We’re onto the final gift guide of the holiday season. We’ve had cameras, lenses, lights, tripods sliders and gimbals, but now it’s time for those essential accessories and doohickies we often find stuffed into our camera bags or on our desks that we just can’t live without. This year we’ve picked some of our favourite new tools of 2020 and those that have been the most useful to the team here at DIYP.
The team at Loupedeck have launched a new product called the Loupedeck Live. It essentially looks like the top half of the Loupedeck CT, because it pretty much is, but comes in at a much lower price point.
As with Loupedeck’s previous consoles, they see it as an extension of your keyboard, mouse and pen to offer easier access to your commonly used shortcuts and tools. While the name would suggest that it’s designed primarily for live streamers (and it is), it also offers much of the same functionality as the Loupedeck CT for photographers and content creators.
The Loupedeck CT is Loupedeck’s most recent control deck, launched in October last year. It features native support for much of the Adobe CC suite of applications, along with Final Cut Pro X, Ableton Live and as of today, Streamlabs. Also new today, Loupedeck has announced a major new feature for the Loupedeck CT – the Loupedeck Profile Creator.
The Loupedeck Profile Creator allows Loupedeck CT users to create their own custom profiles for any application they like, even if it doesn’t have native integration. It’s being launched with example profiles for applications including DaVinci Resolve, Avid Pro Tools, Cubase, and even non-creative tools like Microsoft Excel.
All photographers and filmmakers have accessories and doohickies in their bags to help them with their pursuits. And now that we’ve covered cameras, lenses, lights, bags, tripods, sliders & gimbals out of the way, it’s time to crack on with those in today’s final 2019 DIYP Gift Guide. Here are some of the things we find absolutely invaluable in our work and some of the new tools and toys that have come out this year.
Since Loupedeck hit the scene a couple of years ago, they’ve become very popular tools for photographers and more recently for video editors, too. The original Loupedeck was only compatible with Lightroom. The Loupedeck+ expanded that compatibility to Capture One, Aurora HDR, Photoshop, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Final Cut Pro and Adobe Audition.
Now, Loupedeck has announced the new Loupedeck Creative Tool (CT), a much smaller unit with a wide array of software compatibility and a powerful adaptable user interface and touchscreen display that’s customisable and switches to your needs.
The Loupedeck+ is a fantastic piece of kit. As soon as it was released, it was already a nice little upgrade over the original Loupedeck with a more solid design, better buttons and knobs, and the promise of future software support. Now it supports a growing array of software with more still to come.
But the Loupedeck+ still has one issue for some people. It sits too flat on the table. With most computer keyboards, we get little feet that allow us to raise up the back end to make it a little more ergonomic. No such luck with the Loupedeck+. The folks at Lensvid, though, have taken things into their own hands by chopping up an IKEA BRÄDA laptop stand to use with the Loupedeck+.
Since the Loupedeck’s reinvention of the Loupedeck into the Loupedeck+ the support for software besides Lightroom has been expanding nicely. At launch, it offered integration with Capture One and Aurora HDR. This was then extended to include Photoshop, as well as breaking into video editing with Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects.
Now Loupedeck has announced a couple more software integrations, adding another video editor, Final Cut Pro, and taking the leap into audio with Adobe Audition.
In the final part of this series, I am giving you my configuration for the Behringer X-Touch Mini that I’ve shown you in the previous part. Of course, everyone has different workflows and the biggest advantage of generic MIDI controllers is that you can personalize all functions. So have a look at my configuration, play around with it and then change it to your needs.
One of the biggest challenges, when trying to use a MIDI controller with Lightroom is to find a controller that works well for Lightroom. As already said in the first part of this series, MIDI controllers are optimized for sound production, not for photo editing.
So when you start you will face a chicken-egg problem: You do not know yet how well it works and which parameters can work best for editing, while you do not have a controller yet to try it out.
Editing images with Software like Lightroom typically involves changing parameters like exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows, and so on for more than 90% of your work. These parameters are controlled using sliders that you have to drag with your Mouse – sliders that emulate physical controls.
Why not use such physical controls like sliders or control dials directly? Instead of using the mouse to point to virtual controls and focus on these virtual controls, why not just use a physical control and focus on the effect on the picture while changing the values instead?