Is a standing desk worth it?

For the last two weeks I've been testing the UpDesk PowerUp standing desk. If you're looking for one of the best powered standing desks, then you should definitely take a look at what these guys offer.

This particular desk is the large version featuring a 72" high quality laminate top, and a motor that makes the desk rise and lower quickly. It's not cheap, but it does come with a 5-year warranty, and the build quality is excellent.

Having the option to stand has changed the way I work for sure. It's especially useful when doing long YouTube video editing sessions with Final Cut Pro X on my Mac. Check out my full review of the UpDesk Power Up for more details.

Why Final Cut Pro X rocks

Jonathan Morrison from TLD has been a long time Final Cut Pro X evangelist, which is one of the reasons why I've always liked the guy. For a while I sensed that people thought of Final Cut Pro users as amateurs, and the push was to switch to Adobe Premiere Pro. Fortunately, the tide seems to be changing, and it's largely being spearheaded by Morrison and his TLD cohorts. Even YouTube star Marques Brownlee recently made the switch over to Final Cut Pro X after testing it out.

Why is Final Cut Pro X so good? A lot of it has to do with optimization and speed. Not only do I find it much faster to use on my MacBook Pro when compared to Premiere Pro, but when it comes to video export times, it's simply no contest. Even the underpowered Intel Core M 12" MacBook from 2015 can handle 4K exports just fine, as demonstrated in Morrison's video.

The bottom line is that Final Cut Pro X is generally the best NLE for Mac users. One could argue that for end-to-end productivity, Premiere Pro has an advantage due to Audition and After Effects, but I think that even that's debatable. 

That's not to say that Premiere Pro isn't good, or that it doesn't have any advantages. It's just that, for the average workflow with an average Mac, Final Cut Pro X provides a smoother and more consistent experience with less crashes and much faster rendering, exports, etc. That's largely been my experience when comparing the two.

Tomas Villegas compares the Sennheiser MKH 416 to the Sennheiser MKE 600

Tomas Villegas answers the question that many of us want to know. How does the budget-friendly Sennheiser MKE 600 compare to the legendary Sennheiser MKH 416? The results may (or may not) surprise you. Hint: The MKH 416 is still king, but the 600 isn't too shabby if you're on a tight budget.

Personally speaking, I'd prefer to save up for the MKH 416. I'm currently doing that right now. I have to admit that my current microphone situation is pretty bad, but I'm looking forward to finally landing the 416 once the budget allows.

Welcome to the new Cellular

I'll keep this short and sweet. I was finally able to acquire the cellular.fm domain. That means that I now have a proper home for Cellular, which is exciting news. The podcast was on a slight hiatus until this issue could be remedied, but now that it has, expect new episodes soon.

In other exciting news, I was also able to secure the Cellular YouTube channel. There's not much there now, but you can find that at YouTube.com/c/CellularFM. Thanks for your patience during the downtime, things should be back and running within the next couple of weeks.

-Jeff