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Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 12:55am

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Well I thought I would start a thread showcasing our home video editing studio setup. So here's mine:



The Dell laptop on the left is strictly for internet access and listening to music which I have a cord plugged in from the laptops headphone output to the back of the 26" RCA flat screen HDTV. I also have an additional audio jack going from the back of the flatscreen to the 12" Kenwood Tornado powered subwoofer. The HDTV is playing the role of my computer monitor for my Compaq Presario Desktop computer. Currently, the desktop computer is rendering an afterburn explosion for a client of mine. The desktop computer has no internet access and is strictly for editing and creation of visual effects. It also has a backup 40 GB usb harddrive. The laptop on the right is a compaq laptop which also has no internet access, and is strictly for editing and creating visual effects. This also has a 40 GB hard drive but I keep all of my customer files on it. The compaq laptop is also currently rendering a visual effects animation for another client of mine. The compaq desktop and laptop are networked together.

Compaq Presario Desktop Computer:

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
AMD Athlon 64 Proccessor 3500+
2.19 GHz
1 GB of Ram
Onboard ATI Radeon Xpress 200 Series Graphics card
179GB Hrad Drive
Following Software Installed: 3D Studio Max 8, Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Encore 1.5, and PFHoe 1.0

Compaq Laptop

Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
AMD Turion 64 Mobile Technology ML-34
1.79 GHz
1GB of Ram
66.9 GB Hard Drive
Following Software Installed: 3D Studio Max 8, Adobe Premiere Pro 1.5, Adobe After Effects 6.5, Adobe Encore 1.5, and PFHoe 1.0

Dell Inspiron E1505 Laptop

Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition
Genuine Intel CPU T2300 @ 1.66GHz
512 MB of Ram
30 GB Harddrive

I was thinking about getting another laptop so that I can be working on other projects because right now both video graphic computers are being occupied with renders that will take most of the night to complete. So there you have it. Thats my setup. I apologize for the messyness but I just got the 26" flatscreen today and kind of slopped everything together lol
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 1:57am

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That screenshot is a bit old, and the moose plushie fell off the speaker before I took it, but the setup is pretty much unchanged since then:

*AMD Athlon XP 2600+ 1.92GHz
-(will be upgraded to Athlon X2 3800 later this year)
*1GB of PC2700 RAM
-(will be upgraded to 2GB of PC3200 later this year)
*nVidia Geforce 6600gt AGP
*2 x 120GB Maxtor Hard Drives
*Audigy 2 ZS soundcard
*Viewsonic VX924 19in 4ms LCD

with After Effects 6.5, Premiere Pro 1.5, EffectsLab Lite, Cinema 4D 9

...but my camera sucks.
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 2:02am

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Pooky wrote:

That screenshot is a bit old, and the moose plushie fell off the speaker before I took it, but the setup is pretty much unchanged since then
Heh at least its a lot cleaner then mine lol biggrin
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 2:05am

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Oh yeah. I'm a neat freak razz
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 2:41am

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wildstormfilms wrote:

I apologize for the messyness but I just got the 26" flatscreen today and kind of slopped everything together lol
That's not mess! This is mess:



Wish i could say it isn't always like that, but it would be a lie. There's usually a small TV for grading where the boxes and Dalek are sitting, but my girlfriend took it to play her Gamecube on. Priorities and all that...
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 2:49am

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Alex Reeve wrote:

wildstormfilms wrote:

I apologize for the messyness but I just got the 26" flatscreen today and kind of slopped everything together lol
That's not mess! This is mess:



Wish i could say it isn't always like that, but it would be a lie. There's usually a small TV for grading where the boxes and Dalek are sitting, but my girlfriend took it to play her Gamecube on. Priorities and all that...
Wow, now I don't feel bad. Actually I have an excuse, my office is currently located in the living on the dinner table lol. But tomorrow I'm gonna get it all straightened out just so it looks professional lol
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 10:05am

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Here is my setup, the left image is my desktop and the right image is the computer which isn't seen in the first image:


3.8 GhZ processor
4 Gb RAM
X800 Pro XT Graphics Card
and roughly 1.3 TB of space.

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Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 2:25pm

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Sorry for the horrible low quality pics. I can't seem to find my camera, and was forced to use my camcorder with an SD card. neutral


My keyboard


I'm getting some upgrades for this stuff, so I'll include what's coming in the mail tomorrow from Tiger Direct:

Pentium 4 3.00Ghz CPU
2.5GB of RAM
Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS Graphics Card
200GB Sata hardrive
Running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

Not even going to show my moniter, it's old and crappy. wink I need an LCD.


Wow Pooky, if my workspace was that clean my mom would have a heartattack of joy.
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 4:27pm

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SWG wrote:

Sorry for the horrible low quality pics. I can't seem to find my camera, and was forced to use my camcorder with an SD card. neutral


My keyboard


I'm getting some upgrades for this stuff, so I'll include what's coming in the mail tomorrow from Tiger Direct:

Pentium 4 3.00Ghz CPU
2.5GB of RAM
Nvidia GeForce 7300 GS Graphics Card
200GB Sata hardrive
Running Microsoft Windows XP Media Center Edition

Not even going to show my moniter, it's old and crappy. wink I need an LCD.


Wow Pooky, if my workspace was that clean my mom would have a heartattack of joy.
Get a 26" flat screen like mine with a VGA plugin. Its so friggin cool. How much is that computer that your getting?
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 4:47pm

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Get a Viewsonic VX2025wm as your screen... 20in widescreen, 1680x1050, 800:1 contrast ratio, 8ms response time, great color accuracy, all for the surprisingly low price of 350$!

My dad bought it, and I haven't seen anything in the same price range that comes near it.

