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Testing TourBox Elite in Video Post Production

I’ve been testing a Bluetooth controller called TourBox Elite, to see if it could really change my workflow as they have claimed, and to see to what degree it is tailored for digital content creators including film makers, photographers, illustrators, graphic designers or audio editors.

TourBox Elite

As far as I learned, the company did not start their retail business until 2020, but praises they’ve received are all over the internet.

“I wouldn’t edit movies without this now. Just the dials alone make this worth having. Also, love having more programmable buttons available.”

“I bought this after a long list of different controllers to use with Final Cut Pro. Works better than any other controller I’ve tried.”

“This thing is AMAZING! When you invest a bit your time to gain the muscle memory, this thing will speed up your workflow a ton! Also you’ll feel kinda cool using it. Like your a hacker or something. I use it for Photoshop and Premiere Pro. It comes with separate profiles for a ton of programs that are completely customizable. The feel is great! It’s like a super heavy fidget toy. The weight keeps it in place when your frantically jamming, twisting, pushing, and rolling. Which is very conducive to gaining the muscle memory. It’s also super fun to use! Like I said, unplug it and use it as a fidget spinner! Or pretend your playing a video game, or get an RC Car and get mad that the car isn’t going anywhere, or whatever. Very versatile! LOVE THIS THING!”

So how would this new version live up to the rising expectation of the community? Let’s take a closer look!

Highlights of TourBox Elite

– Powerful & configurable system
– Macro dial, knob and scroll
– Enriched built-in features
– Wide program compatibility
– Single-handed and eye-freely use
– Dual-channel Bluetooth interaction
– Immersive haptic touch
-Delivering precise and intuitive control
– Generating seamless and effective workflow

Designed in compact size, the TourBox Elite is a perfect fit for both large and small workspace and comfortable to be handled with one hand. And it works great with either drawing tablet or mouse.

The TourBox Elite is compatible with almost all programs on macOS and Windows. It comes with only 11 clickable buttons and 3 rotary scroll, dial and knob, but there are single click, double click, combos, macro and the TourMenu plugin, which literally means hundreds of ways to apply. And since every content creator is engraved with his own signature, the TourBox Elite allows creating multiple presets for a single program, like Premiere or Photoshop, and configure all buttons and scrolls differently.

Not just hotkeys, but also powerful built-in features

It’s fair to say that timeline manipulation is crucial in video editing. Instead of moving on the timeline back and forth using the left and right arrow buttons on the keyboard and viewing it in constant speed, try one of the excellent built-in features in the TourBox Elite, “move the timeline pointer”. It allows you to toggle through the timeline at your preferred pace, fast or slow.

In the TourBox Console, the scrolls come with 3 speed modes and whatever you choose, the speed could also be altered according to how fast you’re scrolling them.

For any linear adjustments, like zooming in or out on the timeline, calibrating the sliders for color grading or rotating the canvas, you could rely on their built-in features, configure the dial, scroll or knob with a preferred speed mode and feel the intuition in editing.

In Premiere Pro, you could apply the default presets that come with the installation of the TourBox Console, 1 preset for Premiere Pro Color and 1 for Premiere Pro Edit. Most of the commands are very adaptive and fit right in the program, making the learning curve shorter than expected. All default presets support customization. You could also create your own presets and get them work within a few clicks.

In their software, the TourBox Console, you’ll see a bunch of built-in features for Premiere Pro, as well as for other programs. That allows the TourBox Elite to achieve beyond the keyboard hotkeys. You could literally put away the clumsy keyboard until you need to add text.

In Final Cut Pro, which I also use regularly for video editing.I did not see a default preset, but on the TourBox website, I was able to download user-made preset for FCPX and made some changes to it. There we go. I’ve got to say, the TourBox Elite is SLEEK in FCPX too!

The timeline navigation, trimming and clip adjustment are very intuitive and fast. Easily calibrate the parameters for color grading via the knob, dial or scroll. All buttons are fully configurable.

With regard to another popular video editing program, the DaVinci Resolve, I am not a big fan, but that happens to be how I know about the TourBox. It was a review on Youtube by Tom Antos, where he shows how TourBox Neo, their last generation, applies in DaVinci Resolve. I was enchanted by all features he demonstrated about the TourBox.

And here I am, with their latest version, the TourBox Elite.

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Designed in compact size, the TourBox Elite is a perfect fit for both large and small workspace and comfortable to be handled with one hand. And it works great with either drawing tablet or mouse.

