One Up Your Editing Game By Using A Gaming Mouse

Jan 17, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

One Up Your Editing Game By Using A Gaming Mouse

Jan 17, 2016

Udi Tirosh

Udi Tirosh is an entrepreneur, photography inventor, journalist, educator, and writer based in Israel. With over 25 years of experience in the photo-video industry, Udi has built and sold several photography-related brands. Udi has a double degree in mass media communications and computer science.

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If you are reading this blog, you know that we are big fans of keyboard shortcuts, but for some programs, working with a mouse is unavoidable. I was talking with an editor friend, Ariel Hadar from Kaveret, and he showed me quite an awesome was to utilize a gaming mouse and keyboard to get the benefits that you would get when working with a keyboard while working with a mouse. The best of both worlds.

Of course, this means that you are the type that likes working with shortcuts, and just want to take it up to the next level. If you like working with menus, move along, this is not the hack you’re looking for

The basic idea is that gaming and editing has a lot in common, both need to move between many tools and both need to do it fast. So the gaming industry solved this problem by making keyboards and mice with many, many buttons where you can assign shortcuts. We are going to focus on the Corsair K95 gaming keyboard and M95 gaming mouse because this is what Ariel uses (get the black mouse), but other brands will probably work in similar fashion.

Specifically, the M95 has 8 additional configurable buttons and the K95 has an extra 18 buttons. (Well, technically, you can re-program the left and right mouse buttons too, but you probably don’t want to do that, because it will really mess up your workflow).

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If you do opt for another mouse, make sure that it fits your hand well and that all the extra buttons are accessible with your thumb (which is usually unused when working with a mouse), and the extra keys on the keyboard are placed on the left, because you will probably be using them with the hand that does not hold the mouse.

Lastly the software that comes with Corsair gaming controls is very flexible, you can assign keys, key combinations and short scripts or macros.

We are also going to focus on Adobe Premiere Pro, those this hack will work with other editing software as well.

I asked Ariel for some examples:

Here is one such simple example. One of the buttons on my M95 is configured to CTRL+K which cuts the clip where the play-head is located.

Another more enticing example is what I did when I had to edit a movie with many slow-mo sequences. Regularly, I would have to hit CRTL+R to access the speed dialog, then press 50% and enter. For every single clip….. I made a short script and assigned it to button 7 (see photo below). This made slo-mo-ing a clip very fast, and being a repetitive job, it really saved a lot of time.

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Here are some more ideas for shortcuts both on the keyboard and the mouse:

  • nesting a clip ([the shortcut you assigned]>enter)
  • Ripple delete (d>Ctrl+Backspace)
  • Nudge a clip up/down (alt+up/down). Cut/copy/paste (Ctrl+x/c/v)

Just think on your repetitive actions and assign a macro for them.

And here are some of Ariel’s configurations:

Keyboard

  1. 1. Ctrl+X, Ctrl+C, Ctrl+V (Cut, Copy, Paste)
  2.  Alt+Up, Alt+Down (Nudge a clip down/up)
  3. Open Calculator
  4. Show Desktop

Mouse

  • Ctrl+K (Cut a clip)
  • Make a clip slo-mo @ 50% (described above)
  • Ctrl+S (SUPER IMPORTANT!)
  • Ctrl+5 (this is the shortcut I assigned to label the clip “mango” which means ‘good/important clip’)
  • D > Ctrl+Backspace (ripple delete the clip below playhead)
  • Ctrl+1 > Enter (Nest the selected clip(s) with default name)

Of course, those are only relevant for Adobe Premiere Pro (and to Ariel’s workflow at that), if you are using Davinci, After Effects, Avid or Call of Duty, you may want to map the buttons differently.

If you want to see more of Ariel and Kaveret’s work, they have a prolific Facebbok account and a 500px too.


P.S. Evolution gave us opposable thumbs so we can edit faster, don’t let this evolutionary edge go to waste

P.P.S. I wonder how this mouse would perform as a camera. :)

https://youtu.be/cXr2kF0zEgI?t=2m32s

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9 responses to “One Up Your Editing Game By Using A Gaming Mouse”

  1. Lee Daley Avatar
    Lee Daley

    Check out this article on editor Editor Alan Bell A.C.E using a gaming key pad.
    http://jonnyelwyn.co.uk/film-video-editing-tools-for-editors/video-editing-with-logitech-g-13-keyboard/ I now can’t work without it

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      That is quite impressive

  2. Gerald Keil Avatar
    Gerald Keil

    I use the @Razer Naga and the Black Widow keyboard for my editing

  3. Iowa Yankee Avatar
    Iowa Yankee

    playback look good

  4. foto2021 Avatar
    foto2021

    I would buy that mouse based solely on its looks.

  5. jokolo Avatar
    jokolo

    I have Logitech G700, tilt wheel to the left = rate photo as 1, right as 2, thumbs buttons are back/froward a and copy/paste, index buttons are next tab, close tab and minimize

  6. TonyC Avatar
    TonyC

    Good timing. I just got a Logitech G602 specifically for Photoshop and Lightroom. I’ve been looking at various sites to get an idea of how to customize, but not much luck until this.

    Thanks.

  7. joe_average Avatar
    joe_average

    i’ve been on the fence, so this article put me over… just bought the logitech g600 mmo gaming mouse. if 24 buttons isn’t enough, i might also get the g13 gaming pad =D

    :( bummer that paddy is not supported currently https://sites.google.com/site/dorfl68/

  8. leslie dean brown Avatar
    leslie dean brown

    I make eco mouse mats, hand made from natural materials, different patterns available: https://www.etsy.com/shop/vayakora?search_query=mouse