Anyway, my computer has less wires now, and I reorganised the stuff on the side since I have about 3 times more CDs now than when I took that pic razz
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 5:10pm

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Pooky wrote:

Get a Viewsonic VX2025wm as your screen...
lol that little thing? Actually that wouldn't be bad for my other laptop. biggrin
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 5:55pm

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My PC cost about $600 I beleive(Gateway 838GM). The Video Card that I'm getting, the NVidia GeForce 7300 GS was on Tiger Direct for $44.99 after rebate! I saw it at Best Buy yestarday for 149.99! The 2GB RAM (2 x 1024 sticks) was only $149.99 after rebate. So in reality you get-

-Pentium 4 CPU(With Hyperthreading Technology)
-2.5GB of RAM
-GeForce 7300 GS(PCI Express(really really really fast))
-200GB SATA HD
-Windows Media Center Edition

All for about $800! biggrin

wildstorm, that's one badass flatscreen you got there. It's nice.

Pooky, I have no idea what you said in the last half of the post exept for the $350 dollar part. wink
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 6:00pm

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Figures... well okay, good picture quality, it's fast, big (ignore what wildstormfilms is saying razz) and super cheap.

Anway, mind giving me a link to the RAM?

And that graphics card is pretty meh, btw. PCI-Express gives graphics card more space to send information, but they didn't even use all of AGP's bandwidth so there's no difference. But for 50$, that's a great deal afaik.
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 7:30pm

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SWG wrote:

My PC cost about $600 I beleive(Gateway 838GM). The Video Card that I'm getting, the NVidia GeForce 7300 GS was on Tiger Direct for $44.99 after rebate! I saw it at Best Buy yestarday for 149.99! The 2GB RAM (2 x 1024 sticks) was only $149.99 after rebate. So in reality you get-

-Pentium 4 CPU(With Hyperthreading Technology)
-2.5GB of RAM
-GeForce 7300 GS(PCI Express(really really really fast))
-200GB SATA HD
-Windows Media Center Edition

All for about $800! biggrin

wildstorm, that's one badass flatscreen you got there. It's nice.
Thats a pretty good price. And thanks for the compliment on the flatscreen biggrin

Pooky wrote:

Figures... well okay, good picture quality, it's fast, big (ignore what wildstormfilms is saying ) and super cheap.
I'm sorry, did I hear somebody say something?? lol razz
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 7:31pm

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Hehe. This is almost exactly like my thread way back when, titled Desktops and Desktops.

Fun.
Here's mine:

Check out my thread for some other peoples.
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 7:51pm

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Atom wrote:

Hehe. This is almost exactly like my thread way back when, titled Desktops and Desktops.

Fun.
Here's mine:

Check out my thread for some other peoples.
Man I did a search too before I started this thread. I thought I was the first one to do this. GRRRRR!! lol
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 10:21pm

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Pooky wrote:

That screenshot is a bit old, and the moose plushie fell off the speaker before I took it, but the setup is pretty much unchanged since then

Moose plushie!
Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 11:06pm

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It's a bit old, but it gets the job done. smile

Posted: Mon, 7th Aug 2006, 11:31pm

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Work Space
Desktop

Old picture. There usually isn't a drawer tot he left of the G5 and the desk is messy due to ebay items I'm about to sell. My desktop is way old.
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 1:18am

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Serpent wrote:

Work Space
Desktop

Old picture. There usually isn't a drawer tot he left of the G5 and the desk is messy due to ebay items I'm about to sell. My desktop is way old.
That picture makes your screen look really bright.
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 1:32am

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Hendo wrote:

It's a bit old, but it gets the job done. smile

Hahahha... Nice one Hendo... looks like you've got one of those "Sarcastic +1's" on that. smile (all I gotta say is that you'd better be joking... wink )
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 2:06am

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Serpent wrote:

Work Space
Desktop

Old picture. There usually isn't a drawer tot he left of the G5 and the desk is messy due to ebay items I'm about to sell. My desktop is way old.
Hey nice setup. You also got a Canon GL2. You mind telling me how the exposure dial works? I'm sittin here adjustin it and nothings changing. I got mine today from a user on here and it didn't come with an instruction booklet. lol
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:03am

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Here's mine, nothing super trick like you guys have.




New Apple Macbook: 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1gb ram, 80 gb hard drive. Seagate 160gb hard drive (usb). Its quite a step up from the old(er) computer I was using, a 2 year old E-Machines with 512mb ram and a 80 gig hard drive. I haven't gotten the Mac version of Effectslab yet, I wish you guys could give the people who are changing formats a discount or something >_<
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 6:06am

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wildstormfilms wrote:

Hey nice setup. You also got a Canon GL2. You mind telling me how the exposure dial works? I'm sittin here adjustin it and nothings changing. I got mine today from a user on here and it didn't come with an instruction booklet. lol
A couple of things:

Serpent owns a GL1, not a GL2. It's as wide as the GL2 is long and vice versa; and the exposure toggles are different. Even if he wanted to help you, he probably couldn't. Not well, at least. wink

You can find the manual .PDF online at Canon's website

I'll help you anyways, since I'm pretty much FXHome's resident GL2 whiz.

First off (and this is probably your problem) make sure your camera is on manual mode. If it's not already, you'll have to flip the switch for it from the 'green square' to the 'P'.




Next, use the dial adjacent to the switch to change the mode from "auto" to "manual". (image below)




Now use the exposure dial to change your exposure settings. If you didn't already know this, you can move the dial up and down to change selection, and push it in to select something. With the esposure dial (or toggle, rather) you're changing three things: f-stop, shutterspeed, and gain. I love changing shutterspeed to get that 'action movie' effect, and I change f-stop to suit my brightness, but I NEVER change gain, it adds grain to the image.





