Video Editing Room Design

A properly designed video editing room will result in edited masters that look and sound better. The following areas must be considered when designing an edit bay:

  • Equipment choices
  • Ergonomics
  • Acoustics
  • Lighting

Equipment Choices

What equipment will be required is very dependent upon what is being edited. For example, a feature film being shot digitally for theatrical release requires different monitoring and storage than a documentary shot in HD for distribution on television. Similarly, a weekly reality show requires different gear than an edit bay designed for commercial post-production. Of course, a television station doing multiple news broadcasts daily will require a whole different set of equipment.

In short, what is being shot and how much finished content must be delivered daily or weekly will determine what equipment and how much equipment will be required.

Ergonomics

Edit sessions often run long. A properly designed editing console with ergonomic site lines will reduce fatigue resulting in cleaner, more creative content. The edit console needs to be big enough to accommodate the equipment the editor will require. Ideally, it should be height adjustable. Also, the monitors should be each to adjust the height and angle. A comfortable chair, such as the ones available form Human Scale, is also essential.

Acoustics

During a post production session, the editor will be making many judgments about the sound track. Sometimes, picking which take to use will be determined by which take has the best sound. If the room is acoustically incorrect, it may be emphasizing or suppressing certain frequencies. This, of course, can lead to bad choices. Ideally, a TV Pro Gear engineer will specify dimensions and materials that will result in an acoustically neutral room with a large “sweet spot”. Where a room already exists, we can apply acoustic treatments to mitigate bad room characteristics. The reader may want to read our “Primer for Studio Acoustics” to get a deeper understanding of room acoustics.

In addition, careful attention must be made when choosing what speakers to use. At TV Pro Gear, we most often recommend Genelec 8020B speakers mounted at ear height. These speakers are designed to be listened to from about five feet away – they are called “near field monitors”.

Lighting

The video editor will also be making color adjustments to the video. The color temperature of most professional monitors is 5600 degrees Kelvin. Therefore, it is important to have room lighting that is also 5600K. We recommend special focusable 5600K LED lights that can be dimmed without change the color temperature. Of course, it is critical to make sure that the lights do not shine on the monitors or into the editor’s face. Choice of colors for the walls, console surfaces, carpets and furniture should be varying shades of grey. To insure the monitors are accurately displaying the video, they must be carefully calibrated by an engineer The monitors are adjusted for brightness, contrast, color balance and saturation.

Summary

Following the above rules will greatly increase the odds that you will have a perfectly edited video ready for distribution. In addition, you will have happier editors resulting in lower employee turnover.