Editing While Traveling - My Setup

I often get asked about my set up for editing while traveling, so I thought I'd finally do a quick blog post on it. Most of the editing I do, while I'm on the move, is either for producing Snapchat and Instagram stories or for full-length YouTube videos. While I'm traveling I try and keep my set-up as lightweight and nimble as possible, especially if I'm flying somewhere and have a weight limit. So with that in mind here's my set-up:

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I edit using a MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015) model. It's more than powerful enough to handle the day to day editing that I need to do. Software wise, I tend to prefer using Final Cut Pro X over Adobe Premiere Pro. I know many people argue over which one it better, but for me, I just prefer FCPX. I also use Apple Motion for any animation/graphic work that I need to do, and those two products obviously work really well together, so that's another reason I choose FCPX over Adobe Premiere Pro.


Okay, let's talk about accessories. When you're editing on the move, you need a good pair of headphones to shut out the external noise and allow you to concentrate on the edit. Over the last few months, I've started switching over to Bluetooth headphones for working while I travel. It just makes life so much easier to not have those pesky wires.
My go-to pair of wireless headphones are the Anker SoundBuds Sport NB10's. I originally got these to use at the gym, but I've found myself picking them up for pretty much everything. They connect straight to my Mac via Bluetooth and have great audio quality, making them great for editing on the move.


Another 'must 'is an external hard drive. A lot of the footage I shoot is now in 4K, and if you've ever worked with 4K files before, you'll know they are huge! For that reason, I tend to offload all of my footage onto an external hard drive and then work off that. It keeps my Mac hard disk clear and helps with speed & performance. Of course it's a little worrying having all your footage on an external hard drive, so I do tend to bring a few with me, and backup that footage each night when traveling. I personally use the Seagate's Expansion 2TB Portable External Hard Drive. It's USB3 so super fast and compatable Mac & PC.


Now, this next item isn't a must, but I do like to have it with me because it speeds up my editing process. It's the Elgato StreamDeck. The stream deck has 15 fully customisable LCD buttons. I've programmed my buttons to be hotkeys for the various final cut task that I do. Like I say, it's definitely not a necessity, so I won't talk too much about it here, but if you want to know more feel free to check out this video I did all about the StreamDeck.


Finally here's two tips/products to always remember when you're going to be traveling.

1) 4 Way Power Extension Lead
Why? Because if you're traveling abroad, that way you only need to bring 1 converter for the wall and then you can still power all your gadgets/chargers/devices.


Talking about chargers, here's a massive travel tip in general. Bring a USB charging hub with you to keep everything powered up. I personally use Anker's 60W 6-Port USB Charging Hub and can't recommend it enough. It saves you packing all your charging outlets when you're traveling.

 


2) Bring a HDMI cable with you!
If you know you're going to be staying in a hotel while you're away and want to up you're editing setup, bring a HDMI cable with you. Most hotels have a TV that will allow you to plug in a HDMI cable (either directly into the back of the TV or sometimes they place the inputs on the wall near the TV). By bringing a cable with you, you can plug your PC/Mac into the TV and give yourself an extra screen for editing. Again, not essential but for the sake of a tiny wire, it's worth having.

Okay, I wanted to keep this one short and sweet. So that's it. I'll do a longer blog at some point about my full home edit setup, but I hope you've found this one useful. If you have any question, feel free to just drop me a message on Facebook: