An Editor's Parachute


I live in a relatively rural area about 40 miles northwest of New York City.  I spend many long days (and nights) working at home, editing different projects from interviews to weddings to films.  I love to look out my window to see a curtain of undulating green - now gradually graduating to yellow, orange, red, and brown - peppered by fluttering birds and scurrying grey critters.  When I am plugged in I am tuned out from the natural world around me, so it is a blessing to be able to walk away on a break, stretch my legs, sip my coffee and breath in the beauty and peace around me... that is, until the power goes out! 

The dull buzz of the transformer hiccuping as the lights flicker and vanish around me makes my heart drop and my feet jump as I rush back to my studio to find a dark, dead iMac... an iMac that moments ago displayed a screen full of timelines, viewers, bins, menus, and a project, the project I've been working on all day!  All dark.

When the power returns I fire up the iMac, fire up FCPX, fire up the project, the project, and... Nothing.  It will not open.  I go for the backup... Nothing.  That won't open either.  I bring in the heavy hitters like Digital Rebellion's Corrupt Clip Finder, Media Salvage, and Project Repair, all to no avail.  My project, the project, is lost.  Lost!  Thanks to the savage beauty of an unseen fallen tree somewhere in this bucolic sanctuary.  There are few feelings that come close to the empty, angry swirling sadness and desperation that result from losing one's creative and not easily replicated work.

That happened to me once, but never again.  Since that fateful day I took the fate of my editing projects into my own hands (as best I could) and threw down on what one of my computer guru pals referred to as an essential component of any viable computer setup:  A BATTERY BACKUP.


This thing is, literally, worth its weight in gold!  Since incorporating the CyberPower into my system it has saved my ass on two separate occasions.  It is a mighty feeling to see all the lights go out around you but your computer and drives still blazing on, laughing at the grid and its impotence.  Okay, I'll back off on the hubris.

I cannot not recommend this primary and invaluable element enough to every editor/filmmaker/blogger/computer-dependent human out there!  There are many battery backup options available so do your research, this particular make and model met my needs but it may not meet yours.  Regardless, a battery backup is a necessary component if you're serious about the life of your work.  It's tough enough that we deal with the fickle behavior of video clips, NLE updates, plug-ins, add-ons, etc., but to have to worry about losing the very life's blood of our machines themselves is something we can't afford, literally.  Don't be left in the dark, get backed up now!