The TourBox Elite is compatible with almost all programs on macOS and Windows. It comes with only 11 clickable buttons and 3 rotary scroll, dial and knob, but there are single click, double click, combos, macro and the TourMenu plugin, which literally means hundreds of ways to apply. And since every content creator is engraved with his own signature, the TourBox Elite allows creating multiple presets for a single program, like Premiere or Photoshop, and configure all buttons and scrolls differently.

Not just hotkeys, but also powerful built-in features

It’s fair to say that timeline manipulation is crucial in video editing. Instead of moving on the timeline back and forth using the left and right arrow buttons on the keyboard and viewing it in constant speed, try one of the excellent built-in features in the TourBox Elite, “move the timeline pointer”. It allows you to toggle through the timeline at your preferred pace, fast or slow.

In the TourBox Console, the scrolls come with 3 speed modes and whatever you choose, the speed could also be altered according to how fast you’re scrolling them.

For any linear adjustments, like zooming in or out on the timeline, calibrating the sliders for color grading or rotating the canvas, you could rely on their built-in features, configure the dial, scroll or knob with a preferred speed mode and feel the intuition in editing.

In Premiere Pro, you could apply the default presets that come with the installation of the TourBox Console, 1 preset for Premiere Pro Color and 1 for Premiere Pro Edit. Most of the commands are very adaptive and fit right in the program, making the learning curve shorter than expected. All default presets support customization. You could also create your own presets and get them work within a few clicks.

In their software, the TourBox Console, you’ll see a bunch of built-in features for Premiere Pro, as well as for other programs. That allows the TourBox Elite to achieve beyond the keyboard hotkeys. You could literally put away the clumsy keyboard until you need to add text.

In Final Cut Pro, which I also use regularly for video editing.I did not see a default preset, but on the TourBox website, I was able to download user-made preset for FCPX and made some changes to it. There we go. I’ve got to say, the TourBox Elite is SLEEK in FCPX too!

The timeline navigation, trimming and clip adjustment are very intuitive and fast. Easily calibrate the parameters for color grading via the knob, dial or scroll. All buttons are fully configurable.

With regard to another popular video editing program, the DaVinci Resolve, I am not a big fan, but that happens to be how I know about the TourBox. It was a review on Youtube by Tom Antos, where he shows how TourBox Neo, their last generation, applies in DaVinci Resolve. I was enchanted by all features he demonstrated about the TourBox.

And here I am, with their latest version, the TourBox Elite.

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Dial, knob and scroll, my favorites!

I’ve been looking to higher precision in video editing. Sadly, dragging or clicking with themouse for audio leveling, rubber banding or key-framing are just doing what I expect exactly. The TourBox Elite helps me out! I love how the dial, knob or scroll level or trim strictly.

Also, if I want to adjust volume or screen brightness, I could just use the built-in features on the TourBox Elite. That literally makes my life easier!

TourMenu plugin

TourMenu is indeed a very interesting menu tool developed by the TourBox Tech Team. It is more like a shortcut menu that appears upon user interaction, such as a right-click mouse operation, but fully configurable. To act as an extension plugin on the TourBox Elite, the TourMenu can be mapped on almost all buttons.

I mapped a TourMenu with title template, adjustment layer, image masking, embedding, sequence settings and black video background and toggle through via the knob. It was sleek!

Macro scrolls, few and far between

I know that macro command is nothing new on keyboard. But I’ve been honestly craving for linear buttons that come with macro. I looked it up on Google, but to no avail. Thankfully I have the TourBox Elite, in which I could have both the scrolls and macro commands!

The setting is straightforward. It automates all the repetitive and complex tasks in the editing workflow via one click. Configurable actions include keyboard shortcuts, mouse action, delay, text input, file and folder opening and link directing. This undeniably means a lot to content creators, especially 3D designers. You could approach countless configurations with the macro on the TourBox Elite. I can’t tell you how much I enjoy contemplating and exploring it every single day.

Haptic touch

This added feature on the TourBox Elite might not be a mush-have or sound practical, but it is definitely an add-on to video editing or any linear adjustment.

The haptic touch refers to force feedback on the knob, dial and scroll. That means it delivers configurable force feedback every time the rotary buttons work, bringing more engagement and intuition in editing.

Conclusion

And that’s pretty much how I applied the TourBox Elite in video post production, which got much more seamless and accelerated now. I also use it in Lightroom once in a while. Not a profession in photo editing, but I’ve learned that the TourBox Elite works perfectly in digital painting and photo editing as well. Applying it for parameter calibration and HSL adjustment feels just great! I was able to lounge in the chair and edit pictures using one hand. No more keyboard and mouse needed!

I was honestly big fan of the keyboard and at first, trust me, it was not easy to convince myself into something new. But once I did, there was no turning back. The TourBox Elite has been staying on my desk ever since.

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