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Three months with the Editors Keys dedicated Final Cut Pro X keyboard

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There are many products out there that claim to help you edit faster. For us, nothing helps more than a dedicated keyboard. We have had an Editors Keys FCPX keyboard on review for the last three months.

Jog wheels, iPad apps and gestures. They all sound good, but for us nothing beats the speed of a keyboard and shortcuts. For the last few months we have been lucky to have had an Editors Keys dedicated Final Cut Pro X keyboard to get the brain and muscles trained.

The Editors Keys keyboard is an actual Apple low profile aluminium keyboard that has had the key caps printed with their respective commands from FCPX. The keys are also colour coded depending on their function.

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The keyboard has the traditional USB2 connectors at either end. We use a Magic Mouse when not using a tablet so we rarely plug anything into the keyboard apart from the odd memory stick.

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We have been using dedicated keyboards ever since Avid decided to lable up and colour the first one way back when NLEs were just offline tools. They make the editing process a lot faster as you will get to a point where you don't have to look at the keyboard, but you can still see the colours in your peripheral vision.

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The keyboard did exactly what it said on the tin and also survived three months of being transported around in bags and boxes. The printed keycaps don't look like they are going to wear away easily or pop off. We accidentally bashed our old FCP7 transparent keyboard on a car door in customer's car park. Putting all the key caps back on in the correct place was harder than you would imagine. It was also raining at the time!

Maybe a comment we would make is that the red command keys and the number function keys are a rather dark red which can be slightly difficult to read in a dimly lit edit suite. Also the number keys on the right would be better if they were be labled up for keywording.

The price for the Editors Keys FCPX keyboard is £89.99 which is a shade under the direct competition. The delivery charge of £2.99 for the UK and £4.99 for the rest of the world is considerably less and that makes this keyboard a good buy in comparison.

We can also vouch for Editors Keys' customer service as we have bought other products, all of which arrived the day after the order in the UK.

Our final verdict is if you use FCPX and haven't got a dedicated keyboard or skin overlay, then this makes an excellent addition. There's no doubting that it will make editing quicker and easier. Because the keyboard originated as an Apple item, the quality of the product is exactly the same as a keyboard you would find in an Apple store. When you edit fast, you don't want non-contacts or double key bounces.

We are just hoping they don't ask for it back!

 


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I am the Editor-in-Chief of FCP.co and have run the website since its inception ten years ago.

I have also worked as a broadcast and corporate editor for over 30 years, starting on one inch tape, working through many formats, right up to today's NLEs.

Under the name Idustrial Revolution, I have written and sold plugins for Final Cut Pro for 13 years.

I was made a Freeman of Lichfield through The Worshipful Company of Smiths (established 1601). Though I haven't yet tried to herd a flock of sheep through the city centre!

Current Editing

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2020 has been busy, the beginning of the year was finishing off a new property series (cut on FCP) for Channel 4 called The Great House Giveaway. I also designed and built the majority of the graphics as Motion templates. It has been a great success and the shows grabbed more viewers in the 4pm weekday slot than any previous strand. It has been recommissioned by C4 for 60 episodes, including prime-time versions and five themed programmes. 

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Although both were postponed to later in the year, I worked again on ITV's coverage of the Tour de France and La Vuelta. 2020 was my 25th year of editing the TdF and my 20th year as lead editor. The Tour was the first broadcast show to adopt FCPX working for multiple editors on shared storage.

 

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BBC's Snooker has played a big part in my life, I've been editing tournament coverage since 1997. I'm proud to be part of a very creative team that has pioneered many new ideas and workflows that are now industry standard in sports' production. This is currently an Adobe Premiere edit.

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Covid cancelled some of the regular corporate events that I edit such as trade shows & events. I was lucky however to edit, from home, on projects for Amazon Kindle, Amazon Black Friday, Mastercard and very proud to have helped local charitable trust Kendall & Wall secure lottery funding.

As for software, my weapon of choice is Final Cut Pro and Motion, but I also have a good knowledge and broadcast credits with Adobe Premiere Pro, MOGRT design and Photoshop.

Plugin Design & Development

I'm the creative force behind Idustrial Revolution, one of the oldest Final Cut Pro plugin developers. It hosts a range of commercial and free plugins on the site. One free plugin was downloaded over a thousand times within 24 hours of release.

I also take on custom work, whether it is adapting an existing plugin for a special use or designing new plugins for clients from scratch. Having a good knowledge of editing allows me to build-in flexibility and more importantly, usability.

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Now in its 10th year and 4th redesign, running FCP.co has given me knowledge on how to run a large CMS- you are currently reading my bio from the database! Although it sounds corny, I am pretty well up on social media trends & techniques, especially in the video sector. The recent Covid restrictions has enabled live FCP.co shows online. This involves managing a Zoom Webinar through Restream.io to YouTube and Facebook. 

The Future

I'm always open to new ideas and opportunities, so please get in touch at editor (at) fcp.co. I've judged film competitions, presented workflow techniques to international audiences and come up with ideas for TV shows and software programs!

 

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