Loupedeck ct。 Review: Loupedeck CT Control Surface

Loupedeck rethinks their software with a big update by Scott Simmons

It isn't nearly as customizable as they'd have you think. The app isn't great about letting you know if there's an error—if you see a message at the bottom in red saying that it's waiting to communicate with the CT, reboot. Yes, there are plenty of built-in options almost too many , but I would love to be able to add keyword groups to images with the tap of a button or two. Introducing the new Photoshop UXP Plugin for Loupedeck CT and Loupedeck Live! Cross-plugin support: link other software into one profile• It's designed to save you time without sacrificing creativity. Once you're used to it, it's just so easy to process, straighten and crop multiple photos at volume. I was not expecting such a hissy fit response! It has real knobs and sliders that can be assigned to almost all keyboard functions. Plenty of space on my desk but since I'm not married to LR thay kinda dampens it's appeal too, would've liked to see more discussion about how well it integrates with some of the other apps it supports the comments helped fill in some of the blanks. If you do not wish to upgrade to Photoshop 22, software v4. I ran into this issue when trying to change the way the main jog wheel works along with image rotation. Middle: Device View panel• You get a nice bit of visual feedback when going from one part of the interface to another. Adjustments made with Loupedeck will pop up as an overlay which shows the adjustment• I struggled finding the function in the configuration app on my own. First observation: it quickly became clear that the Loupedeck CT is not designed to be used without ever touching the mouse. Better build for even less money? It's able to coexist with your other input device in a much more elegant manner than the Loupedeck keyboard. Custom profiles are a powerful new way to expand the functionality of your Loupedeck CT. Left side: Actions panel• There aren't many consoles out there that work in Resolve aside from the two extremely expensive ones that Blackmagic makes. Dial view• Ability to register and log in to Loupedeck account• It's probably a much more useful tool for people who have to do the same basic things to a lot of photos e. 1 does not have a backwards compatibility with older versions of Photoshop, so please download 4. It's not perfect but I didn't expect it to be. Updated Custom Actions modal• The CT—short for Creative Tool—is a mix of buttons, dials, and touch-sensitive displays. With that software which is for free you can dedicate certain knobs and dials to a certain lightroom action. In Lightroom, you couldn't even change the function of any of the small dials. Skylum: Aurora HDR The Loupedeck plug-in itself is a bit convoluted on first glance. — LateNite Films latenitefilms There is a new version of the Loupedeck software and it is the big update rewrite? Ability to rename created profiles• New profile and layout system• Its a desktop console, not one for mobile editing, with a footprint that's a bit bigger than Apple's second-generation , and a lot smaller than the original keyboard. The Loupedeck CT experience is so dependent on user customization of the hardware to tailor it to your way of working. The Contour Shuttle Pro works in Resolve and I just ordered it. The hardware includes Bluetooth, but it's not activated with the current firmware—wireless operation isn't possible, though, as the hardware doesn't include a battery. Active Info Box• I tried it for use with Lightroom but returned it. The and accessories• Adobe Audition• For the price you are getting a one of a kind unique controller with dedicated software. But what an adjunct it is - totally changes the way you use a computer program. Something you can't do with a mouse or tablet. Old layout files are copied and upgraded to new profile system• I originally tried to map my maschine jam to use for similar functions in lightroom as it has 8 touch faders and 64 buttons but that was a complete mess trying to make it work, then you still dont know what function does what without labelling them all I have a Behringer Xtouch Mini which is a small midi controller with 8 knobs and 16 buttons. Ability to rearrange press and rotation functions separately or together from the same view• I am keen to hear if others feel the same way. A smaller footprint, the addition of touch controls, and quality buttons and dials come at a cost, though. I still need to revert to a mouse or tablet for gradients but not much else. General• The Loupedeck is USB-powered, with an anodized aluminum topside and a sturdy plastic bottom. I'm not sure I understand what the Behringer Xtouch has to do with photo editors. I have remapped quite a few of the dials and it frequently probs every 15minutes get confused and Exposure remapped from Saturation works the Blacks and throws an error, plus other less frequent problems. Capture 1, I fine it a tad more useful even with the lack of color adjustments as the UI is just more tabs flipping. RGB LEDs light up the buttons and enable working at night. Couldn't even guess how many hour of screen time it has saved me. It's EXACTLY the same as this Loupedeck. One missing button that was the real crutch of my workflow is 'previous' - copies all settings from the previous photo. They have another version out with screens which costs more money but for what you pay for this version it is more than reasonable. It's easy enough to configure if you can find