My Dream Home Office Desk Setup! Productivity and Content Creation

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📒 Show Notes 📒

1️⃣ Check out all of the Live Streaming Gear used in this setup here: https://kit.co/SeanCannell/think-media-live-streaming-studio

2️⃣ My Favorite Ergonomics Products
Sit/Stand Desk: https://www.autonomous.ai/standing-desks/l-shaped-smartdesk
Herman Miller Chair: https://store.hermanmiller.com/office-chairs-aeron/aeron-chair/2195348.html?lang=en_US
(More Affordable Option) Autonomous Chair: https://www.autonomous.ai/office-chairs
Fluidstance Balance Board: https://amzn.to/3CgFly1
Keyboard: https://amzn.to/3F49gej
Mouse: https://amzn.to/3qrrF0H

3️⃣ (Kyle’s Desk Setup) Minimalist IKEA Desk Setup 2021 (Perfect for Working from Home!)

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⏰ Timecodes ⏰
0:00 My Dream Work From Home Desk Tour
1:16 Autonomous Sit/Stand Desk
1:54 My Streaming PC
2:28 Computer Monitors Setup
3:19 Cameras & Lenses
4:49 Camlink Pro Capture Card
5:58 Streaming Audio Setup
7:32 Lighting Setup
9:18 Work Ergonomics
10:46 Décor
11:50 Final Cost

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About:
In this video, Sean shares his dream home office desk setup for working from home as a content creator. This is desk tour is great for people wanting to work from home in style.

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— [Sean] I’ve been working
on building my dream

home office setup

for YouTube content
creation and live streaming.

And in this video,

I’m gonna be taking you on a tour,

showing you how I use this setup

to stay productive and creative.

And I think you’re gonna
get a lot of cool ideas

so stick around.

— [Man] You got to just press record.

— Hey, welcome back to Think
Media, Sean Cannell here.

And I am sitting

in the brand new Think
Media Northwest offices.

That might sound kind of official,

but all of us at Think Media
actually work from home

and this is just a 10 by 10 bedroom

turned into a battle station.

A couple of things you need to know,

today’s video is brought
to you by Stream-Yard,

more on them in just a second.

If you want to skip around in this video,

we’re going to add chapters
for the various parts

of this home office desk set up.

And, of course, we’ll
summarize all of the gear

and resources and links

in the YouTube description down below,

so check those out.

Now, a lot of thinking
has gone into this build.

I’ve been creating YouTube
content for over 10 years now.

I’ve been live streaming for over five.

And we’ve been blessed to
see the growth of Think Media

giving me the opportunity to ask myself,

«What exactly would I build,

if I could build anything

when it comes to really
a live streaming studio?»

And it all starts with the
Autonomous Smart-Desk Corner.

Now, this is in a $1,000 here in the US,

desk that’s L-shaped.

It gives me a place where I
can sit and read and journal

and look out the window.

And then, of course,

the side of the desk
that’s for content creation

and live streaming.

And I selected white because this office

is heavily based on RGB
lighting, color lighting.

And so, the white color
will just kind of reflect

and pick up the color of
light that shines on it.

It’s super clean and it’s
an electric sit-stand desk

that allows me to keep
moving throughout the day

to stay as healthy as
possible when working.

The computer that is driving
the entire desk setup

is an NZXT Streaming PC Pro.

This is a prebuilt machine

with the latest GeForce RTX graphics card.

Personally, I’m not really
gaming with this PC,

I’m using it for live streaming.

And I wanted to pick it out

because of one, speed.

It was pre-built.

They shifted in the mail.

Graphics cards are kind
of hard to get right now,

it showed up and it was ready to go.

And two, to future-proof the setup

for maybe higher resolution
live streaming in the future,

and just a lot of hardware power

So it doesn’t bog down.

Next are some view Sonic
32 inch IPS monitors.

I love live streaming with two monitors

because I use one monitor
for my dashboard, my notes,

maybe some slides I’m going to teach from.

And then the other monitor

is the monitor that I share screen from.

So it allows me to have
plenty of workspace

to manage everything.

And when we first started
building this setup,

I purchased a dual monitor desk Mount,

meaning it clamped in one place

and there was two arms
that split off from it.

