Magic Trackpad

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by mBox, May 10, 2011.

  1. macrumors 68020

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    Anyone here using a Magic Trackpad like a ShuttlePro?
    Googled this and so far no go.
    Mostly for Avid/FCP and Protools use.
     
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    I would imagine its just like using a trackpad on a mpb. I still use my shuttle when I need to scrub the time line etc.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 68020

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    I know its a cheap purchase but we have enough input peripherals in the graveyard here :)
     
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  5. macrumors 6502a

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    Still got a Zip drive?
     
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  7. WRP
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    And since you bumped this... if you don't use a tablet you at least better be using one of these to edit.
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    Keebler, I tried the software. After each editing session, I had to untangle my fingers. The standard gestures built in the pad are good enough for me. Most editing is done with the keyboard.

    The Magic trackpad rocks! :cool:
     
  9. macrumors 68030

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    Thanks.

    To date, I've been using a logitech trackball (I know...I know...most people hate these things, but I love mine - no more wrist problems!).

    BUT, I find i can't scrub nearly as well in FCX as I can in FCP7.

    My edits are basic in nature - really just adding a few transitions, removing small chunks of footage etc.. so I have the extra buttons on the trackball set for those.

    I'm also looking at the contour design shuttlepro v2. Both it and the magicpad look appealing. I was thinking the trackpad might carry over to other apps like Aperture etc...

    I think I'll try the magicpad first. I've heard that it's not as sensitive to cold hands, which mine seem to be (low blood pressure and sitting in a basement office :)

    Cheers,
    Keebler
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    The pad works fantastically with all Mac Apps. It is, basically, an enlarged version of the MBP's trackpad.

    At the beginning, I had some issues with Magic Trackpads weird angle (due to the battery housing), but I got used to pretty quick. Especially if you have a large screen, it speeds up your work tremendously compared to a mouse in any app. Coming from the rollerball mouse though, couldn't stand that soap bar Apple sells as mouse nowadays.
     
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    I could never get used to using trackballs for editing. Mouse for me still.
     
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    My first few weeks working at a place that every suite had these was HELL. I absolutely couldn't stand them. At the time I had no choice because I wasn't going to bounce from suite to suite with my own mouse. Eventually it grew on me. Now using anything else infuriates me to no end. Specially those old apple mice that the scroll ball would never work on. :)
     
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    I have to ween out my boss (main editor) from his trackball and get the new Wacom Intous 5 in here. Really want to know if that surface can be used with our tools.
     
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    Sorry to dig up an older thread, thinking of buying a Magic Trackpad since Bestbuy has them refurbished for $36. Did you end up using it for editing? I'm definitely going to try an use the better touch tools to increase its effectiveness.

    If anyone else can chime in that has used it, I'd like to hear your opinions.
     

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