There's still a small window of time to purchase Christmas gifts for your favorite video editing buddy, or it just might be you're a video editor who needs to send out a list to your procrastinating friends. Here's a gift idea list of gear and accessories, both big and small, that will make any video editor happy.
1. C.H.I.M.P. Rearview Monitor Mirrorrearview mirror is a great office accessory.
2. Sony MDR-7506Sony MDR-7506 headphones make a statement. These head cans can be picked up for $79.95.
3. Contigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Travel MugContigo Autoseal West Loop Stainless Travel Mug will give them a sigh of relief. It's patented Autoseal lid is 100% leak-proof and spill-proof. This great mug cost approximately $20 depending on where it's purchased.
4. Paper ProductsBlank note cards, pushpins, binder clips, and multi-colored Post-It notes are useful in the edit bay. They let the video editor write out and structure their edit on paper. A quick shuffle let's them rearrange their clips without touching any content.
5. Power StripPowersquid are useful.
6. A Spare ButtonBig Red Button, with flip-up clear plastic shield, looks the part of a major panic button. Is it useful? Not really. Is it a lot of fun to have a big red button that looks like it can shut down the entire facility? Absolutely. The Big Red Button is available on Amazon.
7. USB Powered FridgeMini USB-Powered Fridge Cooler available on Amazon is just the thing to keep a cold one handy.
8. Tangent Elementcolor grading—are a lot more fun to do if performed on the right toys. The Element family of panels, from Tangent Devices, provide an elegant control surface for tackling and managing a number of complex corrections. The Tangent Devices Element Panels Kit is $3495 at B&H.
Chris "Ace" Gates is a four time Emmy Award-winning freelance writer and video producer.
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