Does Your Movie Editing Workstation Look Like Spaghetti Junction? A Gamer/Movie Editor Shows How to Attain the Ultimate in Wired-Up Neatness.

by Karin Gottschalk3 Comments

I have a confession. I am way too embarrassed to invite guests into the room that contains my editing workstation. Like the rest of this house, it is a work in progress. Like my life and career, the house where we live and work has seen better days. (Wink)

We renovate where we can, when we can, but we often need to put off cosmetic improvements in favor of more crucial repairs. Cut down a few trees that have reached the end of their life and threaten to fall over, or clean up this spaghetti junction underneath my workstation? Prioritize safety over daily peace of mind?

I have a pretty good variable height standing desk but the cables below it and the odds and sods on top of it need to be organized way better. I want to walk up to at the start of the day with a clear mind and uncluttered view, imagine images, words and sounds into being, create them, then easily restore my workspace back to pristine ready for the next day.

As the great advertising and magazine art director George Lois reminds us, “Make your surroundings a metaphor for who you are”.

An article at 4K Shooters reminded me that I need to do that right now and the first step is to improve my workroom. First task, get all these wires organized and out of sight. Second task, get all this stuff off the top of the desk, without adding furniture elsewhere in the room.

I’d love an entire house organized as well as the architect next door has organized his living and working space. All the rooms of his pavilion-style house have extensive built-in storage and contemporary furniture, money no object. It is pristine.

I can’t be like my neighbor, but I can follow the advice of gamer-cum-editor Marc at Totally Silenced Tech and get this desk in order, cables first, desktop clutter second. Mark shows us how he does it in his YouTube video and 4K Shooters expands further, focusing on better organizing your editing bay.

Thank you, Marc and 4K Shooters! You may have added to my current embarrassment level but you have given me the incentive and the how-tos to do something about it.

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The Ultimate Cable Management Guide For Your Editing Bay

Via 4K Shooters:

In the video below, Mark from Totally Silenced Tech will run us through the process by bringing all of the information one will need to know about  managing cables and how to turn a cluttered work space into a neat and comfortable area where everything is placed exactly where it’s supposed to be.

Ultimate Cable management Guide, How To Get a Super Clean Gaming Setup.

In the first place, you’ll need to drill a few holes placed as close as possible to the accessories that you are using most on your desk. In this particular case, Marks drills two holes right behind his speakers where he puts through speaker’s cables so that they become invisible for those sitting in front of the desk.

Read full article at 4K Shooters “The Ultimate Cable Management Guide For Your Editing Bay”

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(cover photo credit: snap from 4K Shooters)

Karin Gottschalk

Karin Gottschalk

Karin is a documentary moviemaker, journalist, photographer and teacher who conceived and cofounded an influential, globally-read, Australian magazine of contemporary art, culture and photography. While based in Europe, contributing to the magazine and working in advertising, she visualised a future telling the same sorts of stories with a movie camera and audio recorder. Now back in her home base in Sydney, Karin is pursuing her goal of becoming an independent, one-person, backpack multimedia journalist and documentary moviemaker. Mentorless and un-filmschooled, she is constantly learning and sharpening up her skill set.
Karin Gottschalk


  1. For most busy working home studios this is terrible idea. When I moved into my current studio, still new at post production work, I spend days making the perfect cable management setup. It looked fantastic. Fast forward 15 years later, my setup looks like an underground hacker HQ with cables running everywhere. 

    Lessons learned? About a month after my setup, I found a needed a different CPU/monitor. Then another change, Then a hardware replacement. Then, I really needed the studio facing the other side of the room after seeing sunlight in summer ( I moved in in winter). I tried to keep the cable management together but after about 1 to 2 years I realized it took time, money and energy away from my work.
    Now I have a very busy studio with 6 computers, 8 monitors, 16 speakers and 3 subs. Plus two musical keyboards, keytar and guitar. I leave cables and connectors loose, available and easy to work with. Walls are painted neutral grey for CC. Furniture is black. Work is the focus, most critical work is very low light, clients thing it’s cool.
    This is just about sex appeal not function. Form follows function for creative gear – otherwise you are missing the point about what creative tools are.
    If you have a single computer or laptop and never change your setup – sure, make it look sexy if that is how you want to spend your money.
    But if you value your creative time and energy, you will spend your money on better tools that take minimal time to maintain function and screw how it looks. You spend your time in a darkened room looking at your screen, not your cable management.

  2. nice

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