If this doesn't spell it out for you well enough, I don't think the manual will be of much use. biggrin

Hope this helps, my man.
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 2:35pm

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zguy95135 wrote:

Here's mine, nothing super trick like you guys have.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/zguy95135/macbook.jpg


New Apple Macbook: 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1gb ram, 80 gb hard drive. Seagate 160gb hard drive (usb). Its quite a step up from the old(er) computer I was using, a 2 year old E-Machines with 512mb ram and a 80 gig hard drive. I haven't gotten the Mac version of Effectslab yet, I wish you guys could give the people who are changing formats a discount or something >_<
How is it?
I'm not far away from ordering a MacBook now, can you tell how it's been this far?
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:08pm

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Thanks Ben for the crash course. I also downloaded the manual this morning. I'm still having issues with the brightness of some sunny day footage that I shot but I think I'm getting it figured out. Thanks for the help man. biggrin
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This is where the magic happens
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You must have some pretty long arms.
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Didn't I ever tell you? I'm Amanaman from Jabba's Palace.

Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:27pm

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Bo'shuda.
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:34pm

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bless you
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:41pm

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Here's a more cleaner version of my setup. I went through and cleaned my table off so it looks more presentable and stuff lol

Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 3:55pm

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Nice setups guys, I would post mine but you might see something secret wink
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Klut wrote:

zguy95135 wrote:

Here's mine, nothing super trick like you guys have.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a97/zguy95135/macbook.jpg


New Apple Macbook: 2.0GHz Intel Core Duo processor, 1gb ram, 80 gb hard drive. Seagate 160gb hard drive (usb). Its quite a step up from the old(er) computer I was using, a 2 year old E-Machines with 512mb ram and a 80 gig hard drive. I haven't gotten the Mac version of Effectslab yet, I wish you guys could give the people who are changing formats a discount or something >_<
How is it?
I'm not far away from ordering a MacBook now, can you tell how it's been this far?
I've only had it for a few days, but it feels and works great. Plus its got tons of features, an excellent DVD burner, has great battery life and is blazingly fast. The best part is that it can run Windows XP as well as OSX!!
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Nice setups guys, I would post mine but you might see something secret wink
Oh My Gosh Schwar killed Jimmy Hoffa!
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 4:12pm

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zguy95135 wrote:

The best part is that it can run Windows XP as well as OSX!!
Heh, that's far from the best part...
Posted: Tue, 8th Aug 2006, 4:22pm

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How much was that laptop? I was thinking of getting a Mac desktop. The last time I worked on a Mac was back in high school which was 7 yrs ago. People tell me that macs are better for 3D work, video editing and rarely crashes or something like that. And If I do happen to get a mac, will I be able to add it to my network of PC computers?
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How much was that laptop? I was thinking of getting a Mac desktop. The last time I worked on a Mac was back in high school which was 7 yrs ago. People tell me that macs are better for 3D work, video editing and rarely crashes or something like that. And If I do happen to get a mac, will I be able to add it to my network of PC computers?
This one cost about $1500, it sells for $1200 but I opted for the upgraded RAM and hard drive. Not to bad, its not much more then a comparable XP laptop.

We got Mac laptops (the small iBook) from my school as a highschool freshman, and it was the BEST computer I had ever used. We did lots of photo and video projects and it was so much better then the IBM Thinkpad's and other half of the school got. Its really reliable, fast and never has any of this crashing nonsense like Windows based PCs have (the desktop PC and HP laptop my mom has are maddenning).

I cant say 100% but I would think you would be able to, if you buy the program "Bootcamp" or "Parallels" (better) then you can run XP and switch between the two OS's.
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zguy95135 wrote:

We got Mac laptops (the small iBook) from my school as a highschool freshman,
I want to go to your school. frown
and I thought when we didnt have to pay for lockers this year we had it good.
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hey if one year is good to you im going to 6th grade and i get ibooks g4 all the way till the end of high school.
plus we can take them home and do anything with them. and they only cost 40 dollars to use well for the insurance
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schwar wrote:

Nice setups guys, I would post mine but you might see something secret wink
I recall a similar saying in my thread a year ago. Before........Visionlab.

I must wonder........what bekept secrets lie in the dark depths of schwar's desk. They've perfected digital lasers, and Sollthar has perfected NightCats. This makes me think, that perhaps the FXhome team's next project is:


LASERCATS!
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OK here is my studio where I spend hours each day. A bit messy anyhow that's nearly all the time like that.
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wildstormfilms, to get shallow DOF and lower brightness when outdoors in the daytime, turn on the internal ND Filter. It's a button on the left side of the camcorder, near the hinge of the LCD screen. This'll help ALOT if you've had big brightness problems.
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Internal... ND... Filter... argh! No fair razz
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Hehehe, that is hardcore hippa03...

Lasercats.... I like it....
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ben3308 wrote:

wildstormfilms wrote:

Hey nice setup. You also got a Canon GL2. You mind telling me how the exposure dial works? I'm sittin here adjustin it and nothings changing. I got mine today from a user on here and it didn't come with an instruction booklet. lol
A couple of things:

Serpent owns a GL1, not a GL2. It's as wide as the GL2 is long and vice versa; and the exposure toggles are different. Even if he wanted to help you, he probably couldn't. Not well, at least. wink
Nice post, but the GL2 has the same Aperture, shutter speed, and exposure controls as the GL1. I would have helped him had I not been in the Florida Keys on vacation. I could help him as well. I could have even directed him to the manual, a better read than your little "tutorial." I know just about as much about camera settings as you do (and I especially know the basics, you are talking about it like those things are secret or something), and you clearly don't know too much about the Canon GL1. Everything you mentioned from exposure dial to ND Filter is in almost exactly the same place on my TSGL1. wink


Anyways, so far I like Waser's setup the best so far, to keep things on topic.
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Well I know the GL1 is different, I just couldn't recall how different. I never really talked about how those things are "secret", I was just trying to easily explain how to change the exposure. I told him he could either find the manual available online, or read what I wrote.

But whatever. Oh, and are you always gonna put the "TS" on the front of it, like its part of the model name? biggrin
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A blast from the past.... I was going to start a new thread for this, but thought I would get B*tched at for not searching the forums for said topic....lol. So after a while of searching, I found it.

Lets see the new setups

My nerd station
I know my chair is gross, but it fits my ass just perfect biggrin
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I work from my secret mountain, man-cave lair.
I got my laptop, camera, a quiet place to work, a cylon overlord to keep me on task, and when I'm finished a 165" 1080p projection screen to view my work. smile

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Heh, not done one of these for ages!

