It takes more than just software to edit a movie.
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Almost any successful director will tell you that great movies are made in the editing room. Shooting a movie is an idealistic attempt to capture the best footage possible, but editing is where you turn that footage into something great. That said, post-production can be exhausting. Hours can easily turn into days when you’re editing, and if you’re spending that much time in front of your computer screen, it makes sense to have the best gear. Even slightly tedious tasks can get excruciating when you have to repeat them enough, so anything you can do to streamline the process will benefit your sanity. Below, find our picks for some of the must-have gear that film editors should buy. For more buying suggestions, check out our summaries of the best editing software for filmmakers, comfortable office chairs, affordable desks, and the best speakers for your computer or laptop.
Loupedeck + Photo and video editing console
If you edit with Adobe software and are looking to take your editing setup to the next level, this console is a great option. Not quite a keyboard, it’s specially configured for editing tasks, containing dials that let you easily set everything from exposure to saturation and temperature. The clean layout eliminates all the distractions you would find on a regular keyboard, allowing you to focus on your business.
LogicKeyboard Astra for Adobe Premiere Pro CC
Adobe Premiere Pro users who aren’t quite ready for a Loupedeck + but still want to customize their workspace should give the Astra LogicKeyboard a try. This backlit keyboard has all the shortcuts for Adobe software labeled directly on the keys, so it can function as a control panel while you edit your next masterpiece. Plus, it’s very colorful and hopefully will make you smile every time you sit down to work!
Dell UltraSharp U2720Q 27 ″ Monitor
The world’s best editing keyboard is useless without something to view your work on. The Dell UltraSharp U2720Q is a backlit 4K Ultra HD monitor that will display your footage with crystal clear clarity, maximizing your ability to put your new keyboard to good use. If you are a Mac user, the Apple 27 “iMac with Retina 5k display is one of the best options for video editing.
Logitech Craft Advanced Wireless Keyboard
This high-end wireless keyboard is not configured for any specific editing software, but it is the hardware of choice for many film editors. Designed for artists, the keyboard sports a “creative input dial” in the upper left corner that lets you seamlessly navigate through images without using a mouse. And when you’re done editing, it still works great as an everyday keyboard, with a backlight and a premium feel that enhances the experience of emailing and browsing social media.
Logitech MX Master 3 Advanced Wireless Mouse
Much like their craft keyboard, the Logitech MX Master 3 isn’t designed specifically for video editing, but the design is an improvement over just about everything else on the market. Specially designed to fit your hand, the MX Master 3 is comfortable to use for hours on end and contains shortcuts that make life a little easier.
Apple Magic Mouse 2
If you are editing your video footage on a Mac, it doesn’t hurt to have a full setup of Apple products. The Apple Magic Mouse 2 is a bit more expensive option, but this rechargeable Bluetooth wireless mouse has the sleek design the company is known for and pairs easily with their computers.
Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Editor Keyboard
We haven’t forgotten the editors who trust DaVinci Resolve. The software is a popular choice for publishers these days, and Blackmagic has released a keyboard to go with it. This heavyweight keyboard combines the best elements of the LogicKeyboard Astra and Logitech Craft, with clearly labeled keys and a dial for easy scrolling. If you are already using DaVinci Resolve, this is the best way to improve your experience.
HP DreamColor Z31x LED Black Computer Monitor
Professionals who refuse to settle for less than perfect color should check out the HP DreamColor Z31x. Not all 4K is created equal, as this monitor specifically uses a resolution of 4096 x 2160 Cinema 4K (as opposed to 3840 x 2160 on consumer 4K products). And the color accuracy is unmatched. The price isn’t for the faint of heart, but the display is exhilarating.