Logickeyboard Editing Keyboards
There are many reasons you should buy one of these Logic Keyboards, for me, the number one reason is that one of these keyboards will actually make you money; that’s right! Let me explain. The amount of editors out there who don’t use keyboard shortcuts, or if they do, they only use about half a dozen with any regularity. I am often shocked when I see other editors moving the mouse curser around the screen. I look over their shoulder with frustration as they waste time ‘mousing-around’. I have to stop myself from saying “Command V would be so much quicker than going to the menu to do that”. To me, using the mouse is a futile waste of time and energy; not to mention money. After you buy a Logic keyboard, you will quickly pick up all the keyboard shortcuts because they are easily indefinable from the neat graphics/icons that are on the keys, along with the world describing the icons. After about a month of using the keyboard you will find that you automatically know what key to press for any given keyboard shortcut and you won’t really have to look anymore. Now for the moneymaking part. Believe it or not, the time it takes you to mouse to the menu, click the drop-down menu, then move down and click the command, is about 10x longer than it takes to simply hit a keyboard shortcut key. I worked out that over a 5-day editing job, 1 of those days is spent ‘mousing-around’. After having one of these keyboards for a month, a 5-day editing job will now only take you 4; so you have saved a day, which is another day of work that you can charge a client for, or it allows you to undercut the competition by quoting the job for only 4 days instead of 5; how cool is that!
If you use Apple’s Final Cut Pro or Logic Studio Pro or AVID, the keyboards are the genuine latest Apple titanium keyboards, with modified keys, so you are buying a high quality product. The Adobe Premiere and Sony Vegas keyboards are third party, but still very high quality keyboard.
The Logic keyboard can permanently replace your existing keyboard as they retain the regular letters in the lower left corner of each key, as well as the usual numbers.
There isn’t actually too much more I can say about these keyboards. After all, it’s not like a camcorder, where you can write thousands of words about them. They are editing keyboards; simple. What they do is save time, which makes you more money. Out of all the various makes of editing keyboards that I’ve tried over the years, these are by far the best.
There are two types; for example, the Apple FCP keyboard is available in two variations. They both have the same keyboard shortcuts with the same symbols etc. The only difference is that the slightly cheaper one only has the actual key surface painted, so the sides remain white, this is the Advanced Series. The more expensive one known as the Proline Series has the entire key replaced so it is coloured down the sides also, this gives a more pleasing and 3-dimensional look in my opinion and it is my personal preferred choice.
The cost of the keyboards are as follows:
Apple Final Cut Pro (proline) £150 inc vat
Apple Final Cut Pro (advanced) £120 inc vat
Apple Logic Pro (proline) £168 inc vat
Apple Logic Pro (advanced) £138 inc vat
AVID Media Composer for Mac (proline) £150 inc vat
AVID Media Composer for Mac (advanced) £120 inc vat
Adobe Premiere for Mac (proline) £143 inc vat
Adobe Premiere for Mac (advanced) £114 inc vat
AVID Media Composer for Windows £120 inc vat
Adobe Premiere for Windows £120 inc vat
Sony Vegas for Windows £120 inc vat
For more details visit: www.apc-contech.co.uk
To buy securely online visit: www.logickeyboard.com
©2011 Nigel Cooper
Company: APC Contech
Product: Editors Keyboards
Reviewed by: Nigel Cooper
Review Date: 24-05-2011