Here's a recent(ish) photo of my desk at work:



You can never have too many monitors... right?!

From left to right, there's a Mac Mini running bootcamp, dual-screens on my MacPro 8-core for FCP and AE, and then an internal network PC. Oh, and plenty of empty coffee cups. Good coffee = good editing! wink

And you can't see it in this photo, but just to the right, I also have a Sony DVW-M2000P with a BlackMagic decklink to the MacPro
and a 32" LG flatscreen for playout.
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We like to think we're sort of like 'Mad Men' these days.



Yeah.
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You know, when I saw that pic, I was about to make comment with a comparison between you, and someone else who's badass. Shame, you already did the honors. Maybe next time.

I'm getting new digs in the next month or so, which will have an entire room dedicated to film/photography work, so I'll post up some pics then. I like seeing different video work setups though, thanks for the bump.
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If there's one thing we love more than filmmaking, it's entertaining; so whilst our projector setup is indeed very 'l33t' looking in the photo, we have the projector itself concealed on a large, wall-spanning bookcase that connects to a spiral staircase which leads to the bar in our loft. The editing computer for the whole thing is in a horizontal receiver case on a stand wedged quietly underneath the spiral staircase. And the ceilings are 18ft, otherwise we wouldn't be projecting - hot, bright projectors in small rooms always look terrible in my book.

Gotta stay classy, editing in style is so 'in' these days.... biggrin
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Nice! I think I'm going to refrain from posting a picture of my pokey study at home, not least because it's a total mess. smile
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Awesome setups guys, it's always interesting to see everyone else's workspaces. And I'll add my home setup, albeit a messy one to the mix. You should have seen my work desk before we had to clean them... wink

The motto is never enough PCs, monitors, or keyboards.


My T2i would be here somewhere, but I'm photographing with it.


The projector capable of 400 inches plus of HD brilliance, rocking the MW2 Xbox 360.


It does what I need it to, and I'm comfortable working there, except when I need to push a pile of stuff onto the floor to have some space to work.
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Lawlz. McCain.
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Atom wrote:

Lawlz. McCain.
And there it will stay. wink Been there for 2 years now.
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DVStudio wrote:

Atom wrote:

Lawlz. McCain.
And there it will stay. wink Been there for 2 years now.
I like how there's no apparent mention of Palin on there, tough razz

Here's mine for the hell of it. Definitely more about function than form ATM though.

My super organized desk area:


Amazingly sexy basement/projector area with 100" screen:


Closeup of the completely tangle-free library with a 2TB PopCorn Hour (for HD Movies and TV), Jailbroken PS3, Legal Xbox 360 and my games collection:
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Ben and Atom, how long have you guys been using that setup? It looks real slick. Editing on a couch.
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We moved in two weeks ago. For four of us in small shared bedrooms, we decided to economize the living area by integrating electronics into it. So we have clever/classy ways of disguising the technology in our apartment. As mentioned, the projector is disguised behind some things on a large bookshelf. We have a merchant's chest with leather buckles to hold our cables and things, and an oak box on top with crystal decanters to hold our alcohol. This, of course, is right across from the desk with a single monitor, wireless peripherals, and accompanying wine fridge.

Hell, I have to go take pictures now....
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Okay, here we go. The 'setup' is pretty much integrated into the living situation, as mentioned.


The main setup.


More of the same.


Closer detail on the stairs, not the pulled-out intermetro tower underneath. We can push it under the stairs to a more inconspicuous area, but it's out now because we needed to plug something in to watch Entourage.


The tower of stuff. I normally hate these, but my our roommates wanted to have a big receiver to use, so we bought a unit to hold our Pioneer receiver, horizontal-case editing comp, Bluray player and LP player.


Closer detail on our current desk in the corner of the room. Exposed wires on the ground need to be straightened out and run through the walls, but we're still yet to do that. The 'tower' in the right side is a large speaker, not a computer, but we're looking at concealing that speaker more as well (maybe with a plant). To the left of the desk is our wine cooler, which has yet to be built into the bar in our loft; so it's on the ground next to the desk now.


Leather-strap chest that holds extra crap for the computer and filmmaking that we can't put on our bookcase because of size/shape. The rest of the film stuff is in the trunk of my Explorer.

I also took some black-and-white stills when we moved in to possibly frame up on the wall, but didn't end up using them, so here they are while we're posting pictures up.



Also, while I had my camera out, I also took a picture of the food I whipped up, some quick bruschetta.


That's about it, I suppose. I was waiting for a chance to show someone pictures of my new digs, so this worked out perfectly.
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That looks awesome, pretty much what I envision for my future flat one day, only with more tech razz

How do you get to the alcohol, though?
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I'm just curious as to when I can move in with you guys... Maybe tomorrow?
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We just had a party, so the alcohol bottles we put up top are the ones we've finished, not ones we used (though obviously not all are ones we finished recently). The last of our stuff (Knob Creek and Tito's) is in the decanters, and we've got some gin left in the bottle also.

I should mention that we're not rich by any means, we just spend money wisely between IKEA, Target, Goodwill and Home Depot and use our spatial design skills wherever/however we can. When we save the money to finish construction on the loft of our apartment (which is why we chose this apartment) it will have a light-up Plexiglas bar top trimmed with stainless steel and four mini fridges (which we already had from living in separate dorms before), one being the wine fridge, built into the back end of the bar.

Also, it's totally against our lease to build anything or even nail into the wall, but it's raining right now and our door is leaking pools of water into our apartment, so we've decided to say f*ck to the management and do what we want - the ramifications in the contract are just minor penalties, anyway. biggrin

Also, I didn't show this, but the wall opposite the wall with the two framed photos has a large iron star of Texas mounted on it.
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ben3308 wrote:

Also, it's totally against our lease to build anything or even nail into the wall, but it's raining right now and our door is leaking pools of water into our apartment
OK, now it sounds like proper student accommodation!
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Yeah, we've got loads of towels stacked up against the front door and at the threshold our maple floors are graying, probably from water contaminating the seal at the edge. We're going to have a long and storied talk with the property manager about this.

