7 Tips for an Ergonomically Correct Post Production Studio

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7 Tips for an Ergonomically Correct Post Production Studio

7 Tips

Ergonomically Correct Post Production Studio

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INTRODUCTIONIn a video editing studio, there's much to worry about ergonomics wise. Every industry has body or health concerns when there are long hours being spent in front of a video screen or monitor, but with many repeated, precise movements and often many eye-squintingly tiny onscreen controls to manipulate, the job of a post production video editor can be very damaging to their health.

To have a normal line of sight in a post production/video editing studio you have to have the correct workstation. All of the controls needed towork the software being used should be located right in front or just to the side of the editor (as shown in the photo above). If the editor has to strain his/her neck to turn around and locate one of the controls, then it's a bad set up. If the editor has to strain his/her back to reach forward or to the side to access controls, then it is also a bad setup. The photo above is a picture of an editing station that I believe to be ergonomically correct. The monitor is located at eye level (and is flat screened), and all of the controls are located appropriately. At this type of workstation, the editor working there has lesser risk of back or neck injury than he would have at a desk that's not set up for video editing.

Number 1. Normal line of site.

Number 2.Posture.

For long hours sitting infront of a computer screen, the editor needs to have a comfortable chair to sit in. Some chairs can be bad for your posture, which can cause back pain, headaches, fatigue, and cramps. I believe that the Aeron office chair is the best fit for a post production studio.The high, wide, contoured back takes the pressure off your lower spine, and the chair has built in "PostureFit" that allows the chair to adapt to your body and correct posture, therefore reducing back pain. The "waterfall" front edge of the seat is also designed to take pressure off your thighs, so your blood keeps circulating and you stay alert and focused. And on top of it all, the chair moves effortlessly with your whole body, reducing stress on knees, ankles, and joints. The Aeron chair also has terrific back support. The chair is shown in the picture above this.

Number 4.Lighting.

Number 5.Ventilation.

Number 6.Noise.

Number 7.Take a break.

Number 3.Keyboard and mouse placement.

With all the typing and clicking that an editor does, it is absolutely crucial that they have good hand positioning when typing or using the mouse (examples shown above) so that they do not risk aquiring Carpal Tunnel Syndrome or a Musculoskeletal Injury. If an editor has a good work station, the keyboard and mouse should both be located in the correct places (shown in the picture of the ergonomically correct workstation).

To reduce eye strain, the computer(s) the editor is working with should be kept at a brightness that matches the room around them. It is also best to be in a room with few or no windows. If there are windows, the curtains should be closed to prevent glare on the computer(s) screen(s) which can also cause eye strain. Too much eye strain can cause lack of sleep and damage to the eyes.

For good air circulation, I think the Dyson air multiplier (different models shown above) would be the best fan to put in a post production studio. The air multiplier is easily cleanable having no blades or cages, therefore it won't be blowing around dust particles that can cause people to develop allergies. It is also almost silent, so it wouldn't bother the editors trying to hear the sound in the video. It's important to have good air circulation so that the room doesn't get stuffy and uncomfortable. Sometimes bad air circulation causes people to call in sick more often. It is also important to have air conditioning (on hot days) and heating (on cold days) so that the computers, equiptment, and people don't get uncomfortable and stop working.

To help cancel out backround noise around them, the editors should wear noise canceling headphones. This can help stay on task and prevent getting distracted. If the studio is located in a busy building, sound proofing panels are also a good idea.

It's always important to take breaks. Taking a break can reduce stress, and even help inspire new ideas for when you get back to work. Ever so often, it's good to give your body a rest from staring at the computer screen. Ideas for good breaks include:1. Taking a walk.2. Getting some lunch with friends.3. Doing some stretches.4. Listening to music. 5. Uncluttering your desk.


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