How to Create the Perfect Home Office for Video Editors

Published on in Advice / Tips & Tricks

Video production has changed significantly even in the last few years. More productions are finding that, with the help of tech tools and apps, they can transition to remote operations. This doesn’t just offer potential cost savings. It also means that video editors like you have access to projects even if you’re not in traditional filmmaking hubs, such as L.A. or New York.

That said, you still need to make certain that you can use your talents practically and productively when you’re not in a traditional studio space. With a home office that’s designed for video editing, you can work with focus and comfort. Your home space can be a powerful tool for growing your freelance gigs into a thriving business.

Finding the Right Space

Alongside the chance to break free of the 9-to-5, remote working in digital marketing, content creation, and video editing is giving people more opportunities to live wherever they like. There’s no commute to the office and client meetings can be taken care of via video calling software platforms. This gives you a huge amount of freedom to not just choose a location that suits you but also a property that includes a home video editing space. 

There are several factors to consider when choosing the right place to live as a remote worker, particularly as a video editor. Firstly, choosing a home in a time zone that allows you to be in sync with your clients enables everyone involved with a project to communicate and collaborate practically. Access to local amenities, such as entertainment and cultural events, can be good sources of inspiration for your editing and content work. 

The cost of living is an important consideration, too, as it’s also likely to dictate the size of the properties you’ll be able to afford. Wherever possible, look for an area where costs allow you a home with a spare space for your office.

So, what are some of the elements worth reviewing when you’re looking at properties? Consider spaces that can be functional studios. This doesn’t have to be limited to an existing spare room. Potential conversion opportunities—such as a garage, outbuilding, or loft space—can become great studios. Traffic in the area can also be a deciding factor, as this may affect whether noise is likely to disrupt your work.

Preparing the Area

Once you’ve found the right space, it’s important not to simply move all your equipment in right away. With a little preparation, you can set a foundation on which to create a video editing home office that will be functional for years to come. The types of preparation will often depend on the environment you’re using as your home office. 

Garage or outbuilding

Converting a garage into a home office can make for a great space that’s separate from your main home, which minimizes distractions. As many garages are used for storage, you’ll need to start by decluttering to create a clear area for your furniture and equipment. 

It’s also important to make certain you have sufficient power outlets for your computer and other video editing equipment. You may need to hire an electrician if you’re installing new outlets and rewiring the space. It’s essential to make sure your remodel meets electrical code requirements.  

Taking some time to insulate the walls and door can keep your home office warm in the winter while making it more soundproof. You can also personalize it with wall colors that uplift your mood and movie posters that inspire you.

Spare bedroom

Thankfully, most spare bedrooms will already have many of the basic necessities of a home office. There are usually power outlets, heating, and air conditioning. However, if you have to record voiceovers as part of your video editing process, you may find it wise to soundproof the room, particularly if there are windows that look out onto the street. 

You could do this by installing double-paned glass, ensuring frames are correctly sealed, and even just hanging heavy curtains. Another factor in spare rooms is lighting. Gentle anti-glare lights can be particularly good for maintaining the visibility of details on your monitors.

Investing in Furniture

Today, professional video editing can be performed with different types of equipment. You might have a full post-production suite of mixers and monitors. Alternatively, you may be getting good results with just a laptop, editing shortcut keyboard, and color grading pad. Whatever your approach, it’s important to make sure your home office is populated with furniture that keeps you comfortable, organized, and productive.

Some of the items to invest in can include:

Adjustable desk 

As a video editor, you’re going to spend a large amount of time in front of your monitors. Sitting down all day can be bad for your health, influencing everything from lower back problems to cardiovascular disease. Therefore, it can be wise to invest in a desk that you can easily adjust to switching between periods of standing and sitting while working. Utilizing desks with automated raising and lowering tends to be more convenient and helps you avoid moving your editing equipment each time you change positions. 

Desk chair 

Even with an adjustable desk, you’re still going to be sitting while editing at times. One of your most important investments will be in an ergonomically designed chair that gives your back proper support. This should have a high back that keeps your posture straight and your head in a comfortable resting position.

Monitor arms 

These are useful furniture accessories if you have limited desk space for your editing equipment. Some arms can be clamped onto the edge of the desk, while others can be mounted directly onto the wall. Wherever possible, choose arms you can adjust not just for height but also the optimal angle for viewing fine details on your screens. These can also be useful for speakers, so you can adjust them to test sound clarity in different surround positions.

Voiceover booth 

If your editing includes recording voiceovers, you might find it useful to invest in a soundproof booth for your office. This is particularly wise if you live in a noisy city or next to a busy road. You don’t necessarily need to go for a full static booth here. There are collapsible booths on the market and some are essentially boxes that attach to mic stands. These can be great if you have limited space and budget. 

Not everybody has a lot of money to immediately invest in new furniture for their video editing home office. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can achieve by upcycling second-hand items from thrift stores or online auction sites. Old room divider screens fitted with acoustic panels can be good makeshift vocal booths. Reupholstered used chairs fitted with lumbar support cushions can be effective until you can afford a new seat.

Conclusion

Whether you have a spare room or a garage available, you can create the perfect home office for your video editing career. This requires various considerations, from the location of your home to the furniture that supports your daily activities. 

Remember, though, that sometimes it’s useful to work outside of your home office for inspiration or just to have a change of scenery. Occasionally renting a booth at a studio or a coworking space can be great augmentations to your home space. It can also help you meet other professionals and grow your network.

ProductionHUB ProductionHUB Logo

About the Author

Charlie Fletcher
Charlie Fletcher
Charlie Fletcher is a freelance writer from the lovely “city of trees”- Boise, Idaho. Her love of writing pairs with her passion for social activism and search for the truth. When not writing she spends her time doodling and embroidering. And yes, she does love all kinds of potatoes!

Related Blog Posts
5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Corporate Video Production Team
5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Corporate Video Production Team
In today's digital age, corporate video production has become an essential tool for businesses aiming to enhance their online presence, communicate effectively with their audience, and drive engagement. Selecting the right video production team is crucial to ensuring the success of your video marketing efforts. Below, we share five comprehensive tips to guide you in choosing the perfect corporate video production team.
Published on Monday, June 3, 2024
Mastering Video Production Budgeting: Key Strategies for Success
Mastering Video Production Budgeting: Key Strategies for Success
In the dynamic landscape of content creation, video has emerged as a powerful medium for engaging audiences and delivering impactful messages. Whether you're a seasoned videographer or a budding filmmaker, mastering video production budgeting is essential for bringing your creative vision to life while ensuring optimal resource utilization. In this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the intricacies of effective budget management, providing invaluable insights and practical tips to help you produce high-quality video content without exceeding your financial constraints.
Published on Tuesday, May 21, 2024
The Role of Pre-Production in Creating Effective Corporate Videos
The Role of Pre-Production in Creating Effective Corporate Videos
Producing a compelling corporate video involves a meticulous process, with each stage playing a crucial role in the final outcome. Among these stages, pre-production stands out as the foundation for success. In this article, we will delve into why pre-production planning is essential, what elements constitute an effective plan, and how to ensure a smooth transition into the production phase.
Published on Friday, May 10, 2024

Comments

There are no comments on this blog post.

You must be logged in to leave a comment.