On the upside, I found a picture I took of the lunch I made today, a baked egg in a ramekin with sauteed spinach and bacon; and a side of dill-sprinkled tomatoes with cranberry arugula salad.


I figured this to be a 'brag about how cool your life is' thread, so I've proceeded to do just that. biggrin I was also tempted to upload pictures of the beautiful sunset outside our window, or the attractive girls who were at our party, but I considered that all perhaps too derivative for a thread about computers. biggrin

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Ah, what the hell... wink
http://www.style.ben3308.com/images/sunset1.jpg
This was the sunset as viewed from our west balcony, which is behind the windowed door in the above pictures. And this was just a random day. I certainly feel blessed.
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You're making me hungry!
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I'd kill for a spiral staircase like that. I've always loved them.

I just made my man cave last winter. I started with ye olde junkroom, with decor circa 1974 and redid everything.

I have 7 nice klipsch speakers and a 12" klipsch sub that shakes the neighbors house when I turn it up. I painted the whole far wall with a titanium-oxide infused screen paint, so I can project to the whole wall and get a really nice picture. I put in the best sub $5k projector I could find, 5 power recline theater seats, a pool table, and popcorn machine.

My pier has a mvix ultio media center, blu-ray, xbox, and ipod cradle funneled into a high end Onkyo receiver.

All of the electronic toys are controlled by a logitech touchscreen remote. I even put in a dimmer switch with an IR sensor so my remote can run the lights. biggrin





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Nice Cylon!

Can I have your room please?
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You can have this room, Tarn.
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Hehehe, I *love* the teapot on the table in the Cylon photo. No home cinema is complete without a dandy tea set! wink
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Tommy Gundersen wrote:

You can have this room, Tarn.
That's a twin to my desk at work... wink Except there's more computers. And papers. Not kidding. At all.
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I cave...


Looks like chaos, eh? Only to the untrained eye! It has tidy bits too...

My greenscreen (actually it's grey under this light, but if I use a flash it looks bright white!). Note crappy gantry system - bits of bent mild steel, bad welding, cheap fabrication, bad value purchase. I could have made better for less.



Those lights - 2 are actually short throw theatre minispots, one a photo lamp. Speaking of lamps...



This pile contains the other lights, gels, grip, pantographs, etc. You can also see a bit of the wonderful heavy duty stand...



...which extends to about 3m/10' - very handy, I have a pair of them pressganged into holding blue velvet drapes for now, they are handy. I usually hide stuff behind them



Other goodies live under desks!




(beta SP decks, older cameras in cases, mixing desks, all sorts of odds and ends). A few monitors (SD, but extremely handy)...



And my teleprompter!



(note the canon 550D box!). And these are sooo comfy, I love them!



And a few shots of the roof terraces that come with the studio...I love my office!!




With views...





And a lot of higgeldypiggeldy roofs and old buildings smile





So, that's where I work from - had 2 clients in today, which paid for the camera I took these pics with Hurrah!
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Here's mine:



Pretty swish yeah?

Ben, that's your flat as a student? Jesus... I wish mine had looked even a bit like that. My mattress had a big period blood stain on it. That's how sh*t the flat was. Period blood.
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Just saying, where others may spend 200-400 dollars on Wacom tablets or game systems, we spent it on furniture/design stuff. wink
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The wacom is essential, I never use the x box really, waste of money, I'll see if Ikea will trade me for some shelving units.
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Those extended edition box sets of LOTR alone probably would've bought you that brown leather couch. wink
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How much did you pay per couch?
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Well, we're very resourceful and I'd rather not go too much into specifics- but for the couches I think it was $150 for one and $80 for the other. The whole room cost around $700.

We build, design, save, budget, and hunt for things specifically because we like to entertain and have an awesome place. Cheap flourescent lights bought in bulk and hidden to conceal things or as mood lighting, self-built furniture, and cheap/well-designed spaces make all the difference in how things look and feel. wink
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I'm the same way. I love super-organized, efficient, and sleek living. Gotta be a good host, and being organized reduces the stresses, and I've got enough of those already. It's not hard to be smart and resourceful about designing, shopping, etc., just have to put in the time and effort.

I can't wait to finalize my flat. I won't go into it because no one wants to read about what's to come, but I will say there are poison dart frogs in a rainforest environment built into a glass coffee table. There should be a 'pimp my ride' thread too, as long as we're doing this. smile

PDRG - Those look interesting, but my magnifying glass shockingly broke mid-post and I was only able to see the first one. wink Care to give us some more pixels? I'd love to see your setup in more detail.
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Let's cut this 'flat' business right out, some of you. If you're in America, and you're an American, than you've got to be going outta your way to say it instead of 'apartment'. The word is never used. smile
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Or 'loft'. Not 'flat'. biggrin
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English is my second language, thus I get to use "Mate" and "Flat" and "Eh?" and stuff as I please smile
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I use "flat" ALL the time, despite having the most standard, normal American accent ever. I mean, I won't go out and use slang like "bloody," but when you use or hear a common word frequently, it comes up, and it's just used normally, regardless of it's origin. Flat, for example though, I only use in regard to MY place. "You really need to check out my new flat." But I would never say it in regards to someone else's, which I won't bother putting into psychology terms, but you get the point. Sometimes a word or phrase will be "in" among a very small group or even a single person, something I'd never say, and I, or others in the group, will end up saying it. I personally love "flat," and as language is super super subjective, how about we cut this "tell people how to talk" business right out. I picked it up from all the bloody British tele I've been watchin', wot wot. smile Oh and also, being a military kid that's lived all over the place, I'm prone to adopt to my environment a bit in terms of speech. And in all seriousness, I picked up "flat" from British co-workers at the restaurant I serve at.

