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Can we really have enough gear? Surely not, right? I thought I’d pass on details of a recent “investment” which might be of interest to WPixelers - especially to Lightroom (LR) users. This is the just updated “Loupedeck+”. Made in Finland, essentially the Loupedeck is a dedicated keyboard setup specifically for photo editing. The new “+” version can be used with other packages but it is ideal for LR having dedicated keys for Contrast, Exposure, Clarity, Blacks, Whites, Highlights etc etc etc…. you get the idea. The attached link shows the detail. https://loupedeck.com Loupedeck is about the size of a normal desktop keyboard and although made largely of plastic, it has a good, quality feel. The beauty of it is the ability to really fine tune the various settings - rather than, what I have always found to be, rather imprecise dragging of the LR sliders. This is WAY more precise and because the various dials have a very large range, you can really tweak away. Choose for example, through the Loupedeck keyboard, the Before/After setting and you can tweak away with massive ease - and great delight. As well as editing, Loupedeck provides lots of Library-type functions: colour coding, star rating, Pick/Reject, filtering, Survey, Compare, Loupe and Grid views. And then you can customise everything. Endless hours of fun! I’ve been using mine just over a week and have found it really speeds up my initial processing of images and, so far at least, makes editing a real pleasure. I don’t think it’s a replacement for a tablet - but the two together are terrific. Definitely worth a look (And, no, this isn't free advertising: I bought and paid full price for mine. The shipping was free though)
Quite a few people ask me to help with workflow on their Adobe Premiere Pro workflow. I'm far too busy to help people individually and they don't seem comfortable to ask the questions in the forums. Vince LaForet made a video tutorial for CS5.5 Premiere Pro last year. CS6 has many more powerful features but the basic functions of power of CS6 were mentioned for basic editing in NON-LINEAR fashion. This video is a great little tutorial to get people started (even some info for Final Cut switchers). For Red Epic/Scarlet/One users, there's a section on importing .r3d files and working with Red Cine X. Again please note CS6 is more powerful and has more features: [vimeohd]26657845[/vimeohd]