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This is The Orville special-effects quarantine battlestation


Mac Pro setup
A setup built for a pro.
Photo: Brandon Fayette

Brandon Fayette is VFX supervisor for The Orville, Hulu’s hilarious Star Trek-esque sci-fi comedy show from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane. Since screen space is vital to Fayette, he runs a triple-monitor rig.

The headliner is a Dell 49-inch UltraSharp Monitor. Its 32:9 aspect ratio means that he needs to find a wide panoramic pic for his screen saver. Next to the UltraSharp, Fayette uses a Wacom Cintiq 27QHD 27-inch monitor. This uber-precise monitor boasts a 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution, which is four times the pixel density of a standard HDTV.

Fayette’s third monitor is an Eizo CG277-BK 27-inch ColorEdge Professional Monitor. With its amazing image quality, it was specifically designed for professional colorists.

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Even though a 49-inch screen sandwiched between two 27-inchers is impressive, the highlight of the setup has to be the 16-core Mac Pro. And Fayette specced his out. He added a Radeon Pro W5700X MPX Module for better graphics.

Because he works with visual effects, Fayette needs lots of storage. He uses a Dual Cloned Pegasus R2 at 24TB for live storage and a 24TB Pegasus32 for secondary storage. Both are enclosed in a 12U Server Chassis and managed by a Netgear 10G Smart Managed Plus Switch. To transfer data back and forth with his Mac, the machine sports a 4TB OWC Accelsior 4M2 PCIe Card, which supports data-transfer speeds of up to 6,000MBps.

Fayette pairs a Magic Keyboard with a Logitech G502 gaming mouse. The mouse packs 11 programmable buttons so he can go hard no matter what he is playing. He stows a Logitech G Powerplay Wireless Charging Surface underneath a Grovemade Mouse Pad so his G502 always has juice. He charges his phone on the stylish and durable Nomad Base Station Leather Wireless Charging Stand.

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