Sorry, I love language, Latin scholar.

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Generally in the UK 'flat' is used to describe a smaller, more humble space, while 'apartment' is used for a flashier, larger space.

Hence a student might live in a flat, but a London marketing exec would have an apartment in Docklands.
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Being British is a wonderfully complex social minefield though - it is complicated and nuanced and social class is still a big deal, no matter what anyone says... Do you have serviettes or napkins at table? Same square of cloth with 2 names - which you use will reveal a lot about your social class. Serviette is very middle class aspirational, napkin the term accepted at the Bullingdon Club! I would say flat/apartment is similar, and 'apartment' would show up a Hyacinth Bucket aspiration, whilst appearing strained to most people.

But that's my 2p.

As for the pics being so tiny, picasa and I are confusing each other, all I wanted was normal sized pics in a forum post - I even did the resizing, hoped it would be simple free image hosting... I'll post a link shortly to the bigger pics smile

Edit - http://picasaweb.google.com/paddyrg/Studiosnaps?authkey=Gv1sRgCJuw8prch-L6ZQ&feat=directlink for those piccies in biggovision!!
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I've edited the title of this topic, to try and help the content make more sense.
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Good idea Axeman, Ben's lunch was, without question, the highlight of the thread. Ben, you should do a daily recipe sort of thing.
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I'd like to see them do an Inception-inspired spoof trailer called MASTICATION, in which Ben arranges some remarkably attractive lunches to the music of Hans Zimmer.
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sneak peak at a small part of my studio/warehouse I'm building. Taking a while due to film work at the moment but yeah smile Just planning the office space/edit area now!

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Looking good er-no, but where's your lunch?
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So many places to potentially injure yourself, there, er-no! This has me worried razz
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What with the title being changed, I feel obliged to post up a picture of a Toaster Strudel I made last semester, garnished with apples carmelized in a Sailor Jerry and brown sugar reduction. This photo is from an iPhone, it would be pre-ownership of a DSLR.



Tomorrow afternoon, if I can get the rest of the ingredients together tonight, I'll be making some flatbread with shredded pork and sauteed radish, alongside the same spinach and baked egg dish I made a few days ago, and sparkling cranberry sangria to drink. We'll see how it goes. May try to pull together cantaloupe and prosciutto in phyllo cups, but my last experience with prosciutto and serrano was a bad one - it depends upon if Central Market does indeed close at 10 tonight! biggrin

Probably also make some cinnamon raisin biscotti tonight for tomorrow morning as well. Again, we'll see.
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I looked in my fridge this afternoon only to find a few items dotted around the shelves, as if that wasnt enough I was really hungry and I only had 5-10 minutes of spare time before I had to leave the house.

In a desperate attempt to ease my hunger I mangaged to pull together an amazing 5 course meal and a bottle of santana DVX. I also managed to admire the amazing sunset from my roof garden while eating my quick homemade snack.

razz
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Foochebag.
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Our lives are just way too cool for you, rogolo. biggrin
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Ah, tomorrow I'm preparing some cinnamon-topped wheat thins bathed in half-and-half lait, with a side of fresh roasted pastries garnished in butter. Maybe with some garden-picked squeezed oranges, we'll see.
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I wasn't trying to use superfluous adjectives like 'heirloom' tomatoes or anything like that, just describe the food. wink Honestly, I feel like as a student it's the best possible time for me to experiment with food more - most ideas I have are made from simple, cheap ingredients (eggs/spinach/tomatoes/chicken/bacon/rosemary/etc) and I have more time (15 college hours as opposed to a 40 hour workweek) than I will when I'm older, so why not spend some of it learning to cook? What's pretentious about that?

Honestly, anyone my age could do what I'm doing, there's nothing elitist about it - but sauteed radishes on a piece of olive-oil browned toast, for instance, is indeed a better side to a sandwich than a bag of chips or the like. As for presentation on the white plates, etc.....why not? I take pride in the food I make just as I take pride in anything I put creativity into. You all know how much I value style over substance. biggrin
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Wow... reading this thread make me hungry... So the next time that Fxhomers get together, Ben is going to make everyone lots of food, right?
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ben3308 wrote:

I wasn't trying to use superfluous adjectives like 'heirloom' tomatoes or anything like that, just describe the food. wink Honestly, I feel like as a student it's the best possible time for me to experiment with food more - most ideas I have are made from simple, cheap ingredients (eggs/spinach/tomatoes/chicken/bacon/rosemary/etc) and I have more time (15 college hours as opposed to a 40 hour workweek) than I will when I'm older, so why not spend some of it learning to cook? What's pretentious about that?

Honestly, anyone my age could do what I'm doing, there's nothing elitist about it - but sauteed radishes on a piece of olive-oil browned toast, for instance, is indeed a better side to a sandwich than a bag of chips or the like. As for presentation on the white plates, etc.....why not? I take pride in the food I make just as I take pride in anything I put creativity into. You all know how much I value style over substance. biggrin
Actually I agree with you, i love cooking too. At he end of the day whats the point of making great tasting food if you present it like sh*t.
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Ooh, a food de-rail! I dropped out of culinary school, so I appreciate this stuff. wink

Here's what I made for dinner tonight:

Whole wheat pasta, steamed spinach, balsamic vinegar/honey/shallots reduction, cayenne pepper. Mm, yes.
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This has got to be the most amazing "de-railed" thread ever! Food is a wonderful thing. That looks great Aculag!
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Looks like I'll have to step up my food game for my upcoming photos. Touché.
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Here are some pumpkin seeds I'll be nibbling on this afternoon.



