"MMO Gaming Mice" and Editing
I recently picked up a Naga Razer 2014 MMO Gaming Mouse specifically for use with Hitfilm, Vegas and Photoshop (ok, ok, and my other audio/video/graphics software).
If you're not familiar with the class of "MMO Gaming Mice," basically you end up with a whole lot of extra programmable buttons on the side: The Naza Razer, Logitech G600 and RedDragon Perdition, for example, all have a 12-button grid on the side where your thumb would rest.I went with the Naga because I liked it's layout a bit better than the Logitech. I could have saved some money with the RedDragon, but it's reviews made me feel like it was a cheaply made product based on intellectual property theft. *shrug*
I'm trying this out as a replacement for my recently deceased Contour Shuttle Pro (you lasted me 7 years, Shuttle Pro, and served well) and, so far, it seems to be useful. I love the Shuttle Pro and I will be getting another one of those, but the MMO mouse is going to take up less space in my laptop bag than the Shuttle Pro.
In the case of Hitfilm, I haven't finalized my key bindings yet, but, for Vegas, six of the thumbpad keys are assigned to Camera 1-3 Cut/Dissolve for multicam edits with other keys being bound to varied navigation functions--stepping forward/backwards by edit or to beginning/end of timeline, for example. The scrollwheel clicks down, left and right, so in Vegas these are set to J (left) Enter (center) and L (right) so my basic shuttle commands are now at my fingertips.
In Hitfilm, so far I'm using a similar arrangement for the scroll wheel. In Photoshop the thumb grid is assigned to toolbox selections and the scroll wheel left/right is set to brush size.
Basically these mice have configuration software allowing one to set up custom key bindings attached to individual programs.
For the record, I don't MMO since City of Heros got boring back in 2005. I picked this puppy up solely because I thought it would be useful for editing. I was right.
Anyone else have a favorite hardware peripheral that's useful for editing or a favorite technique? I would recommend at least taking a look at one of the MMO Gaming mice and seeing if it looks right for you, or, failing that, something like a contour Shuttle Pro--editing with a proper shuttle/jog wheel is a joy and a half (although it's pretty nice using the scroll wheel on the mouse for JKL scrolling)!
Here's the Amazon Page showing all their available MMO Gaming mice if you want to check that sort of thing out: http://www.amazon.com/s?ie=UTF8&page=1&rh=i:aps,k:mmo mouse
And here's the Contour Design product page for the Shuttle Pro. http://ergo.contour-design.com/ergonomic-mouse/shuttlepro-v2