what you're looking for, but if you want to change the way something very specific works, you may struggle to find it. New firmware supposedly allows users to do this. Check the box next to Loupedeck• Hey, We have an update coming on Tuesday, that will fix any stability issues you are having. I'm enjoying it and would recommend it. These capable cameras should be solid and well-built, have both speed and focus for capturing fast action and offer professional-level image quality. Loupedeck icon: Integrated and supported plugin profile Slider icon: User-built custom profile• The Loupedeck CT does offer the same functionality as dedicated control panels such as the Tangent Wave 2 when used, for example, to navigate the timeline, move clips and adjust color wheels. But I cant realy accept this: my Midi Keyboard works with the same principle, but since the "clicks" of the wheel in the Midi keyboard are furth apart, the sliders in Capture one move slower. Works fine with lightroom 6 old standalone version. Do the rest of the dials behave in the same manner? I do believe the latest version of capture 1 20? The hands-on approach is especially nice for photo editing. Individual control dials make it easier to see how different adjustments work in conjunction with each other. Jim's interest in photography really took off when he borrowed his father's Hasselblad 500C and light meter in 2007. use Spotify actions when using Photoshop. Click on Accessibility• You can get a good basic setup going, but you will probably need to have a good read of the manual before really getting the most from this device. Summary: Lightweight control surface for use with Adobe Premiere and Audition, Apple Final Cut Pro X, and more. Old layout files are also stored as they are into Loupedeck system, but they are not updated• The asking price is steep, but the Loupedeck CT offers functionality that competing products don't quite match, which might make it worth the price or entry for you. Loupedeck CT Loupedeck The Loupedeck CT device ships inside a lovingly designed box along with a generous-length braided nylon USB-C type cable with an angled connector and a USB-C to USB-A adapter. Capture One• Small footprint for desktop use• Perhaps if you actually do get one you can make a more informed assesment. The problem proved intractable so the controller is gathering dust. that many of us have been waiting for. I was hoping I'd be able to push my keyboard and mouse out of the way, but that's not possible. The Actions and Workspaces are subdivided better with little twirl down arrows to keep things tidier until you need them. Press Actions and Rotation Adjustments are visible at the same time• Ability to integrate some plugin functions to other plugins e. Ability to select one Workspace as Home which home button eventually returns to. But even with limited Capture One functionality it is well worth the purchase -I can't do without it. Smart Design The Loupedeck CT is the second major hardware design from the company. Cons• Element view s• I'm pretty good with the keyboard and shortcuts. It has a touch screen, a wheel, dials and buttons, and it carries the promise of usability with multiple applications. I can see mouse users placing it in between the mouse and keyboard, and I'm clueless as to what works best for lefties, but you've got some freedom to play with its position on your desk. The CT allows you to swipe and rotate the wheel to make color and tint adjustments and even enables you to undo your changes without going to the mouse or your keyboard. So for me working with keyboard shortcuts, a mouse and a Wacom is the best. Getting into the customizable software was easy, but very quickly became quite complicated to get the deck working just the way I wanted it too, there are a lot of options, avenues and quite a convoluted process to get everything working well. As I explained to someone further down the thread, this is because C1 uses keystrokes to send instructions whereas most other Apps use some kind of MIDI code. Never mind that I made multiple comments about the clunky Loupedeck software in the article, but I digress. The app allows for a huge number of commands and actions you can perform through the CT, while the customization capabilities allow it to fit your needs exactly. Lightroom supports individual adjustments for toning photos, but changing contrast also affects black levels and shadow detail, just as one example. Besides some new functionality added the biggest plus of the updated Loupedeck software is that it is more responsive and much more of a pleasure to use. Along with the learning curve, it makes the Loupedeck CT a little less than user-friendly when it comes to customization. However as a gadget lover I want one. Thanks for the reply : Jeah, sadly The team from Loupedeck gave me the same reply. The product is very well made ive owned and used one daily for a year. The Loupedeck CT software is powerful and extensible. You can create pages and pages of touch menus, grouping the tools you use into sensible clusters. It's nice to use, provided you develop the required muscle memory for the locations and functions of the various and somewhat oddly-placed controls. So the only thing you have to do at the end is to keep in mind which dial does what or - better- label the dials. I took a lot of heat for that headline because the Loupedeck software left a lot to be desired when it came to ease of use and setup, especially after since, you know, so many worship at the altar of