GOURMET BABY!
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[smug]Some of those are actually peanuts, Tarn.[/smug]
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You foochebag!
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ben3308 wrote:

Also, while I had my camera out, I also took a picture of the food I whipped up, some quick bruschetta.
[...]
IKEA
[...]
our spatial design skills
[...]
the wine fridge
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a baked egg in a ramekin with sauteed spinach and bacon; and a side of dill-sprinkled tomatoes with cranberry arugula salad.
[...]
the sunset as viewed from our west balcony
[...]
where others may spend 200-400 dollars on Wacom tablets or game systems, we spent it on furniture/design stuff.
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What with the title being changed, I feel obliged to post up a picture of a Toaster Strudel I made last semester, garnished with apples carmelized in a Sailor Jerry and brown sugar reduction.
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Tomorrow afternoon, if I can get the rest of the ingredients together tonight, I'll be making some flatbread with shredded pork and sauteed radish, alongside the same spinach and baked egg dish I made a few days ago, and sparkling cranberry sangria to drink.[...]May try to pull together cantaloupe and prosciutto in phyllo cups, but my last experience with prosciutto and serrano was a bad one[...]Probably also make some cinnamon raisin biscotti tonight for tomorrow morning as well.
Uh-huh, Ben... rolleyes

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or the attractive girls who were at our party
Ahh, must have missed that! doh Pretend I didn't say anything.
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Here's some Crepes Benedict that I made for breakfast a while back.

Scrambled eggs and diced ham wrapped in crepes, topped with Hollandaise, sprinkled with paprika and garnished with a parsley.

And while we are on the subject of editing systems and food, here's some Lupine that was growing near our camp on the backpacking trip I took last weekend.

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Dude, I'm making that this weekend. That looks amazing. wink This is my splendid, gourmet dinner a few months back:



Also, I thought I'd share one or two more setup pictures-




...My greenscreen setup in the room next to my office.




The T2i and new tripod as well as the Canon 40D.
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Oooh, good one DVStudio, bonus points for having your lunch ON your computer.
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DVStudio, where did you get that chroma fabric? I need to build a greenscreen like that, but I need affordable fabric first!
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Oooh, good one DVStudio, bonus points for having your lunch ON your computer.
Ehh? You should try it sometime. That's called multi-tasking mate.

Aculag wrote:

DVStudio, where did you get that chroma fabric? I need to build a greenscreen like that, but I need affordable fabric first!
Ohh? The fabric was purchased at a local fabric store. Actually the place has a website here and I do believe you can order online, but some shipping fees may apply. The one I bought is actually 2 pieces because they ran out the first time and came back to buy a second piece. It ran about $35 (with coupon) for the whole deal, plus lights that I made and/or bought at a building supply store. The fabric can be found here- it's a blizzard fleece (lime color). Here's a link if you'd like to the fabric. Still playing with the lights and new camera to get the best key (green screen can be tricky), but it's far better than my old screen- and cheaper.

I'd recommend it though, should be good, just need a blue one for camo uniforms for a few shots in my next film. Plus, if it's cold it would be a nice fleece blanket wink

Cheers
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Nice. There's a JoAnn fabrics nearby, I'm sure I can find it there. Thanks!
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Nice DIY green screen setup. And ham.

Here's my flat.

Click to enlarge. Usually have dual monitors and wireless keyboard setup near bead, it's more comfortable but uglier.


Camera rig


Homemade deep fried sushi and sea weed salad, what.

Soon I'll be moving into a sweet apartment with a photo/video room in DC while I'm on an internship and running my business before I head out to California (this is plan A, plan B is straight to California in January). Everything in my room can fit in my lifted Jeep with roof tent, snorkel, front grill, magnetic website/logo on both sites for advertising, and a small trailer, leaving room for a small boat/dinghy. Did I say we need a 'rides' thread? Because we do, for those into cars.

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Hey, Serpent.


It's 'lair'. Yeah. wink
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Hahahahaha. I'm not thinking straight at the moment. Editing. I'll keep it in the url for the sake of it. +1 Pooky epic.
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Serpent wrote:

Serpent's Layer
I think Photoshop's finally gotten to his hued.
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Sometimes I just wish I could film snippets of my life to make you realize how much cooler it is than yours, Pooky. Glad you got the message without that, though. wink

Also, hilarious photo btdubs. +1
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No class on Friday, so I woke up at like 2pm and made an open-faced seared cube steak sandwich with some shallots and a fried egg on top. Accompanying the sandwich was an au jus with fresh chives and a side salad of sauteed baby radishes and wilted spinach; all simmered in a brown sugar and peppercorn reduction to give the whole meal a hearty, southwestern flavor.



We also wanted to entertain and throw a party tonight, but couldn't get the right beverages before the 9pm state law, so I decided to conjure up some baked apples and berries in cream to round out the 'guest' consumables alongside a couple of bottles of wine.

To echo the lunch I had made, I made a similar brown sugar reduction, but with heavy cream and minced apple; which then instead of carmelizing the whole thing (to make, say, a topping to drizzle), I boiled off most of the liquid and candied it, adding butter and spooning the stuff into apples I had cored and hollowed with a melon baller. Before baking the apples, then, I basted them with a cinnamon butter and added more minced apple to to the open core. The final apples were then topped with cream that I had whipped and put in the freezer to set about an hour prior.


Definitely a day full of food experimentation, so excuse my verbosity about all the food. But at least I got to sautee my radishes and do those apples.
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Our lives are just way too cool for you, rogolo. biggrin

Atom wrote:

Sometimes I just wish I could film snippets of my life to make you realize how much cooler it is than yours, Pooky. Glad you got the message without that, though. wink
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You've got the basic idea, but some of the wrong heads on those people. smile Also, the pics are way outdated.
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I'm glad I got Ari. As always. biggrin
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The best thing about that is all the references to unfinished projects.
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Well, unreleased is very different from unfinished or abandoned. biggrin

Also, Aculag, as a *former* culinary student, any thoughts on my photos of baked apples and radish salad? Too esoteric or underwhelming? wink
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I would have sliced the radishes, instead of sectioning them. They don't look like they're fully cooked, but it's a little hard to tell. With root vegetables, it helps to parboil them before you sautée, so you still get the caramelization from the pan, and you don't have to worry about burning them, or having them turn out undercooked.

