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  • Ben Brodbeck

    July 30, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    Hi,

    I was interested in using a Wacom Tablet for my editing in Final Cut. I am hoping to hear some user experiences of using the Tablet with Final Cut. Also, what is the best size Tablet for a two monitor setup? 6×11?

    Thanks,

    Ben Brodbeck

  • walter biscardi

    July 30, 2008 at 6:53 pm

    Been using a tablet since 1996 and can’t edit any other way. I have a 6×11 tablet with two 24″ monitors and it works well.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    Biscardi Creative Media
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  • Aaron Neitz

    July 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Get a tablet. You’ll work faster, more intuitively, and your wrist will thank you for it.

    It’ll take a week to get used to and you’ll think you wasted your money but stick with it. I cannot fathom ever using a mouse again. For anything!

  • Matt Callac

    July 30, 2008 at 7:06 pm

    the equation should read:

    Wacom Tablet + FCP = AWESOME

    -mattyc

  • Ben Brodbeck

    July 30, 2008 at 8:17 pm

    Gentlemen,

    Thank you for your thoughts. I am going to go with a 6×11 Wacom Intuos.
    How do you guys setup your work area up with the keyboard and tablet? Is it a hassle or have yall found ways of making it comfortable?

    Thanks again,

    Ben Brodbeck
    (former Georgia native 🙂

  • walter biscardi

    July 30, 2008 at 8:41 pm

    [Benjamin Brodbeck] “How do you guys setup your work area up with the keyboard and tablet?”

    We’re right handed, keyboard on the left, tablet on the right.

    go to my website, http://www.biscardicreative.com and click on Our Facility. Look at all JungleLand and Wally World and you’ll see the keyboard / wacom tablet layouts. Each room has a slightly different sized tablet.

    Walter Biscardi, Jr.
    Biscardi Creative Media
    HD and SD Production for Broadcast and Independent Productions.

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  • Russell Lasson

    July 30, 2008 at 11:01 pm

    I’m not trying to pick a fight or anything, but I hate using a tablet with FCP. It drives me crazy!

    I’m much more into the keyboard shortcuts.

    -Russ

    Russell Lasson
    Kaleidoscope Pictures
    Provo, UT

  • Lars Fuchs

    July 31, 2008 at 2:13 am

    I use a 6×8 Wacom Graphire, and I’m very pleased with it. I love the fact that I can use a mouse or the pen. Best of both worlds, if you ask me.

    I also use a Nostromo N52 Speedpad. I find that that really accelerates my work. I have all my most used shortcuts right under my left hand, so I rarely have to put down pen or mouse to move to keyboard. I also do it blind – meaning I don’t have to look at the keyboard first – which also speeds me along. Throw in the scroll wheel and your cooking with gas.

    Of course, I also use a Griffin powermate, which is super handy, because I’ve mapped the scroll wheel on the N52 to zoom in and out (⌘+ /-). The powermate is for scrolling up and down bins etc.

    FYI, if there any folks out there cutting on Avid Symphony on a Mac, the Griffin powermate is the closest thing to a VTR-style jog/shuttle wheel you’ll get. The powermate driver allows you to map rotation to mouse-left/mouse-right; combine that with the ‘mouse-jog/shuttle’ feature in the symphony and Presto! you’ve got the best shuttle controller around! (Alas, FCP doesn’t offer true jog/shuttle, AFAIK. can anybody help me out?)

    I’ve always wanted to try Kensingtons trackball with scroll wheel, but I’m not ready to plunk down the cash just to try it. Has anybody used it with FCP?

  • Sean ONeil

    July 31, 2008 at 8:37 am

    [Lars Fuchs] “I’ve always wanted to try Kensingtons trackball with scroll wheel, but I’m not ready to plunk down the cash just to try it. Has anybody used it with FCP?”

    Been using a Kensington trackball for over 10 years now. I put in a solid effort to switch to a Wacom but found myself still using the trackball. If I did more graphics work (keyframing, rotoscoping, etc.) then it might be different story.

    Sean

  • Phil Holbrook

    July 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    I absolutely fell in love with my trackball. It brought joy to my life, but I recently bought a small wacom tablet and I am eager to fall in love all over again. Whatever increases productivity and decreases wear and tear on me is the direction I want to head. However, how large of a tablet is recommended to work well and can you see a benefit from even a smaller one. I don’t want it to break my heart.

    Phil

    Just like you remember it…
    maybe better.

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