If you use Lightroom or Photoshop, then you are probably aware of Loupedeck, a custom control surface for image editing. Now those buttons & wheels can directly control FCPX.
We have to admit to being very sceptical about the usefulness of custom control surfaces, but we are open minded and will always take a look at new products.
Hence our interest in Loupedeck, a crowdfunded custom control surface from Finland that was originally designed for quick access to image editing controls in Adobe's Lightroom.
The people behind the company have been extending Loupedeck's control functions to other apps such as Photoshop and Premiere and they have just announced support for Final Cut Pro X. (Loupedeck Plus)
“Final Cut Pro X was the logical choice given its wide adoption in the editing community and we felt it was an important next step for us as we look to continue our mission of delivering a well-rounded experience for users and helping to improve their workflows. Not only will they get the benefits of Loupedeck+’s intuitive design and approachable tools, they’ll get increased functionality across the range of video editing products they might be using.” – Mikko Kesti, Founder and CEO of Loupedeck.
- Utilize faster and more intuitive video editing and color correction; all basic tools for color grading are simply labelled on the console
- Total flexibility to create their own configurations to fit their workflow
- Export/import an editor’s personal Loupedeck configuration setups and easily transfer them to another computer
- Use Color Wheel workspace compatibility for color grading
- Leverage flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment
- Have the option to customize console buttons to preferred Final Cut Pro shortcut demands or use preinstalled functions
- Take advantage of 400+ additional functions available
Priced at $249 on Amazon (The new model) it is a lot of money for a product that wasn't designed especially for the app, but if you use Lightroom or Photoshop and already have a Loupedeck, then the FCPX compatibility will be welcome.
If you have a Loupedeck and are using it with FCPX, we would love to hear you findings in the comments below.