The apples... I'm not a big fan of desserts anyway, but apples and cinnamon and brown sugar is... yeah pretty underwhelming I guess. wink Go with less apples next time, maybe a bit of puff pastry or brioche (grilled brioche would be great with that, I bet) underneath, and top it with walnuts or something, just to get a variety of textures going. Also, you could add some lemon or orange juice to your liquid, to get a bit of acidity. The same could be said about your salad, actually. Some lemon or lime juice, or a touch of vinegar always helps to brighten a vegetable dish, and acidity is something that a lot of people don't even think about adding when they cook.

Good to see I'm not the only fxhomer with a passion for cooking. smile My only problem is that I always forget to take photos before I eat...
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Yeah, the apples were kind of a 'plain' dessert - I've taken diced apples and butter into puff pastry in a muffin pan before and drizzled that with cream that I folded orange zest into, but I was without those materials this time, particularly the puff pastry or some alternative, like phyllo.

The radishes were indeed parboiled - they would've been waaaaaay too hard if not! Also, I mix a small dabble apple cider vinegar in just about every vegetable I put in the frying pan, but I sometimes neglect this practice out of laziness.
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Where the hell did you learn this stuff, Ben? It's like a whole other language!
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I second Pooky's comment.
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Guys none of this stuff is anything advanced. Do you only eat already-prepared meals?
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Yes.
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Yes.

Microwave bro...

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Sssssssssssssssucks to be you. wink
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I thawed these frozen chicken breasts that were in my freezer and decided on a whim to fry them. I used buttermilk as the dairy 'adhesive' to hold the flour on, which took a bit more time because the chicken had to be dunked in the buttermilk and then set for at least two hours; some sources I checked recommended like 24 hours.

I fudged it anyhow and decided to pull the chicken out of the pyrex tray of buttermilk (which I had already thrown some Lawry's and lemon pepper into for a hackneyed marinade) and fried it. I am kind of out of vegetables by the end of the week, which is a shame because I had wanted to slice cucumbers and dress them in this aged balsalmic vinegar we bought at Williams & Sonoma for like 30 bucks; but I had used the cucumbers in a salad earlier in the week.

Instead, then, I improvised and took some pickle slices from a jar of pickles in the door of the fridge, sprinkled a sh*t ton of cayenne pepper on them, dunked them in buttermilk and fried them up as well. Then, to finish off the small bag of brown sugar that I thought would have been totally used by the apples from yesterday, I threw a half scoop of brown sugar, some peppers, Worcestershire and ketchup in a saucepan and made a small side of homemade barbecue sauce. The sauce itself is too tangy for my tastes, but having been made on a whim I can't complain. The chicken and pickles are greasy and unhealthy as hell which means they're guaranteed to be delicious. Served with a cold Shiner, it has made for an appropriate gameday dinner (It was UT's first home game this evening).




I hate to make a post about a simple plate of food so long-winded, but whatever. That was the food happenings for today. My roommate made eggs, bacon, and cinnamon rolls for brunch earlier, but neglected to take pictures on the SLR - which is left on the coffee table just shy of the kitchen for at-hand purposes of food photography. biggrin

As for learning to do anything - it's all a matter of motivation for me. Admittedly, I have some preparation skills beyond the common student, but really just felt motivated to start making food when I realized how much fun I could have doing it, what cool/good food could be made, and also what incentive it had toward impressing the ladies. wink
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This is like some kind of weird Patrick Bateman/Tyler Durden mash-up topic.

Rogolo: that image is genius, for multiple reasons.
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Here is a dinner I made myself the other day. It looks a lot like most of my dinners - a pile of carrots, a pile of greens, meatyness (some form of kiev in this case), and often cheese.



For me food is functional - something made quickly which solves hunger and (at dinner at least) ticks enough nutritional boxes. I could probably follow the instructions on recipes, or on a good day invent something.. but it doesn't interest me enough smile
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Two chicken kievs? You chubby git! razz
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Here's some sort of Chinese style chicken thing I made for supper tonight. Chicken and shallots coated in a corn starch batter and deep fried, then served over a bed of steamed rice and covered with a thick sesame, ginger and garlic sauce.

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Looking good er-no, but where's your lunch?
I don't eat lunch. Dangerous.
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Because of the importance of this thread,I thought a bit of real quality
should be added.....

My panic room.....



My lunch as I started to render animation....



and my lunch at the finish of render....

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Hahah that is funny.
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Heh, here's a dish I've been preparing for the past two hours or so...



Basically it's turkey chile with chopped bell pepper, onions, tomato sauce, 2 pounds of ground turkey, beans, and a dash of cayenne pepper. It's delicious. wink
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...Our pasta this evening is squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth with goat cheese profiteroles, and I also have an arugula Caesar salad. For entrees this evening, I have swordfish meatloaf with onion marmalade, rare roasted partridge breast in raspberry coulis with a sorrel timbale...and grilled free-range rabbit with herbed french fries. Our pasta tonight is a squid ravioli in a lemon grass broth, and the fish tonight is a grilled...
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Made this for a website update, but figured it was relevant to this topic: portable setup.



This will be my setup over the course of the next few months at least, going to try living abroad on the dusty road for a bit, in the near future, until I find a place to settle. Lights and hardware powered via inverter.

Very thrilled about the new vehicle, and also invested in an HD underwater and helmet cam for behind the scenes footage on things. Will likely be writing a blog and producing a documentary whilst journeying/touring. No idea where this will go, it will be experimental.

Oh, and here's a recent meal of Indian food that I enjoyed.

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Found this neat cookbook that uses a maximum of 5 ingredients in each recipe with a maximum 10 min preparation time. I know the site looks kind of dodgy, but the pdf is legit.

http://thestonesoup.com/blog/2010/06/a-free-e-cookbook/

Might actually be enough to get me into cooking.
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Nice find Pooky. I'm definitely a minimalist, so a few of those recopies really interested me. Thanks.