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Old March 20th, 2009, 06:37 AM   #1
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19" rack for studio set up?


I am in the process of setting up a studio in my house here in London. I am a casting director and I am so board in having to go to horrible casting studios so have decided to do it myself. We are pretty much ready to go but i am looking to streamline the design. will post some photos soon.

Has any one got any advice on making your own 19" rack. I have multiple DVD recorders, and Mini DV decks along with monitors and a Mac Tower and I would like to get them all stored in a vertical rack for ease of use in our studio. Propper 19" racks seem a bit excessive in price for what i need and i don't think i want an enclosed case system anyway. im thinking wire or framework....

We shoot on a Sony - V1 with feeds going out simultaneously to all the above formats. I am trying to avoid the spread affect throughout the room so going vertically will be my best bet?

Obviously i am on a budget as are most people.....

any ideas.

also looking for a low cost caption/title generator? any ideas where to start??



....... getting there slowly
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Old March 20th, 2009, 07:06 AM   #2
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It is certainly possible to make yr own racks. I made two 19" racks as pedestals for a work surface.

Do you have good woodworking skills? A table saw is almost mandatory. I used 3/4" particle board. This breaks easily so it must be reinforced. Screws must be pre-drilled and tightened carefully--you won't have a second chance. You'll still have to obtain the drilled and tapped rails which are quite expensive. I got mine free--tv station was throwing 'em away.

If I had to do it again, I'd probably use plywood.

Now, looking at your equipment list, it doesn't look like there is anything that is specifically designed for rack mounting? Maybe you can get a bookshelf at IKEA or someplace that you can drill wire access holes into? Probably cheaper and easier.
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Old August 29th, 2009, 12:08 PM   #3
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Old September 18th, 2009, 10:12 PM   #4
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As you can see here K&M | 42015-000-55 Rack Wagon | 42015-000-55 | B&H Photo Video you really dont need that much to build a rack. Some metal, a saw, drill, and nuts and bolts is all you need to build a box. Then just find a box to put it in
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