especially those who cut their teeth in linear suites -- it's the ShuttlePro Edit controller by Contour A/V Solutions, a great little object that has a solid look and feel to it. It lets you scrub, jog, and shuttle footage on your timeline, audio, tape machines or camcorders to your heart's content. It's especially good for music and audio editing. Plug it into a USB outlet, and then customize it for any editing application that suits your fancy. It has 13 buttons on it that you can also program to do whatever you want. It's pre-programmed for most NLE software, with more being added on a regular basis. And, you can even use it for any other applications, too. It's as easy to set up as a mouse, works with Macs (OS X, too) and PCs and isn't too expensive, either ($99). You'll see a full review of this handy device coming up soon on DigitalVideoEditing.com.

Are you an editor on-the-go? Take your Avid settings with you with M-Systems' DiskOnKey, a tiny removable disk that can not only store your custom settings, but lots of footage, too. Expect to pay about $100 for a 128MB unit. In fact, you can now get one that holds a gig's worth of stuff (but that one's a bit pricey at around $700). It's as easy as plugging this sucker into a USB port on a Mac or PC, and you're off and running with your own data wherever you are. Think of what you could store on a GB -- maybe your custom countdown in full-rez video, all your personal favorite graphic backgrounds, your complete phonebook and contact database, pictures of your kids, and heck, even your entire email program with all your messages. Who needs to lug around a notebook PC any more? I only wish these little buggers were USB-2 compliant, because even though their 1MB/sec. transfer speed isn't too bad, to transfer a gig would take a bit longer than a coffee break.

Starbucks carafeStarbucks Coffee Decanter
Speaking of a coffee break, here at the Midwest Test Facility, we guzzle lots of coffee, but don't like that half-a-day-old taste of java that's been sitting on the warmer all morning. That's why we keep this slick-looking Starbucks coffee carafe ($29.95) sitting next to us at all times, guaranteeing that if our editing or prose isn't as eye-opening as it should be, we'll stay awake anyway. It keeps the stuff hot for hours, clients like having coffee in close proximity, and we can keep working while we continue feeding our jitter-juice jones. We've tried other carafes, but none of them seem to be able to keep it hot long enough, or be durable enough as this stainless steel-clad beauty. It's also plenty big (59 fl. oz.) and it's dishwasher-safe. And hey, Mac fans, it looks elegant, stunning and incredible, too. This one's a winner.

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