The Tools of the Trade


The things seen from outside 


The things I use to add value to productions

  • Varizoom VT75A (bought on eBay)
  • Canon Vixia R800 (Christmas gift from 2017,  from Best Buy)
  • PreSonus Firebox FireWire 800 Audio Interface
  • JK Audio THAT-2 Telephony Audio Capture Device
  • RadioShack 2 Line telephone
  • Home Made Intercom with a generic POTS telephone (for “sketchy-calls”
  • Ikan Mic Arm (2)
  • Shuttle Xpress Jog Shuttle (for editing bought originally on eBay)
  • Berringer Xenyx 1000B (bought off Mercari in 2021)
  • AudioTechnica AT2020 (Bought in 2022 from a local pawn)
  • Elgato HDMI/USB3 input device
  • Elgato StreamDeck controller
  • Vidbox Video Converter for PC (used for streaming)


The tools to capture the montages, airchecks, historical content

  • Mitsubishi HS\U580 VHS VCR
  • Vidbox Video Converter for Mac


The various hardware and equipment to power @MinifigNewsguy

  • Mac mini 2012 (quad i5/16GB/1TB)
  • Mac mini 2010 Server (dual core/2GB/10 TB – combined) – Media storage server
  • ThinkPad W520 (quad i7/16GB/256 GB SSD), Windows 7, with NVIDIA graphics processor
  • Lacie 4big RAID drive (2x 2TB = clustered as Just a Bunch of Disks acting as an 8TB hard disk drive) Firewire 800 connectivity
  • HPE ProLiant DL360G5 (Quad Xeon 5000/32GB/1.5TB), for Windows, Linux and other applications for database, firewall, login authentication, telephony servers, etc.)


The tools are not the Latest and Greatest™

  • Avid Media Composer | First 2018.12
  • Final Cut Pro 7
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements CS 4 (Mac)
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 2 (PC)
  • Caspar CG (PC), client (Mac and PC)
  • Audacity (audio editing and voice over creations)
  • File Maker Pro 11/10 (rundowns, media management)
  • SoundByte (for sounders for newsradio)
  • QuickTime Player (to capture screens, etc.)


Rebuilding Local Media with building bricks and minifigures as the subjects. Also the King of Simulating Live events in Post Production™.