Knowing keyboard shortcuts allow you to work faster than clicking and dragging your mouse. However, it can be tricky trying to memorize all sorts of keyboard shortcuts for several different applications. Luckily, Contour Design has come to the rescue with their ShuttlePRO v2.
The ShuttlePRO v2 has 15 programmable buttons, which come with stickers to help as a guide. Also, the Shuttle features a jog knob and shuttle wheel so you can easily skim through media. It has a sleek design overall and allows me to comfortably edit for long periods of time.
Contour Design’s ShuttlePRO v2 comes pre-configured with a huge list of popular applications – anything from Final Cut Pro (legacy and X) to After Effects to Photoshop! I’ve mainly used the ShuttlePRO v2 in Final Cut Pro 7 and X and it seems to run very well. I love how easy it is to both set up and use. Another key feature is the ability to keep my configuration the same for all my video editing software. I can switch from Final Cut Pro 7 to Final Cut Pro X to After Effects to Premiere Pro and keep my buttons the same!
If the software you use is not pre-configured on the ShuttlePRO, Contour Design offers a forum on their website where fellow video editors and sound editors and graphic designers can post their setups for the Shuttle. If you do not like the configuration, you can easily change it with their software that comes with the Shuttle (as seen in the picture to the left).
Overall I am really impressed with the ShuttlePRO v2. It has a nice design and feels great in my hand. Plus, all the controls respond right away and have no lag. I use to be a keyboard guy, but this little device makes it much faster to edit and switch between applications without having to memorize each software’s keyboard shortcuts.