YouTube these days. The large jog wheel is also solid. Animated view changes device view• but, if I can save an hour, then it's probably worth the money. The latest generation of this console adds compatibility for a range of audio, graphics, photo and video software - making it particularly useful for multi-disciplined creatives. Pierre Louis: This is, in every facet, an honest review. Adobe Premier Pro• It can be hard to suss out what shows up where. Pros• Profile creation takes some time• A bluetooth or other wireless option should be included. Loupedeck's support team offered up a solution and I got it working, but it exemplifies some of the shortcomings in the software. With midi2lr it's quite amazing. I am disappointed to hear that the quality of construction appears to be less than desired. When a control element is selected for editing, only that element is visible• I have mine for about a year, it's good tool, must say, but i regret not going with beringer consoles. 0; requires Windows 10 or MacOS 10. If you love the idea of the console, and work in one of its natively supported apps, it can be something that speeds up your workflow and makes the time you spend staring at Adobe Creative Cloud apps a little more pleasant. but for the average Joe Photographer. To give an example, you can set the round and square buttons to act as individual characters on your keyboard. And Loupedeck responded poorly to my emails about the many problems. Bob 1: in addition to Caleidos post, you need a certain plug-in software to make the midi device work for lightroom. Supported Applications I connected the CT to an iMac with macOS and used it primarily with , the creative app that I use the most. Better for watching the changes to your photo when "dialing it in" rather then the back-and-forth with sliders. Much like the original Loupedeck, it made culling, sorting and editing photos much easier than having to go through each slider in the Develop dialog and tweak it with my mouse. It's simple enough to set up even if it's not a super polished interface. Cropping with the knob isn't necessarily better than using the Touchpad you have to spin the wheel to get the right size, then use the arrow buttons to get it positioned. At first, it didn't work, but then we soon realized that I hadn't updated my Lightroom Classic for quite some time. Couldn't even program a button to do that. Detents provide some haptic feedback, and a press action zeroes out the adjustment. The memory shows up as an external disk drive when you connect the Loupedeck to a computer, allowing files and settings to be stored and transported. A truly premium editing experience. Works with macOS and Windows 10 systems• 13 computer through an editing app. 2 if not already updated to maximize compatibility• We highly encourage you to check out our Profiles page regularly for updates and new Profiles! Tangent is different - they probably pay Phase One for access to the "API" and their products are VERY EXPENSIVE. At the price I would need the device to feel like it warrants the asking price. You either stick your own labels under the buttons after installing and assigning functions, or you just grab a template online and put it on the deck. There's still room for improvement. A search is much faster and the search sticks after you drag a new command to a button instead of resetting and clearing the search. One is built as a mass produced midi controller fairly cheap build quality, I've owned the drum pads, keyboard and mixer from the nano series. Right side: Navigation panel Device and Workspace navigation, which are visible at all times• While its external dimensions and overall shape have remained essentially unchanged, it does offer several improvements. Lots of new features and functionality. Adobe Illustrator So with all this being said, and with the ability to add a plethora of shortcuts to the keyboard you already own, how could this be any faster? As you noted, it most definitely isn't a keyboard replacement particularly for me, who has to write captions for images , but nowhere does Loupedeck claim it is. Loupedeck Default Profiles for Loupedeck CT and Loupedeck Live are now available for download. Different types of functions are grouped• If, for example, you set Exposure to 50, you get 50 states in the panel, so in a very short time the panel is filled with hundreds of states, rendering it useless. The CT weighs about 300 grams. Pages are presented horizontally under the device element instead of vertically• Infobox can be opened or hidden from the bottom bar• Pretty much every button that is rotatable, is also clickable. The company insisted for days that the problems did not exist, but finally acknowledged the problems, admitting that the most serious problem - the creation of hundreds of History states - could not be solved. Eight GB of built-in memory and a Bluetooth chip round up the offering. Come on Loupdeck, some more Capture One compatibility please! I use a Mac with the latest OSX. Exporting of profiles is still one at a time. A jog wheel is below them, centered, and topped with its own touch display. Bottom bar: Information panel• It took a few days of looking down at the editing console, then back up at my screen to ensure I was making the right adjustment, but within a week of using the console, I was able to make adjustments on the fly without looking. For documentary photography it's very nice. Picked one up today and the buttons feel a lot more robust. Workspace creation modal• Also