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keyboard replacement/additional hardware?

Post by slowtiger » 24 Apr 2018, 11:42

I know that some of you use additional controllers which can be programmed to emulate keyboard shortcuts and so on. A friend of mine would like to try this, but I'm lost at finding any of these in this forum. Could you recommend some or point me at a good source for this? I even don't know the exact term to search for, all I get is gaming stuff.
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Re: keyboard replacement/additional hardware?

Post by ematecki » 24 Apr 2018, 12:13

You mean something like the Shuttle Pro from Contour Design ?

https://www.contourdesign.com/product/shuttlepro-v2/
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Post by NathanOtano » 24 Apr 2018, 15:49

A Wiimote is the best with tvpaint hehe
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Post by mox » 24 Apr 2018, 16:15

Could it be "modular controllers" ? Like these ones https://palettegear.com/
I really don't know if it's worth the price and that good for illustration and animation (I mean workflow improvement VS cost)...
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Post by slowtiger » 24 Apr 2018, 16:42

Nathan: do you use that?
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Post by neonnoodle » 24 Apr 2018, 17:18

I'm a terrible packrat of digital gear. I have a ShuttlePro but I never really liked the feeling of using it. The ergonomics of the device never quite felt right to me, and the buttons always seemed rather stiff. However it's a powerful device with good software for mapping the various functions.

I also have a USB dictation foot pedal that I've used for certain controls. I got it for free from a junk sale.

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Post by schwarzgrau » 27 Apr 2018, 10:50

I bought a Logitech G13 from ebay a few years ago to use it with After Effects (which I never really did)
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But then I started to use it with TVPaint, which worked out great, since you can assign a lot of shortcuts to it and don't need a lot of space.
In 2016 I switched to a Razor Orbweaver, which seems even nicer.
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Post by slowtiger » 27 Apr 2018, 11:16

Thank you very much for all your suggestions, I've forwarded them to my illustrator friend.
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Post by meslin » 29 Apr 2018, 00:21

I used the Belkin Nostromo N52 Speedpad (obtained for $10 from BestBuy) for about ten years until the wheel stopped working (which I used for timeline controls), so I switched to a 'Razer Naga 2014' left-handed mouse with a lot of buttons on the side (purchased cheap, also, because the laser for cursor use is broken).
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I have used Wii / PS3 controllers through ControllerMate, also, but I prefer to use TVPaint in Windows (every release always performed better for me on the windows side of my iMac and Macbook).

I think those tiny buttons on the Razer Naga mouse are too small to use comfortably.

I try to find a reason in almost every post to mention that if you're not using a detented wheel (such as a 'clicky' mouse wheel) to move between frames, you're missing out! I can't enjoy the digital animation process without it.

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Re: keyboard replacement/additional hardware?

Post by meslin » 04 May 2018, 04:57

schwarzgrau, your pic that you posted with the Razer Orbweaver showed a Nostromo with the Razer logo on the palmrest. I had known that Belkin revised the Nostromo once after the orange and black one that I had (N52->N52TE), but I didn't realize there was a Razer one, too. I since have picked one up via shopgoodwill.com ($21 plus shipping) and it is the best device of its kind that I've yet used. Thanks!

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Post by schwarzgrau » 05 May 2018, 12:40

The Orbweaver is the successor of the Nostromo, you can get it pretty cheap on ebay if you don't need the RGB-version. There is also the Razer Tartarus, which is even cheaper, but don't have mechanical keys.
Personally I'm kind of a keyboard nerd, so the feel of the Orbweaver is worth the price gap for me, but I guess the Tartarus is nice too.
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