But because these monitors are 32 inches

there just not enough flexibility,

there wasn’t enough strength in the arms.

They weren’t really built to separate

these large of monitors.

So I upgraded to some
lock tech, heavy duty gas,

spring monitor arms,

and there’s two individual arms

allowing me to separate the monitors

and really get positioning perfect.

For the cameras, I have two Sony A-6,400.

One has a Tamron 17-70 mm, 2.8 lens.

And the other has a
Tamron 11-20 mm, 2.8 lens.

And then for the third
camera angle is a Sony ZV1

that allows me to have a center,

left side shot and right side shot.

All of the cameras have dummy batteries,

so there’s continuous power
so they can run indefinitely.

For the Sony ZV1. I have
it on an Elgato desk Mount

And the two table clamp desk mounts

I’m using for the A-6,400 are by arc scan.

These came in at $88 each,

but they’re super durable and steady

and keep heavier cameras
right in place without shake.

Now in just a second,

we’re going to get into the
audio and the microphone

and the lighting, and so
many of the cool accessories

and lessons that we learned.

But if you’ve been getting
value out of this video

and learning something new,
can you hit the like button?

And today’s video is brought
to you by Stream-Yard.

Stream-yard is how we live
stream to our channels,

like Think Media and
the Think Media podcast,

as well as our private Facebook groups,

whether it’s having smooth
transitions from your slides

back to your face

or uploading videos to
share on your stream,

or even bringing on multiple
guests for interviews.

Stream-Yard makes live streaming easy.

You can try Stream-Yard
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Now in just a second, we’re
going to talk about audio,

but you’re probably wondering,

how do you tie all of
those cameras together

and then switch between them?

And the answer is called a cam link pro.

The cam link pro is a PCIE capture card

that has four HTMI inputs.

This is why I wanted to
get a live streaming PC

so that I could add additional hardware

and use devices like this.

This allows me to actually
input multiple different cameras

and or devices. I could use
an action camera, a DSLR,

or a mirror-less camera, a
laptop, or a tablet like an iPad.

And then you can control
those camera angles

using different softwares,

including the software
that Elgato has created.

When you combine that with
what’s called a stream deck.

And I got the stream deck XL.

The whole thing talks together
and is really easy to use.

It takes a little while to set up,

but then it makes it easy for me to switch

between the four camera angles
at the push of a button,

while I’m live streaming.

And so when I’m live
streaming on Stream-Yard,

essentially I’m able to
just select my webcam,

select my camera source and
have all four camera angles

be just simply streaming
through that one source,

which brings us to the audio side,

or essentially the microphone
input side of your software.

Here I’m using a road castor pro,

which acts as the audio interface
and a mixer for my voice

for guests that come on
via Stream-Yard or zoom

for music and for sound effects.

One of my favorite parts
of this desk set up

is the fact that the road
castor is lifted up off the desk

using a laptop notebook desk Mount

that comes in at under $40.

Then my main microphone is the Shure SM7B

that is plugged in with some
monogamy XLR audio cables.

There’s a cloud lifter as
well, and a road boom arm.

Now it’s possible to use the Roadcaster,

not just as a broadcast tool,

but also as an audio interface

that goes to your studio monitors.

But actually one of the
challenges that I ran into

was, there was no way for me
to actually trim out my voice,

coming back at me over my studio monitors.

You can actually do it easily

when you are monitoring
your audio with headphones,

but because sometimes I’m
on meetings all day long,

I wanted to find a way
to work around that.

So in this case, I use an
audient ID 14 audio interface

that essentially runs my desk speakers

and my headphones for
when I’m in meetings.

The desk speakers are by audio engine

they are the A2+ model.

And I also have the audio
engine SA powered subwoofer.

I definitely recommend the
stamps they’re designed for them,

They’re super clean and
they angle them up nice,

giving you an overall
experience improvement.

For the main lights,

lighting me the subject for live streaming

and creating videos, I
chose the Elgato key lights.

There’s a lot of great
lights on the market.

You can actually save a lot of money

and get some different
budget options out there,

but I was just kind of going
for a streamed lined workflow.

And the nice thing is I
can click them on and off

with my stream deck.

