Revisit: Loupedeck CT and Custom Profiles

Any tool is only useful as long as you have the appropriate other things it needs to make it work – a hammer is no good without nails (or other things to bash) or a soldering iron without heat for example.

Similarly, the Loupedeck CT is, by itself, a nice piece of engineering, and to be sure, there is some native app functionality built in, primarily programs from Adobe, Apple and Ableton, but not everyone uses those, so to make it work with other programs, custom built “profiles” are needed.

At launch there were a few available, notably for Microsoft Office programs such as Excel and Outlook as well as Google Chrome, but since then the available library has grown in leaps and bounds. You can see the full list here (and of course this changes as new apps are added).

I currently run a number of custom profiles, and indeed even dabbled in trying to make a few myself, time permitting. Once you understand how it works, its not hard, just a little time consuming.

Custom Profiles I Use

I have had a major commercial set from wwww.sideshowfx.com for Da Vinci Resolve for some time and find these invaluable with the feature set of Resolve so deep and diverse, and well worth the USD$34.99 giving access via the Loupedeck CT to 880 custom actions and 1500+ icons.

Just recently, a profile for Vegas 17 and 18 became available too, so this means I can use the Loupedeck CT with both of my major video editing apps. (For those arriving late, I know Vegas x backwards inside up and downside up and even assisted in some of the earlier documentation. Resolve I have been gradually getting into – and love it).

A MAJOR factor for me in both of these profiles is the ability to shuttle / jog the timeline and trimmers using the Loupedeck’s jog / shuttle wheel. I got used to this way of working back when, as for many years – even decades actually -I had been using a Contour Shuttle Pro, but with the advent of the Loupedeck CT and these profiles, this device become almost redundant.

It was certainly worth its money though and well and truly paid for itself, and even after all this time, is still chugging along without missing a beat.

Also of major use to me is the profile for my 3D application of choice, Maxon’s Cinema 4D. Again this is a program I have been using for many years – around 20 I think – and the Loupedeck profile makes many tasks even easier, faster and more precise.

For fans of Blender, also a 3D application, albeit an open source one and therefore free, there is also a profile, along with Maya LT and 3DS Max.

Conclusion

At €499 (around AUD$799), the Loupedeck CT is not inexpensive by any stretch, but trust me when I tell you that once you get used to using it and it becomes second nature as against hunting commands with a mouse or even short cut keying, it will dramatically increase your productivity and speed up your workflow.

 

 

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