sometime i prefer to keep my eyes on the screen and not move back and forth forth between screen and hardware while using lightroom. A few years back I set up a Midi controller for use with C1 with emulation software by Bome. And he's reviewed almost all of them. Target Users: Photo and video editors and musicians looking to accelerate audio and video software tasks. It not only offers more customization options than before, it also supports many more programs, including Premiere Pro, Aurora HDR, Adobe Audition, and others. And sadly all the knobs act the same. There is still no support for Premiere Motion parameter adjustments with the Dials position, scale, rotation even though they exist for After Effects 😖 And a few more things I noticed:• Includes 8GB internal storage• I toyed around with its position on my desk, but found that placing it to the right of my trackpad worked best, as I'm right-handed. No USB-C• and if you're up for doing some customizing you can set buttons and knobs to switch entire interfaces with a click so the entire board can be dedicated to HSL or curves or whatever you want. My big complaint with the customization process, and Loupedeck's software in general, is that it's not very intuitive to use, and what you can or cannot do is not always apparent. The company is continually improving the software based on user input. Very customizable• Loupedeck's first-generation keyboard had rather cheap-feeling keys, so it's good to see better fit and finish here. All of the round buttons can be fully customized, as can some of the square ones. But for the kind of work I do, I found myself having to go back to the keyboard and mouse far too often. Because I wanted to talk about part 1 headline. The problem is that C1 uses keystroke commands for all it's sliding adjustments whereas Adobe uses a different protocol. A lot of people are using the Xtouch Mini for Lightroom or other editing. Overlay system• Requires wired connection• The creative app has to support keyboard shortcuts for functions in the first place, so your dreams of quickly swapping between different film looks in the Nik Collection by DxO are quashed. C1 support is still in "beta" and has been for years. Curve manipulation is a bit less user-friendly in that you need to move your cursor close to the curve before you can set a point and manipulate it. Normal and FN level visible in the same view• Another thing to keep in mind is you can only set up a button to do something that is already built-into Lightrom. Loupedeck has a playlist with details on this update. For capture 1 12 pro the color wheel doesn't work the color scroll wheels under p1-p8 which is one of the main reason to have this. Action list• There are some bugs and quirks too. You yourself mention the lack of macros in your article, yet you still say there's 'hardly anything you won't be able to tweak. Second, it is NOT a keyboard replacement. Sure the plastics feel like plastic, BUT NOT AN ISSUE, Of course aluminium or another metal would be nicer. It ships with a braided USB-C to USB-C cable to plug it into your Mac or PC. Why it isn't as necessary if you know the software. Would really like to see Da Vinci Resolve support for this. Adobe Premiere Pro CC• Plus you don't even mention this in the list the things you don't like a the end of the article. Senior digital camera analyst for the PCMag consumer electronics reviews team, Jim Fisher is a graduate of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he concentrated on documentary video production. CREATE YOUR LOUPEDECK ACCOUNT Next create your personal , and log-in to the Loupedeck software 4. None quite match its functionality, which mixes touch, dial, and traditional key controls into one device. I'd generally agree with the review. Once your account is created, you'll be logged-in to this account. Audio editing in Premiere Pro with the CT is also very user-friendly, even letting you create and manipulate keyframes and their interpolation settings. Ableton Live• The CT communicates with your Windows 10 or MacOS 10. Ability to mix and arrange normal level actions or FN level actions separately or together in the same view• unknown member I've had one for a year or so. I bought it because of the glowing reviews on YouTube. Since Resolve is supported through custom actions only you can add an icon to any Touch Screen Page you setup for Resolve. You get a visual representation of the device, which helps, but it's not always apparent what controls will show up in what software modes, and what menus nest into each other. I was able to assign direct button functions to many Lightroom features that don't offer keyboard shortcuts. The interface for setting up your Loupedeck CT has been massively re-vamped and improved. Since then he's shot with hundreds of camera models, ranging from pocket point-and-shoots to medium format digital cameras. With your volume and time spent, I'd consider it. Vignettes are among the easiest to work with: the Vignette Wheel page lets you rotate the wheel to create one and pressing the wheel, with or without the Fn button, gives access to more options. Be sure you are logged in as Admin on Windows• It should have been designed properly to function as the device it is, a keyboard companion. It is it easier to use on Ligtroom not really, lightroom works fine without it. at my age, I do that often : I agree with Ken, the price of the Loupedeck seems reasonable if it saves you time.。 。 。 。 。

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