And again, that was my
goal, remove all friction

so that I can come into
this battle station

and create content.

But I think one of my favorite
parts of the whole office

is the integration of
Philips Hue lighting.

We had an electrician
install two track lights

with five lights on each of them.

Now to be able to have
control of all this lighting.

I started with the Philips Hue,

white and color LED
Smart Button Starter Kit.

This has the bridge or the hub,

which plugs into your internet,
basically your wifi router,

giving you control through the app

and allowing you to control
all the different lights,

blend them together, create
cool looks. It’s pretty amazing.

We also installed some
lighting behind an Ikea dresser

with the Philips Hue rope light.

There’s a cool Iris Philips
Hue light on the dresser.

And then there’s a couple
plays on top of the monitors.

My goal here

was to actually be able
to kind of splash my face

with crazy different RGB lighting

to maybe create that cyber punk effect

or different lighting
actually on my face effect.

But overall, I’m kind of experimenting

and still dialing in this entire setup.

And I should mention the
Elgato stream deck XL

can basically control everything.

Now I know we’ve covered a ton,

but a couple of things
coming up are, in my opinion,

the most important parts of this office.

And that’s related to
some of the health aspects

and ergonomics.

My ergonomics checklist starts
with the sit-stand desk,

getting the desk positioning

not only perfect for a
good angle with my arms,

but also being able to
move throughout the day.`

I also invested in a Herman Miller chair.

Autonomous has some great chairs as well,

that are a little bit more affordable.

This thing costs a fortune.

It’s almost $2,000 with all
the customization I did on it.

But one of the things
that I think is important

when you think about this,

is I’m going to be sitting in this chair

for the next 10 to 20 years,

I’m going to be in this chair

probably longer than I’m
going to be in my car

and having micro
adjustments for your back,

having your neck, your angles,

forward tilt, rear till or arm support.

And additionally,

I got a logic tech mouse
that I love the MX3

and a logic tech keyboard
that is ergonomic.

Everybody hates the split
ergonomic keyboards.

Let me know in the
comments, if you hate those,

all of that is to kind of
help with some arm challenges

that I have. it’s called
repetitive stress injury.

It’s kind of like carpal tunnel,

some nerve stuff that I have.

So I take ergonomics really seriously.

And there’s also,

what’s called a fluid
stance balanced board.

Now there’s other brands
of balanced board.

I love fluid-stance
because are super well-made

kind of a premium balance board.

And that allows me to keep
engaged throughout the day.

I could be taking meetings,

standing at the standing
desk on the balance board

and burning calories, increasing mobility,

increasing flexibility. I
take ergonomics seriously.

Now all of the plants
and furniture and decor

besides the main desk is from Ikea.

If the plants were living,
I would probably kill them.

And so the plants are fake.

Furniture has been tough lately,

I think because of the pandemic.

And so everything was ordered online

and it took a couple months
to actually all come in,

but I’m really happy with
the items that we picked out.

The white aesthetic. Again,

pulls the color of the RGB
lights into the entire setup.

The pegboards are incredibly practical

for organizing little bits and pieces,

and they also have a cool look to them.

And it’s still a work in progress,

but for the look of the entire setup,

we’re still trying to hide all
of the wires with zip ties,

command strips.

There is a battery backup
and continuous power supply

on the floor next to the subwoofer

in case there is a power
outage to protect the PC.

And if you saw a piece of this setup

or something you have a question about

definitely drop that in
the comment section below,

but you may be wondering how
much did all of this cost.

Admittedly, there was some overspending

testing and trying some
gear that didn’t work out.

There were a few things
that I already had,

like the Sony A 6,400 cameras.

And of course there’s costs
of installing track lighting

and things like that. So
when you add everything up,

this studio comes in
right around $20,000 USD.

So I’m curious your thoughts.
Is it hot, is it not?

let me know in the comment section below.

And what would you have done different?

Do you have any advice
for ways to improve,

enhance or tweak this setup? And Hey,

we actually have an entire
series here on Think Media

for different office setups
for different size rooms

and different budgets.

So click or tap the screen

to watch the next video in this series,

or check out another
video from Think Media

by click or tapping the
screen. Appreciate you so much.

And I will see you in the next video.

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